"Academically or intellectually gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both the intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor." State Definition of AIG Students, Article 9B (N.C.G.S. § 115C-150.5)

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CFCI employs three main criteria for AIG Identification to refer, screen, and identify students for gifted services in grades K-8: Aptitude, Achievement, and Artifacts.

  • Aptitude: A student with advanced aptitude has a high ability to think critically and verbally and/or nonverbally reason and problem solve. This will be documented and measured by a nationally-normed aptitude assessment, such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
  • Achievement: A student with advanced achievement has demonstrated an advanced level of content knowledge in either reading and/or math. This is documented and measured by the North Carolina End of Grade/Course assessments and/or the MAP Growth assessments in both reading and math.
  • Artifacts: Artifacts are documented by a body of evidence that may include: observational checklists (student, parent, teacher); rating scales; student surveys or interviews; other assessment data; student support data; advanced student work samples, etc

As a parent or guardian of a CFCI student, you may refer your child anytime for giftedness identification. Review of these referrals occur in both the fall and spring. Specific review dates to be posted soon!

Although referrals are accepted for students at any grade, CFCI does not currently formally identify students as gifted in grades K-3. As a school of inquiry, students' academic and intellectual gifts are nurtured in their regular education classrooms; teachers look for and collect artifacts of gifted characteristics and learning is differentiated to meet individual student needs. All referrals will be shared with the classroom teacher to help best understand and meet your child's needs.