Super-smart students are enrolling in Reno’s Davidson Academy for the “profoundly gifted,” reports AP. Davidson is a free public high school on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.
“Schools don’t handle odd ball kids very well,” said Jane Clarenbach with the Washington, D.C.-based National Association for Gifted Children. “The more highly gifted you are, the bigger problem you present to your school district.”
The school now serves 100 students scoring in the top 99.9th percentile. They take classes based on “ability level rather than age.”
In Boise, Rachel attended six different schools, sometimes three in one day, to find classes that challenged her. Hanging out at the mall was not her idea of fun. In her spare time, Rachel is writing a seven-volume novel.
Being around intellectual equals at Davidson, she said, exposed her to a social network she lacked. The academics, she said, may have been her main reason for coming to Davidson, “but my favorite part has definitely been the social atmosphere.”
Some super-smart kids look like goof-offs in elementary school because they’re so bored Clarenbach said.
“Gifted and talented” programs may not provide much challenge to these kids — if they’re available.
My ex-husband let his daughter skip high school and enroll in a nearby college. She’s on track to earn a classics degree in three years. Eventually, she’ll find intellectual peers her own age but it will take awhile.