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Gifted High School

Melinda Said:

What should a portfolio include for acceptance into a gifted and talented high school program?

We Answered:

Have they not given you any guidelines?

I would include an assortment of items. Does she play an instrument? Is she an artist? A writer? You could include writing samples she has done, or art work...

I would be sure to make the portfolio well-rounded and unique. These people want to see what kind of person she is--if she is an individual. Show things that make her stand out. Should be easy, and you know her best.

Marian Said:

Summer programs for academically advanced/gifted high school students?

We Answered:

Stanford's EPGY is freaking awesome. They have phenomenal summer programs for ppl from the 6th grade through hs as well as year-round online classes. The campus is gorgeous, the classes are challenging & extremely interesting and the profs rock. You're taught by the actual Stanford professors & they're (often v hot) assistants.

Other programs:
*Duke TIP (amazing international summer programs. Do the Scholar Exchange if you can)
*CTY John Hopkins
* Vanderbuilt DPY

Tons of colleges have summer sessions just for high schoolers. Harvard, Princeton, Cornell & Northwestern as just a few of them.

Many of the top boarding schools often have summer programs, but eh....I'm not really a fan. Lots of them make you take class on Saturday, which is not my thing. Interlochen in Mich has an amazing & challenging program, though.

You have to apply in the spring for most of the programs & submit your scores, teachers recs, work samples, all that jazz.....

You can find loads of info on NAGC's site.

~ Pax *!*

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Terrance Said:

Unmotivated Gifted High School Junior Wants Future; Experiences Tragedy?

We Answered:

When something awful happens on a major scale it can seem that nothing else has consequence.
Numbers on a page, letters in a sentence, all have no meaning.
However, life is a strange, complex thing and has a way of working itself out in the end. But you have to give it a helping hand.
Whatever happened has obviously changed your life forever and there is no going back or undoing anything.
The only thing you can do now is look forward. Make yourself some small goals for the time being. You are a gifted scholar so don't worry about your scores for now. Explain to your teachers that you are not in a position to think about scores at the moment and you need time to get back in to learning again. You need motivation which is not there at this time.
Could you take a break and do something a bit different. How about offering to coach some younger students who are struggling. You can make a real difference to someone elses life and learning with just a couple of hours a week helping them.
Here in the Uk some of the more gifted children leave lessons to help younger or less able children with their reading for example.
Sometimes if you take the focus off yourself and how you feel and transfer your energies elsewhere it helps to regain some perspective on life.
Your other problem is a life long one for gifted people - boredom. My son and daughter are both in gifted and talented programs at school, both are top in their year groups academically and despite the schools best efforts they still come home complaining "I'm bored" !
This problem can only be solved by you. You have to find somewhere to express your inner being. Sometimes drama groups are good for this, or writing a book ( there are several young authors in print!), volunteering in some way, doing a mountain climb for charity, helping out in a soup kitchen, painting, starting your own business - plenty of teenage millionaires in the world!
At the moment you are raw with the emotion of whatever happened, but it will ease and there is no truer saying than "life goes on".
I really hope you can summon enough inner strength to pull yourself through this stage in your life. Good luck and best wishes for YOUR future.

Danielle Said:

What's the difference between advanced, honors and gifted classes in high school?

We Answered:

ADVANCED IS MOST OFFTEN AN AP COURSE MEANING THAT THE TEACHER IS PREPAREING YOU TO TAKE THE AP TEST, WHICH CAN AT SOME COLLEGES BE TAKEN AS COLLEGE CREDIT IF YOU PASS THE EXAM. I RECCOMEND TO MY STUDENTS TO TAKE THE AP CLASS BECAUSE WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK YOU GET MORE WHEN APPLYING TO COLLEGE.

HONORS MOST OFTEN MEANS A CLASS THAT IS TAUGHT AT THE AP LEVEL WITH NO INTENTION OF TAKING THE TEST. BASICALLY A TOUGH CLASS WITH NO MAJOR TEST AT THE END. BUT IT STILL LOOKS GOOD ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS.

Julie Said:

Are there any programs for gifted/honors high school students in colorado?

We Answered:

Information is below.

June Said:

Is there a difference between gifted and honors in high school?

We Answered:

There isnt any gifted in high school. just honors and A.P. Honors classes move faster than normal classes. A.P. classes count for college credit.

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