Ask yourself, how engaged, happy, and interested is your child at school? Does your child desperately need acceleration in one or more subjects? What do children learn in other parts of the country, where differentiated instruction for the gifted is normal?
Are you satisfied with your answers? Your child is not getting any younger. Ready to make a change? MAGE may just be your best option in the City of Chicago.
Small student:teacher ratio of 1:8 or 2:20 = time for differentiation.
Teachers are trained in gifted ed and differentiation. Core teachers hold Master's degrees +.
Parent communication: who is teaching what, what specific skills is my child learning, etc.
Students generalize new skills through real-world projects, games and experiences to achieve mastery.
Programs are aligned with both common core and international standards.
No grade-level busy work to earn real learning.
Small student:teacher ratio = time for social and emotional learning and engagement.
Interaction with age, intellectual and academic peers.
Preserve the love of learning, creativity, resilience and collaboration across all subject matter.
Executive functioning, mindfulness, other parts of SENG-based social emotional development are integrated into curriculum.
We have extra time slotted in for age-appropriate play and a weekly day that's all about projects and fun. Yes, they might go to the beach or carry out an extended project of their choice, at least one day a week.
Teacher retention focus to provide community. Teachers who work at MAGE are able to send a child to the school for free. When our children graduate, we want them to still see teachers that taught them at 6.
2 active and engaged expert boards work in committees in their area of passion, provide student mentorship, spanning not just STEAM and academics but also the gifted mental health field.
We create a robust support team for all students, as many gifted children will struggle with challenges like perfectionism or self-induced pressure, or even medical differences like dyslexia or anxiety.
Students are taught to their strengths and their weaknesses are scaffolded.
Plenty of freedom and movement breaks in the classroom.