Village East Gifted (VEG), celebrating its "13th Year of Academic Excellence", offers a highly-creative, academically-rigorous curriculum, in all academic subjects, for gifted students ages 2-15. Weekly classes are held during the day (ages 2-5), after school (grades K-10) and on the weekends (grades 2-10) between September and June. Summer STREAM (Science , Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Workshops are offered during the day and evenings in June, July and August.


to captivate its students by academically and creatively challenging them and providing a unique and stimulating learning environment
to present curriculum in all subject areas to "spark" new interests or uncover hidden talents
to ensure that students, even after years in the program, never encounter the same curriculum twice.
to offer a combination of "horizontal" enrichment" and "vertical acceleration" to accommodate the students' needs on all levels.
to endorse the importance of writing proficiency and effective public speaking through mastering the rules of proper grammar and syntax.
to adapt its curriculum according to each student's developmental level and intellectual abilities by the ongoing differentiation of instruction.
to assist its students in developing the sensitivity necessary to appropriately integrate this program and its curriculum into their homes, classrooms and social settings.

Teaching Approach

Through the years, VEG has become a "prototype society" for higher learning providing remarkable, mind-expanding experiences through its Phillips RBM (Reawakening Brilliant Minds) Approach®. This trademarked and patented teaching methodology offers non-linear, highly creative and intellectually-challenging lessons with a strong emphasis on the perfection of the written word.

The lessons are presented at the high school level to ages 4-15 and adapted after determining the highest level of comprehension in each class. Without equivocation, VEG is a place where "individuality" trumps "commonality" celebrating the differences of its students and their unique ways of thinking. There is always a sense of academic spontaneity in the air… yet, its foundations are "firmly on the ground."


The CORE (all-subjects) curriculum (for ages 4-15) 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 CORE class to ensure that the students are integrating the writing skills they learned in the VEG classroom into assignments outside of the program.

The Pre-CORE Curriculum (for ages 2-3) prepares its very young students for the CORE curriculum by introducing microlessons of every subject area even before they have learned to read or write. Skills are taught through dialect and creative, interactive activities to ensure that its participants are continuously engaged, academically-challenged and creatively bustling with new ideas.

The one-hour WRITING WORKSHOPS (for Grades K-10) ensure that the students are correctly integrating what they learned in the CORE class into their writing samples. Participants, of all ages, are brought "back to basics"¯ by rebuilding their skills… one-word-at-a-time. The curriculum covers grammar, syntax, orthography, structured brainstorming, collaborative writing, advanced vocabulary building and integration, fine editing, idea sequencing and summarization, data research and collection, essay writing, creative writing, journalism and factual content reports. Improvement can be easily identified after the first class.

CORE Curriculum-STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), for ages K-15, is integrated into the weekly CORE curriculum classes and includes one or more of the following topics: earth science, microbiology, virology, anatomy/physiology, meteorology, zoology, Bio medical Art, mathematics, geology, gemology, underwater archeology, international business, civil engineering, entrepreneurship, STEAM professions, architecture, geometry, physics, chemistry, calculus and pre-med studies.

Three-Hour STREAM Only" Workshops (Ages 10-15) are scheduled several times throughout the school year and include any of the following curriculum areas: robotics, meteorology, astronomy, electrical engineering, coding/Arduino boards, chemistry, physics, architecture, calculus, geometry, music, sound and light composition through digital programming, bio-medical design and 3D design and printing.

STREAM Summer Program (Ages K-6) offers three and four day workshops held Mondays through Fridays during the day and in the evenings (after camp) from 4:30-8:30 PM. Past workshops have included civil engineering, creative infrastructures, culinary art, modern physics, entrepreneurship, zoology, electrical engineering, oceanography, geometry, aquatic creature making, saponification, economics, Newtonian mechanics, trigonometry, pre-calculus and exotic languages.
For the 2019 workshop schedule, go to:

CURRICULUM DEMONSTRATIONS are held each semester, for grades K-10, during the last week of classes, allowing VEG families to see how and what the students have been learning.

PRIVATE ENRICHMENT is offered on an hourly basis and is often 2-3 grade levels above the child's current curriculum. Sessions are differentiated to accommodate personal interests. The lessons taught on a private basis consists of the CORE or Pre-CORE curriculum that is covered in the classes. Optional home assignments are offered to allow students the opportunity to work outside the VEG classroom and complete creative research projects on their own or with a parent.


There are three semesters: Fall (September-December); Spring (January-June) and Summer STEAM Workshops (June-August). During the Fall and Spring semesters, students attend 2-3 hour classes 1-3 times a week. The average class size is 9-15 students. The summer program consists of 8 or more 4-5 day STEAM workshops for grades K-8. VEG offers rolling admissions allowing participants to enroll at any time during the school year with the exception of the last four weeks of each semester.With locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties,

VEG offers classes to the following age groupings:

Pre-CORE (ages 2–3)
CORE (grades N-10)
WRITING Workshops (grades K-10)
STEAM Workshops (grades K-10)
Private Enrichment (ages 2-15)

For the Weekly Class Schedule 2018-2019, go to:


All VEG Educators are master teachers with at least 25 years of teaching experience. VEG Alumni are hired to assist the teachers and serve as role models for the students.

Student Qualifications

Prospective students in grades 2-10 must have an IQ of 130+ and/or in the 90th % or higher on state tests. Students can be accepted (Ages 2-10) without an IQ test if the executive director, after an interview and curriculum assessment, recommends admissions.


The tuition is $61 per hour. Payment plans, sibling/military discounts and financial assistance are available to qualifying students.

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