At ACE Middle School, our baseline is an amazing gifted education. But beyond that, we want our students to be outstanding members of their communities. To that end, we offer Middle school students two courses — Emotional Intelligence and Open Door Interdisciplinary Modules — to make sure that they have the tools to be healthy and happy citizens of the world.
More than just a core class, we integrate Emotional Intelligence concepts and exercises across the disciplines, supporting students in successfully navigating the academic, social, and emotional challenges they face in their formative years. We promote healthy communication and interaction among peers, allow students to voice their concerns, and draw on the expertise of psychologists and current research on the emotional and social challenges of gifted children to provide an environment that is tailored to support their development as happy, well-adjusted, confident, and contributing individuals.
Gifted students need opportunities and time to expand on their interests in a structured yet flexible environment. Throughout any given day, students are exposed to countless new concepts, alternative perspectives, and complex ideas that require time for discussion, reflection, and expansion. Research shows that gifted students thrive when they are allowed to pursue their passions and build complex and detailed connections.
Open Door Interdisciplinary Modules (ODIM) provides several ways of meeting this need. Through guest teacher modules, ACE teacher modules, student-driven salons, student initiatives, and targeted/independent studies, students can explore and focus their individual interests. Because students take responsibility for what and how they are learning a new concept, intrinsic motivation plays a key role in the learning process.
To learn more, please see our page on ODIM.