Tucker, Amy (AIG)

All Day, Everyday

Vision for Buncombe County Schools
Academically/Intellectually Gifted Services
Buncombe County Schools’ vision is for students to reach their full potential and become successful, responsible citizens in a diverse, global society. 

Our Gifted Services Plan builds upon this foundation to ensure meaningful student growth through systems of support, comprehensive programming, and gifted advocacy. Populations of gifted students, including those from diverse cultural groups and across all economic strata, will accomplish career and college readiness to become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength. 

The Gifted Services Program in Buncombe County Schools will prepare our students to be lifelong learners, effective citizens, and critical thinkers.

2016-2019 BCS AIG Plan

AIG Curricular Goals (3-8)
AIG Specialists in grades 3 – 8 will continue to enrich and 
extend SCOS goals and objectives. Additionally, AIG students 

-Gain awareness of themselves as individuals who have unique academic and social-emotional needs.

-Engage in meaningful work that strengthens independent, critical, and creative thinking skills.

-Foster independence in identifying and solving meaningful problems.

-Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively in increasingly complex contexts.

-Think critically about humankind and demonstrate social responsibility in a global community.

-Collaborate effectively with diverse teams to accomplish a common goal.

-Commit to learning as a lifelong process and demonstrate accountability for one’s own learning.

In addition to grade-specific integrated concept based units, AIG specialists will teach lessons from each of the AIG Curricular Strands. Critical and creative thinking skills will be embedded within each strand.

AIG Curricular Strands: 
-Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners 
-Humanities/ Literacy 
-Mathematical/ Logical 
-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

Screening and Referral Processes

Mass Screening 
The AIG staff annually conducts a formal mass screening in grades 3-8 to 
establish a broad-based pool of students who may need differentiated 
services. The following guidelines are used in the mass screening:  
(1) 85th percentile or higher on the third grade Cognitive Skills Ability Test 
(COGAT), and (2) 85th percentile or higher on grades 3-8 NC EOG reading 
and/or math tests. Students meeting these criteria are placed into our 
Screening Pool.  
Referral for AIG Services
Students may be referred for AIG services by the parent(s), guardian(s), or 
school personnel. Students may also refer themselves. Upon receiving a 
referral, AIG Specialists will contact parents. 

Frequently Asked Questions 
AIG in Buncombe County Schools
1. Do students have to re-qualify for AIG each year? What about when they 
move from elementary to middle school? 
No. Students do not have to re-qualify for gifted services each year. Students are 
given an Annual Review form at the end of each school year which states that the 
level of service will continue during the new school year, unless all stakeholders 
meet to determine a different level of service is needed.

2. If my child doesn’t place in AIG, can he/she be re-tested? 
Yes. A student can be nominated again the following school year. Teachers usually 
wait a calendar year before re-nominating. AIG staff can use previous test data for 
the new nomination. (Achievement test data within the past 12 months and Aptitude 
test data from within the past 18 months)

3. Does my child get a grade on their report card for AIG? 
No. There is no space on the report card specifically for AIG. However, a progress
 report will be sent home quarterly.

4.  What does my child do in AIG class?   How long are classes?  How often 
do they meet? 
AIG students, in grades 3-8, will receive explicit and direct instruction from the AIG 
Specialist in a separate setting (at least 45-60 min./week) for the purpose of 
implementing the AIG curriculum that extends and enriches the NC State Standards.

5.  Is AIG service for my child only once a week?  
AIG Specialists may provide small group instruction to meet the unique needs of AIG
students. (challenge math, novel studies, EOG prep, research, social-emotional needs, organizational 
skills, etc.) Locally AIG endorsed classroom teachers provide differentiated 
instruction for AIG students daily in the regular classroom.

6. How does my child get in AIG class? 
Parent(s), guardian(s), and school personnel may refer students for AIG evaluation. 
Students may also refer themselves. AIG Specialist evaluate nominees using 
nationally normed tests. Students need to meet achievement and aptitude criteria. 
To qualify for gifted services in Buncombe County, achievement criteria on the 
EOG Reading OR Math must be at the 93% or above and 90% or above on
an aptitude test given by the AIG Specialist or a Psychologist. 

7.  Are there any after school AIG enrichment offerings? 
Most schools have different opportunities for after-school activities or enrichment. 
Please check individual school websites for these details. Some after-school 
examples may include sports, Odyssey of the Mind, Lego Club, Girls on the Run, 
Chorus, Chess Club, Take It Apart Club, Math Club, Winter Walkers Club, etc.

8.  We are from another county in NC or state and my child was in AIG/
Advanced classes at his/her previous school. Will he/she be in AIG in 
Buncombe County? 
Gifted students who are currently identified in a NC public school will maintain their 
AIG identification. Student performance and assessment data is used to determine 
appropriate services. Transfer students identified as gifted in other states or private 
schools must meet Buncombe County Schools AIG identification criteria.

9.  What is a DEP?
A DEP is a Differentiated Education Plan. The Differentiated Education Plan, 
DEP, defines services your child will receive from his/her gifted specialist and 
regular classroom modifications from which the regular classroom teacher 
will choose based on student need.

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