Advanced Academics/GT

Wade S. Kerns
                             Nadiyyah Nasir
Administrative Secretary 
105 W. Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
  Phone: 443-809-4330
Fax: 410-823-7028

Advanced Academics is an umbrella term that encompasses all the differentiated programs and services Baltimore County Public Schools offers to its advanced and high potential learners. These programs and services are specially designed to extend, enrich, and/or accelerate the standard school program in order to meet the needs of our students. These programs and services include differentiated small groups, Grades 4 and 5 Advanced mathematics, Gifted and Talented/Advanced Academics classes at the middle and high school levels, Advanced Placement classes and Dual Credit courses at the high school level, and subject- or grade-level acceleration at all levels.


The Office of Advanced Academics contributes to creating a culture of deliberate excellence through its commitment to all students who have the capability, potential or motivation to access advanced academic curriculum and instruction.


In order to support BCPS in creating a culture of deliberate excellence, the Office of Advanced Academics will:
  1. Nurture potential in all students.
  2. Challenge students with advanced capabilities through differentiation and responsive instruction.
  3. Equitably address needs of advanced and high potential leaners across all populations.
  4. Collaborate with academic offices to enhance, develop and implement responsive, rigorous and relevant curriculum and instruction that meets the needs of advanced and high potential learners.
  5. Gather input to understand and respond to the needs of stakeholders.
  6. Provide support to schools through professional development, materials and resources that build teacher capacity to meet the needs of advanced and high potential learners.
  7. Advocate for increased, equitable participation in advanced academics through curriculum development, consistent implementation of Advanced Academic processes and procedures, professional development, communication with all stakeholders, participation in state and national organizations and promoting the implementation of best practices in the field.

Contact Information

Wade Kerns, Coordinator, 2e Contact

Nadiyyah Nasir, Administrative Secretary

105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 443-809-4330
Fax: 410-823-7028


Notification to the public:

The books listed below are being proposed for student use in elementary English Language Arts. These books are available for public review at the following location:

The Jefferson Building, 4th Floor 
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue 
Towson, MD 21204

Visitors to the Jefferson Building who wish to review the books may report to the receptionist on the 3rd floor to sign in and be directed to the 4th floor public viewing area during regular business hours.

Any BCPS staff member, student, or student’s parent or guardian may provide feedback concerning the proposed books by completing the Citizens Review of Instructional Materials (click link to download).

Return the completed form to: 

Division of Curriculum and Instruction 
Baltimore County Public Schools 
105 W. Chesapeake Ave. 
Towson, MD 21204 


Books Proposed for Student Use in Elementary Language Arts
October 6, 2023

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings 

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales  

Fry Bread 

Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard 

The Girl with Big, Big Questions  

Hey, Wall  

I Am Me: A Book of Authenticity  

Nacho’s Nachos 

One Small Place in a Tree   

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga 

Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas The Color Collector 

Counting on Katherine 

Growing Up Pedro 

I Can Write the World  

I’m an American 

Mario and the Hole in the Sky 

Parrots over Puerto Rico  

Someday, Maybe by Diana Murray 

The Sparrow and the Trees 

Yum! ¡Mmmmm! ¡Que Rico! America’s Sproutings 

The Amazing Journey from Moss to Rain Forests  

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery  

Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring 

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist 

Everything Weather  

Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship 

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey Nibi Emosaawdang: The Water Walker  One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University   

Sharuko: Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello  

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees 

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan 

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets  

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story 

Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer  

There’s No Ham in Hamburgers 

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball 

All Thirteen 

Fish in a Tree How to Build a Museum I Can Make This Promise  

Our World Out of Balance 

Salsa Stories  

Song for a Whale 

When Stars Are Scattered 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  

The Wild Robot 

Yummy: A History of Desserts 

Before the Ever After 

The Great American Dust Bowl  

The Harlem Charade 

Infinite Hope 

Stolen Science: Thirteen Untold Stories of Scientists and Inventors Almost Written out of History  

The True West: Real Stories about Black Cowboys, Women Sharpshooters, Native American Rodeo Stars 

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