Village East Gifted holds enrichment classes after-school, evenings, over school vacations, weekends and throughout the summer. There are two semesters per academic year and a summer program offering enrichment topics and special courses. The school year sessions begin in September and end in June. The summer program runs from July through September. All age groupings (classes) run for two-three hours once a week with optional writing workshops following every class. Class-size and schedule permitting, two classes per semester can be "made up" by attending another same age grouping during the same semester.
After-School Enrichment ProgramVillage East Gifted implements a challenging, writing-based, continuous, after-school enrichment curriculum for gifted and talented students ages 4-18. All VEG students are encouraged to integrate the Village East Gifted Core Writing Curriculum into their schoolwork outside the program. This curriculum component is continuous and is incorporated into every lesson.
Gifted Pre-K-Kindergarten ProgramThe Gifted Pre-K-Kindergarten is an intellectually and creatively rigorous program that is "100% Academic". Students can attend up to five half days a week; each day consisting of three hours of instruction. Through the utilization of the Phillips RBM Approach®, an accelerated gifted curriculum is presented covering all academic subjects.
Village East Gifted begins teaching its gifted learners as early as four years of age when learning comes easily and new knowledge is seldom forgotten. Through VEG's unique dialectical practices, our students learn to write and verbally articulate their complex thoughts before they have even mastered the written word. VEG teaches its students and their families to "never underestimate the abilities of gifted children". All new lessons are introduced at the middle school level to determine our kindergartener's highest point of comprehension. Utilizing the Phillips RBM Approach®, our gifted learners are continuously refreshed, engaged, academically challenged and forever "entertained" by the unique "competition-style" of the classes. Though we provide ample seating, most of our students rarely sit down. There are wheels to spin, points to be earned and unique, strategic games in which to participate. There is always a sense of 'academic spontaneity' in the air… yet, our feet are firmly on the ground."
VEG lessons have "no walls" to help broaden the consciousness of each student. All program participants quickly evolve into 'academically satisfied' learners knowing that their questions have been answered, unique insights have been recognized and the complexity of their thought processes have been validated. Village East Gifted educators are "highly-seasoned" professionals with over twenty years of teaching experience. They were 'sought out' and chosen to join the VEG staff because they were or are the "best teachers" in their districts. Yet, after decades of mastering their educational methodologies, our teachers were open to being extensively trained in the Phillips RBM Approach®. This unique teaching model "releases" them from the parochial style of instruction eliciting an in-depth analysis of new curriculum concepts, professional self-discovery, spontaneously differentiated lessons and the sharing of their individual areas of expertise about which they're most passionate.
Continuous Core CurriculumVillage East Gifted utilizes its Phillips RBM Approach to introduce new curriculum while continuously implementing the follow curriculum units: Latin, World Geography, Global History, Creative Writing, Advanced Grammar/Syntax, Essay Writing and Editing, Digital Microbiology, Living Science, Earth Science, Molecular Biology, Cyber-Research Methodologies, Anatomy/Pre-Med Ed, Advanced Mathematics, SAT ASAP, Public Speaking, AP Study Skills, Computer Programming, Creative Problem-Solving Lateral Thinking Activities and American Sign Language.
Early Accelerated Academics for Grades Nursery through First Grade (N-1)Village East Gifted believes that enrichment should begin as soon as gifted children can speak and listen. The K-1 Squared classes consists of students who are pre-readers as well as those who can read small chapter books. The following curriculum is taught verbally: Global History, Reading Comprehension, Etymology, Latin, Journalism, Grammar, Editing, SAT Vocabulary Enrichment, American Sign Language, Mastering the Digital Microscope, Current Events, Counting Currency, Telling Time, Decoding words, Microbiology, Living Science, Earth Science, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Word Processing, Computer Graphics, Creative Writing and Public Speaking.
Village East Gifted Continuous Writing CurriculumThrough VEG's innovative, "Dialectical Practices", students are first taught the "Rites of Writing" which includes the thorough implementation of VEG's grammar curriculum that "subliminally" teaches proper grammar, punctuation, accurate word usage, syntax, spelling, organizational strategies and a comprehensive editing component. Approximately 175 rules for usage and methods of grammar, punctuation and syntax are covered.
Once the students have mastered IB4E Levels 1-4, the interdisciplinary enrichment curriculum continues to introduce new topics while teaching ways of "unraveling"" the gifted students' innovative ideas, concepts and newly-learned facts into coherent and sequential written reports, oral presentations, reflective essays, news articles and short stories. An in-depth, detailed analyses of effective literary methodologies are reinforced helping the students to create perfect sentences.
Additional CurriculumThe courses below are additional curriculum components that are offered throughout the year in grades 3-12:
SAT ASAPThis class prepares the students for the following SAT test components: math, reading, vocabulary, writing and grammar.
Up to 1,000 vocabulary words are taught and permanently memorized using the Phillips RBM Approach.
Mastery of the written word is achieved through creatively presenting a comprehensive grammar curriculum in the form of an engaging and humorous game of memorization.
SAT: Ivy League EssaysSpecifically designed for advanced gifted writers preparing for the SAT, this curriculum teaches strategies for extrapolating and organizing complex thoughts and facts transforming them into powerful essays. Innovative self-editing techniques are taught that are based on SAT standards for writing and composition.
SAT: Ivy League VocabularyThe students "permanently" memorize the definitions of approximately over 300 SAT vocabulary words in six two-hour classes. Students are required to review newly learned words at home each week.
Advanced EtymologyThe students participate in an on-going class competition that involves the memorization of over 300 Latin and Greek word roots as well as SAT vocabulary words. A comprehensive study of scientific, anatomical and medical terminologies are included in this curriculum.
Odyssey of the Mind CompetitionOdyssey of the Mind is an international, creative problem-solving competition. The Village East Gifted Teams meet once a week for up to three hours. The teams have approximately five months to complete their "performance solution". These classes increase in duration to help the students prepare for the competition day.
Motivated Siblings ProgramThis program is for VEG siblings only in grades six through nine. All MSP students, though not classified as gifted, must be highly motivated learners with a full scale IQ of 125 or higher. In order to qualify and remain in this program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher and, if applicable, an Honor Roll status. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or the most recent English teacher is required for acceptance. Like their gifted siblings, MSP students learn the IB4E curriculum but at a more moderate pace and depth of content and with greater teacher intervention and peer support.
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