Atlanta Gifted Academy Curriculum
At AGA, students are grouped by ability, not by age or grade; there are no grade levels at the Academy. While the Academy is a private school, all students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- A score of 130 or above on nationally normed intelligence tests and/or nationally normed tests.
- Exhibit superior intellectual development and academic achievement.
- Demonstrate motivation, social and emotional maturity, and overall readiness for an accelerated educational environment
Stanford University EPGY : Language Arts and Math
The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University provides high-ability students of all ages with an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY, students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate. Since its inception over 50,000 students from 35 countries have taken courses from EPGY.
Reading : Integrated Curriculum Model
This model was designed by the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary to integrate content standards in all subject areas with development of higher-order thinking skills. The program has over 20 years of research and development in schools around the world.Some examples of strategies used to integrate curriculum content with higher-order thinking skills across the curriculum include:Advanced Literature Selections (Language Arts) Problem-Based Learning Strategies (Science) Multiple Causation and Systems Approach (Social Studies) Model Approach with Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (Math)
We will be using Project M2 and M3 which is a mathematics curriculum designed specifically for gifted students out of the University of Connecticut. This allows for hands-on, critical thinking, and logic math skills. We will also be creating our own MathFest towards the end of the year.
Project Based Learning : Science and Social Studies
Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying.
At AGA we stress the use of basic science skills to explore common materials, objects, and living things. Emphasis is placed on using the senses to gather information. Students are expected to develop skills in posing simple questions, measuring, sorting, classifying, and communicating information about the natural world. The science skills are an important focus as students learn about life processes and properties of familiar materials, such as magnets and water. Through phenomena including shadows, patterns of weather, and plant growth, students are introduced to the concept of change. The significance of natural resources and conservation is introduced to our students. We will be using the William and Mary science units. All units are based around a specific theme and are problem-based, allowing students real life application of science skills. We will also be having a science fair.
Students will receive math, science, ELA, writing, and technology daily. We will also be using SCRATCH which was developed out of MIT for basic computer programming skills.
During their first year in school, students learn basic concepts related to history, patriotism, national symbols, good citizenship, geographic location, economics, and the importance of following rules and respecting the rights and property of other people. The social studies standards, benchmarks, and indicators provide students with a framework for laying the foundation for lifelong learning in history, geography, civics, and economics.
All 4th-6th grade students participate in National History Day which is a national competition for middle school to high schools students, but we will modify it to an elementary level.
Foreign Language Instruction
AGA believes that today’s global society sets a mandate for educators to develop foreign language competencies for all students. At AGA, all students will benefit from foreign language instruction.