Is OCA RightFor Your Child


Characteristics of a gifted child

The following characteristics are often associated with gifted children.

Creative Thinking:
Independent thinking, originality in oral and written expressions, a sense of humor.

General Intellectual Ability:
Learns rapidly, uses a large vocabulary, formulates abstractions, enjoys hypothesizing.

Specific Academic Ability:
Good memorization ability, advanced comprehension, a tendency to pursue special interests with enthusiasm and vigor.

Leadership:
Assumes responsibility, sets high expectations for self and others, demonstrates fluent self expression, foresees consequences and implications of decisions.

Psychomotor:
Exhibits precision in movement, excels in motor skills, exhibits a high energy level.

Visual Perception:
Outstanding sense of spatial relationships, observant, creative in expression.

Why OCAfor your gifted child?


Because all children deserve the opportunity to thrive.

For over a century, researchers have consistently concluded that gifted learners flourish in an educational environment suited to their unique abilities. Yet, in standard educational systems, gifted children are widely underserved. In many states, educating gifted children simply is not a priority. Families seeking educational support for their gifted child must take a proactive approach. That’s why families have brought their gifted children to Oak Crest Academy.

It’s an extraordinary place: A school specifically built to address the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.  Everything we do at Oak Crest Academy is guided by one simple mission: To allow gifted children to realize their full potential. These children are extraordinary. Their school should be, too. Because maximizing a child’s potential is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

How does OCA compare?

 Helping gifted children to realize their full potential guides everything we do.

We understand that having a gifted child presents parents with a considerable challenge and great responsibility. Oak Crest Academy helps families meet the challenge and fulfill that responsibility with unique features virtually unheard of in ordinary school settings. A blend of innovative techniques, creative programs, and classical teaching. Sixty percent of classroom teachers in the U.S. have no training in gifted and talented education. Faculty at Oak Crest Academy understand gifted minds … and are specialists in teaching in their field and with gifted learners. Step into one of our classrooms and you will find not a departure from classic approaches; but rather, a more robust and flexible implementation of them.

Interactive, inquiry-based learning.
Our experienced teachers – in concert with our low student/teacher ratio – engage students through in-depth discussion, active dialogue, and lively debate. Careful attention to the grouping, depth, and pacing needs of gifted learners. We know that gifted children often plunge into a single subject … and that such single-minded focus is not always the most effective approach to learning. That is why we shape our classes and curricula to give gifted children an academic experience that is not only in-depth, but also dimensional, contextual, and meaningful.


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