Gifted students are often under-served in traditional public schools, and need a unique environment to succeed and reach their full potential. These students pose a challenge among the educational model given their innate ability to succeed, deep interest in educational materials, and need for new information. Often, they feel unchallenged by typical courses and can fall through the cracks of public schools, becoming easily bored or uninterested in typical coursework. However, private schools designed to cater to the specialized needs of such talented students such as The Tenney School in Houston, Texas, offer an unsurpassed experience for unconventional learners like Gifted and Talented students. The following are just a few of the many ways our institution puts our accelerated students on the fast-track to success.
- We offer customized and one-on-one instruction. Instead of a typical one-size-fits-all approach offered at many schools, we offer the unique experience of having incredibly small class sizes and a tailor-made education. While this benefits students of all abilities, it is especially helpful for a gifted student, whom which may require a deeper level of understanding to fully prosper. Individualized feedback allows our students to deepen their understanding of the content, while our professional instructors offer new challenges to help our students reach their highest potential. This personal attention is complimented by labs and elective courses of small classroom size, where students can interact with and build on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. On the same hand, having a teacher specialized in each course subject for their core classes helps the student make the most use of their years of knowledge and dedicated experience to education.
- We allow students are able to work at their own pace, instead of being slowed down by their classmates. Often, gifted students cover and learn content at a rapid pace compared to their peers who may be working at a lower or slower level. This can cause problems in the classroom, from boredom to disruptions. Due to their gifted status, many of these students are interested and willing to delve deeper into school subjects, which isn’t always encouraged at other schools. When given the opportunity to explore their individual interests in a nurturing setting, our students blossom with knowledge and grow quickly in our challenging educational environment. Our self-paced, personalized instruction keeps up with your talented student without skipping over important standards. Due to our independent standing, we can focus on the education that really matters without government red tape.
- We offer and encourage college preparation, including practice college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT. Starting in 10th and 11th grade, our students are given preliminary college entrance exams and are guided through the college admissions process. These tests often push even our most gifted students, and give them a taste of the competition they will face in their desired university. We also put students in an elective College Prep course, where they will learn how to find the college of their dreams and how to make the cut. These accelerated learning solutions put out students above the rest in the college admissions process, making it easier to find a post-secondary university to fit your child’s needs. Our goal is to send every graduate from our school to college, and we do everything in our power to make this happen.
These approaches give our students an edge above their peers who may attend traditional schools. The positive effects of our educational practices are carried with our students long past high school, and we work hard to ensure that graduates of The Tenney School in Houston, Texas reap lifelong benefits from their solid education.