We are aware that our Academic/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students require rigor so that each student is challenged and supported so he or she can learn at the highest possible levels. Our AIG program requires rigor of every AIG student through the extension of the NC Standard Course of Study using authentic, real life problem solving at high levels of challenge Gifted students are gifted 24 hours, 7 days a week, not only when they are working with their Gifted Education Specialist. It is imperative that regular classroom teachers and other staff members understand how to meet the needs of our gifted students. It is not a matter of choosing low achieving students over AIG students (since they both have their own programs); it is a matter of making sure that all students are challenged to be the best that they can be. While we have a strong AIG program, we are continuously monitoring it - with the input from our parents and other key stakeholders - to improve it to meet the needs of our many academically gifted students.