In 2010, the NY Gifted Education Examiner interviewed Dr. Kimberly Busi, director of The Quad Manhattan, a resource center that offers after-school, weekend and summer camp programs for children designated as 2e, "Twice Exceptional” youngsters who are simultaneously gifted and learning disabled.
Now, Quad Manhattan has announced their brand new, School on the Quad, a middle school and eventually high-school to specifically serve New York City's 2e population.
At School on the Quad, the specially trained staff understands something that the Department of Education doesn't seem to: Not all gifted children are all gifted in the same areas or in the same ways.
For instance, in public Gifted & Talented programs, all children who qualify are taught the same curriculum, presuming that a verbally precocious child is equally advanced in math, and vice-versa. This frequently leads to children who aced the vocabulary portion of the G&T test at the age of 4 to struggle with algebra they're not ready for in middle school.
School on the Quad, on the other hand, individualizes their instruction by providing one-on-one classes for each child in the four key subject areas: English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science via a rotating modular block calender, allowing every student to move at their own pace - gifted in some areas, delayed in others.
They then put the children in small groups to pursue communal passions and practice social interaction skills. In addition, the Physical Education curriculum is designed by the school's Occupational Therapist, to make sure that children with sensory issues aren't overwhelmed.
In other words, The School at The Quad is a school dedicated to the inclusive whole child education of Twice Exceptional Students in grades 6-12 who require learning environments to be highly structured, highly predictable and respectful of sensory challenges that may impede learning.
Plus, as children progress in social and emotional competency, the curriculum provides opportunities to participate in gifted and independent school classrooms through unique partnership with other NYC schools.
When the NY Gifted Education Examiner inquired whether the school would be open to students who many not have been officially classified as 2e, but whose parents still believe they would benefit from this sort of individualized, non-pressured instruction, the answer was an unequivocal yes.
The School on The Quad is newly recognized by the New York State Educational Department as a Non Public, Special Needs School. It is anticipated that qualifying families may seek reimbursement of tuition through Carter Funding through the NYC Department of Education. Tuition for the 2013-14 school year is $51,910 and spaces are now available on a rolling basis.
To learn more, visit: http://www.thequadmanhattan.com/the-quad-preschool/
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