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Program Overview

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Village East Gifted (VEG), celebrating its "15th Year of Academic Excellence", offers a highly-creative, academically-rigorous curriculum, in all academic subjects, for gifted students ages 2-15. Weekly in-person and Zoom classes are held simultaneously 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, in-person and Zoom, are offered during the day and evenings in June, July and August.

MISSION

  • 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 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."

CURRICULUM

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, world history, 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.

DAYTIME SCHOOLING


VEG's new Daytime Schooling implements an all-subject curriculum (for ages 4-15) to help supplement the inconsistent educational experience during this COVID-19 pandemic. Classes are offered in-person or via Zoom between 9 and 4 PM. Students must show proof of advanced academic proficiency in order to qualify. Lessons are 1 to 3 years above grade level. Classes cover all academic subjects with a strong emphasis on writing proficiency. Students can also attend classes after school, in the evenings or on the weekends. The daytime schooling schedule is based on the local district and private school attendance requirements and our teachers' availability.
To apply, go to: Schedule An Interview.
For a curriculum overview, go to: Our Curriculum.

CLASSES

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)

  • STUDY SKILLS (grades 6-10)

  • DAYTIME SCHOOLING (grades N-10)

  • STEAM Workshops (grades K-10)

  • PRIVATE Enrichment (ages 2-15)

Class Schedule

There are three semesters:
Semester 1 (September 9, 2020-January 31, 2021)
Semester 2 (February 1, 2021-June 15, 2021)
Summer Workshops 2021 (July 5, 2021-August 27, 2021).

During Semesters 1 (Fall) and 2 ( Spring), students attend 2-3 hour classes (in-person and Zoom classes are held simultaneously), 1-3 times a week. The classes are socially distanced, masks are required. The Summer 2021 program features four virtual evening workshops held Monday-Friday during the weeks of July 5-9, 12-16 and.August 9-13, 23-27.
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 2021-2022 Weekly Class Schedule, go to: https://www.villageeastgifted.com/weekly-class-schedule-2021-2022/
For the VEG School Year 2021-2022 Calendar, go to: https://www.villageeastgifted.com/full-year-program-calendar-2021-2022/

COVID-10 PROTOCOL


Classroom Protocol:

• An electrostatic sanitizing machine is used to eradicate germs from the air and surfaces.

• Medical Grade HEPA Air Purifiers are located throughout both VEG facilities.

• A steam sanitizing machine is used on all the floors.

• 6' x 4' plexiglass walls are placed between the students and the teacher.

• Students and parents entering VEG must be wearing a new, disposable mask.

• Every student will have his/her digital temperature taken, by the teacher, (wearing a plastic face cover and mask) before entering the classroom.

• If a child has any symptoms of illness, they are not permitted inside the classroom.

• Contact/tracing information is electronically entered by each teacher and saved before each class.

• If a child is sick but can still attend a class virtually, that option is available.

• Upon entering the classroom, every student must first wash their hands with antibacterial soap for 20 seconds before joining the class.

• Students now have their own individual small tables and chairs situated six feet apart.
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• Plastic folders are used for each student which can be wiped after each class.

• Each child has his/her own whiteboard, markers and alcohol-based spray to wipe the items before leaving class.

• All door handles, faucets, tables and chairs are cleaned with antibacterial wipes before and after each class.

• These procedures will stay in place until further notice.

If A Student Comes to Class With A Fever:

If, before entering VEG, a student's digital temperature reading (which is 1 to 2° lower on our thermometers) is over 99°, s/he will not be permitted to enter the VEG premises. That child may attend the class via zoom that day. The child's parent must submit a negative Covid-19 test result before the child can return as an in-person participant. If a child is having symptoms but the test is negative, s/he must attend the next class via Zoom and then return in-person the following week. For example: If a child has temperature or COVID symptoms on the class day of October 1, they would attend via Zoom on October 1 and October 8, and then return as an in-person participants on October 15.

When A Student Tests Positive for COVID-19:

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 after attending a VEG class, the parent must contact Ms. Phillips immediately. That student and his/her classmates will be contacted and must attend the next class via zoom or wait two weeks before returning as an in person participant. .

FACULTY

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.

TUITION


The tuition for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 is $70 per hour. Early pay discounts, payment plans, sibling/military discounts and financial assistance are available to qualifying families.