Gifted and Advanced Programs for Online Private School Students

Gifted and advanced students at Pearson Online Academy find the specialized instruction and support they need to work above their grade level, grow, and thrive.

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Gifted and Talented Program for Private Elementary and Middle School

Identifying Gifted Students

For full-time Pearson Online Academy students, parents or a teacher may nominate a student for enrollment in Pearson Online Academy’s gifted or talented program. In evaluating nominations to the program, Pearson Online Academy considers:

  • Aptitude and achievement test scores
  • Grades or previous academic performance
  • An individual portfolio of previous work
  • An assessment from a prior school

Gifted and Talented Program Teachers

The gifted and talented instructional team consists of certified teachers, many with advanced degrees. These dedicated instructors receive specific training in working with gifted and talented students, as well as ongoing professional development to enhance their skills and techniques in the virtual classroom environment. Our online teachers for gifted and talented students help students succeed academically by:

  • Accelerating or compacting lessons
  • Extending or enriching curriculum content
  • Increasing complexity
  • Encouraging discussion and higher-level thinking
  • Providing variety and choices of activities
  • Adapting plans to varied learning styles
  • Incorporating student interests
  • Creating a personal connection

Whether online, by phone, or in a real-time LiveLesson® session, our teachers establish caring relationships with students and provide the skillful instruction, one-on-one attention, and encouragement kids need to succeed.

Language Arts

To provide a stimulating and challenging language arts curriculum, Pearson Online Academy formed an exclusive online partnership with The Great Books Foundation®. The Junior Great Books curriculum is based on the idea that everyone can read and understand excellent literature—and that literature has the power to engage the imagination as well as the intellect. Students read great literary works and use them as a launching point for deepening their comprehension, critical thinking, and writing skills. They complete a variety of learning activities, both online and offline, and may participate in individual and group projects.

Central to this gifted and talented language arts program is Shared Inquiry™, a method of actively interpreting a text with others in a group. During required LiveLesson® sessions, teachers serve as Shared Inquiry discussion leaders, posing thought-provoking questions and guiding students to reach their own interpretations of the text.


For students who are gifted in math, Pearson Online Academy aspires to deepen the understanding of and interest in mathematical concepts in order to ignite creative and critical thinking skills, and fuel a lifelong passion for the power of math.

The gifted and talented elementary math program empowers students to work above their grade level, progressing to advanced content that is rich in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving. Teachers also have the flexibility to customize lessons so students can explore concepts in greater depth and with higher levels of complexity. Gifted and talented mathematics students engage in learning activities that include:

  • Solving multifaceted, open-ended problems with real-world applications
  • Interpreting, predicting, and analyzing mathematical situations
  • Thinking analytically and creatively
  • Participating in high-level thinking and good mathematical discourse
  • Exploring interesting problems with others of like interests and abilities

Teachers may also offer these advanced learners opportunities to explore topics of special interest and to integrate cross-curriculum subject matter into the study of math.


At Pearson Online Academy, elementary and middle school gifted and talented students who have a passion for science benefit from an advanced curriculum that emphasizes gaining an understanding of important scientific concepts rather than the memorization of facts

As students study scientific ideas and concepts in depth, the gifted and talented elementary science program introduces real-world applications. As students progress, they have the opportunity to examine more abstract subjects and problems of greater complexity. Students are also instructed in experimental design and the scientific process, equipping them to conduct their own original research. Gifted and talented science students gain experience in:

  • Discussing scientific problems
  • Analyzing information and data
  • Developing a theory or hypothesis
  • Designing and planning experiments using the scientific process
  • Conducting research
  • Interpreting and judging results

Online High School Honors and Advanced Placement® (AP®) Courses

Pearson Online Academy offers a broad selection of honors courses that fulfill basic graduation requirements in English, history, math, and science while providing a more challenging academic environment. Students in our online high school honors courses will explore concepts in depth, engage in independent research, and sharpen their critical-thinking skills. Students in each course will develop their ability to question, analyze, interpret information, and communicate ideas to others.

With Pearson Online Academy, advanced high school students can get a jump on earning college credits! Pearson Online Academy’s impressive assortment of College Board-approved online Advanced Placement®(AP®)* courses prepare students to take national AP exams. High scores on these tests may enable students to earn early college credit. Enrolling in these demanding college-level courses also helps Pearson Online Academy students gain the skills and study habits they’ll need to succeed in college.

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