Gifted learners first

Information and tips for recognising gifted children

It is extremely difficult as well as complicated for parents and teachers to recognise gifted children for various reasons.

- Just as there is no “normal” child, there is no such thing as a typical gifted child
- Neither do we have a uniform definition of the terms: being talented, gifted, highly talented, intelligent...
- Being gifted is not necessarily manifested in above-average performance at school
(e.g. underachievers)

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What supports recognition?
- Collect plenty of data, which should be as diverse as possible
- Observations:

  • Over a longer period of time
  • Different lessons
  • In discussions, e.g. class council
  • Compare different work done by the child
  • Set open tasks
  • Ask to solve complicated maths problems
  • Observe creativity

- Assessment form (only serves as an indication!)
- Consider from as many perspectives as possible:

  • All teachers
  • Parents (in case of parents who speak a foreign language be sure to include a cultural interpreter)
  • Ask the child itself
  • Ask peers
  • Clarification through school educational service
Questionnaire: Recognition of gifted children

A questionnaire for recognition of gifted children is provided here. This test is only one of the instruments used for recognising giftedness.

 

Learning Groups

In addition to individual programming and instruction, you will be studying in learning groups organised on the basis of your various talents and interests and attended by students in different grades. Each learning group is composed of 4 to maximum 12 students.

Teaching & coaching

Lessons are based on a 3-pillar principle:

  • You learn according your own individual study plan.
  • You work on your own project reflecting your interests.
  • All students work on social projects together

Enrichment

Subject material is enhanced in the sense that individual topics are studied in depth and enriched by project work, rather than only pushing ahead at a superficial level. This will advance as well as challenge you.

Acceleration

Enrichment of subject material may not suffice to meet your needs and abilities. Some cases require an acceleration of the subject material, especially when students are very talented in specific areas.

Compacting

Compacting means that we do not constantly repeat subject material, since highly talented students are fast learners. Constant repetition slows down and reinforces the sense of being underchallenged. Compacting leaves you enough time to work on your projects and talent portfolio.

Talent portfolio

Your talent portfolio is intended to reflect your strengths, interests and special abilities. This portfolio encompasses everything you have achieved in school, your interests, talents, learning style and personal hobbies.

Timetable

You will have approx. 20 hours of lessons per week:

Monday, 8.30 - 15.30

Tuesday, 8.30 - 15.30

Wednesday, 8.30 - 12.00

Thursday, 8.30 - 14.45

Friday, 8.30 - 12.00

Curricula

We cover Lehrplan 21 of German-speaking Switzerland as well as the Cambridge International curriculum. This allows us to promote your capabilities optimally and prepare you for the international university entrance qualification (Internationale Matura) or for other continuing schools.

Registration and Costs

We accept students at primary and secondary school age. Subject to agreement, younger children may also be accepted in exceptional cases. Acceptance is based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • Professional assessment with a gifted needs designation
  • Analysis of potential through assessment by a counselling centre specialised in verification of above-average abilities

To start with, a first interview will take place with you and your parents. The school management will talk to you about the school to give you and your parents an impression of what to expect from everyday school life. Your parents will be asked to describe your situation and why you and they are interested in the school. If you have no assessment results, your parents will register you at an external assessment centre. You will visit the school for a trial week and there will be an evaluation interview attended by all the persons involved. The school management will ultimately decide on acceptance, enrolment and your first day of school.

One school year costs CHF 29,500.

Additional charges are made for lunch and camps.