Vision for an Innovative School for Gifted Children
The establishment of the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy as part of Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the realization of Gary and Jeanne Herberger’s dream. The mission of the academy is to provide profoundly gifted young people advanced educational opportunities commensurate with their abilities, strengths and interests.
Unique Education for Exceptional Youths
The Herberger Academy offers a unique approach to educate gifted learners with a proficiency-based curriculum. The academy allows students to radically accelerate through middle and high school curriculum and to engage in learning opportunities designed for the unique needs of gifted learners.
The ASU Connection
Courses are academically rigorous, providing early matriculation with opportunities to earn university credit. By joining this learning community, students have access to ASU professors and resources along with highly qualified teachers who are masters in their content area. The specialized three-to –five year program offers open access to technology, and encourages students to become early innovators through both traditional and virtual learning experiences. Eligible students can transition into ASU and its renowned Barrett, The Honors College.
Principles to Grow On
The Herberger Academy provides an ideal environment to cultivate and strengthen gifted learners’ potential during their formative time of development. As part of Arizona’s Move On When Ready initiative, the Cambridge International Curriculum used by the academy provides a challenging program aligned with national standards.
Four principles guide the design of the academy’s interdisciplinary curriculum and participatory culture:
- Create – We provide strong support for creating, performing, inventing and sharing concepts with others with relatively low barriers to artistic expression.
- Innovate – We promote the use of technology, data, networking, negotiation, creativity and other methods to solve problems.
- Inspire – We believe students’ contributions matter, and we empower them to connect socially and to participate in civic engagement.
- Play – We encourage students to experiment with their surroundings as a form of problem solving.
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