FCPS is committed to addressing the individual needs of all highly able students. Based on multiple criteria, students with outstanding capabilities and specific academic aptitudes participate in enriched and extended learning activities.
All elementary schools have access to resources that extend student learning. When needed, teachers may consult with the Office of Advanced Academics for suggested enrichment activities in language arts and math.
Elementary Magnet Program
Highly advanced elementary students may be recommended for placement in the Elementary Magnet Program, located at selected schools and serving academically gifted students in grades 3-5.
Nomination packets are available in elementary schools and online in early February. Parents' completed nomination forms are due in early March to allow schools time to administer necessary tests, complete a teacher checklist of learning behaviors and process paperwork. In May, the magnet sites host visitations for parents of students offered placement in the magnet program.
Middle and high school students have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of honors classes and other challenging courses.
- Every middle school offers individual, small-group, whole-class and schoolwide enrichment activities through a full-time advanced academics specialist.
- Every middle school offers a Highly Able Learner Program for grades 6 and 7 and 8.
- High schools offer honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses along with options for independent study, internships and academies, such as the Visual & Performing Arts Academy and International Baccalaureate Program. See the Course Guide for details.