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What is Gifted?

“Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm.  This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity.  The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally.”  (The Columbus Group, 1991)

The Avery Coonley School’s mission is to provide the best possible learning environment for academically gifted students.  Gifted children demonstrate a variety of characteristics, including an intense curiosity in the world around them and a love of learning.  Whether involved in a lively classroom discussion, solving a math problem, or spending hours researching a topic of interest, our students are fully engaged learners. Serious about school, they strive to do their best, developing excellent time-management and study skills along the way.

If your child shows some of the following traits, you may have a gifted child who would benefit from the education that The Avery Coonley School offers:

  • Early Language Development:  uses advanced vocabulary and language; reads at an early age without formal teaching

  • Excellent Memory:  recalls events and details accurately

  • Persistent Curiosity:  exhibits an insatiable appetite and joy for learning

  • Rapid Learning:  masters concepts quickly

  • Creativity in Thinking:  thinks outside the box; puts ideas and things together in novel ways

  • Highly Developed Sense of Humor:  recognizes and applies humor at an early age

  • Compassion:  exhibits an intuitive nature; has as heightened awareness of social and environmental concerns

  • Keen Powers of Observation:  considers multiple perspectives

  • Emotional Intensity:  demonstrates passion around areas of interest; displays sensitivities with feelings and situations

  • Preference for Older Playmates:  chooses to be with older kids or adults

  • Perfectionism:  needs to do things correctly the first time; expects a lot of him/herself

  • Long Attention Span:  demonstrates persistence; attends to areas of interest for long periods


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