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Welcome to the Instructional Programs website. We serve grades K-12 in the areas of Media, AIG, and the Arts.

Please use the tabs below to learn more about our programs


2019-2022 AIG Plan Advisory CounciLMeeting Minutes

October 19, 2018: First meeting of AIG Advisory Council. The current AIG plan was introduced. NC DPI changes to AIG Standards were shared. Preliminary planning for updating 2019-2022 AIG Plan and surveys for all stakeholders were created.


October 20, 2018: Five surveys were distributed: Parent Survey, Elementary Student Survey, Middle School Student Survey, Certified Teacher Survey, and AIG Teacher Survey. Letters were distributed to AIG parents of students in grades 4-8 sharing the link to surveys. Principals received links to share with appropriate faculty members. Surveys were housed on Rowan Salisbury Website and open for responses until November 7, 2019. 


November 16, 2018: Second meeting of AIG Advisory Council. Survey results were shared and data was disaggregated. Recurring areas for discussion/improvement were communication, extracurricular activities for AIG students, and inconsistency in services provided. Standards 1 (Student Identification), 5 (Partnerships) and 6 (Program Accountability) of current plan were assessed.


January 11, 2019: Third meeting of the AIG Advisory Council. A timeline of AIG services, accountability data and areas for improvement were shared and discussed. A gallery walk to gather specific ideas and direction for improvement was conducted. Specific topics and areas covered: communication, paperwork, professional development, nurturing, service delivery, student identification and other opportunities for gifted students. Members will provide further feedback on topics examined and continue to develop the plan based on feedback. Members present: Emily Bancroft, Christine Barringer, Jennifer Eagle, Justin James, Marae Reid, Mark Rockwell, Paige Smart, Ron Turbyfill, Jeanna Gregory, Nancy Goodnight, Eisa Cox.

AIG Advisory Council Members:

  • Emily Bancroft
  • Christine Barringer
  • Jennifer Eagle
  • Justin James
  • Marae Reid
  • Mark Rockwell
  • Paige Smart
  • Emily Teeter
  • Stephanie Sanders
  • Ron Turbyfill
  • Darrin Turner
  • Jeanna Gregory
  • Nancy Goodnight
  • Eisa Cox


The purpose of the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Education Program is to provide differentiated educational services for Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted students that comply with Article 9B of the state of North Carolina General Statues. It is our goal to provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum that will prepare our students for work and life in the 21st century.

Definition of AIG

Article 9B of the state of North Carolina General Statues defines Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted students as those who:

  • Perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment;
  • Exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields; and
  • Require differentiated education services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular education program.

AIG Identification Pathways:

Pathway One

99 percentile on aptitude test.

Pathway Two

Sum of Percentiles for Aptitude and Achievement score is greater than or equal to 183

Pathway Three

Three of the four criteria must be met to qualify with this pathway:

  • Achievement test score of 93 percentile or higher
  • Grade of “A” in reading and/or math for the year/semester
  • Combined score of 178-182 on Pathway Two plus an average of 88 percent (304) on the Learner Inventory

AIG Surveys

We are in the process of writing a new AIG plan for 2019-2022. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey below. Your feedback and suggestions are extremely helpful as we strive to further improve our AIG services. Click the appropriate link below to access the survey (parent, elementary student, middle school student, certified staff member, AIG teacher). The survey window will be open until November 7, 2018. Thank you.

Parent Survey

Elem. STudent

MS Student

Certified staff 

AIG teacher

Arts Education

In today's globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity is essential for all students. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts helps develop these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students. All of the arts are taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum.

The Rowan-Salisbury School System offers Art and Music classes to all elementary students. In middle and high school, students have the opportunity to participate in Art, Band, and Chorus. Some high schools also offer Theater and Dance.

Arts Education Wiki


Welcome to the Media Services Department for the Rowan-Salisbury School System

K-12 libraries are no longer places that just house books and are quiet! Today's media center is the instructional hub of the school and the media coordinator serves as an instructional partner. In RSS, we are transforming our media centers and updating them with more up-to-date and student-friendly furnishing. We want all students to have an inviting place to enjoy as they work, create, and read!


Please use the link above to visit your school's Destiny site for all the resources that are currently available in both print and digital format.

Instructional Programs Staff

Eisa Cox

Eisa Cox

Titles: Executive Director of Programs
Phone Numbers:
School: 704-630-6050

Nancy Goodnight

Titles: AIG Lead Teacher
Phone Numbers:
School: 704-639-3004

Jeanna Gregory

Titles: AIG Support
Phone Numbers:
School: 704-639-3004