Advanced Learning Program
The mission of the Greenwich Public Schools is to educate all students to their highest level of academic potential and to teach them the skills and knowledge to become capable, creative and responsible members of society. Gifted children who have demonstrated potential far beyond that of their same age peers need differentiated programs and services to reach this goal. By virtue of their more advanced development and interests, they may need opportunities beyond those typically provided in the regular classroom. It is recognized that high ability children come from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and have diverse abilities and interests.
The scope of the program currently extends from second through eighth grade. All levels of the program share the following overarching objectives:
- Provide for cognitive development in core curriculum areas at an appropriate pace and depth.
- Develop self-understanding that encourages and fosters independent and self-directed learning.
- Develop intellectual and scholarly skills and attitude.
- Promote critical, creative and divergent thinking skills.
- Develop research skills and methods.
- Foster intellectual inquiry at all levels.
- Develop aesthetic knowledge, skills and appreciation.
- Facilitate opportunities for extracurricular learning, including academic competitions and field trips to nearby cultural exhibitions and events.
The Greenwich Public School system has one of the oldest established programs for the gifted in the State of Connecticut, dating back to 1961. It was established with assistance and financial support from the Greenwich Junior Women's Club. Since 1964 the cost has been part of the regular school budget.
The present program framework is the result of a program review begun in 1994, with the approval of the Board of Education, under the guidance of Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska. As part of the GPS's curriulum review process it was reviewed again in 2012. A great many parents, teachers and administrators have worked on this project over the years. The merits of the program are based on their outstanding dedication and hard work.