The IBO is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with scholls to develop and offer three challenging programes in 117 countries. IBO offers the Diploma Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Primary Years Programme. While the IB programmes cultivate internationalism and respect for other cultures, they also adapt to the local environment and allow students to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity.
The mission of the Ingenuity Project is to prepare highly capable and motivated Baltimore students to achieve at nationally competitive levels in mathematics and science. The goal is to give city students the classroom advantages that wealthier county and private schools offer their populations with the expectation that Ingenuity students will take advanced placement courses in high school, attend college, and ultimately be prepared to become leaders in their chosen professions.
The QUEST Regional Program offers identified students in grades 3 through 6 a challenging instructional program designed to meet the needs of advanced learners. Specialized instruction and curriculum are designed to promote higher-level thinking and provide a variety of learning experiences to challenge students. Overarching themes integrate instruction and promote understanding within and across subject areas. Students participate in inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, individual and group research projects, and thoughtful discussion and dialogue. Intellectual peers provide social interaction and motivation to excel. Students participating in the QUEST Regional Program become full-time students at one of eight host schools.
The Washoe County School District's Gifted and Talented School Within a School (SWAS) program is for students in grades 3-6 who are identified as highly gifted. It is located at magnet sites within the district and provides a self-contained classroom environment, helping to meet the needs of these students in lieu of their regular classroom placement.
Part of The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series, this concise guide provides an introduction to the various types of out-of-school programming recommended and appropriate for gifted and advanced learners. VanTassel-Baska includes overviews of mentoring programs, residential schools, summer opportunities, and distance learning. Readers can learn about alternative services for teachers, parents and gifted education program directors. Click here to read a review of this book.
This book discusses the concerns and considerations associated with educating one's children in a socioeconomically diverse community, including common quandaries such as how to select a school that is both progressive and high-achieving.
The mission of Boston University Academy is to educate talented students who are passionate about learning and who share the joy of inquiry. Engaging with dedicated teachers in a small and caring community, students first immerse themselves in a classically based curriculum and then continue their intellectual interests at Boston University, a major research university.
The goal of this school is to embody a highly challenging and hands-on learning environment. In non-traditional fashion, exceptional adolescents integrate technology and advanced methods into their learning culture to achieve exponential growth.
Founded in 1984, Hollingworth Preschool is often described as a hybrid program, influenced by a range of educational theories and approaches, as well as progressive beliefs in pedagogy and how children learn best through inquiry, through play, and through self-reflective approaches as they learn through experience. A program of Teachers College at Columbia University, Hollingworth Preschool has a dual mission to provide enrichment opportunities for young children while also serving as a lab school site for professional development of graduate students. The mission of the preschool is to provide an optimal educational match between the needs of the bright, creative and curious children it serves, and our developmentally appropriate and responsive early childhood environment.
Located on 94th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, Hunter College Campus Schools offer an elementary school for children from kindergarten to sixth grade and a high school from seventh to twelfh grade. The school is publicly funded and committed to serving a gifted student body. Students are taught to think critically and creatively. The curriculum emphasizes mastery of the arts and sciences. During the fourth through sixth grades teachers provide opportunities for students to explore topics in-depth. In addition to the material taught by homeroom teachers, children study areas known as "specials", which are taught by a specialist in the fields of foreign language, music, cultural arts, mathematics and others. Each year, 48 students are enrolled in the kindergarten program.
Hunter College High School is a public coeducational day school for intellectually gifted students in grades 7-12, located in New York City. Students here experience an enriched and accelerated liberal arts program within a rigorous and collaborative learning community. The school is supported and maintained by the City University of New York. Students are admitted on a basis of an entrance exam given in January of their sixth grade year. Students must be recommended by their elementary school principal to sit for the exam. The school promotes respect for scholarship, leadership, and service (all students must complete a minimum number of hours of community service before graduation).
This non-residential, dual-enrollment program is located in North Carolina, on the Guildford College campus. This early college program accepts students living in Guilford and is tailored for self-motivated students who wish to receive their high school diploma while accomplishing two years of undergraduate work.
Located on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, the Scholars Academy welcomes all interested rising ninth graders to apply for admission into its program. Once enrolled, Scholars Academy students take a combination of rigorous high school and college courses. During the first two years, the students focus on completing most of the requirements for high school graduation, taking several college and Advanced Placement courses. During their junior and senior years, the students take a combination of college and Advanced Placement courses, preparing them for their chosen field of study after high school graduation. The Scholars Academy is a part of Horry County Public Schools.
This private school is for able learners age three through eighth grade. It focuses on helping students learn how to work hard, develop good academic skills and emphasize creativity as well as being able to provide a unique environment with small class sizes and an emphasis on the arts. Flexible pacing is provided for all children.
Academy Hill School is a coeducational private day school for grades K-8, located in Springfield, Mass. According their web site, the student to teacher ratio is small, curriculum is compacted and learning is accelerated and enriched. Children are instructed individually and in small groups.
ACE Academy is a private, independent school for gifted students in Austin, Texas. ACE combines strong, integrated academic curriculum with a global outlook. Emotional intelligence, fine arts, foreign languages, robotics, multiple electives, and independent study provide gifted students with the ability groupings, depth, and pace they require to thrive. ACE Academy offers grades Pre-K (3 years) to high school.
Acera is an independent school for gifted and talented students in the Greater Boston area. The school enables learning based upon ability, not age. Focused on STEM, creativity and leadership, learning occurs through discovery, leveraging an interdisciplinary, thematic, hands-on approach.
Alexander Dawson School challenges its students to achieve excellence of mind, body, and character through a rigorous college preparatory program. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world. Dawson is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS). Dawson is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Rocky Mountain ACAC, and the Colorado Council for High School/College Relations.
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain in Las Vegas, Nevada is a learning community for boys and girls in preschool through grade eight that challenges students to achieve excellence in mind, body and character.
AltSchool is currently building a network of micro-schools that are located in the San Francisco neighborhoods where most AltSchool applicants live. AltSchool micro-schools are small learning communities that range from 20 to 80 students. Because of their small size, micro-schools are flexible in adapting to the needs of teachers, parents and students. Micro-schools foster a strong sense of community while benefiting from the resources and innovations of the larger AltSchool network. Personalized Learning Plans are developed for each student.
Anderson is a private coeducational day school for elementary and middle school students, located in Fort Worth, Texas.
This school offers an extremely individualized curriculum.
Areté Preparatory Academy offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, emphasizing the skills necessary for success in challenging undergraduate programs in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the five traditional high school subjects (English, social science/history, mathematics, laboratory science, and foreign language), students participate in a four-year Great Ideas requirement with the goal of becoming fluent in the basic tenets of philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and political science.
Ashbrook Independent School is a private, secular, non-profit, pK-8 college-track preparatory school located in Corvallis, Oregon. Its mission is to challenge and nurture academically-capable students.
ASSETS School is a private coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, specifically for gifted and/or dyslexic children. The school provides an individualized, integrated learning environment. ASSETS' environment empowers these children to maximize their potential and to find their places as lifelong learners in school and society.
ASSETS School specializes in serving children and young people from 5 to 18 years of age whose capability is greater than their achievement and those who are in need of acceleration and enrichment. Counseling and behavior management are central to an ASSETS education and are integrated into all programs. ASSETS does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.
This private pre-K through fifth-grade school’s mission is to provide gifted young people an advanced educational opportunity. Each student receive a Personalized Learning Plan with the goal of engaging students in learning opportunities at a pace and depth consistent with individual knowledge, skills, and motivation.
The school also offers a variety of summer camps focused on STEAM subjects.
The Barrie School is a private coeducational day school for grades PK-12, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Barrie School provides a comprehensive and age-appropriate curriculum. The Lower School programs reflect the institution's longstanding role as a center for Montessori education and teacher training. The Middle and Upper School academic programs provide a rigorous preparation for college and are distinctive for their emphasis on student-centered experiential learning.
The mission of this organization is to provide an exceptional learning environment where gifted students may have an education that provides unlimited growth in their areas of interest while building strategies needed for lifelong learning and well-being.
This private, non-profit school offers an enriched and accelerated program for gifted students in grades PreK-8 that is flexible and personalized. A 21st Century education is provided for the "whole child."
Beacon is an independent preparatory day school for intellectually curious students in grades 3-12. Guided by key tenets of gifted education, Beacon’s mission is to provide an inspirational environment where students are free to be themselves, take risks, explore passions, master disciplines, and “find their own light”. Beacon’s core curriculum is aligned with elite standards, but its program is personalized, with a 3:1 student-teacher ratio and an individualized approach to both placement and instruction.
Big Minds is an attachment-based, community focused school designed to give 2e students the time and support necessary to grow into thoughtful, articulate citizens.
Our focus is on socio-emotional development that supports both cognitive and creative growth. Students and teachers are continually engaged in a passionate, reciprocal learning process. Our academic work is inquiry-based, dynamic, and follows student interests.
Big Minds is designed to help 2e children reach their full intellectual and creative potential, while giving them the necessary skills to be socially competent in the world.
The mission of the Bridges Academy is to educate twice-exceptional (2e) students. The school offers two programs: the Phoenix Program for students ages 9-11, and the 7th-12th grade post-secondary preparatory program.
Located in Broomfield, Colorado, Broomfield Academy is a nationally accredited private elementary school offering small class sizes, individualized learning plans and an advanced curriculum. The school admits children ages 3 to 12 and offers a well-rounded curriculum including world language, music, art, technology, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and physical education. Broomfield Academy also offers a before- and after-school program for working parents.
The curriculum at this boarding school is broad and demanding, offering a combination of traditional subjects, courses in the arts, and some studies rarely encountered before college. Courses, activities, and community life all contain vital potential for growth, so individual course programs allow for a mixture of academic and nonacademic pursuits.
Camelot Academy is a private coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Durham, North Carolina. It offers a college-preparatory curriculum to about 100 students with a student/teacher ratio of about 10:1. Camelot's small size and dedicated teaching staff make it possible for students to have a tailor-made educational experience.
Choate Rosemary Hall is a private coeducational day and residential high school for grades 9-12, located in Wallingford, Connecticut.
A rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on character formation is at the core of the school's mission.
The school's balanced curriculum offers each student a firm grounding in the fundamentals of clear thinking and expression with emphasis on individual development.
Colorado Academy is a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades PK-12 located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1906, the nonsectarian school provides exceptional learning opportunities for students.
Colorado Academy strives for academic excellence and the highest standards as expressed by the ideals of the liberal arts tradition and the education of the whole child. They believe excellence finds its best representation within a school community where education is enhanced by nurturing support, service to shared values, and the balanced growth of self and others.
Commonwealth is a small private coeducational day school for grades 9-12, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Commonwealth offers students from all backgrounds a chance to join in a community of individuals who care about learning. This community is built on academic rigor, constructive energy, and mutual respect. Its atmosphere is friendly and its population diverse.
Classes are small and coursework is demanding. Students participate in rich varied programs in the arts and athletics. Through a City of Boston course, internship projects, and community service program, Commonwealth also provides its students outstanding opportunities to learn about and engage in the cultural and political life of Boston.
Covington Latin School offers gifted students an accelerated college-preparatory high school education. It offers a program completely designed to accelerate the development of younger students. Students enter the Latin School after completing the sixth or seventh grade, thus beginning their high school education one to two years earlier than a traditional high school program. Covington Latin School is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.
Crestwood is a day school with a reputation as one of the premiere educational programs in Long Island, NY since 1956, with students ranging from toddlers to eight graders. The school has recently embraced acceleration programs and offers small classrooms that feature teaching children foreign languages, computer skills, and an appreciation for the arts.
Cyprus Classical Academy in Burnsville, Minnesota is a school that offers a customized and individualized classes and pacing for each student while maintaining a school structure and planned curriculum. Students leave Cyprus with an excellent education in math, language, composition, public speaking, the arts, history, science and technology. Cyprus also offers extensive options for foreign language, music and art, which further allows students to develop their talents and broaden and refine their knowledge into multiple areas of study and expertise.
DaVinci Academy is a private coeducational day school for gifted children in grades K-8, located in the Chicago suburb of Elgin, Illinois.
DaVinci Academy believes in giving gifted students a solid educational foundation to build upon, and in preparing them for success throughout life. DaVinci Academy believes four important aspects of development - academic, creative, emotional, and social - enable the gifted child to reach his or her potential. All four aspects are incorporated in the child's learning experience at DaVinci.
De La Salle Academy is a private coeducational day school for grades 6-8, located in New York City. This school, located in Manhattan, serves academically talented, economically disadvantaged students. The school stresses the education of the total person by providing the students with an accelerated and enriched curriculum.
Dunham Academy is an academically selective, private coeducational day school for grades K-8, located in San Rafael, California. Dunham Academy was founded and incorporated in 1998 in San Rafael, California by Jennifer and Daniel Dunham as a nonprofit educational institution to meet the needs of the area's large population of academically talented students where families seek for their children an academically rigorous, independent education in a challenging and enriching environment.
Edlin School is a private coeducational day school for grades K-8, located in Reston, Virginia. This school was established by two teachers with gifted children who found their needs were not being met in existing institutions. It is a nurturing place, relatively flexible, and quite small. There is a dress code; Willingness to make some accomodations for HG/EG/PG children.
Emerson School is a private coed day school for academically gifted students in grades K-8, in Ann Arbor, Mich. It has achieved success in developing the talents and strengths of the individual thanks to outstanding teachers and an innovative curriculum . The mission of Emerson School is to provide a whole child, multiple method approach to instruction for gifted and for academically talented students.
Evergreen School is a private coedcuational day school for grades PK-8, located in Shoreline, Washington.
The Evergreen School challenges and nurtures highly intelligent, creative children, fostering responsibility, love of learning and self-esteem. Evergreen offers an enriched curriculum using innovative educational techniques including independent and small, flexible group learning.
At Feynman School the focus is on real understanding, not rote learning. Kids tinker, get their hands dirty, think and question in a fun, dynamic setting. The school opened in fall 2010 and currently teaches through fourth grade. The school plans to add a level each year until eighth grade in 2019.
This is a private, progressive secular school based on a constructivist model of education. The K-5 curriculum is designed specifically for gifted students.
There is multi-dimensional learning, including social and emotional development, and a low student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. Students are placed where they will be most comfortable socially and academically, not on their chronological ages.
Journeys School identifies gifted and talented students using such standardized tests as CTP 4 of the ERB, PSAT, SAT and SCAT, as well as assesses student performance through their portfolio of work (including art, written pieces, performance documentation and other projects). Outstanding student performance is then identified by a committee of teachers and an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is developed.
Key School is a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades PK-12, located in Annapolis, Maryland. Key School's greatest strengths are its students, its faculty, and its program. Key students are curious, lively, enthusiastic, articulate, and self-confident. Key teachers are noted for their experience, their intellectual vitality, and their concern for students. The program includes courses, materials, and experiences intended to instruct, stimulate, challenge, and engender a delight in learning.
Kradwell School is a school for students who aren't successful in traditional type school settings. They cater to gifted students, students with learning and behavioral disabilities including Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder and Depression.
LCPS is a private day school that serves gifted and talented students. The school is designed to provide exceptionally motivated students and 2e students the opportunity to experience the freedom and challenge of reaching their full potential.
Learning Matters Educational Group (LMEG) is a leader in operating innovative charter schools. Serving five charter schools in Arizona with over 800 students, LMEG partners with local charter schools to design student-focused academic environments, rich in technology, with high expectations and standards-based curriculum.
The Logan School for Creative Learning is a private coed day school for children ages 5-15, located in Denver, CO. The Logan School provides a challenging environment that addresses the intellectual, emotional, and social needs children. Students have an individualized curriculum for his/her unique readiness level, learning style, and personal interests, and decisions are made each year about appropriate placement of students, depending upon their needs and progress.
The Long Island School for the Gifted (LISG) is a private coeducational day school for gifted students in grades K-9, located in Huntington Station, New York. This is an academically rigorous school with a fairly traditional approach to education. The curriculum for each grade level is about 2 years ahead of other (non gifted) schools. Each graduating ninth grader enters high school having already earned several credits and is in a position to accelerate through the high school curriculum.
This school is designed to provide stimulation, individualized attention, and encouragement for students in grades 6-12. The goal is to make each student focused, hardworking and creative. Long Trail School also provides students the International Baccalaureate program.
This residential school, chartered in 1874, will work with students of exceptional ability to come up with a suitable educational plan and awards credit for work completed at other secondary institutions and students can test out of classes. The curriculum is flexible enough to allow some specialization and the school is comfortable in allowing intellectually motivated students to explore as they will. Academically vigorous, the school promotes active learning and close faculty-student bonds.
Located in Ashburn, Virginia, the Loudoun School for the Gifted offers courses and curriculum that seek to challenge students while at the same time stimulating creativity and making school an enjoyable place to be. Ideal Schools High School opened in 2008 as the first and only co-educational independent high school in Loudoun County founded. In 2012, the school added grades 6 through 8 and was renamed Loudoun School for the Gifted, to reflect the school's focus and academic program.
This school stands as the Rocky Mountain pioneer in gifted and talented education. The holistic, well-rounded educational program focuses on the mind and the heart and nurtures the social, emotional, physical, and creative needs of gifted children, as well as academic ones. Mackintosh Academy employs the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme curricular framework, which helps ensure that each individual student is engaged, challenged, pushed to be an independent thinker.
Located in Port Washington, New York, My Spectrum School is dedicated to educating gifted children in their preschool, kindergarten, first grade, after school enrichment, and summer camp gifted programs. Their facility has 5,000 square feet of carefully designed classroom space for stimulating and enriching learning experiences. Students are challenged and their interests' cultivated with an accelerated curriculum modeled after the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Harvard University Project Spectrum in conjunction with New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
The Nueva School is a private coeducational day school for gifted and talented students in grades PreK-12, in Hillsborough, Calif. It's vision is to create a dynamic educational model where gifted and talented children learn to make choices that benefit the world.
Oak Crest Academy is a fully accredited school specifically built to address the needs and learning styles of gifted and talented students in grades K-8 (high school to open in Fall of 2017). It is designed to bring together highly trained faculty, carefully designed gifted curricula, and like-minded peers, as well as a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery. Oak Crest Academy also offers an Independent Learning Program (OCAIL) for those students in grades K-12 with talents that keep them training or traveling during the school day or students who may choose to take college courses.
The founder of this private elementary and middle school created the gifted program for the Kennewick, Washington public school system. This school is not specifically for gifted students, but attracts them because they are given the freedom to work at their own pace and are challenged appropriately. Students are organized into two groups, intermediate students and middle schoolers. The teacher and parents prepare an individualized education plan for each student.
Open Window School now serves students in grades K-8. Vista Academy, the OWS middle school division, offers a unique and challenging program to students in grades 6-8. Open Window School/Vista Academy offer a differentiated curriculum at all grade levels targeting the needs of students.
The Peabody School's mission is to serve the needs of academically advanced children in one or more areas of all backgrounds by promoting cognitive, social and emotional development for each child at a rate commensurate with his or her ability, while providing a foundation for students to become life-long learners. Serving Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade students, the Peabody School provides hands-on, differentiated learning experiences; wide-ranging and rigorous curriculum; and a nurturing, positive learning environment to meet individual needs. The Peabody School offers classes in world languages, visual arts, performing arts, physical education, and service learning in addition to the traditional core curriculum.
Pear Tree Point School is a small private coeducational day school for grades PK-5 in Darien, Connecticut. Its mission is to provide a challenging and stimulating academic program in a nurturing environment so that children of average and superior abilities can thrive. It is dedicated to developing the potential within each child, using the best in curriculum, research-based teaching, technology, and staffing to create a stimulating and nurturing learning environment. In addition to helping children reach high standards of academic achievement, our faculty creates a close-knit community, where children experience a strong sense of belonging and enjoy the self-confidence that comes from reaching goals.
Pegasus School is a private, coeducational day school for gifted students in grades PK-8, located in Huntington Beach, California. The Pegasus School promotes academic excellence in a supportive environment that develops active learners and creative problem solvers who are eager to apply their knowledge to real life experiences. We are committed to providing unique opportunities to achieve through a challenging curriculum that also encourages character development and traditional values.
Phillips Academy is a private, coeducational residential and day school for grades 9-12, located in Andover, Massachusetts. Phillips Academy, also known as Andover, is a coeducational independent high school of 1,079 students, known for its academics and the diversity of its student body. Located 25 miles north of Boston, the academy was founded in 1778 and is the nation's oldest incorporated boarding school.
Pierrepont School is a small, independent, co-educational elementary and high school based in Westport, Connecticut. Founded in 1999, the school moved into its current building on Sylvan Road in the fall of 2002. The school enrolls students from kindergarten through high school ages.
The educational philosophy at Pioneer School is based on a thematic approach to education. Every year we choose four to six special topics for in-depth study, which serve as a vehicle for teaching Math, Science, Reading, Spelling and Social Studies. It is the belief that standard subjects are more meaningful and skills more readily acquired when taught in the context of an interesting theme.
This school is a learning community for intellectually curious elementary-aged children with a project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum and multi-age classrooms, where students learn at their own pace and reach their full potential.
Primoris Academy is a non-profit, private school exclusively for the brightest young minds. It is located in Westwood, in northern New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. It currently enrolls students in pre-K through ninth grade in small classes that are grouped by ability, not age. Primoris also offers Summer Enrichment programs and After School Classes.
Quest Academy is an Independent School educating and nurturing gifted students in grades PreK-8. The school offers a liberal arts curriculum that challenges and inspires gifted children along with character education and service learning. Small classes are designed to allow for teachers to meet the individual needs of students through differentiation and individualized learning plans. All classrooms use state of the art SmartBoard technology.
Reid Day School specializes in supporting the needs of elementary school students who have demonstrated gifted intellectual ability alongside a learning obstacle such as a learning disability, or emotional, behavioral or social difficulty (twice-exceptional). The school provides an expert, tailored, strength-based approach to gifted education that integrates interests and talents alongside support for academic, social and emotional areas of needed growth. In addition full-time day school program, the school has teamed with the Summit Center to offer educational therapy, counseling, consulting and assessments.
The Rhoades School is a private coeducational day school for grades K-8, located in Encinitas, California. The Rhoades School was established in 1980 to provide a safe haven for the intellectual, creative and human potential of very able children. The children at the Rhoades school receive individual attention from a faculty and staff committed to contributing to each student's fulfillment and happiness as adults.
Rocamora is a non-profit providing ongoing educational and transformational resources primarily for gifted and talented adults. All of the courses taught are designed specifically to help students be free of old patterns and live in a sustainable state of presence, creativity and spontaneity, with an open heart.
This school is an institution of formal schooling that is forward-looking and innovative, yet grounded in the independent school tradition of challenging intellectual work, individualized attention, and character development. There is a gifted and talented program within the school.
The Sage School is a private coeducational day school for ages 4 - 14, located in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The school is set in three divisions: Primes (ages 4 - 7), Juniors (ages 7 - 10), and Seniors (ages 10 - 14). Students are grouped by instructional level, not by chronological age, and their progression through the curriculum is determined by mastery of skills. Each student has an individual learning path that allows them to learn at a pace and depth matching their abilities. The school provides a complete curriculum as well as extracurricular clubs and programs for students to participate in. Details regarding Curriculum, Tuition, and the Admission process are available on the web site.
Located in Campbell, California, Sage Vista School is a private school for gifted and twice exceptional (2e) students. The school offers kindergarten through fifth grade and will be opening a middle school in the fall of 2015. Their education program emphasizes depth, mastery, collaboration, meaning and understanding that both emanate from and frame content standards.
San Tan School for the Gifted offers tuition-free, first through fifth grade, self-contained gifted classes. Gifted students have unique needs academically, socially and emotionally. All teachers at San Tan School for the Gifted are gifted endorsed or working towards gifted certification. Each gifted student will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will address the specific academic and emotional needs of each student. Further each student will follow an individualized curriculum path ensuring they are kept at their cutting edge. Classes will be self-contained and will utilize cluster grouping, based on ability, to best meet the needs of each student within the class.
The Schilling School for Gifted Children is a co-educational day school for students in grades K-12. The school focuses on the intellectual ability of their students, provides an appropriately challenging academic education, and offers individualized and small group instruction that addresses the asynchronous development of each gifted student. The Schilling School embraces the "whole child" philosophy wherein the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual facets of a child's development will be nurtured.
With information on independent schools and programs across the nation, this website can be useful when searching for opportunities for gifted students. Articles on schools from a number of viewpoints are also provided.
Seabury Hall is an independent school affiliated with the Episcopal Church serving grades 6 through 12 on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The school is designed to prepare students for successful college and university work; move students to develop mind, body and soul; and cause students to realize their responsibility to community.
The Seabury School is a private coeducational day school for grades Pre K-8, located in Tacoma, Washington. The Mission of the School is to: empower and enable gifted students to fulfill their potential and become confident and competent learners and citizens.
Seattle Country Day School is a private coeducational day school for grades K-8, located in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to provide an extraordinary educational experience for children of high intellectual and creative promise.
The school offers a multicultural arts and education program. They currently enroll approximately 100 students with a total teaching staff of 19 including specialists in drama, Spanish, music, karate, dance, physical education and art.
Stargate Charter School is a public coeducational charter school for grades K-8, located in Thornton, CO. Stargate School is a high quality, progressive and well-managed school that challenges each student's intellectual abilities, provides for character development and instills a life-long love of learning.
Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School is comprised of two separate educational entities. The Academy serves children ages 3 to 5, and is a tuition-based program. The Charter School serves children ages 6 to 14, which includes kindergarten through 8th grade. Each institution has individualized admissions procedures.
Sycamore School provides a full-time educational program to meet the needs of academically gifted students. The faculty sets criteria for evaluating students' academic progress, and it promotes and expects the development of personal responsibility, task commitment, self-discipline, independent learning, and respectful conduct. High standards of behavior and performance, as well as high aptitude, are expected.
This small private school is for "intellectually excited" students and focuses on science, math & technology. It has its own weather station including Doppler, TV station, hypospherium, planetarium, observatory and state of the art computer labs. The 4th through 8th grade program has been well established for over 15 years, and the Primary school (grades K-3) opened in 2000.
The Avery Coonley School is an independent school whose mission is to provide a learning environment that is appropriate both for academically bright and gifted children, preschool through eighth grade, who are motivated to learn and have demonstrated the potential for the scholastic achievement necessary to succeed in a challenging academic program, in order that they may become positive, productive, and respectful members of society.
Located in Framingham, Massachusetts, the Brighton School is a small private coeducational day school for gifted students in grades kindergarten through sixth. Offering an accelerated program for advanced students, the Brighton School believes that elementary school is a crucial time to lay the foundation for future academic success. Children should be provided with a structured and intellectually stimulating environment in which they feel secure and know that their accomplishments are valued. Their main goal is to provide each youngster with a superior educational background in a warm supportive environment in which he or she is motivated to do their utmost.
The Charter School of Wilmington is a public coeducational day school for grades 9-12 located in Wilmington, Delaware. This college prepatory school focuses on mathematics and science curriculum. The student teacher ratio is 18:1.
The Dinoff School is a private Kindergarten through 12th-grade school for gifted students. The school places students in classroom based on their ability, confidence, needs, desires, and challenge, not by age or grade.
Half-way between Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL, this day school enrolls approximately 360 students in grades PK-12. In addition to featuring a challenging academic curriculum aimed at above-average students, dual enrollment at Jacksonville State University is available.
The Williams School is a coeducational day, college-preparatory school for students in grades 7-12. The Williams School encourages learning and self-discovery in a collegial atmosphere that provides academic challenges and personal rewards. Williams engenders respectful and collaborative relationships throughout all facets of the community.
Thomas Jefferson School is a private, coeducational, residential day school for grades 7-12, located in St. Louis, Missouri. At TJ, we have students from cities and towns of all sizes, from any states, and from around the world. We are a community of diverse minds linked by a shared interest in learning.
University Child Development School is a private coeducational day school for grades PK-5, located in Seattle, Washington. Each child has unique talents, unique ways of thinking and understanding. Each child develops those talents at varying rates. UCDS welcomes this uniqueness, and structures its classrooms so that each child is involved in appropriate kinds and levels of learning.
Yang Academy is a private, K-12 day school with unique opportunities for students in mathematics and science. Exposed to material several years above grade level in multiple disciplines, students have been ranked in the 98th percentile on standardized tests, received awards at state and national events, and performed scientific research directed by a faculty member who has experience supervising postdoctoral fellows in physics and chemistry.
The Advanced Science, Mathematics & Technology Academy at Kennesaw Mountain High School offers rigorous, technology-centered learning. Students in the Academy take an accelerated curriculum in which they can concentrate in an area of interest. The four-year program culminates in an advanced scientific research course and accompanying field experience. Students completing the magnet program will earn both the College Preparatory and Career/Technical diplomas.
Located in Mobile, the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is a public, co-educational residential high school for grades 10 through 12. The school is for students pursuing advanced studies in mathematics, science and technology. The goal of the school is to provide an intensive educational experience to highly motivated students, from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences is a public residential high school for academically advanced juniors and seniors, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ASMS provides students with a new and unique learning environment. Here, thinking skills are nurtured which enable students to develop their own unique viewpoints and establish the ideals by which they live. Students can then translate these ideals into ideas, upon which they can act to achieve their goals.
Bronx High School of Science is a public coeducational day school for grades 9-12. Admission into Bronx Science is for residents of New York City only, and is based on the entrance examination exclusively. Bronx Science is a place where students and faculty alike experience the power of the motivated mind and the samaritan heart.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math, and Technology at Wheeler High School is a public coeducational magnet school for grades 9-12, located in Marietta, Georgia. The Center is a specialized magnet program offering Cobb County high school students a unique and advanced curriculum in science, math, and technology.
The Academic Magnet High School is a gifted and talented high school with 10 students who have been designated as National Merit Semi Finalists, and 15 students who are commended. AMHS students have maintained the highest average SAT I scores among all four-year public high schools in the state. All juniors passed the new HSAP state exit exam in the spring of 2004. In addition, for the second year in a row AMHS has met ALL AYP standards.
A K-8th grade charter school, serving
advanced, gifted, twice-exceptional and typical learners who want to excel! AACL provides personal learning plans, advanced content, hands-on porjects, thematic units, and is tuition free with no admission requirements.
Located in Birmingham, The Alabama School of Fine Arts is a public coeducational day and residential school for grades 7 through 12. Students who are residents of Alabama pay no tuition to attend. Out of state students pay tuition. There is a fee for room and board. The school offers students the opportunity to explore the frontiers of their own talents. Specialty programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Mathematics and Science, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts, plus a distinguished core academic program.
The Apogee School was founded by the same people who organized the national award winning Mensa Family Program that has served over 300 gifted families in Central Indiana since 2008. This is a school where every detail was designed to be an ideal learning environment for gifted children. The focus is to serve the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of gifted students and be exceptional at it.
This elementary and middle school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Atheneum was created and implemented in the 2002-2003 school year as a result of a program evaluation and the identification of a large number of highly-gifted individuals residing in and around Inver Grove Heights. Due to great success, Atheneum has been expanded from a two-classroom magnet school to a five-level school.
This elementary school, as well as other schools in this district, have been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
The mission of Balboa Magnet School as developed by the members of the school community is to engage all students from all social, cultural, economic and linguistic backgrounds in a stimulating, well-balanced educational program. This program encourages students' strengths and creativity enabling them to effectively meet the challenges that await them in adult society.
Opened in the fall of 2004 with grades K-3, Beacon Academy, a tuition-free public school, has two classes per grade covering K-8. Enrollment is approximately 400 students and the school is located in the lower level of the Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove. What makes Beacon Academy different from most other Core Knowledge schools is the inclusion of comprehensive Spanish instruction at each grade level. Spanish is used daily to enrich specific lessons in many classrooms. Beacon Academy is not an immersion school but a FLES-language program that includes daily instruction in Spanish along with supplemental Spanish instruction in other curricula areas. This school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Bradenton Academy is a private coed college prep day school for grades PK-12 located in Bradenton, FL. Bradenton Academy was established as a nonsectarian school dedicated to the idea that "nothing succeeds like success". The mission of the academy is to recognize the uniqueness of the students and develop all of the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for each phase of mental and physical maturation.
This tution-free academy is a public, coeducational, charter school for ages 8-14, located in Tiffin, Ohio. BCA is targeted to serve the needs of students from Seneca and surrounding counties who have been identified as gifted and talented.
Caddo Parish Magnet High School is a wonderful resource for gifted and talented students. It provides highly-skilled teachers and advanced courses for the parish's brightest students, and allows some freedom in curriculum and acceleration choices. The school is well known for the brilliant performance of its students in many academic areas, in the arts as well as sciences.
Candeo Peoria a non-profit, Arizona state-approved public charter school serving children in grades K-6.
At this school, all students are tested in math and reading. Then, they are placed according to their level either in independent study groups or even the next grade level for these subjects. They also have a pull-out gifted enrichment program.
Capitol Hill Magnet School is a full-time academically gifted and talented program for students in grades 1-8. Students attend a challenging academic program designed to develop skills in critical and creative thinking.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students. Pull-out services, including math acceleration, are provided in the Cottage (a modular near the southeast corner of the building), while other services are provided by the classroom teachers.
Cass Technical High School is a public coeducational high school located in Detroit, Michigan. As a city-wide college preparatory school, Cass offers basic and advanced academic, scientific and artistic studies for students with the ability and potential to meet the challenge. Cass Technical High School offers (20) unusually diverse curriculum areas from which students can select. The mission of Cass Technical High School is to provide a broad range, of academic, social, and cultural experiences that will prepare our students to be successful in college and to become contributing members of a global society.
Central Academy, located at Central Campus, is an educational program specifically designed for highly gifted and talented students. Central Academy is in the top 1 percent of all Advanced Placement programs in the country. Students typically enter the Academy in 8th grade. Qualified students from every Des Moines Public middle and high school spend part of their day at the Academy. The curriculum at Central Academy is compacted and accelerated. Students begin taking the rigorous Advanced Placement courses in 10th grade.
Central Virginia Governor's School (CVGS) is a public coeducational high school for juniors and seniors from Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, and the City of Lynchburg. Tuition is paid for by local school divisions. Students take mathematics and science courses at CVGS in the morning and return to their home high schools in the afternoon for the remainder of their classes. CVGS is good college prepartion due to the college type environment, the research experience, the technology exposure, and the internship program.
Challenge School is a public coeducational day magnet school within the Cherry Creek School District, for grades K-8, located in Denver, Colorado.
This public elementary school has been identified as working with gifted students in terms of grade and subject acceleration within certain classes. They have also worked with students to respond to individual needs. They also have a high ability program, which has been flexible for profoundly gifted kids.
Chatsworth Elementary School is a public "multi-age magnet" day school for grades K-5, located in Reistertown, Maryland. Students are placed in mixed groups of K-1, 2-3, or 4-5 grade students. Enrollment is accomplished through a lottery system. The multi-age environment is conducive to ability group regardless of age.
The Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science is a public coeducational day school for students in grades 11-12 who are from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas of Virginia. The school provides the opportunity to explore connections among the environment, math, science, and technology -- developing leaders who possess the research and technical skills, global perspective, and vision needed to address the challenges of a rapidly changing society.
This school's campus includes three computer technology labs, an olympic-size swimming pool, a basketball court, nine full science labs, as well as classrooms specifically designed to support the visual and performing arts. Some of the programs include the Talented and Gifted program (TAG), Connected Math, weekly student banking, the National Junior Honor Society.
Christa McAuliffe IS 187 is a gifted middle school in Brooklyn, NEw York. The Christa McAuliffe school provides a comprehensive educational experience for all students. Fifth-grade students in District 20 are eligible for admission into IS 187 based on their ELA, Math and OLSAT scores.
Conservatory Prep Senior High has a small student body, and considers itself well equipped to handle individual needs. Courses are taught at the honors level and can be taken as Advanced Topics (AT), which is an alternative to Advanced Placement (AP). Class sizes run between 5 and 12 students, providing opportunities for students to receive tremendous support and challenge.
Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet prepares students for college and beyond as they complete the requirements necessary to become medical professionals. Students select a medical profession at the beginning of 10th grade and work as a student intern with doctors and medical students at the IU School of Medicine.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students in subjects.
Dimensions Academy is a self-contained classroom-based program designed to meet the needs of highly/profoundly gifted learners, in grades 4-8.
Discovery Academy is a private coeducational day school for grades PK-8, located in Edgewater, Florida.
The director and founder of this school is the parent of a profoundly gifted child and has created a learning environment that appears to be very gifted-friendly. The school claims that most of their students are working above typical grade level by 2-3 years. Each student is assessed and given appropriate level materials in every subject.
This public charter school, which has grades K-8 with K-5 as elementary and 6-8 as middle school, allows grade acceleration as well as subject acceleration in math.
The Discovery School at Bellwood provides a K-6 program for high achievers by utilizing classroom time in application of skills, extension activities, individual projects and research endeavors as well as acceleration and weekly enrichment clusters.
Eagle Rock High School, a public coeducational day school, has a gifted magnet for grades 7-9. The campus is also immediately adjacent to Occidental College, a liberal arts college with high academic standards. It is an enriched and unique educational setting based on comprehensive educational needs. The Magnet provides maximum opportunities for all participating students to achieve their potential, and it recognizes, promotes, and teaches critical-thinking skills in a positive multiethnic and humanistic environment.
This private, coeducational day school for grades K-8 is dedicated to serving the educational needs of gifted and talented children. Students are allowed to move as quickly as they can through basic subjects without unnecessary repetition or drill. They then have time to pursue those subjects at a more complex level, to explore new areas, or to develop other skills and talents.
Formerly known as the Phoenix Academy, the Easton Country Day School is an independent coeducational elementary school with a gifted program for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. This school's goals are to enable our students to develop their full academic, moral, creative and physical potential in an environment that fosters respect and kindness.
Eden Prairie High School offers a variety of enriched and AP courses in all subject areas to meet the needs of talented students. AP classes include European History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Composition, English Literature, French, Physics, Comparative Government, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Spanish V. The superior academic caliber of our courses has enabled students to take exams in these and additional subjects with a high success rate.
Edison Regional Gifted Center is a school built upon the dedication of great educators and very supportive parents. Since 1975, Edison Regional Gifted Center has welcomed thousands of gifted and high-ability students through its doors and graduated some of the most well-prepared, disciplined and top-performing students in the state.
Established in 2009, The Elko Institute for Academic Achievement is northeastern Nevada's first K-8 public charter school. Beginning in the 2010-2011 school year, students will be grouped by ability rather than age. In 2010, 200 students attended this school with enrollment based on a lottery system.
Explorer Elementary has adopted an enrichment program to support the reading program used by the classroom teachers. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a nationally recognized program developed by Renaissance Learning. While it is primarily motivational, Accelerated Reader also provides a measurement of student reading practice.
This website has information about Gifted and Talented services in Fairfax County. This includes topics such as, Gifted and Talented levels of services, forms, frequently asked questions, identification, and more.
Founded in 1948 by a group of parents looking for an uncommon education for their children, Far Brook is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school for students from nursery through 8th grade. Far Brook values character as much as achievement, process as much as product. Our curriculum is unified by inter-disciplinary studies of thematic units and great historical eras which allow a child to relate himself to the universe and to the history of mankind.
FWPA is a school of choice for parents and students in the Federal Way Public Schools, which means it is an option to enroll. Public Academy is a college-preparatory school that emphasizes a challenging "traditional" academic curriculum for every student in every subject. The school will provide the optimum conditions in which students perform at their best in which individual attention, that can only be found in a small school whose setting is low stress, high challenge, and allows for creative freedom, under the guidance of a faculty that understands and truly enjoys working with adolescents.
A public school, grades 3-8 Golda Meir's Gifted and Talented Program dates back to the early 70s and Milwaukee's magnet school program. On May 4, 1979 Golda Meir School, which began as 4th Street School, was renamed and re-dedicated in honor of Golda Meir (Prime Minister of Israel) who attended the school from 1906-1909. Golda Meir provides a challenging curriculum for 260 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who come from the city of Milwaukee and from the nearby suburbs.
This public elementary school in Hoover, Alabama was identified as having an acceleration policy in place for highly and profoundly gifted students.
This elementary school, as well as other elementary schools in this district, have been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Hopkins School, the fifth oldest educational institution in the country, has a distinguished history that spans almost 350 years. Hopkins is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for grades 7-12. Students come from families of varied ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds who value education. If there is any common denominator, it is that these students are eager to learn, willing to work hard, and consistently place among the top 10 percent of students in the nation in standardized testing.
Horizons Program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a public school program for highly gifted students in grades K-7. Horizons is built around the concept that highly gifted students are special and unique. Their learning style is so radically accelerated that their educational experience must differ from regular education. Students in the program advance academically 1.5 to 4 years in one school year.
From a school with state tests scores far below average five years ago, Hosford has soared to numbers far above aveage in reading, writing and math. Educators at this school sort students according to performance rather than grades in math, reading and writing, so sixth-graders may sit next to eighth while studying a short story or work out a polynomial equation.
The mission of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is to ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in a diverse and changing world. The Gifted and Talented Education Program supports this mission by seeking to recognize and develop talents in advanced-level learners.
Iles School is a public coeducational gifted magnet school for students in grades 1-5, located in Springfield, Illinois. Gifted and talented students throughout the school district coming together at one site has produced the model for self-contained classes for gifted and talented students at Iles.
International Academy is a public, tuition-free, coeducational high school for grades 9-12, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. International Academy provides a unique blend of rigorous academic standards and practical, career-related learning. Featuring the world-recognized International Baccalaureate as the centerpiece of its curriculum, it concentrates on preparing students for success in a global marketplace.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing subject acceleration for profoundly gifted students in mathematics.
This is a centralized, full-time, gifted school designed to house students in grades two through five. Parents of children interested in attending this school must complete an application. All applicants are assessed in terms of determining the best educational environment to suit his or her academic needs.
Kennard Classical Junior Academy is a public, gifted/magnet school for grades PreK-5th. Noted for a rigorous course of study, its curriculum encourages students to approach learning creatively. Students explore, experiment and engage in critical thinking as they gain lifelong learning skills.
While many gifted students at the elementary and middle school level are served in a self-contained gifted classroom, gifted students at Lakewood High School (LHS) are served, along with any student who meets the prerequisites, through advanced and Advanced Placement classes. LHS provides many of these rigorous courses, and with the consent of parents and teachers, students may pursue this advanced level sequence throughout high school.
Lee Academy has patterned its approach to education after Dr. Barbara Clark’s Integrative Education Model. Initiated at California State University in the New Age School Project in 1980, this model incorporates data from such diverse fields as physics, psychology and neuroscience. In every subject area, the Integrative Education Model combines thinking with feeling, the senses, and intuition. Using this model as a framework, we have applied Dr. Clark’s key components in the development of our program.
The Ted Lenart Regional Gifted Center provides an advanced and enriched program for gifted students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Lenart students must successfully meet all curricular goals and standards in accordance with city and state guidelines.
The Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay offers academically gifted Fayette County high school students an alternative, challenging, liberal arts curriculum.
This K-4 public elementary school was identified as allowing fluidity for 3rd and 4th graders in math. The district, Illinois District 90, has been supportive of subject acceleration in math allowing students to take accelerated math at any point between 3rd and 8th grade. The two elementary schools have run an accelerated 4th grade math class that compacts the Everyday Math 5th and 6th grade curricula into a single year for as few as one and as many as six children in a class.
This middle school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
This K-5 school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students. They also have an accelerated math and reading program.
Lowell Elementary School is a public coed day school in Seattle, Washington. Lowell is home to one of the Seattle Public School District's all-city-draw programs, the Accelerated Progress Program (APP). APP offers accelerated instruction for students who perform within the top 1% on standardized tests. It offers a challenging curriculum designed and taught in a socially and ethnically diverse setting. The APP curriculum matches the student's competency level while allowing them to remain with children their own age.
The Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies is a public coed high school for grades 9-12, located in Richmond, Virginia. It is an innovative school with a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing government, international studies, science, mathematics, languages, and fine arts. The school serves students selected on the basis of aptitude and interest in government and international studies, and who intend to pursue college preparation. The Governor's School serves students in the metropolitan Richmond area.
Manchester GATE School is a 2-6 grade magnet school in the Fresno Unified School District. This elementary school offers a multitude of opportunities in academics and extra-curriculars for gifted and talented students.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Maxwell students leave the school proficient in both English and Spanish. This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Menlo Park Academy is Ohio’s only tuition-free public school for gifted learners in grades K through eighth. Located in the West Park area of Cleveland’s near west side, the school currently serves more than 350 students from more than 40 school districts throughout the state. Menlo Park Academy is a community school – a public school that is governed by an independent board of directors for the purpose of providing a choice in education. This school is not a member of one school district; it is its own school district.
Charyl Stockwell Academy (CSA) District is a high performing public school district that uses state of the art instructional best practices in a K-12 school setting. The district is made up of three schools: elementary, middle and college preparatory. The academic achievement record of CSA District places it among the top performing school districts in the county and in the state. The K-12 program offers music, art, physical education, and foreign language, and incorporates a strong program for the academically gifted as well as a comprehensive system of support for students with learning challenges.
Millburn School is a public coeducational day school for grades K-8, located in Wadsworth, Illinois. Millburn is committed to efficiently preparing students to become productive, responsible members of a changing world by providing a nurturing environment that stimulates a voluntary desire to learn and educational experiences that rigorously promote the realization of individual potential and excellence in achievement.
The Lighthouse School uniquely serves the educational needs of highly gifted students, ages 6 to 18, within the public school system in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. Located on a high school campus, Lighthouse students have the option of taking traditional high school classes and also engage in self-directed learning. The Program utilizes cutting edge educational theory to challenge students to reach their full potential.
This program provides a learning environment for students in grades 3 through 5 that enriches, accelerates, and extends the MCPS curriculum. It is designed to meet the needs of highly gifted and motivated learners in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. The program focuses on critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.
The Mountain Laurel Sudbury School is a private coeducational day school for students in grades K-12, located in New Britain, Connecticut. Its mission is to provide an educational environment that fosters the natural joy of learning within a living participatory democracy. Trust, freedom and empowerment allow students to develop personal responsibility and the confidence to create the lives they want for themselves.
Located in Orlando, FL, the New School of Orlando is a private coed day school for grades K-8 with an approach based on Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory that exposes children to all aspects of intellectual exploration.
Newcomb Academy is a K-8 school in Long Beach, Calif. Newcomb continues to rank among the highest achieving schools in the state. Newcomb’s success is directly related to the collaboration, hard work and dedication of students, teachers, school staff, parents, business partners and the community.
The Highly Gifted Magnet (HGM) at North Hollywood High School, a public coeducational day school located in North Hollywood, California, is designed to provide an academically challenging, college preparatory program. This school has a stringent, rigorous curriculum commensurate with the most demanding of public or private schools in the country.
This day school accepts students pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. The curriculum cornerstones are mathematics and reading; students also work on computers, science, social studies, French, logic, music, and art. Students are grouped chronologically by age and move through classes as a group. Two teachers per classroom facilitate individualized student learning plans. Details regarding curriculum, tuition, and special events are included on the web site.
The Spokane Public Schools elementary and middle school Odyssey Program is a full-day, everyday gifted magnet program at Libby Center for fifth through eighth grade students. Students who qualify for the district's Tessera Program, also qualify and may apply for enrollment in the Odyssey program as fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth graders.
Odyssey-Magellan provides highly-gifted students an accelerated and enriched environment that encourages well-educated, self-confident and productive lifelong learners. Odyssey Elementary is designed to meet the needs of elementary school students who are highly gifted. Magellan School is designed to meet the needs of middle school students who are highly gifted.
The Board of Education of Baltimore County is committed to ensuring equity and excellence in education by providing each student with an instructional environment that nurtures potential and enhances academic success. With this central mission in mind, the Board believes that every student in the Baltimore County Public Schools K-12 who gives evidence of high achievement capabilities should have access to high quality gifted and talented educational services regardless of that student's race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, geographical location, primary language, or disability.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Peak to Peak Charter School is a public coeducational charter school for grades K-12, located in Lafayette, Colorado. The school offers a liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum that gives students a foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery. Peak to Peak students who demonstrate a mastery of knowledge and skills are challenged through appropriate placement in each subject area.
Pine Crest is home to one of the six Centers for the Highly Gifted in Montgomery County Public Schools. Selected students from the elementary schools in the Blair, Einstein, and Kennedy Clusters attend our Center. The goal of the program is to provide exceptionally gifted and motivated 4th and 5th grade students with a full-time instructional program that is accelerated and enriched. It is designed for students who learn at a faster pace and who can handle advanced concepts of greater complexity.
The curriculum at Pine View is college preparatory with emphasis on thinking and problem solving skills. All courses incorporate the important skills of creative expression, critical thinking, research methods, self-awareness, and oral and written communications. The curriculum is differentiated in that it offers students experiences, materials, and information beyond what is offered in the regular curriculum. Students are provided opportunities for interaction with each other, for researching areas of interest and for project development.
The ACCESS Alternative Program is designed for only the most highly capable students in the Portland, Oregon area. With grades 1 through 8, ACCESS is located in Rose City Park. ACCESS serves the needs of students who have a high degree of asynchrony between subjects. Both the abilities and needs of the candidate are considered during the application process. ACCESS accepts applications from students in the Portland Metropolitan area.
The Highly Gifted Magnet (HGM) at Portola Middle School, LAUSD, is an academically challenging program comprised of students from all parts of Los Angeles in grades 6-8. English, history, mathematics and science are taught in honors classes where students receive educational stimulation commensurate with their ability; they are constantly challenged and provided with individualized attention.
Rainard School is a private coeducational day school for academically gifted students through 12th grade, located in Houston, TX. Rainard School embraces the needs of gifted children by nurturing the individual's intellectual growth, social skills, and emotional development in an environment that inspires the joy of learning.
Raisbeck Aviation High School is a public, coed day school located in Tukwila, Washington. It is the state's first aviation-themed high school—an innovative, high performance school. The mission of the school is to prepare students for college, work, and citizenship through a personalized, rigorous, and relevant learning experience that is facilitated in the context of aviation and aerospace.
Realms of Inquiry was founded as a special-purpose school for gifted, talented and creative students. As the school developed it became apparent to the founders that a large population of highly intelligent but unchallenged and sometimes unmotivated students were in need of a specialized educational program. Realms has grown to meet the needs of this population without losing sight of its original commitment to students who are both gifted and motivated.
In 2009, two elementary schools, Aztec and Zuni, merged to form Redfield. Redfield offers several gifted-related programs, including pull-out programs, self-contained gifted classes and Gifted Culture Model Classrooms. They also have multi-age classrooms and the Accelerated Reader program.
Renaissance High School is a public coeducational high school for grades 9-12, located in Detroit, MI. The challenging curriculum provides students with a liberal arts background and the opportunity to take advanced placement courses in English, American History, Calculus, Government, Psychology, Chemistry, European History and Biology.
The primary goal of Renaissance High School is to enhance the development of the cognitive, emotional/aesthetic, physical and social skills of all our students. Emphasis is placed on the sciences and humanities as students are taught to work effectively with words, people, numbers and ideas.
Students who come to Renaissance accept the challenge of a rigorous curriculum. They enroll in seven classes every semester for four years and complete a minimum of 200 work/service hours.
Ricks Center for Gifted Children is a private coedcuational day school for preschool through middle school grades, located in Denver, Colorado. In cooperation with the College of Education [at the University of Denver], Rick's Center provides model program services to students who show exceptional, differentiated ability and learning needs.
Riddle Street Montessori provides a strong, integrated and creative system of learning for gifted and high-achieving students. The mission at Riddle Street Montessori is to tap individual talent and guide it in the right direction, in the least obstructive and the most effective way using Montessori methodology. Children learn through activity and discovery, ensuring the joy of learning, and enabling them to become independent and responsible citizens of the world. Riddle Street offers a year-round program designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and intellectual needs of exceptionally bright students ages 3 - 12.
Ridgecrest is a regular elementary with a zoned population while also being home to a full-time gifted program called The Center for Gifted Studies, a magnet program serving gifted students. Students come from all over Pinellas County for this program - from the Skyway area to Tarpon Springs, and from Tampa Bay to the Gulf. The program is part of the Choice/Magnet Options offered in the district.
This elementary school has been identified as allowing subject (math) acceleration for profoundly gifted students, as well as early acceptance.
Riverside School is a non-sectarian, non-profit, private coeducational day school, approved by the state of Virginia as a proprietary school. Riverside school provides a multi-sensory, structured and rational education for children with specific learning disabilities in grades 1-8.
This regional public coeducational day school emphasizes science, mathematics, and technology for students in grades 9-12, located in Roanoke, Virginia. Students come from local school districts around the Roanoke Valley.
The Roeper School is a private coeducational day school for gifted students in the Detroit, Michigan area. The school is comprised of three divisions. The Lower School is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and works with students ages 3 - 11. The Middle School, grades 6 - 8, and Upper School, grades 9 - 12, are located in Birmingham, Michigan. All three divisions provide a curriculum to challenge gifted students, and the Upper School offers Advanced Placement courses. Students are also offered extracurricular activities ranging from fine arts activities to athletic teams. Admission details and contact information are outlined on the web site.
With grades 5-8, this public middle school offers an "Academically Talented Program" for about 1/3 of the students, where the curriculum is one year accelerated, and students are permitted to accelerate beyond that.
Sage Ridge is an independent college prep school for grades 6-12. The school fosters self-expression, service, and a sense of community while encouraging students to think critically, communicate clearly, and pursue a lifelong passion for learning.
Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy (SASA) provides learning opportunities for gifted/talented students at the middle and high school levels. All school programs are open to students from Saginaw County, Michigan and surrounding areas and counties. Students who have an interest in SASA must complete all entrance requirements.
The San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet Center is a public school in California for profoundly gifted students. It encourages personal development within an environment of peers with supplemental activities such as a Shakespearean drama program, field trips, a supplemental science program, and yoga/dance.
Continued to be rated as the best high school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, this TAG Magnet high school in Dallas caters to the needs of high-ability students by providing an accelerated educational experience. The needs of the students come first at TAG, located in the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. Class sizes are kept small and the Advanced Placement program is a focus of the curriculum. A number of Academic Honor Societies are active at the school, as well as many extracurricular activities.
Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for students preschool through middle school. The unifying mission of SAA is to provide a stimulating environment in which intellectually or creatively gifted children can realize and learn to celebrate their full academic and artistic potential.
Soundview School is a private coeducational day school for grades PK-8, located in Lynnwood, Washington. We believe that highly capable children enthusiastically nurtured in a strong academic and creative environment will become highly capable young adults for whom adventure, honor, and success are joyously routine.
The Spectrum Academy is a non-profit organization and is Utah's first charter school that implements research-based teaching methods to accommodate children with Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism, communication disorders, and sensory integration disorders.
Spring Hill is a public elementary school where the talents of bright and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential. The school's accelerated and enriched curriculum supports academic success and encourages a spirit of inquisitiveness and creativity.
The Springfield Scholars Program ("Scholars") is a full-time program for highly gifted students in grades 6-8. It is located at Central High School.
St. Ann's School is a private coeducational day school for gifted students grades PK-12, located in Brooklyn, New York. The St. Ann's school "envisioned a non-sectarian school for the intellectually gifted." Located in Brooklyn, there are a total of six buildings for classrooms for students from pre-school to 12th grade. This school gives students freedom to achieve, an understanding that learning is more valuable than propriety, and the opportunity to feel the pleasures of learning.
Steppingstone School is dedicated to addressing the unique, individualized, and often-asynchronous developmental needs that face many gifted children in the elementary age group. By nurturing and supporting gifted children through academic, social and emotional development, Steppingstone believes that the child's chance of success can be greatly enhanced. Steppingstone's mission is to provide an environment that will enable our students to become confident, generous, and inquisitive learners who will have the foundation upon which to become leaders.
Almost 100 years ago, Stuyvesant High School was founded as a manual trade school for boys. It was later established as a specialized high school for mathematics, science and technology. In keeping with its mission, Stuyvesant offers a rigorous mandated and elective program in the sciences.
This high school is committed to education in a safe and positive atmosphere. If the student was identified as gifted by their teacher in middle school, they are allowed to take AP classes at any level. Early graduation also is possible if the gifted student finish all compliances.
This charter school offers students the opportunity of a classical education experience with an emphasis on technology, science and math. Students are held to high standards in a rigorous academic setting.
This New York public school (PS334) provides accelerated education for students in grades K-8. Its program is designed to meet the specific needs of children with superior intellectual potential. Their commitment is to the whole child: balancing social, emotional and academic development in a stimulating environment where children can become producers as well as consumers of knowledge.
A strongly held belief that learning should be a joyful experience, consisting not only of the mastery of academic skills, but also of growth in creative and critical thinking, underlies the foundations of this school. Programs center on activities designed to build skills and self-assurance.
Founded by Bob and Jan Davidson in 2006, The Davidson Academy of Nevada is a unique kind of public school serving profoundly gifted middle and high school students starting at the advanced middle school level. Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Academy offers personalized learning plans for students allowing them to learn at their own pace and depth, and may include university classes.
This public, residential school provides a comprehensive education for talented and high-achieving students in Louisana. Following a college-type schedule (classes are not held daily), the curriculm is designed as appropriate to the students abilities. Funding by the state allows this school to not require tuition for attendance.
The Mirman School . . . an environment where the gifted student is challenged mentally, supported emotionally, enriched academically and integrated socially to his or her greatest potential. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles, California, it is an independent co-educational school designed to meet the needs of academically gifted children ages 5 to 14.
This is a private coeducational day school for ages 3-14, located in San Antonio, Texas. The mission of the Judson Montessori School is to provide a personalized education, using the Montessori method and philosophy, to support each student's development while fostering a love of learning.
The Peggy Payne Academy of Academic Excellence is a small school for gifted students. Students are provided with a rigorous curriculum, outstanding classroom instruction, enrichment experiences, career shadowing opportunities, internships, independent studies, individualized academic planning and a personalized learning environment.
Gifted and Talented Program for grades K-5: For our students identified as Gifted and Talented, The Rice School offers the inclusion model of the G/T program. Students remain in the regular classroom and are provided with differentiated learning opportunities that include modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general curriculum. After-school courses are also offered to promote our G/T students pursuit of independent research.
This private, nonsectarian academy serves gifted and talented students, pre-K through 8th grade, in the north metro Houston, Texas area. In groups of two to 12 students, each student receives instruction tailored to his/her particular needs. In addition, students have the opportunity to travel to museums, art galleries and work places in order to enhance classroom learning.
The Weiss School has gained recognition throughout the state in student competitions, teacher accolades and school-wide commitment to gifted education. The core curriculum combines a firm foundation of skills and knowledge with the development of reasoning and thinking abilities that allow Weiss students to become lifelong learners.
This is a public high school in Virginia offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics and technology. The school serves students selected on the basis of aptitude, their interest in the biological, physical, mathematical, and computer sciences, and their intention to pursue college preparation in the sciences, engineering, or related fields.
Public elementary school with a Gifted & Talented Magnet program, Grades 1-5. Tyler Elementary School’s purpose is to educate all students to their highest level of academic performance, regardless of previous academic performance, socio-economic status, race, or sex. We provide an atmosphere that enhances each child’s social/emotional growth and positive self-image. Our teachers and staff accept the responsibility to maintain high expectations for each student.
University Laboratory High School at the University of Illinois is a public coeducational day school for grades 9-12.
Unlike most public high schools, Uni has a competitive admissions process and invites all academically talented students to apply for admission. Uni provides a balanced educational program that enhances the intellectual, creative, social, and physical development of academically talented and motivated students.
This elementary school, as well as other elementary schools in this district, have been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.
Webster Academy Visions in Education is Clear Creek ISD's gifted and talented magnet school for grades 6-8. WAVE offers inter-disciplinary, differentiated academic classes tied to universal themes, real world issues, and state-mandated TEKS.
Within Webster Elementary School is housed two very special programs. Classrooms for Livonia's Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (ACAT) Program and the Northwest Wayne County program for students who have cognitive impairments. The community of Webster Elementary School dedicates itself to ensuring a safe, nurturing, learning environment that facilitates personal growth and meaningful interactions of all children and adults. Students will leave our school empowered to think clearly, care deeply, and act wisely.
Windsor Park Elementary, an exemplary campus, is a full-time magnet school for Corpus Christi I.S.D. gifted and talented students in grades one through five.
Winston School is a private coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Dallas, Texas. The mission of The Winston School is to realize the extraordinary potential of bright children who learn differently through individualized learning strategies and to prepare graduates for college-level work.
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