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Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

For a more focused list, choose a subcategory below.

Education is one of the biggest concerns parents have when it comes to their children, frequently to a higher degree for parents of gifted children. In general, a school that recognizes your child's high potential, and rewards intellectual effort and risk taking can prepare children well for future endeavors and successes. Just as all gifted children are not the same, there is no "best" school/program for the gifted. When considering a school or program for your child, consider your child's social, emotional, and physical development as well as intellectual development.

Consider your child's unique traits and your family's lifestyle preferences when evaluating schools. Some children will thrive in an atmosphere of high achieving competitive students; whereas, others will thrive in schools that are more self paced, or less "grade" oriented. For many families, education is experienced as a series of opportunities that change as the child grows and changes.

The most important thing to keep in mind while contemplating your child's educational needs is balance between their intellectual, social, physical, and emotional well being. Children should be able to have a positive attitude regarding effort, challenges, and learning. In addition to different types of schools and programs, there are also various methods for adapting standard state curriculum to better meet your gifted child's educational needs.

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Tutoring


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.

Schools


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Fusion Academy
(310) 376-5139

Fusion Academy is a unique alternative, college-prep private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: one student, one teacher. Fusion Academy offers full-time, part-time and tutoring programs and is open year round. Personalization and customization are key elements of our Fusion programs, so we can meet the interests and strengths of gifted students. The curriculum meets state standards, but the classes are self-paced and taught in a way that considers each student’s individual interests, strengths, and learning style. We also offer flexible scheduling and allow students to begin a class at any time during the year. What’s more, Fusion Academy students do not take their homework home with them, but complete it under teacher supervision in the Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Going beyond academic support, Fusion Academy trains our teachers to also be mentors and how to work with various types of learning styles and differences. We strategically partner with outside therapeutic professionals and programs to support students’ emotional health and create a balance between learning and life. Each campus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a full mixed-media art studio to provide students with opportunities for creative expression. Fusion Academy has campus locations near San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Texas, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC and Virginia.


Fusion Academy
(310) 376-5139

Fusion Academy is a unique alternative, college-prep private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: one student, one teacher. Fusion Academy offers full-time, part-time and tutoring programs and is open year round. Personalization and customization are key elements of our Fusion programs, so we can meet the interests and strengths of gifted students. The curriculum meets state standards, but the classes are self-paced and taught in a way that considers each student’s individual interests, strengths, and learning style. We also offer flexible scheduling and allow students to begin a class at any time during the year. What’s more, Fusion Academy students do not take their homework home with them, but complete it under teacher supervision in the Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Going beyond academic support, Fusion Academy trains our teachers to also be mentors and how to work with various types of learning styles and differences. We strategically partner with outside therapeutic professionals and programs to support students’ emotional health and create a balance between learning and life. Each campus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a full mixed-media art studio to provide students with opportunities for creative expression. Fusion Academy has campus locations near San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Texas, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC and Virginia.


Peninsula Heritage School
(310) 541-4795

“We recognize that each child is unique,” emphasizes Patricia Cailler, Head of School at Peninsula Heritage. “We can’t say that often enough – each child is unique, and at Peninsula Heritage we offer multiple opportunities for students to be fully challenged in academics with a healthy dose of technology and the arts!” Patricia combines her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education with certifications in reading and special education to create an extremely loving and caring environment on this picturesque Rolling Hills Estates campus. Raised in Ohio, Pat graduated from Kent State University and the University of Akron. She has taught in Ohio and Massachusetts, and directed a preschool in Brittany France. At Peninsula Heritage School, she advanced the academic, artistic and technological programs to new levels. Accelerated offerings in mathematics and English are available for gifted students, as well as remediation for those children needing assistance. “Visiting parents often remark how happy our students are!” explains Mrs. Cailler. “I believe that when children feel secure and happy, the learning process is greatly enhanced. Our students are also respectful, and that comes from our award-winning Character Qualities program. We strive to create a wonderful childhood for each student.”


Peninsula Heritage School
(310) 541-4795

“We recognize that each child is unique,” emphasizes Patricia Cailler, Head of School at Peninsula Heritage. “We can’t say that often enough – each child is unique, and at Peninsula Heritage we offer multiple opportunities for students to be fully challenged in academics with a healthy dose of technology and the arts!” Patricia combines her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education with certifications in reading and special education to create an extremely loving and caring environment on this picturesque Rolling Hills Estates campus. Raised in Ohio, Pat graduated from Kent State University and the University of Akron. She has taught in Ohio and Massachusetts, and directed a preschool in Brittany France. At Peninsula Heritage School, she advanced the academic, artistic and technological programs to new levels. Accelerated offerings in mathematics and English are available for gifted students, as well as remediation for those children needing assistance. “Visiting parents often remark how happy our students are!” explains Mrs. Cailler. “I believe that when children feel secure and happy, the learning process is greatly enhanced. Our students are also respectful, and that comes from our award-winning Character Qualities program. We strive to create a wonderful childhood for each student.”


Worldspeak
(310) 441-5222

WorldSpeak elementary and preschool feature a full-immersion French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian language program that focuses on a child’s unique “window of opportunity” to absorb a new language naturally. Children are exposed to a second language 100% of the time through music, games, and arts. They have fun, make friends and at the same time they learn how to speak in another language.


Worldspeak
(310) 441-5222

WorldSpeak elementary and preschool feature a full-immersion French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian language program that focuses on a child’s unique “window of opportunity” to absorb a new language naturally. Children are exposed to a second language 100% of the time through music, games, and arts. They have fun, make friends and at the same time they learn how to speak in another language.

Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.

Speakers


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education

Colleges


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com

Online Learning


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com