What kind of school thinks all children deserve a “gifted” education?

5 Hallmarks of Gifted Education for Young Learners

By Anne Hopkins (Lower School Director) and Heather Tanguay (Grade 2-3 Learning Specialist)

Like all children, gifted students deserve a curriculum that meets their special needs.

Gifted students thrive in an educational environment that supports them at their intellectual level, regardless of their age. They benefit from faculty who are comfortable teaching in their most advanced subjects and who are not surprised if there are other areas where they may need support. They thrive in schools with a flexible curriculum that expands to follow the gifted child’s interests into deeper study of increasingly complex material. They also benefit from a school environment that provides emotional support and strategies for asynchronous academic and social/emotional development in all grades, from preschool to high school. Most of all, gifted students benefit from being celebrated for their whole selves, for their giftedness and ordinariness alike.

At Waynflete, we think all children can benefit from and deserve a “gifted” education.

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Learning about lobstering

Junior Matt Beard ’19 recently visited with K-1 students to teach them all about lobstering. The kids had lots of questions: How do you make sure the lobsters don’t get out of the top of the trap? How do you haul out the trap?What else do you catch in the trap? What do you use for bait?

Matt lobsters over the summer—he has his own boat and 80 traps.