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