Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program

***Announcement: SURVEY

Please complete the parent survey, found at the link below.  This survey determines services provided in our district, and specifically in your school. Your child directly benefits from these services. Also, if your child has not already taken the survey, you may have them complete the appropriate survey for their grade. If you have more than one child currently in the AIG program (grades 3-13,) please complete the survey for each child so that the results reflect the program appropriately. We know that there have been changes to the program over time and each child may have a different experience. The written feedback is truly read and reflected upon, so it is invaluable information.

AIG Survey Links-

AIG Elementary Student (Grades 3-5 survey):

AIG Secondary Student (Grades 6-13 survey):

AIG Parent Survey:



Would you like to have input on the Jackson County Public Schools AIG plan?

AIG Stakeholder Feedback needed for JCPS AIG Plan

Next Meeting:  March 21st, 3:30-5:00, JCPS Boardroom at 398 Hospital Road, Sylva

RSVP or send input to Laura Dills at

Topics Include: Identification, Programming, Professional Development, and more!

Find the full current plan HERE.

If you cannot attend, you may send feedback including questions, concerns, or comments to Laura Dills, via email or if you prefer, you may provide written feedback to Kristin Holt, AIG Specialist.

Next College Trip: Appalachian State & Lees McRae!

March 27, 2019

10 available spots remaining! 

8:00am departure, 6:00pm or before return 

Lees McRae

Appalachian State University

Permission slips are available on Mrs. Holt’s Door! Or print below:

*Cost calculated on 30 students attending. If more attend, the fee reduces, and if fewer attend, the fee may go up slightly.

** Students will be notified of date changes as soon as changes are made.

***The trip is capped at a 30 student maximum, a wait list will be created and students who drop out at the last minute or do not show may be replaced by those on the wait list. 


Clemson Trip: 

See the twitter account! We had a blast! 

Fall Lunch Meetings:

AIG meetings will be held in the media center on the following dates:

Thursday, September 27th, for sophomores- AIG Sophomore Meeting FINAL
Tuesday, October 2nd, for freshmen-AIG-Freshmen-Meeting

Topics will include College Trips, Credit by Demonstrated Mastery, Differentiated Education Plans, and Additional Opportunities

College Trip Cancelled: 

The UNC-Chapel Hill/NC State College Visit has been canceled due to a lack of interest making the trip not cost effective.


AIG Paperwork:

If you have not signed your student’s Differentiated Education Plan for the 2018-2019 school year, you may stop by during the parent interest meeting on September 4th, or during Mrs. Holt’s office hours. For more information, you can contact Mrs. Kristin Holt via email or via phone (828) 586-2177 ext 2026.

Summer CDM Application Window OPEN!

For more information see the CDM page. Applications can be picked up from room 4. The last date to apply is May 31, 2019 . The Phase I testing window is July 18th-31st. 

AIG Office Hours:

Smoky Mountain High School, Room 4

Mondays – after school

Tuesdays – 3rd period & after school

Thursdays and Fridays –  all day, except 4th period.

Join the Remind group!

Click this link:

Follow the directions to join the group. This will be the way I can send texts/emails to keep you updated about scheduled field trips, opportunities, and paperwork due dates.

Upcoming Scheduled College/University Tours

Here is the schedule for the upcoming College/University Tours:

**Date: Locations: *Cost: Permission Slip and $ Due: Notes:
Moved to Spring (TBA) Western Carolina University $10.00   Includes lunch
March 27th Appalachian State (AM)

Lees McRae (PM)

$35.00   Includes two meals

*Cost calculated on 20 students attending. If more attend, the fee reduces, and if fewer attend, the fee may go up slightly.

** Students will be notified of date changes as soon as changes are made.

***First students to respond will be able to attend the trip.



New Class Offered for the 18-19 School Year!

AIG Honors Research and Seminar I

This course is designed to study in the understanding of research through project-based learning directed at academically and intellectually gifted students. The course will include lecture, community involvement (consulting with community leaders and expert advisors,) project-based learning, development of research, public speaking and other skills necessary for college level student success. Students will work independently on defining a passion, identifying a problem, researching past, present and future implications and proposing a well-developed solution.  Assigned reading, reflections and project development may take place outside the class.


AIG Honors Research and Seminar II

This course, second in a series of two, is designed as an extension of AIG Honors Research and Seminar I. Two pathways are offered.  The first pathway is created to extend the original problem or project developed in AIG Honors Research and Seminar I. This process will address a change in purpose, goal or objective, adapting methodology or additional/different variables. The second pathway addresses the use of prior knowledge of setting up research, however concentrates on a new passion/topic. Assigned reading, reflections and project development may take place outside the class.


Please discuss scheduling these classes with the SMHS Student Support Center 

AIG Specialist


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