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Since our founding in 1989, Self Development Academy (SDA) has always strived to bring out the very best in our students. To that end, we understand exceptional students require exceptional learning opportunities in order to reach their full potential. SDA’s Gifted Program provides such opportunities.
Through our advanced Gifted Program, qualified learners are given opportunities to develop high-level critical and creative thinking skills in an accelerated and academically rigorous environment. STEM-based and accelerated, the Gifted Program at SDA helps talented students get more out of their education, and in turn get more out of life.
SDA’s Gifted Program at a glance:
General education programs, even the most accelerated and advanced core curriculum, may not challenge or inspire exceptional students enough to encourage them to make continuous progress in school. SDA’s Gifted Program is designed to keep the brightest and most intellectually curious students engaged through integrative, project-based studies ranging across science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).
Enrichments ensure deep, contextual understanding of advanced subjects, helping gifted students apply their newfound knowledge or skills in one subject area to vastly different academic and personal interests at school and at home.
Accelerated curriculum, interdisciplinary themes, and challenging projects combine to help Gifted students become self-directed problem solvers and complex thinkers capable of great achievements in life—but don’t just take our word for it.
Several studies have identified the link between early gifted education and later success in life. For example, one study found that gifted students identified during adolescence pursued doctoral degrees at more than 50X the base rate expectations. Of the 320 gifted students who participated in the 10-year longitudinal study, 63% reported holding advanced terminal degrees (master’s and above), and 44% held doctoral degrees1. For comparison, only approximately 4.5% of the general U.S. population held a doctorate degree in 20182.
1 - Loveless, T., Farkas, S., & Duffett, A. (2008). High-achieving students in the era of NCLB. Washington, DC: Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
2 – United States Census Bureau, “Educational Attainment in the United States: 2018”
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