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.
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 4-16 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 Pre-CORE and CORE curriculum are continuous and always changing. Students will NEVER learn the same lesson twice. 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.
With locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, VEG offers the following daytime and evening classes seven days a week:
- Pre-CORE (ages 2–3)
- CORE (grades N-10)
- WRITING Workshops (grades K-10)
- STEAM Workshops (grades K-10)
- Private Enrichment (ages 2-15)
There are three semesters:
Summer 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 15 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.
For the Fall 2019 Weekly Class Schedule, go to: https://www.villageeastgifted.com/weekly-class-schedule-fall-2019/
For the Spring 2020 Weekly Class Schedule, go to: https://www.villageeastgifted.com/weekly-class-schedule-spring-2020/
For the Full Year 2019-2020 Program Calendar, go to: https://www.villageeastgifted.com/full-year-program-calendar-2019-2020/
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.
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 Fall 2019/Spring 2020 tuition is $65 per hour. Payment plans, sibling/military discounts and financial assistance are available to qualifying students.