Academically/Intellectually Gifted

AIG Specialist - Chris Schmidt 

Click on my name above and navigate to my website for more detailed information about the AIG program, news and updates, etc.  

I serve two schools in Buncombe County, Bell Elementary and Oakley Elementary.  The "Link to Homepage" will re-direct you to my Oakley Elem. page since that is considered my base school.  


**The gifted program at Charles C. Bell Elementary serves students who
demonstrate a need for curriculum differentiation.  

**Formal identification usually starts in the third grade.  

**Buncombe County uses multiple criteria to determine the degree of need for differentiation.  The criteria include aptitude (intelligence) testing, achievement testing, teacher observation of typical characteristics, grades, and work samples when needed.

Services Include:

**Cluster grouping and curriculum differentiation by the classroom teachers
**Enrichment groups (pull-outs) with the gifted specialist with curriculum designed for gifted students (multiple times per week) 

**Extra-curricular activities and clubs such as Readers Odyssey, TECHNOLOGY CLUB, Geography Bee, Buncombe County Schools Elementary Math Competition, etc.

**"Problem Solvers" Nurturing Program for 1-2 students who demonstrate a need for enrichment
(This is not formal identification for AIG program.)