Academically or Intellectually Gifted Education

AIG Curriculum Goals

AIG Specialists enrich and extend Standard Course Of Study goals and objectives. Additionally, through targeted enrichment opportunities, advanced students will:

  • 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.

AIG Curricular Strands:

  • Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners 

  • Humanities/ Literacy

  • Mathematical/ Logical

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

Procedure for AIG Evaluation

  1. Mass Screening or Nomination for Gifted Services

  2. Student Eligibility Documentation and Academic Assessment

  3. AIG Identification Team (AIGIT) Evaluation and/or Advanced Placement Team (APT) Evaluation

  4. Parent Notification

  • A student must be nominated for AIG evaluation by parent, teacher, or himself/herself. Nominations must be received in writing.

  • Parent or guardian must sign Permission to Evaluate consent form giving the AIG Specialist the right to review the student's cumulative folder and administer any required tests.

  • The AIG Specialist collects all available information about the student's classroom grades, EOG (achievement) scores, and IQ (aptitude) scores.

  • If necessary, the AIG Specialist administers standardized achievement or aptitude tests to the student.

  • AIG Specialist presents documentation to the Academically Intellectually Gifted Identification Team (AIGIT). The AIGIT reviews all data collected and recommends appropriate action related to the student's demonstrated need for differentiation. The AIGIT consists of a school administrator or designee, the AIG Specialist, and two classroom teachers who are licensed or endorsed in gifted education.

  • In order to qualify for the AIG Program, students may be identified in one of four pathways. Pathway standards are illustrated in the chart below:

  • The school-based AIG Specialist notifies the parents/guardians of the AIGIT's decision and student's testing results within 50 school days of the parent's signature on the Permission to Evaluate document.

Buncombe County AIG Plan 2022-2025

Please contact Rhonda Sizemore at or (828) 670-5010 for more information.