This is quite common among bright and gifted students whose brains often work quicker than their hands. We work with students in a multitude of ways to ameliorate this. Many children improve rapidly when they write on a tablet instead of using a pen and paper. Daily journaling helps students get into the habit of writing. Over time, this helps to conquer their fear of the “empty page”. Writing assignments are targeted to each child’s ability level and are carefully and compassionately edited. Each case of written output disability is different, and our approach varies depending on a child’s unique situation. Please contact us to discuss your concerns.
Research indicates that in mixed-gender groups, girls and women tend to speak up less. In some schools, gifted girls in particular can be lost in the mix. As a way to address this problem, some suggest single-gender school environments to ensure boys and girls can avoid distractions and unequal dynamics. At Madrona, however, we believe that a savvy and diversity-conscious teacher can moderate discussion and ensure all students participate, focus, and flourish. Our low student-teacher ratios support many styles of interaction and allow teachers meaningful influence over group dynamics. We think that fostering respectful and equitable dialogue between children of all genders at this early stage of development is well worth the payoff: raising a generation of children ready to thrive in the diverse and mixed-gender environments they will face throughout their lives. You may also wish to explore the information on gender and giftedness.
Psycho-educational tests are extremely useful tools for us, so we are appreciative when a child has had one. They are not, however, mandatory. The process of determining whether a student will be a good fit at Madrona has far more to do with whether we think we will be able to meet their particular needs.
Madrona’s aim is to have a body of students who complement and balance one another. While all of our students are bright, they are not all gifted in the strict definition of the word. Our aim is to have a balanced student body whose needs we feel we can meet. You may also wish to explore the information on Who Should Apply and Additional Information on Bright and Gifted Kids.
This is a very common question. A child moves from the family unit, which is the first teacher of how to get along with people and is, of course, much smaller than any school. Madrona’s relative smallness means that a child learns to engage with everyone, including those with whom he/she might have difficulties. Over time, children usually develop close friendships with some at the school, and collegiate relationships with others. Madrona’s environment aims to foster inclusion and mutual respect among all our students and staff. This, coupled with the great increase in self-confidence that children experience when their academic needs are attended to, helps children be more than ready to move into a bigger environment and make friends