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Resources for Parents

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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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

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.

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.

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