Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program


 Appalachian State & Lees McRae Trip: 

See the twitter account!

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 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:

Month: Location: Cost: Notes: Trip Includes:
September UNC-Asheville(AM)

Mars Hill (PM)

$20.00 Returning at 4:00 Includes Lunch and Travel
October Appalachian State (AM)

Lees McRae (PM)

$25.00 Returning by 6:00 Includes lunch and Travel
November Clemson University $20.00 Returning by 4:00 Includes Lunch
February  Western Carolina University $10.00 Returning before buses Includes Lunch
March UNC-Charlotte (AM)

Lenior Rhyne (PM)

$25.00 Returning by 6:00 Includes Lunch

*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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