Friday, January 25, 2013
Fairfax County School Board votes against expanding at Thoreau, Cooper, Herndon middle schools, asks for broader study of advanced academic program offerings as a whole.
Fairfax County School Board members voted Thursday to expand the system's Advanced Academic Program Centers to three additional elementary schools this fall in an effort to relieve overcrowding at several existing centers. But they stopped short of expanding the program across about a dozen and a half more elementary and middle schools in time for the next school year, as was proposed last fall, pending a broader discussion of what advanced academics truly means in Fairfax County, whether the system is in line with national best practices of gifted and general education and where board members envision the program going in the future. The decision came at the end of a four-hour discussion Thursday that stretched into the wee hours of …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Parent writes Vienna kids should be able to stay in Vienna and still receive Advanced Academic Placement Center services.
Wednesday, January 23
To the Editor: Upon graduating from Louise Archer, sixth graders are split into several different middle schools, to reconvene back to two High Schools: Madison and Marshall (or three if you count TJ) . Kids on the Eastern side of town tend to go to Kilmer Middle School, either for base or Advanced Academic Program Center (AAP) classes. Kids on the Western/Southern side of town have Thoreau as their base middle school, but those in the AAP program are sent out of Vienna into Falls Church (Merrifield) to Luther Jackson Middle School. Since Luther Jackson opened as an AAP center for Louise Archer, more than half of the students have "opted out" of AAP at Luther Jackson and remained at Thoreau, taking an all honors curriculum. The kids who …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Fairfax County school board members say questions are unanswered, changes need to be part of broader discussion about future.
Fairfax County school board members said Monday they weren't ready to commit to an expansion of the school system's Advanced Academic Program Centers until there was broader discussion about the goals of the plan and whether a restructuring would address them — along with a more comprehensive view of the future of the program and the county’s vision for it. The majority of the board agreed at a work session Monday it would likely need to address the overcrowding at three of the system's elementary school Level IV Centers — Louise Archer, Haycock and Hunters Woods — in time for the 2013 school year. But how the board will proceed from there isn't clear. The recommendation this fall from a task force led by Joyce Van Tassel‐Baska, a national…