All AG students at East Cary Middle School have an annual Differentiated Education Plan (DEP) based on their Individual Student Profiles (ISP). Parents/Guardians have or will receive these documents for East Cary Middle School and a description of service delivery options as described within the Wake County Academically Gifted Education Brochure and Manual, when initially identified. AIG identification carries over from elementary to middle school within WCPSS. 

    If you child was identified as AG in another school system, a review of all original identification paperwork is required. WCPSS accepts certain aptitude and achievements tests; students’ scores must meet WCPSS eligibility requirements. In some cases, additional testing will be required during one of two testing windows (fall or spring).

    If you are the parent of a student who is not AIG identified but would like to learn more about the WCPSS process, please follow this link to the AIG Central Office information website:

    Mrs. Courtney Rudder, the AIG Teacher, works with Student Services to ensure your child’s correct placement. AIG students may be cluster-grouped and scheduled into classes for Language Arts and Math. A cluster is defined as a group of 5-20 AIG identified students who are served in a regular classroom setting. Additionally, students identified in the area of Mathematics are differentiated for through course selection now that they are learning at the Middle School Level.

    Various ways Mrs. Rudder provides support to the AIG population include: co-teaching with your child’s teacher, pull-out services for AIG students, and collaboration with teachers to plan differentiated lessons, activities, and projects. Some of the differentiation strategies utilized by your child’s teachers are:

    Curriculum Compacting
    Independent Projects
    Tiered Assignments
    Flexible Grouping
    Learning or Interest Centers
    Varying Questions
    Learning Contracts
    Cluster Grouping
    Mrs. Rudder also aids teachers to incorporate the Engineering Design Process in both STEM electives and the classroom. In addition, our school has a concentration on Problem-Based Learning, teaching real-world critical and creative thinking problem skills.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rudder at