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 June through September. All age groupings (classes) run for two-three hours once a week. Writing workshops are offered after many classes. Class-size and schedule permitting, two classes per semester can be "made up" by attending another same age grouping during the same session.
VEG implements a challenging, writing-based, continuous, after-school enrichment curriculum for gifted and talented students ages 4-18. All VEG students are required to actively engage in the continuous Village East Gifted Core Curriculum in writing, grammar and syntax which are creatively integrated into every academic subject.
The VEG program offers the following enrichment classes:
CORE: writing, grammar, linguistics, Latin, social studies, SAT vocabulary, orthography, global studies, geography, public speaking, creative problem-solving, essay writing, idea sequencing, research and study skills, and American sign language.
STEAM: advanced mathematics, technology, engineering, astronomy, spaceflight, microbiology, robotics, environmental studies, filmmaking and earth science.
ART: art history, ceramics, drawing, painting, batik techniques and printmaking.
WRITING WORKSHOP: grammar, syntax, individualized instruction in essay writing, data research and collection, fine editing, outlines, journalism, creative writing, research reports.
Utilizing the Phillips RBM Approach, new CORE curriculum is continuously presented in 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 Gifted Learners in Grades Nursery through Kindergarten(NK)
Village East Gifted believes that enrichment should begin as soon as gifted children can speak and listen. The N-K classes consist of students who are pre-readers as well as those who can read small chapter books. The following curriculum is taught verbally and uses continuous visual clues, art, music, computers and creative movement help reinforce the lessons in the following academic areas: SAT Vocabulary Enrichment, World Geography, Global History, Reading Comprehension, Etymology, Latin, Journalism, Grammar, Editing, American Sign Language, Mastering the Digital Microscope, Current Events, Microbiology, Living Science, Earth Science, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Word Processing, Computer Graphics, Creative Writing and Public Speaking.
Grades 1-2 CORE Curriculum
These classes consist of gifted and talented young students all of whom are writing and reading on a third grade level or higher. The students attend one class a week for two-three hours. Writing workshops are available after many classes. The curriculum never repeats itself and changes each year. All the lessons are interdisciplinary and include higher level learning in all of the following subject areas and/or topics: science, mathematics, spelling, grammar, writing, geography, social studies, reading, art, science, SAT vocabulary enrichment, linguistics, environmental studies, current events, Latin and Greek word roots, problem-solving, cooperative decision making, computer word processing, graphic design, American Sign Language, music and community service. In addition, the students begin learning the basic components of morphology, orthography, homophony, figurative language usage as well as some of the mechanical conventions in written compositions.
Grades 3-4 CORE Curriculum
This class consists of gifted and talented young students all of whom are reading and writing on a fifth grade level or higher. The students attend one class a week for two-three hours. Writing workshops are available after many classes. The curriculum continues for the entire school year. All the lessons are interdisciplinary and include higher level learning in any of the following subject areas and/or topics: science, mathematics, spelling, grammar, writing, geography, social studies, reading, art, science, vocabulary enrichment, linguistics, environmental studies, current events, Latin and Greek word roots, problem-solving, cooperative decision making, computer word processing, graphic design, American Sign Language, music and community service. In addition, the students begin learning the basic components of morphology, orthography, homophony, figurative language usage as well as some of the mechanical conventions in written compositions.
Grades 5-6 CORE Curriculum
VEG Sophomore age groupings attend classes once a week for two-three hours. Writing workshops are available after many classes. The curriculum continues for the entire school year with the exception of school holidays and the summer break. All material taught is "writing-based" and contains state-mandated core subject content. While engaged in an extremely challenging program-wide, academic competition, our students learn to analyze common and unique aspects of the English language, practical mathematics, microbiology, problem-solving, foreign language, Latin and Greek Etymology, geography and global studies. Simultaneously, enrichment topics are taught and class projects are assigned involving in-depth analyses of new topics and the use of advanced study skills and research methodologies. Each class uses " VEG Dialectical Practices", to teach the fundamentals of "reflectional" morphology, orthography, homophony, sentence diagramming, figurative language usage and the mechanical conventions in written compositions. The remaining class time is devoted to using the newly- learned skills to research new topics and create advanced, grammatically-correct literary works and/or special presentations.
Grades 7-9 CORE Curriculum
After mastering Level 1 of the VEG Dialectical Practices, the students learn how to utilize their new skills to generate and organize their complex ideas into coherent, sequential essays based on the AP English curriculum (i.e. critical, persuasive, narrative, argumentative, descriptive, expository, reflective, comparative, cause/effect, essays for college admissions). Additionally, the VEG Juniors learn about a variety of challenging topics while continuing to master their ability to write well.
Grades 9-12 CORE Curriculum
Since many of our Alumni graduate from high school early, our VEG Seniors begin preparing for college entrance exams in eighth grade. VEG reveals its secrets to " flawless memorization" of SAT vocabulary words while also perfecting grammar, essay writing, reading comprehension and math in preparation for the SAT and ACT exams.
Continuous Writing Curriculum
All VEG age groupings are taught using its trademarked methodology, Phillips RBM Approach. Through its "Dialectical Practices", students are taught the "VEG Rites of Writing" which include the thorough implementation of a 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 the VEG Rites of Writing, 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.
One Hour Writing Workshops
After many of VEG's two-hour classes, students engage in a one-hour writing workshop. Participants are welcome to bring a "working dinner" to eat during the workshop. A VEG teacher assigns a variety of projects and each are implemented by a VEG Gifted Staff Mentor. These mentors are gifted high school students who have, by VEG standards, mastered the art of writing and editing... many earning perfect SAT scores on the writing component.
Writing projects are differentiated for each student addressing his or her individual interests and academic level. Projects involve classic literature reviews, Internet research, organization and research strategies, ideology sequencing, research paper formatting and citation standards. Meticulous attention is paid to editing hand written drafts for proper grammar, syntax, spelling and advanced vocabulary usage. After the assignments have been "perfected", the students type their final draft on the computer.
All assignments are completed in class. Though students have the option to work on them at home, they are required to bring them back to the next class.
Additional CORE Curriculum Units for Grades 3-12
A sorely needed curriculum is taught involving facts about our continents and their political borders, capital cities, cultural characteristics, famous landmarks and topographical features. These facts are "memorized forever" using the Phillips RBM Approach (Reawakening Brilliant Minds). Simultaneously, the significance of "relative locations" are analyzed revealing the underlying reasons for the interconnection of geographical phenomena.
This 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.
The Sciences and Technology
Our science teachers introduce challenging and creatively-interactive science lessons that include using professional state-of-art digital microscopes and interactive whiteboard technology to examine live specimens, DNA and earth science samples.
SAT: Ivy League Essays
Specifically 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 Vocabulary
The 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.
The students participate in an on-going class competition that involves the memorization of over 500 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 Competition
Odyssey 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 Program
This 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.
Special CORE Curriculum Topics Offered
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