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Gifted & Higher-Level Learner

The Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program seeks to provide unique learning opportunities to students who are advanced and highly capable learners.

The purpose of Enlightium Academy’s Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program (GHLL) is to meet the uniquely advanced needs of gifted, talented, and highly capable learners by providing opportunities to learn and progress at individual paces, levels, and abilities. This program’s one-on-one mentoring, evidence-based practices, specialized instruction, and project-based curriculum are designed to enhance higher-level thinking, provide creative learning experiences, progress learning, maximize potential, and develop skills to solidify strengths and improve weaknesses. By learning how to learn and gaining tools to adapt, students will cultivate metacognitive and self-regulating techniques to promote brain development. Learning experiences will be student-directed and will involve peer collaboration.

Students in the GHLL Program sharpen their ability to achieve success, help others, and grow in their walk with the Lord by understanding self-awareness, evaluating motivations, and exploring individual God-given purpose. The GHLL Program mentorship and curriculum encourages and empowers students to make positive, Christ-centered changes within themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

The GHLL Program was developed using the NAGC’s Gifted Programming Standards as a guide for evidence-based practices and expected student outcomes.

Additional Information

Add-ons, including participation in the Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program, are not available for part-time students. See the Pricing Chart for specifics.

Who is eligible for the GHLL Program?

The GHLL Program is currently available for students in grades 5–8. Alongside a student's current courses, the GHLL Program is taken in the format of an additional elective course (which includes assignments such as lessons, projects, quizzes, and tests). Click here for more information about eligibility.

What is the format of the GHLL Program?
The GHLL Program is taken as one course and is taken concurrently with other courses. We usually recommend that students don’t take more than six total classes while enrolled in the GHLL Program (excluding offline electives). However, in the past, students have been able to successfully take the GHLL Program in addition to six classes, so it is certainly possible. It just depends on how each individual student can manage an additional course
What is the difference between the one-year version and a one-semester version of the GHLL Program?

The one-year version is far more comprehensive; the one-semester version contains half the curriculum and concepts. In both versions, students can take advantage of monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions called Progression Sessions; the one-year version of the program contains more than double the Progression Sessions.

Students enrolling in the one-semester GHLL Program, will only have access the first half of the curriculum, which provides a general foundation of the basic higher-level learning concepts.

Students enrolled in the one-year program have access to the entire curriculum. The comprehensive topics show students how to apply the higher-level foundation learned in the first half of the year, practice effective critical thinking techniques for different contexts, and gain useful tools for success in academics, the real world, and more.

For example, the one-semester program helps students develop their learning profile, engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation, and understand specific learning dimensions such as skill-building, perception, processing information, etc. The one-year curriculum teaches students to apply themselves and their self-awareness to improve their higher-level thinking in areas such as memory, problem-solving, creativity, metacognition, adaptability, multidimensional thinking, etc.

What is the workload like for the GHLL Program?

The workload is similar to an AP course. The curriculum includes course assignments (lessons, projects, quizzes, and tests), but also engaging activities different than regular courses, such as Reflection Journals, Discussion Boards for peer collaboration, and evidence-based Brain Exercises.

The year-long GHLL provides students with more projects and open-ended questions than a regular course at Enlightium. This gives students the ability to explain themselves and demonstrate what they've learned in a way that encourages critical thinking, self-expression, and the self-driven pursuit of knowledge. The assignments require more thought and effort, but not necessarily more work.

"And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills..."

Exodus 31:3

GHLL Eligibility

Exceptional students with advanced abilities, high-performing talent, superior aptitude, and/or high-achieving capabilities beyond his or her age/grade level may be recognized in any of the following areas:

  • Intellect
  • Creativity
  • Artistic Ability
  • Leadership
  • Academic Rigor

Student eligibility for Enlightium's GHLL Program is determined by the review and approval of appropriate documentation, such as:

  • Evidence of previous gifted identification/program enrollment
  • Written nomination, referral and/or recommendation from a teacher, specialist, parent, counselor, administrator, etc.
  • Student records, performance history, cumulative grades, teacher observations, etc.
  • Assessment results (i.e. IQ tests, achievement tests, standardized testing, etc.)

Program Options

If a student qualifies for the GHLL Program and enrolls for one year, they may be eligible for one or more of the following (with review and approval):
Acceleration
  • Grade skipping
  • Advancing in a subject/increasing pace of curriculum completion to match the student’s ability
  • Credit recovery (for courses in which a student shows exceptional proficiency, progress, and success)
Compacting
  • Altering curriculum by determining what learning objectives/outcomes a student has already mastered
  • Removing redundant work and adding enrichment opportunities
Enrichment
  • Specialized instruction, assignments, activities, etc. to deepen learning and go beyond the standard curriculum
Differentiation
  • Adapting to a student’s unique needs, pace, level, learning profile, and interests with individualized content and process, student-centered instruction, curriculum modifications, and flexible learning products to demonstrate mastery of material

Program Pricing

  Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
1 semester $650 $500 $500 $500
1 year $1,200 $900 $900 $900

Discounts do not apply to the Gifted and High-Level Learner Program.

Additional payment (if applicable) is due within 30 days of enrollment. The Accounting Department will reach out via email to arrange a payment. Please note: for the year-long program, you may also need to purchase the Optimizing Brain Fitness video series from Amazon to complete unit 4. However, this is only necesssary if the student is unable to complete the work during the 7-day free trial.

Nominate Your Student

Ready to nominate your student to Enlightium's Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program? If so, please fill out the form below and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for review and approval. You will receive an email explaining your child's eligibility within 3–5 business days.

If you have any questions or want more detailed information about the GHLL Program, please contact the Gifted Program Coordinator, Ms. Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..