Gifted and Advanced Learning Paths

 
At Great River Connections Academy, we put every student in a position to succeed by cultivating their talents and passions through the right coursework and programs.
Empowering Students
 

We Adapt Our Program to the Student, Not the Other Way Around

At Great River Connections Academy, we believe there are just as many ways to teach as there are to learn. That's why we give all our students the ability to make meaningful choices around curriculum, empowering them to take the courses that work best for them.

Along with core classes and a wide variety of electives, Connections Academy® offers gifted and talented, honors, special education, and Advanced Placement® courses. These courses were built to inspire a lifelong love for learning and help students reach their highest potential.

Gifted and Advanced Programs
 

Advance Your Student’s Learning

We believe in trusting and supporting students to take ownership of their own educational journey. This highly personalized approach to learning especially helps our gifted and talented students thrive. Educators and families work together to develop a personalized learning plan for each student, allowing exceptional students to work above grade level and create their own definition of success.

At Great River Connections Academy, gifted students may enroll either in advanced courses for all subjects offered or only in their areas of strength and interest. We also offer elementary and middle school gifted and talented programs for “twice exceptional” students, who are gifted but have additional special education needs.

 

In online elementary gifted programs, which start in grade three, high-ability students benefit from an accelerated learning pace, specially trained teachers, and an enriched curriculum with choices for studying subjects in greater depth. They can also take part in special projects and develop higher-level thinking skills.

Exceptional elementary school students have the opportunity to work above grade level and thrive.

High-ability middle school students benefit from an accelerated learning pace, specially trained teachers, and an enriched curriculum. The online program is designed specifically for gifted and talented middle school students to help them learn to think critically, communicate effectively, develop reasoning and problem-solving skills, and actively pursue education on their own terms.

Because middle school students experience a wide range of growth rates in cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, gifted and talented teachers customize virtual lessons to make each student’s educational path a uniquely tailored one.

Exceptional middle school students also have the opportunity to work above grade level and thrive.

High school students have the opportunity to take a broad selection of honors courses that not only fulfill basic graduation requirements, but also offer a more rigorous curriculum and challenging academic environment in online school for gifted students. College-bound students who wish to enhance the strength of their college applications should consider enrolling in our honors and Advanced Placement (AP®)* courses. Those who take AP courses prepare to take national AP exams, which may enable students to earn early credit or secure advanced course placement in college.

Our honors students are a group of dedicated learners who work together to discuss advanced topics, collaborate in group projects, and sharpen their critical-thinking skills while preparing for academic success beyond graduation.

 

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Your Support Team
 

Advanced Placement Administrators

Molly Kessler

Advanced Placement Administrator

 

Ben Rollins

Advanced Placement Administrator

 

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