Ask yourself, how many minutes of instruction does your child get per week at their academic level in each subject area? How engaged, happy, and interested is your child? Does your child desperately need acceleration in one or more subjects? What are similar ability children learning in other parts of the country, where differentiated instruction for the gifted is normal?
Are you satisfied with your answers? Ready to make a change? MAGE may 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 education and differentiation. Core teachers hold Master's degrees or higher.
Parent visibility: who is teaching what subject, for how long, and in what context, what is being learned.
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 of 1:8 or 2:20 = time for social and emotional learning and engagement
Executive functioning, mindfulness, self regulation and other parts of SENG-based social emotional development are an integrated part of the curriculum.
Interaction with age, intellectual and academic peer group.
Preserve the love of learning, creativity, resilience and collaboration across all subject matter.
We are not all about academics. We have extra time slotted in for age-appropriate play and a whole day that's all about projects and fun every week. 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 the teachers that taught them when they started.
Active and engaged Board that works in committees in their area of passion, spanning not just STEAM and Academics but also the gifted mental health field, SENG, and much more.
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.