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    #245088 - 03/19/19 08:46 PM If you could go anywhere in the US...
    Z7E Offline
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    Registered: 01/31/19
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    I have two gifted elementary aged children who have been grade skipped and subject accelerated since K. Despite being 1-3 years younger than their classmates, they are well adjusted, social, fun-loving kids thanks in part to good support by their school. They have been assessed regularly over the years, and their trajectory and their most recent scores have prompted the psychologist to warn me that very soon they will outgrow what their school (and all other options in the area) can offer academically and that the likely progression is more grade skipping at the risk of insufficient support for their social emotional development. The advice: consider moving to where there are more gifted children and schooling options.

    I've known that this was coming, just not so soon. I have the luxury of being able to move anywhere but probably not sending both to private schools. There are many well-publicized high schools for HG/EG/PG children but so few for elementary and middle. Some that I am looking at include Fairfax County schools in VA, BASIS schools in AZ, and Davidson Academy in NV. I welcome any advice, thoughts and suggestions.

    #245123 - 03/26/19 01:29 PM Re: If you could go anywhere in the US... [Re: Z7E]
    Wren Offline

    Registered: 01/14/08
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    There was a kid at Hunter that completed his physic/math degree at Columbia while he attended Hunter high school for the liberal arts stuff. So your kids could get the social stuff of high school while being able to get the advanced material at the university.

    #245132 - 03/27/19 10:29 AM Re: If you could go anywhere in the US... [Re: Z7E]
    ChrystieATL Offline
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    Registered: 12/27/18
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    Hello Z7E. I don't know if you have considered going south to Georgia. In DeKalb county we have in our public school system a magnet program for all gifted kids. The school starts in 4th grade and goes by the name of Kittredge Magnet School. It is all gifted/accelerated kids with testing requirements to enter. Unfortunately it is a lottery after that and only serves about 10% of those who qualify due to capacity. I had one of my kids win a lottery spot and two did not. It was everything I hoped for and more. We also have private schools here. The top private schools people recognize as the greats down here (Westminster, Lovett, PACE, etc.) are expensive $25K/yr/kid and do no acceleration. We were disappointed on many fronts.
    They get better in middle and strong in high school but elementary is weak. There is one private school - Fulton Science Academy Private School (Alpharetta GA) that starts at pre-K and goes through 12th. They serve only gifted/accelerated and have kids moving up grades and course levels everywhere. They start an 18 month math track (in normal 12 months) in 1st grade allowing a kid to jump a 1/2 year per year. This school is $12-13K/yr so much more reasonable. All 4 of my kids have been there and I currently have my 2nd grader there (working on 4th grade math - ahead of their most accelerated path). For high school we also have dual enrollment down here allowing your Junior/Senior in HS to complete 2 years of college in parallel with high school for free. Also, we have free tuition to in state schools (GA Tech, UGA - 2 top 50 nationally ranked schools) to name a few if you graduate HS with a 3.7. We are from MA originally and while it took some time to look we are really happy with our options in GA for gifted schooling. All 4 of my kids have needed this. My oldest (14 yo) starts at GA Tech for Engineering in June and will enter as a Junior. A great success story.

    #245602 - 05/29/19 10:41 AM Re: If you could go anywhere in the US... [Re: Z7E]
    PHXHOU Offline
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    Registered: 03/11/19
    Posts: 3
    Hi Z7E,

    Did you decide on the school ? Any advice/suggestions from your experience ?

    We have a (will be in) 2nd grade kid and we can work from anywhere. Looking for a public school for gifted.

    Thanks in advance.


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