Academics

The curriculum of The Weiss School is carefully planned and coordinated; using a multifaceted approach to meet the specific learning needs of each our gifted students. We understand the unique needs of gifted children, and provide a highly individualized gifted educational program that addresses challenges, builds upon strengths, and unleashes the potential of each young mind and spirit we serve.

The Weiss School Core Curriculum combines a firm foundation of skills and knowledge with the development of reasoning, communication and critical thinking abilities .We have developed a unique program that is based on the work of the nation’s leading educators and current research of best practices for gifted education.

Individualized attention: The Weiss School program addresses the individual abilities and aspirations of each child. The teacher, student, and parents work together to develop a customized program of study for each student that builds upon their strengths, while working to enhance areas of non-strength.

Limitless learning: Based on the current research of best practices for gifted education, both grade-based and content-based acceleration are available for our highest-ability students. Grade-accelerated students generally out-perform their chronologically older classmates academically. Learning is open ended; many of our students perform at a grade level beyond their chronological age.

Creativity and Innovation: Students are encouraged to absorb and synthesize information in new ways, reach independent conclusions, and find creative, novel ways to apply their newly acquired knowledge.

Multi-disciplinary integrated approach: Teachers and students of different disciplines, and across grade levels come together to work as teams on special projects that combine Science, History, Technology, Engineering, Arts education, and Math. In this way, students and teachers learn to work collaboratively at solving real-life problems, in an authentic approach.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Independent thinking): Both affective and cognitive strategies are considered when planning lessons for our Weiss School students. Strategies such as developing one’s perspective, the ability to clarify issues and come to a conclusion, as well as generating and addressing solutions are incorporated. Additionally, comparing and contrasting ideals with actual practice, noting significant similarities and differences, distinguishing relevant from irrelevant facts, giving reasons and evaluating evidence and alleged facts, and exploring implications and consequences are incorporated.

Practical applications of knowledge: At The Weiss School, students are given the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice by applying what they have learned. For example, they simulate historical events, conduct original science experiments, build community service projects, create original works of visual art, write lyrics, choreograph original dance pieces, and publish original pieces of writing.

Adaptation to Individual Learning Styles: All students are taught through their learning styles, absorbing new knowledge through motivational teaching methods that address the student’s individual preferences for learning.