Educational Philosophy

Without equivocation, VEG is a place where individuality "trumps" normalcy celebrating the differences of its students and their unique ways of thinking. Continuously, the gifted participants enhance, direct or redirect every curriculum implemented.

Through the years, VEG has become a "prototype society for higher learning": remarkable mind-expanding "rituals", competitive, "not-to-be-found-outside-the-box" academic games, Latin-derived, student-created vocabulary words, ("Neologists"… they call to themselves), their own system of measurement ("VEGs" which closely resemble inches), grammar and typographical sign language, and ways of seeing the world as a place in which everybody fits.

Once devoted VEG students "check in" to the program, they very seldom "check out" until they have evolved into well-rounded, intellectually satiated, creativity-driven, happy young adults. The VEG Alumni confidently leave their "learning place of unconditional acceptance" and continue their studies in the Ivy League colleges of their choice.

The Phillips RBM Approach® emphasizes that teaching the gifted and talented has to include the learner... whatever it takes; canyons of knowledge, student ideas, alternative points of view with creative teaching methodologies "concocted" by the VEG teacher and students. Challenging mind games, academic competitions and unconventional strategies for organizing brilliant minds are added to the "pot" along with seemingly, impossible tasks, humor and "brain food"… all consumed in a nurturing and inspiring environment. The noted side effects… cognitively enlightened, frequently perplexed (but blatantly content), academically fulfilled gifted students who keep coming back for more.

Teaching Approach

Village East Gifted (VEG), celebrating its "11th Year of Academic Excellence", offers an academically-rigorous curriculum for gifted students ages 2-16. Its teaching methodology, The Phillips RBM Approach®, is trademarked and patented offering non-linear, highly creative and intellectually-challenging lessons with a strong emphasis on the perfection of the written word. The teaching approach integrates many curriculum areas activating the multiple intelligences of each student.

Village East Gifted begins teaching its gifted learners as early as two 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 for ages 6 and up are introduced at the high school level and adapted after determining the highest level of comprehension in each class.

"VEG "teaches up", not "down" to the level of its young scholars. Students never learn what they already know or encounter the same curriculum twice. Expectations are high and the paths of learning winding. If a student doesn't understand a word or concept used or introduced by a teacher or another student, it is his/her responsibility to ask for clarification. Every day, VEG students laugh out loud, ask questions they cannot answer, and often are heard whispering, with a smile, "This is really hard". The students' and teachers' response is always the same; "Welcome to Village East Gifted®!."

Our gifted learners are continuously challenged, refreshed and forever "entertained" by our unique lessons and learning activities. 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. One of our alumni once said, "There is always a sense of 'academic spontaneity' in the air… yet, our feet are firmly on the ground." VEG lessons have "no walls" allowing program participants to quickly (in just a few classes) evolve into 'academically-satisfied' learners knowing that their questions have been answered, unique insights have been recognized and the complexity of their thought processes validated.

Teaching Approach For Grades 7-10

As our gifted students reach middle school, they are often faced with issues unlike those of their peers. Until this point in their education, many of our students have been able to quickly comprehend and retain the information taught in their classroom without any effort and are usually several steps ahead of the rest of the students in the class. Learning effective study skills, organizational strategies or methods of research were unnecessary. They haven't needed to "study" for tests and could easily "get by" completing most of their homework on the bus. Suddenly... there is often a "rude awakening". They now have seven teachers and every course is held in a different classroom. Additionally, a multitude of subject areas, each introducing different material, require class participation (not an issue for gifted students) as well as outside assignments each day; this is where "giftedness" can become an "organizational challenge" to "overcome".

Because of their high level of analytical thinking and remarkable depth of understanding, gifted students may no longer be able to process and organize their complex thoughts effectively. Students come to VEG, with their "once filled" binders (inside their overloaded backpacks) and learn how to organize their assignments and weekly agendas. Without equivocation, our students are over-qualified for their classes. Yet… their brains have difficulty sorting out their infinite ideas, insights and newly learned subject material. VEG teaches each middle school student, individually, strategies for regaining a sense of mastery of both the mind and the backpack.


The VEG curriculum is offered at the high school level to ages 4-16 and adapted after determining the highest level of comprehension in each class. The CORE (All Subjects) curriculum covers the following content areas: writing and grammar, linguistics, Latin, social studies, SAT/ACT vocabulary, orthography, global studies, geography, public speaking, science, anatomy and physiology, mathematics, business, STEAM, creative problem-solving, research and study skills, and American Sign Language. In addition, writing workshops are offered after each class to ensure that the students are integrating the writing skills they learned in the VEG classroom into assignments outside of the program.

The curriculum is continuous and NEVER repeated. If a student has already learned any part of the curriculum presented in the class, the teachers immediately present another VEG curriculum. Students who have been in the program for 8-10 years have never encountered the same lesson twice.

Classes Held During the School Year
VEG offers four different classes:
1. CORE: All Subjects (Grades N-10)
2. Pre-CORE (Ages 2-3)
3. Writing Workshops (Grades K-10)
4. STEAM Workshops (Grades K-8)

Students can sign up for 1-2 CORE or Pre-CORE classes per week. Writing workshops are open to all students as often as they wish.

Classes are formed based on each participant's grade level, academic performance and social/emotional development. Students can register for one semester at a time or for the whole school year. Though there is a maximum of 15 students per class, the average class size is 9-12 students. It is recommended that all participants remain in the program for at least two academic years. Most participants remain in the program for 4-5 years.

Here is an overview of the Spring 2018 class schedule, go to:
Check back for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Schedules.

PRIVATE ENRICHMENT is available by appointment.

Summer Program 2018: STEM/STEAM Workshops

VEG's summer program known as, "Camp ThinkTank 2018" offers academically-rigorous and highly-creative STEM/STEAM workshops that integrate science, math, sociolinguistics and business with artistic expression to engage the multiple intelligences of each child. There are over 16 workshops from which to choose between June 25-August 29 for grades K-8. Y

You can select one or all that is(are) appropriate for your child's grade level. Every workshop is different and integrates various art forms to "activate" the multiple intelligences of each participant. Workshops are on a first-come-first-served basis. The minimum number of campers per workshop is 5 and the maximum is 15.

The Summer 2018 workshop schedule is as follows:

Workshop 1: June 26, 27, 28. (T-Th) $600
Civil Engineering--Creative Infrastructures--Culinary Art
Time: 11:45-3:45 PM Grades 2-3 (Roslyn)

Workshop 2: June 25, 26, 27, 28. (M-Th) $800
Civil Engineering--Creative Infrastructures--Culinary Art
Time: 12:15-4:15 PM Grades 2-3 (Huntington)

Workshop 3: June 25, 26, 27, 28. (M-Th) $800
Modern Physics--Fluids and Thermo--3D Printing Solutions
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM Grades 3-5 (Roslyn)

Workshop 4: June 25, 26, 27, 28. (M-Th) $800
Civil Engineering--Creative Infrastructures--Culinary Art
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 4-6 (Huntington)

Workshop 5: July 11, 12, 13. (W-F) $600
Entrepreneurship--Business--Zoological Habitats
Time: 11:45-3:45 PM Grades K-1 (Roslyn)

Workshop 6: July 11, 12, 13. (W-F) $600
Electrical Engineering--Physics--Creative Solutions
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM Grades 3-5 (Roslyn)

Workshop 7: July 16, 17, 18, 19. (M-Th) $800
Oceanography--Aquatic Creature-Making--Culinary Art
Time: 12:15-4:15 PM Grades K-1 (Huntington)

Workshop 8: July 16, 17, 18, 19. (M-Th) $800
Oceanography--Aquatic Creature-Making--Culinary Art
Time: 12:15-4:15 PM Grades 2-3 (Huntington)

Workshop 9: July 16, 17, 18, 19. (M-Th) $800
Geometry--Waves and Optics--3D Printing Solutions
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 3-5 (Huntington)

Workshop 10: July 16, 17, 18, 19. (M-Th) $800
Oceanography--Aquatic Creature-Making--Culinary Art
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 4-6 (Huntington)

Workshop 11: August 6, 7, 8, 9. (M-Th) $800
Earth Science—Sociology/Economics--Saponification
Time: 12:15-4:15 PM Grades 2-3 (Huntington)

Workshop 12: August 6, 7, 8, 9. (M-Th) $800
Earth Science—Sociology/Economics--Saponification
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 4-6 (Huntington)

Workshop 13: August 6, 7, 8, 9. (M-Th) $800
Newtonian Mechanics--Trigonometry--3D Printing Solutions
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 4-6 (Roslyn)

Workshop 14: August 21, 22, 23, 24 (T-F) $800
Pre-Calculus --Conic Section Art---3D Printing Solutions
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 4-6 (Huntington)

Workshop 15: August 27, 28, 29. (M-W) $600
Exotic Language Challenge--Drama-- Culinary Art
Time: 12:15-4:15 PM Grades 4-6 (Huntington)

Workshop 16: August 27, 28, 29. (M-W) $600
Exotic Language Challenge --Drama-- Culinary Art
Time: 4:30-8:30 PM Grades 6-8 (Huntington)

Village East Gifted has two locations:

1. VEG of Huntington
33 Walt Whitman Rd., Suite 111,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

2. VEG of Roslyn
216 Mineola Ave., Second Floor,
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Class Schedule
VEG is open seven days offering thirty-four classes each week.
There are three semesters:
Fall: September-December (11-14 classes)
Spring: January-June (17-22 classes)
Summer: June-August (15-18 daytime and evening workshops)

To qualify for the program, candidates must have an IQ score of 130 or higher and/or tested in the 90th percentile or higher on state tests. A child can be accepted into the program as young as 2 years old without an IQ score but must exhibit signs of giftedness as determined by the program director. All candidates must attend an interview and curriculum assessment to determine their academic level.


Tuition Payments:
Tuition Rates Fall/Spring2018-2019:
All CORE and Pre-CORE classes, Writing Workshops and STREAM Workshops are $61/ hour.

The Summer Program 2018 rate for three-day workshops are $600 and four-day workshops are $800.
(For summer program rates and policies, go to

Full or partial payments are accepted on the website payment page using a credit card or a PayPal account.
Discounts are given to siblings(20%) and children of military families (10%).
Financial assistance and scholarships are available to qualifying families.

For more information about our programs or to schedule an interview, call 631-549-2313
or send an email to the Director of Admissions, Tobi J. Phillips, Ed. D. (cert.) @