Highly gifted students are virtually unsupported in our schools. A gifted child with an IQ of 164 is as different intellectually from a child with an average IQ of 130 as that child is from a child with IQ of 100. Forcing a gifted child to learn at the pace of average children is akin to placing average children in a special education classroom and asking that their learning rate be slowed to keep pace with the rest of the class.
The frustration of highly gifted children who must stifle their love of learning in inhospitable environments can result in withdrawal, behavior problems, or psychosomatic symptoms. They experience social isolation, abandon their passion for learning and may drop out of school due to boredom.
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented argues, “The dropout rate of gifted and talented students from high school constitutes the loss of a national resource that must be addressed.” At Silverleaf School, we are positively impacting this issue by providing the right environment for these extraordinary children.
Silverleaf School provides a dynamic, progressive education that meets the unique needs of gifted learners. We provide individualized, project-based instruction to students with a high intellectual capacity for concepts far beyond the typical abilities of their same-aged peers, including: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Leadership, Problem-Solving and Innovation.
The funds raised in this challenge will go toward development of the STEM program as well as efforts to grow support of the gifted community at large.
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