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Gifted Children
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Who is Highly Gifted?
Highly gifted children tend to be those who demonstrate asynchronous development. Due to their high cognitive abilities and high intensities, they experience and relate to the world in unique ways. Highly gifted children demonstrate characteristics such as the extreme need to:

1. Learn at a much faster pace.

2. Process material to a much greater depth.

3. Show incredible intensity in energy, imagination, intellectual prowess, sensitivity, and emotion which are not typical in the general population.

4. Due to their unique characteristics, these children are particularly vulnerable.

Highly gifted children need a specialized advocacy because very little has been done to develop appropriate curriculum and non-traditional options for these children.

We have made it our mission to offer a suitable schooling surrounding to your young one, ensuring full development into the virtuoso he or she is meant to be.

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Characteristics of Prodigious Children

Each child is unique and evolves differently. Yet, common signs of prodigiousness can be recognized in the general behaviour, learning and creative conduct of children.

General Behaviour Characteristics
Gifted children's behaviour differs from that of their age-mates in the following ways:

• Many gifted children learn to read early, with better comprehension of the nuances of language. They read widely, quickly, intensely and have large vocabularies.

• They are better able to construct and handle abstractions, often pick up and interpret nonverbal cues and can draw inferences that other children need to have spelled out for them.

• They take less for granted, seeking the "hows" and "whys." They exhibit an intrinsic motivation to learn, find out, or explore and are often very persistent. "I'd rather do it myself" is a common attitude.

• They can work independently at an earlier age and can concentrate for longer periods.

• Their interests are both wildly eclectic and intensely focused. They often have seemingly boundless energy, which sometimes leads to a misdiagnosis of hyperactivity.

• They are highly inquisitive, tackle tasks and problems in a well-organized, goal- directed, and efficient manner.

Learning Characteristics
Gifted children are natural learners who often show many of these characteristics:

• They may show keen powers of observation and a sense of the significant; they have an eye for important details. They readily see cause-effect relationships.

• They often take great pleasure in intellectual activity.

• They have well-developed powers of abstraction, conceptualization, and synthesis.

• They are often skeptical, critical, and evaluative. They are quick to spot inconsistencies.

• They often have a large storehouse of information about a variety of topics, which they can recall quickly.

• They readily grasp underlying principles and can often make valid generalizations about events, people, or objects.

• They often attack complicated material by separating it into components and analyzing it systematically.

Creative Characteristics
Gifted children's creative abilities often set them apart from their age-mates. These characteristics may take the following forms:

• Gifted children are fluent thinkers, able to generate possibilities, consequences, or related ideas.

• They are elaborate thinkers, producing new steps, ideas, responses, or other embellishments to a basic idea, situation, or problems.

• They often are aware of their own impulsiveness and irrationality, and they show emotional sensitivity.

• They are extremely curious about objects, ideas, situations, or events.

• They often display intellectual playfulness and like to fantasize and imagine.

• They are sensitive to beauty and are attracted to aesthetic values.

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C.D.O School for Prodigious Children

Due to recent terrorist’s threats, we can no longer divulge the location of our school for the prodigious.

But rest assured, a guided visit of our establishments will be provided to you and your child, once he or she has successfully completed the appropriate IQ test.

Please contact us to set an appointment.

Making a Difference

Intellectually Gifted children need a differentiated curriculum and possibly even a different environment.

While it's true that children need to play and interact socially with other children their age, prodigious children do not need to learn with them.

Especially in the case of a highly gifted child who may have a chronological age of 6 and a mental age of 12 who has been reading since 2. To put that child in a reading class with other six year olds who are just learning to read is sheer torture for that child.

More often than not, gifted children can feel isolated and misunderstood. They have more adult tastes in music, clothing, reading material and food. These differences to other children can cause them to be shunned and even abused verbally or physically by other children. Not in our establishment.

Students are encouraged to reach their full potential. From ability-appropriate grade placement in key subjects, to in-depth exploration of more complex materials, we celebrate our students' curiosity and passions.

Goals & Ethics

Without proper challenge prodigious students can become bored and unruly.

As the years go by they may find it harder and harder as work does become more challenging, since they never faced challenge before. So it is our goal to always stimulate their curiosity and interest.

Academic Enrichment
We provide in-depth learning opportunities through extended activities, both on and offsite. Our own specialist teaching staff covers a myriad of subjects to ignite the passion for learning in our students.

In addition, we have access to scientific and academic experts for special projects and continue to develop alignments with local museums and institutions to create intense topic studies for all age groups.

Differentiation of Curriculum
Acceleration on its own is not sufficient.

The gifted student is still going to learn the material faster and more readily than the average student. For gifted students, the curriculum must be "differentiated" by changing the pace of instruction, changing the content or how it is learned, or by changing the way learning is demonstrated.

The C.D.O. School for Prodigious Children recruits and admits students of any race or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities.

In addition, the School will not discriminate on the basis of race or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships/loans/fee waivers, educational programs and athletics/extracurricular activities.

Furthermore, the School is not intended to be an alternative to court or administrative agency ordered, or public school district initiated, desegregation.

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Comments from Satisfied Parents

"Being gifted can be difficult.

Our son sees the world differently than most kids his age do. He is more sensitive by nature, but at the same time, impatient with slow thinking.

So finding a place that he feels comfortable is really important. Sending him to the C.D.O. School for Prodigious Children has been the best decision we ever made. Our only regret, really, has been that we didn't find it sooner!"

- A. H. , Montreal, September 2010.

"When your child has been identified as a gifted learner, it is scary to see them so disenchanted by the school system.

As a parent, you know that they have a talent that needs nurturing and care, because the potential for these kids is so great. But we were seeing this pathway leading to a high school dropout and it was a really scary thought.

So we decided that we had to find another alternative for her special daughter. The C.D.O. School for Prodigious Children surpassed all of our expectations."

- S. T., Ottawa, December 2009.

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Test your Child

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