One of the top advantages of online classes for gifted children is the ability to customize your student’s education. At brick-and-mortar schools, the curriculum is often determined by the school board, and parents and teachers have little to no input. For gifted students, lack of personalization could be seen as a barrier due to their advanced learning needs. Online public schools like Connections Academy are designed to cultivate academic growth by prioritizing programs that are tailored to each student’s unique interests, goals, and abilities.
Our instructors understand that learning differences must be acknowledged and embraced during each student’s educational journey. When a student starts online school, our instructors do a deep dive into their academic background and history. To assist instructors in the process, you can share your child’s strengths, skills, and previous performance. Through parent-teacher communication, teachers are able to discover what areas individuals excel in to inform the approach they take to each student’s education. And as the students evolve as learners, teachers can adjust their learning plan to fit their changing needs.
The online model provides flexibility to collaborate with parents to customize learning plans. For example, if a teacher notices that a student excels in English, they could encourage them to take an English elective where they can further strengthen their skills. As a Learning Coach, you would work alongside the instructor to design a unique learning experience that provides a challenging and enjoyable education for your gifted student.
Connections Academy makes it a priority to offer special programs for gifted students. Beginning in the third grade, Connections Academy’s Gifted and Talented program is available for elementary school students who qualify. When appropriate, advanced younger students may have the opportunity to enroll in these courses or work at a higher grade level. This program will allow your child to stay on track, be challenged, and interact with other like-minded peers in an online environment.