Every child is different, and every child has his or her own needs, but intelligence plays a significant role in how a child learns and sees the world.
What Gifted Means
When we talk about a gifted student, we’re talking about an objective reality.
Gifted means that a child is functioning at or near the very superior level of intelligence. That’s two standard deviations above the mean, and represents approximately two percent of the population.
Traditional education does a remarkable job serving over 95 percent of all children. The farther one moves from the mean – in either direction – the more a different educational approach is needed.
Gifted and Different
For most people, the process of getting to know oneself and how one relates to other people is a daunting one. Anything that makes a child feel different can easily become something that makes him or her feel like an outsider. The right setting allows children to be themselves.
At Sycamore School, gifted students learn at a rate and intensity that fits them. It is accelerated, but it’s the rate and challenge that stirs intelligence to life and delight.
At Sycamore School, gifted students achieve greater learning success. The greatest challenge in educating a gifted student is engagement – and giving minds that cover ground in a big hurry a ton of ground to explore.
At Sycamore School, high intelligence is normalized. Rather than being “different” and feeling like an outsider, gifted is the norm at Sycamore, which allows kids to be themselves.