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Laura Thompson


Welcome back for the 2021-2022 school year!

As Onslow County Schools embark on the CKLA Language Arts units, I will be supporting the classroom studies by enriching those units for advanced learners.  In pull-out reading classes, students will delve deeper into the themes being studied in the classrooms.  In math, fourth and fifth grade students will use Hands On Equations to help the abstract concept of Algebra become concrete.  Students will extend the classroom CKLA lessons through STEAM activities as well.

I absolutely love being a Gifted Specialist and I am excited about this school year.  Please reach out to me through email for any communication.

Thank you for your interest in gifted.  Supporting your child's interests is an important way to help them grow as a learner and a human.

  • Whee Create is an opportunity for your child to show their creative side at home.  Whee Create is a free opportunity from Western Carolina University, where I am currently enrolled in the Masters program for Gifted, Creative, and Innovative Instruction.


    What is AIG?

    Academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experiences 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.


    Screening, Identification, and Placement

    Onslow County Schools' commitment to providing an appropriately differentiated education for all academically and/or intellectually gifted students is evidenced by the school system's screening, assessment, identification, and AIG placement procedures. Students are referred to be screened by their teachers, parents, or self-referral. AIG Specialists also routinely go through the previous year's E.O.G. scores to look for potential AIG candidates.

    Potential AIG candidates may be screened/tested in the fall or spring. Each AIG identification and placement decision is made on a case by case basis according to individual student assessment results. Students who are identified as AIG may remain eligible for AIG services throughout his/her OCS school career, with no reassessment necessary. If a student is identified in one area (Reading or Math) and EOG test scores and/or other evidence shows need for identification in the area in which the student is not yet identified, additional testing may occur in an attempt to add this additional area of AIG identification.


    Pathways to AIG Identification and Placement

    In order to accurately identify giftedness in students, clear, comprehensive, and equitable screening, referral, and identification processes must be in place. Onslow County Schools' currently employs two different pathways for entrance into the AIG Program.

    Option A:

    The student's Standard Age Percentile is 97 or higher in Verbal, Quantitative, Nonverbal, and/or Composite on the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) or other OCS approved standardized aptitude test - this will result in automatic placement in reading and/or math.
    The student's Standard Age Percentile is 92 or higher on BOTH:  1- the CogAT or other OCS approved standardized aptitude test (the CogAT - or any other standardized aptitude test screens a child's potential) 2- ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) or other OCS approved achievement test (the ITBS or any other standardized achievement test screens a child's grade level performance in reading and math).

    Option B:

    Student must meet 3 out of 4 criteria:
    Criteria 1: Aptitude Test - 92 percentile or higher Criteria 2: Achievement test - 92 percentile or higher Criteria 3:Motivation - 2 out of 3 qualifying surveys/scores Criteria 4: Performance -2 out of 3 criteria (E.O.G./E.O.C. 95th percentile or above in either reading or mathematics, subject grades, work samples demonstrating gifted ability or potential that support the area of identification).


    New Students to the Onslow County Schools System Identified as Academically Gifted

    A student new to OCS, who was identified and served in a gifted program prior to his/her enrollment in the Onslow County School System, will be considered for immediate AIG placement and/or additional screening. The AIG Specialist will examine the transfer student's records and the documentation used to place the student in the gifted program in his/her previous school. If the documentation is such that the student would have also met the OCS AIG eligibility criteria at the time of placement, then the AIG Specialist will honor the student's AIG eligibility and determine the appropriate service option to best meet the student's needs according to his/her academic profile.