SLES PTA has just created the AAP Support Group to give parents a space to connect with other families whose children are in AAP.

What is Advanced Academics?

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for students that builds upon individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners. As permitted by FCPS, Stratford Landing Elementary School (SLES) offers advanced academics programs (AAP) to all children via a variety of eligibility levels.

Students may participate in AAP on a part-time or full-time basis.

Ms. Lora Luster is the advanced academic resource teacher at SLES who coordinates the AAP program and bridges with the AAP Office regarding FCPS directives. Ms. Luster coaches and supports all teaching staff. All teachers in the building, grades K – 6th offer AAP services. General Education teachers provide AAP Levels I, II, and III.

In addition, Ms. Luster assembles application files and school site committees for local AAP screenings to determine student eligibility. The AAP district office screens all Level IV applicants. Center teachers are endorsed by either FCPS, or the VDOE to provide Level IV servicing to students.

The FCPS website offers an overview of the AAP program with many more details. Ms. Luster, along with the administration team, disseminates all “official communication” regarding AAP services to the community.

SLES AAP Support Group Mission Statement

To help families by offering a dedicated space to talk about AAP issues, share personal experiences, and make meaningful connections.

Vision Statement

This group plans to support parents through a dedicated space (Google Group) where families can discuss AAP specifics and establish meaningful grade-level connections with other families.

Google Group

There is a new Google group for families whose students participate in AAP, or for families who are interested in applying for AAP. Send an email to to join the group and start posting questions and conversations about AAP.

Goals for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

This group plans to:

  1. Successfully create one central communication channel to facilitate the flow of questions and answers about the AAP program and,
  2. Invite and encourage families to actively participate.