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Motivation 2017-10-12T18:50:19+00:00

If it is true that learning is a developmental and sequential process, that there are striking differences in developmental rates among individuals of the same age, and that effective teaching must be grounded where the learner is, then how do we justify an educational system that ignores competence and achievement, and utilizes chronological age as the primary, or only, factor in student placement?

Miraca Gross, Australasian International Conference on the Education of Gifted Students

Is your child spending valuable learning time waiting?

  • waiting for teachers to move ahead?
  • waiting for classmates to catch up?
  • waiting to learn something new?

Is the traditional school model not a fit for your child?

At Vanguard, children are clustered across multiple age groups in bands, allowing for more flexibility in learning at their readiness level, yet honoring their social emotional need for same-age peers.

Band 1 – Generally grades K, 1, 2
Band 2 – Generally grades 3, 4, 5
Band 3 – Generally grades 6, 7, 8

FORWARD THINKING

Vanguard Gifted Academy is redesigning education for gifted children, empowering them to meet the changing world with knowledge, character, and the confidence to lead.

“The answer is not to standardize education, but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community. There is no alternative. There never was.”

Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Schools:  The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

It is difficult to define today what the world will look like a mere few years from now.  How do you prepare young children to confidently engage with a world that is constantly changing?

CONSIDER THIS:

In a word, [traditional] learning is decontextualized. We break ideas down into tiny pieces that bear no relation to the whole. We give students a brick of information, followed by another brick, followed by another brick, until they are graduated, at which point we assume they have a house. What they have is a pile of bricks, and they don’t have it for long.

– Alfie Kohn, Punished By Rewards

Blending knowledge across academic domains

Working in gifted education during the arrival of so many technical advances made it evident to Vanguard teachers that the traditional assembly line model of education is no longer academically adequate for gifted children nor is it developing the life skills needed for their futures.

With information at their fingertips and an eagerness to learn, it is stifling for gifted children to be in age-level groupings where they are made to wait for learning opportunities based on peers, class periods, and teacher readiness.

In many schools, technology and the arts are treated as separate learning domains, requiring separate class periods and resulting in piecemeal understanding on the part of students, rather than a full spectrum conceptual knowledge attained within a more integrated school day.

Compare VGA to Other Schools

Vanguard Gifted Academy is redesigning the education system.

VGA uses technology as a tool for personalizing skill development, developing projects and solving problems. At VGA, children are taught in small, multi-aged groups of academic peers based upon their current readiness to learn, which is best practice in gifted education. VGA teaches gifted children that conceptual understanding comes by blending knowledge across academic domains, enabling each gifted child to make connections to their personal strengths. VGA stresses that collaborating with others allows for more innovative projects, solutions to real life problems, and success in developing ideas from thoughts to accomplishments. VGA teaches gifted children the process of transforming ideas into successful results through developing hands-on applications, analyzing, reflecting, revising, rebuilding, and presenting to an authentic audience.

Top 10 Skills Important in the Workforce

Many future required skill sets are rarely addressed by our current education system. At VGA, we teach all of the essential academics as well as creative problem solving techniques, which prepare children for an ever-changing future.
(Source: Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum)

2015

  • Complex Problem Solving

  • Coordinating with Others

  • People Management

  • Critical Thinking

  • Negotiation

  • Quality Control

  • Service Orientation

  • Judgement and Decision Making

  • Active Listening

  • Creativity

2020

  • Complex Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creativity

  • People Management

  • Coordinating with Others

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Judgement and Decision Making

  • Service Orientation

  • Negotiation

  • Cognitive Flexibility

The world is changing at an exponential rate!

Our forward-thinking model empowers gifted children in a way that traditional schools simply can’t. Vanguard’s model, informed by the latest global educational and business observations, consists of 3 extended modules, as opposed to 8 standard class periods. This allows students to truly engage with their learning and make deep connections.

Will you join Vanguard in offering your gifted child a cutting edge education?