Advanced Academics Programs

General Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) believes in developing the strengths and talents of all students. Every student needs to be challenged and engaged in exciting learning experiences.

FCPS policies and procedures are grounded in equity and inclusion. Our commitment to providing rigor to all students is part of the FCPS strategic plan. AAP offers a continuum of advanced academic services to meet a broad range of student needs. We take a holistic approach that uses a variety of assessments to determine the level of service to match the child’s current needs.

With the FCPS talent development model, all students in FCPS will receive:

  • Critical and creative thinking lessons.
  • Access to AAP curriculum and strategies.

Some students need a differentiated curriculum to address their cognitive and social-emotional needs. These students receive additional AAP services based on:

  • Academic needs beyond peers at their grade level.
  • Strengths in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • A need for increased depth, complexity, and pace of instruction.

Students’ advanced academic needs may change over time. The AAP continuum of services develops and builds on students’ current strengths and talents.

For more information about the services offered within FCPS, please see the presentations below:



Overview of Advanced Academic Program Services


Overview of Advanced Academic Program Services

Level IV Screening Information

Parents or guardians of students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting a referral form. All referral forms this year are due by December 15, 2022. There are also optional materials you may submit to include if referring your student. All forms can be found in multiple languages on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Forms page of the FCPS Website. 

The checklist below lists all the required and optional materials you may submit when referring your student. 

Full-Time Services Checklist for Families

Our Hayfield Advanced Academic resource teacher (AART), Lauren Keninitz, collaborates with the school staff to ensure students are matched with a level of service that meets their needs. Families can find additional information about levels of service and the referral processes involved in identifying students on the Fairfax County Public Schools AAP website. If you have other questions, please contact Mrs. Keninitz by email or by calling 703-924-4500.

Our AART Teacher