Scholaris Gifted Academy

Connie Gordon has twenty years classroom experience working in the field of gifted education, and is the founder of Scholaris Gifted Academy. Under the guidance of Sharon Gerleman, Connie has developed and taught graduate level classes in gifted education and has designed adjunct programs specifically for gifted learners.

Personality and Learning Styles of Gifted Learners

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Gifted 101

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Scholaris Gifted Academy had tremendous growth over the past year, as a school and as a community supporting gifted learners.  Not only have we doubled our physical space since opening last year, but we have also doubled our student body. We are so grateful to everyone for your support and continued trust. This month parents in the SGA community will again be hosting monthly meetings for anyone interested in learning more about gifted learners and their unique needs. 

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Scholaris Gifted Academy - Open House

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It has been a busy summer at Scholaris Gifted Academy!  We have doubled our physical space and have redesigned all of our classrooms. Please join us on Tuesday, August 19 from 12-7 PM for our first Open House of the 2014-15 school year. Tour the school, speak with our staff, and learn more about SGA’s unique approach to working with gifted learners and their families.
Next month we will continue blogging about issues that correlate directly to our monthly parent led meetings on Gifted Learners.  Our first meeting will take place on September 17th at Fiddleheads Cafe in Mequon from 6-8PM.

Scholaris Gifted Academy offers a full-time, multi-aged program for gifted learners in a non-traditional classroom setting. Through individualized instruction and an advanced curriculum, the school provides a safe learning environment for rigorous education in addition to building strong relationships, allowing for growth in decision making skills, fostering respect for the self and others, and providing opportunities for honest self-evaluation. We value families as partners in creating a nurturing environment that is unique to the academy.
We encourage anyone with an interest in finding out more about gifted learners and their unique educational needs to visit SGA.
Upcoming Open House dates:
Tuesday, August 19, 2014     12:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 30, 1014   4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 8, 2015     4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, 2015           4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
For more information about Scholaris Gifted Academy please visit our website or call us at 414.351.3311.
Scholaris Gifted Academy
217 West Dunwood Rd., Rm. 113
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Tel: 414.351.3311

Scholaris Gifted Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Underachieving Gifted Learners

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Parents and/or educators may not think a child is gifted if they are not receiving good grades. Underachievement describes a discrepancy between a student’s performance and his actual ability.  The roots of this problem differ, based on each child’s experiences.  Gifted students may become bored or frustrated in an unchallenging classroom situation causing them to lose interest, learn bad study habits, or distrust the school environment. Other students may mask their abilities to try to fit in socially with their same-age peers.  No matter the cause, it is imperative that a caring and perceptive adult help gifted learners break the cycle of underachievement in order to achieve their full potential. We will be discussing Underachieving Gifted Learners at our next parent meeting on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8PM at Fiddleheads in Mequon.

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What is Giftedness?

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The quick response is that there is, as yet, no universally agreed upon answer to this question.  Type in a quick Google search to define “giftedness” and you will find a plethora of answers and opinions, many of which are referenced in this blog.   Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures.  Some professionals define "gifted" as an intelligence test score above 130, two or more standard deviations above the norm, or the top 2%.  Others define "gifted" based on scholastic achievement: a gifted child works 2 or more grade levels above his or her age.  Still others see giftedness as prodigious accomplishment: adult-level work while chronologically a child.  These are far from the only definitions, yet most definitions agree: gifted children are a population who have different educational needs, thanks to their unique intellectual development. 

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A New Academy Opens for Gifted Learners

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*This article was written by Gail Mackiewicz from Fox Point of View.

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