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Friday, January 25, 2013

Fairfax County School Board Votes to Open Four New AAP Centers


            The Fairfax County School Board has voted to open three new advanced academic program (AAP) centers—at Lemon Road, Navy, and Westbriar Elementary Schools—in order to alleviate overcrowding at Haycock, Hunters Woods, and Louise Archer Elementary Schools. The new centers will open in fall 2013 and will be in effect for new AAP center placements for eligible students entering grade 3. 
            With the exception of the new AAP center at Lemon Road Elementary, rising fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will be able to stay at their current AAP centers with transportation provided. The AAP center at Lemon Road will open in the fall with all rising third, fourth, and fifth grade AAP center eligible students from Lemon Road, Westgate, and Shrevewood Elementary Schools. All rising sixth grade AAP center eligible students will remain at their current Haycock AAP center for the 2013-14 school year, with transportation provided.
            The Board also approved opening a new AAP center at South County Middle School in fall 2013 with rising seventh grade AAP center eligible students who reside in the South County Middle School attendance area. Rising eight grade students who currently attend the Lake Braddock Secondary School AAP center can remain at Lake Braddock, and newly-eligible eighth grade AAP center students can attend Lake Braddock, with transportation provided to both groups.
            Additionally, the Board voted to direct Superintendent Jack D. Dale to conduct an analysis on the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Continuum of Advanced Academic Services to ensure that current FCPS practices are aligned with best practices in K-12 gifted education. The report is to be submitted no later than June 30.
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.