If you suspect your child is gifted, you may very well be right.

Parents often sense differences in their child first. Giftedness isn’t simply talent or high achievement. Giftedness isn’t a function of how children perform, but rather of who they are. Their cognitive and emotional makeup is truly different from the norm. Gifted children can be found in every part of society. Because their inner lives and educational needs are so markedly different, they thrive in an environment that understands and meets their needs, where one size is not expected to fit all. 

giftedness manifests itself in many ways, most gifted children exhibit several of the following qualities:

  • Learns and processes complex information rapidly

  • Exhibits sensitivity (emotional/physical)

  • Experiences intensity and depth of feeling

  • Needs extreme mental stimulation  

  • Makes and follows own plans, internally motivated

  • Has a strong sense of justice

  • Able to focus intently for long periods of time

  • Prefers novelty over repetition

  • Aware of social and moral issues

  • Interested in death and origins of life

  • Able to think abstractly

  • Exhibits large vocabulary, loves of big words and wordplay

  • Learns independently, and non-sequentially

  • Thinks symbolically, early ability to think in metaphors

  • Concerned with world affairs

  • Has a keen sense of humor

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Helios Lower School and Middle School curriculum is specifically designed to enhance gifted development and the gifted child’s unique responses to the world.