“PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE”
The goal of AIG services for high school students is to provide opportunities for them to prepare for future endeavors beyond the high school classroom. Multiple service options for high school AIG students allows us to meet students’ unique learning needs. All services an AIG student receives are indicated on his/her Differentiated Education Plan (DEP.)
Honors, Advanced Placement (AP,) International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses: High school AIG students, with the support of their guidance counselors, may select appropriately challenging courses in academic subjects, performing/visual arts, and career and technical education. Transcripts are monitored periodically by the assistant principal with AIG responsibilities to ensure that students enroll in rigorous courses.
North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS): The NCVPS provides AIG students with access to courses that are otherwise not available in OCS. Students receive credit for courses completed through NCVPS.
Dual Enrollment: Gifted students wanting to pursue advanced coursework at the community college level may enroll in the Middle College program or take courses through the College and Career Pathways (CCP) program.
Governor’s School: Gifted high school students may apply to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School, a summer program that provides students with highly advanced coursework in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, and visual/performing arts.
INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES K-12
The OCS AIG program uses five core instructional strategies to help students feel challenged in the classroom:
Flexible Grouping: An instructional strategy by which advanced learners are grouped by common ability, readiness levels, learning styles, or student interests to receive modified curriculum and instruction. This may include curriculum compacting, tiered assignments, and/or extension menus. Students are often pre-assessed prior to group formation, and groups are formed and re-formed based on demonstrated needs.
Compacting: For students who have already mastered the material to be learned, teachers may replace content students know with new content, enrichment projects, or other activities.
Tiered Assignments: Rather than assigning all students the same work, teachers offer different levels of activities or assignments based on student readiness or skill sets.
Learning Menus/Contracts: Teachers may provide students with a menu of activities or assignments, from which students may choose how they learn. Teachers may also develop learning contracts with students, which outline what a student will learn, how they will learn it, and how they will be assessed.
Blended Learning: Students extend their learning by learning content and completing activities using digital tools such as Canvas, Google Classroom, and EdPuzzle, in addition to their differentiated curriculum and instruction that they receive during face-to-face interactions with the AIG specialist or classroom teacher.