Three fundamental differences distinguish the gifted from more typical learners: learning at faster rates; finding, solving, and acting on problems more readily; and manipulating abstract ideas/making connections more easily.
(VanTassel-Baska, J. and Stambaugh, T., 2006).
1. What is the Academy’s Curriculum?
- Capitalizes on student interest & builds upon standards.
- Focuses on critical, logical, & creative thinking skills.
- Uses thematic learning & integrated subjects, and includes visual-spatial techniques.
- Joins the arts, language, & technology to core subjects.
- Supports daily physical activity & good nutrition for critical brain development.
Teachers at the Academy will use a variety of supplementary materials and Academy-designed materials to meet the needs of their students, all organized around the Integrated Curriculum Model.
2. What is the Integrated Curriculum Model?
Advanced content is used for all students, at increasing levels of complexity, depth, and acceleration. Ideas are connected across the program by universal themes (such as systems, patterns, and change) so that core and encore (‘specials’) classes complement and reinforce each other to increase student learning. The learning process and product is tailored to each child: AACL uses standards-based pre-assessments and ongoing evaluations of each child to tailor and re-tailor materials and teaching to meet each child’s needs and develop each child’s unique potential.