Gifted and Talented Academy
Elgin High School Gifted and Talented Academy
From its foundation in 1997 as part of a district-wide initiative to meet the needs and interests of the students, the Gifted and Talented Academy is one of five academies offered at the high school level. The Gifted and Talented Academy is dedicated to providing a rigorous, innovative, meaningful academic environment to challenge the intellectual and creative abilities of gifted and talented students. Students will be provided with a broad spectrum of opportunities to extend and enrich the classroom curriculum through guest speakers, theater, summer programming, and fieldtrips during the school year to enliven the classroom experience. Students will be prepared to face challenges and make choices that will meet the complexities of today’s world, support a lifelong commitment to learning and encourage them to make use of their potential.
Academy students tackle an intense curriculum with the latest learning materials with a unique focus to encourage the development of students' talents and interests.
Students are admitted through an application and review process. Informational fairs are held at the high schools each fall and a call for applications is extended to eighth grade students. Selections are generally announced in mid-February.
Any student in good standing who has the interest and ability to perform the academic and specialized work of the program is eligible to apply for admission. Students must fill out an application form for the academy in which they are interested. Students are encouraged to talk to a counselor about enrollment in the academies.
The Gifted and Talented Academy offers:
- Challenging and innovative classes
- Weighted grades in core subjects
- Advanced Placement classes
- Teachers with Gifted Verification and extensive classroom experience
- Community involvement
- Unique field trip opportunities, seminars, and speakers
Gifted & Talented Academy Preview Day 2021
EHS Gifted & Talented Academy Faculty
Assistant Principal of Innovation & Gifted Talented Academy
Gamila Williams ext.8100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant Maria Esposito ext.5101 email@example.com
Kari Foerster x8131 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaclynn Nail x8129 email@example.com
Richard Towry x8145 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Cabrera x5172 email@example.com
Lisa Smith x8195 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Devine x4853 email@example.com
Felicia Randle x4825 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Plach x4824 email@example.com
Haley Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org
Mari Gathman email@example.com
Bridgid Trimble x8159 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Osberg x8164 email@example.com