Advanced Academic Programs

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher

Waples Mill offers a variety of services to nurture all students potential and prepare them for the 21st century.  All students receive Level I services which focus on 9 Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies.  Students receive this instruction from their classroom teacher and the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mrs. Bannon.

Level II and level III Advanced Academic services are also offered at Waples Mill for students demonstrating an exceptional ability to learn, application of knowledge, creative thinking, and motivation to succeed.  Teachers, parents, and school staff collaborate together to ensure students are receiving the appropriate level of service to meet their needs.

Students in grades 2nd – 6th may be screened for Advanced Academic Level IV services.  Students found eligible for Level IV services have the option to remain at Waples Mill or attend Hunters Woods Elementary or Rachel Carson Middle School. 

If you have any questions regarding the Advanced Academic Program including identification, please do not hesitate to contact the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mrs. Bannon. 

Additional information and resources can also be found at the FCPS Advanced Academic Program website;



Multiple criteria are reviewed to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. The local school committee determines student eligibility for part-time school-based services. The countywide central selection committee determines eligibility for full-time AAP Level IV placement.


In the spring, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS first grade students. In the fall, the CogAT-Custom Form is administered to all FCPS second grade students. During the spring testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score. A second grade screening pool is established using the test results from first and second grade testing. Students in the second grade pool are automatically screened for full-time AAP Level IV placement. Parents or guardians may exercise a one-time retest option during the fall testing cycle.

Referrals for Full-Time AAP Level IV 

Parents or guardians of students not in the second grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to the local school principal no later than January 12, 2018. No late referrals will be accepted. Second grade students not in the pool and all students in grades 3-7 are screened only by referral. Forms are available on the FCPS website and in the Parent Information Packet available at the local school.

Parents or guardians of students who are in the second grade pool will be notified by the school. Students who are not in the second grade pool will not receive notification. The benchmark score used to create the second grade pool will be published on the AAP website mid-January.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline of January 9, 2020. If you are waiting for test scores and would like your student screened for Level IV please submit the referral by the published deadline (even if you have not received the test scores for your student).