An Overview of Advanced Learning Programs for Gifted Children in Seattle
Seattle offers opportunity for anyone who lives here, including kids (and this isn’t just in terms of the giant Ferris wheel that sits downtown). Our school system welcomes gifted students with high academic standards and challenging courses.
Per Seattle Public Schools, some of the academic learning programs for gifted learners include:
This program serves grades first through eighth and requires eligibility testing. It’s geared toward accelerated learning in mathematics or reading. It’s flexible and designed to work with kids on an individual level.
Highly Capable Services
This program offers accelerated programs in reading, math, science, and social studies. It requires eligibility testing (including a portfolio for high school students who’d like to enroll). The programs are self-contained and based on student need.
International Baccalaureate Program
The IB program has been around since the 1960s and its popularity has only increased. It describes itself as “a rigorous, off-the-shelf curriculum recognized by universities around the world.” It’s not just focused on academics, but also strives to teach character development, principles, and communication skills (among other things). Anyone can enroll, though the accelerated program requires testing.
Advanced Placement Courses
AP courses have no eligibility requirements other than grade (kids must be in high school). Classes are available to anyone who desires to take them and can lead to college credit depending on test scores. These courses cover a variety of subjects, ranging from AP Calculus to AP English.
Why Enroll in a Gifted Class?
There are many reasons you may consider enrolling your child in a class that goes above and beyond what is typical. Consider this option if:
Your child keeps saying they’re bored
Bored children tend to act out, not because they’re bad, but because they seek a challenge. Gifted classes offer this, helping to assure your child won’t complain about being bored (even if they do complain about having homework).
Your child wants to get ahead
If your child is in high school and wants to stand out for college administrators, AP courses (or any type of accelerated course) helps them get recognized. Some kids find themselves so far ahead that they begin internships their senior year.
Your child loves learning
Not everyone discovers their passion in childhood – if your son or daughter has, roll with it. Encourage them to learn as much as possible about the subject they love. Let them embrace chemistry, but maybe draw a line at the mixing of flammable potions inside your garage.
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