Gifted middle schooler/high schoolers?

Karla - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I was lucky enough to be able to move my son to a private gifted school for 3 through 5th grade. It was a Godsend and my son flourished there. Next year he starts Jr High and wants to go back to public school. It is my hope that his needs will be better met there than at the elementary school. (He seems to have matured socially a little.) I wonder if any of you know that with the different format of the upper grades is enough of a challenge to keep a gifted boy happy? We really can't afford another year of the gifted school.

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Ellen - posted on 02/01/2009

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Karla I know that it is different all over the place. I would go tour the school and ask to meet with the GT teacher while you were there. I would also observe a GT class. Here's how it works for now at my school ( I teach middle school), but hopefully it will change soon. There are only 2 GT offerings - an accelerated math class (they do math a year ahead), and an enriched Language Arts class (they expand on the topic but at grade level). There are no offerings for GT students in Science and Social Studies. Definitely find out if the program is enrichment or acceleration. Not all gifted kids are put together the same so having a combination of the 2 is good so that the students can kind of eb and flow between accleration and enrichment. You might want to be ready to ask for a grade placement test if he's had a significant amount of acceleration. We have a couple students who are so far ahead in their math that they go to the high school for classes.

Anna - posted on 02/01/2009

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In Virginia, the school test all the kids and then puts them in the appropriate class. They may all be in say, the same base English, but are split in level class. They are also tested in math to see if they should 'skip' a grade level math. In the summer they are invited to attend the Governors School for gifted children. Here they really try to work with the kids. Although, I don't think they understand them, as far as not needing to take notes, both my boys have horrible handwriting, and are very unorganized.

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