Are We a Fit?
Welcome! We are a three-day alternative micro-school, opening Fall 2018, catering to gifted and twice-exceptional kids ages 5-14. We welcome students with learning differences/challenges/disabilities, such as: dyslexia, ADHD/hypermobile, sensory processing challenges, vision challenges, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, chemical sensitivity and allergies, Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism, anxiety, or social difficulties. We will have a maximum of 12 students grades 1-3 and 12 students grades 4-9 (2018-2019).
Model/philosophy: Three-day program Tuesdays-Thursdays; personalized; sensory-friendly; intellectually-rich; student-driven; self-directed; real-world learning; hands-on projects; nurtures the whole child; project-based both in groups and independently; collaborative; creativity and innovation-based; environment of acceptance, encouragement, and social connection. Students can delve deeply into their passions with student-driven goals and “play lists.” No grades, no homework, no standardized tests, mixed-age groupings.
Special features: Tailored to meet the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) kids and the intense, challenging, and exhilarating facets that being gifted or 2e brings to your child’s educational experience — intellectually, socially, and emotionally. For students who would benefit from a nurturing, small-group, hands-on environment who crave the freedom to pursue their passions and intense intellectual curiosity to the beat of their own drummer with like-minded peers.
Schedule: 2018–2019: Tuesday through Thursday, 9am–3pm, August–June with short breaks throughout the year to allow time for recharging and travel.
Take a quick quiz to see if Great Minds Learning Community might be a good fit for your child and your family!
Answer “Yes” or “No” to each question, then count how many “Yes” answers you have.
◆ Do you want a school tailored to meet the needs of your gifted child or twice-exceptional child?
◆ Do you want a learning environment that understands, adjusts for, and celebrates Dabrowski’s “overexcitabilities” that gifted and 2e learners experience (e.g. expressed as increased intensity, hypersensitivity, etc.)? To learn more about overexcitabilities, visit: http://sengifted.org/overexcitability-and-the-gifted/
◆ Do you want a personalized, learning path for your child, with learning material fit to the learner instead of trying to fit the learner to the material?
◆ Do you want a part-time educational alternative so that you can get the best of both worlds — homeschooling and private school?
◆ Do you want your child to be celebrated for his or her unique gifts and personality?
◆ Do you want your child to experience the benefits of being with a long-term community of guides and peers who support and inspire her?
◆ Do you want a learning environment that helps your child to develop in multiple areas — academically, socially, and emotionally?
◆ Do you want a school that understands asynchronous development and does not expect your child to perform equally well in all areas?
◆ Do you want academics included, not just “enrichment” classes?
◆ Does your child seek relevant, meaningful, hands-on projects?
◆ Do you want learning to be student-driven?
◆ Does your child prefer to “do-their-own-thing” rather than be boxed in by a teacher-driven activity or unit?
◆ Do you want a small school that encourages personal interaction?
◆ Do you want to get off of the treadmill of standardized testing, grades, and rote memorization?
◆ Do you want your child to develop and deepen his or her qualities of innovation, flexibility, resilience, creativity, and critical thinking?
◆ Do you want learning material that allows the student to move as quickly or as slowly as needed?
◆ Do you want Socratic discussions?
◆ Do you want an innovative, non-traditional learning experience for your child?
◆ Do you want school/life balance that works for your family?
◆ Do you want a place where your child can make and deepen friendships with like-minded children of varying ages?
◆ Do you want a mix of individual learning time and group project time?
◆ Do you want a welcoming, nurturing learning community, a tribe of like-minded families to provide mutual support, fun, and friendship to your child and your family?
◆ Do you want a flexible school schedule that allows ample breaks throughout the year for travel and school/life balance?
If you answered “Yes” to 5 or more of the questions above, we feel that Great Minds might be an excellent fit for your child and your family!