Advanced Academics

Director of AIG and Magnet Programs

Laura Parrott

Coordinator of Advanced Academics     

919-560-2376 Ext. 21303     

Durham Public Schools recognizes that students learn in many different ways, and at a variety of levels. Advanced and intellectually gifted (AIG) students will find rigorous programs that challenge and develop their unique gifts and learning styles. The AIG programs in Durham Public Schools begin with assessments as early as second grade, and continue throughout elementary and middle school. Once a student enters high school, a wealth of advanced placement courses, and other special programs, are available. 

Department of Advanced Academics

Durham Public Schools will ensure that all students achieve at their highest potential regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status. Each student will make continuous progress and be at or above grade level.

The Department of Advanced Academics will ensure that all advanced and gifted learners make continuous progress from a strong foundation in elementary school, through a rigorous and challenging middle school curriculum, into a high school program that offers the opportunity to complete college-level work before graduation.

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