The purpose of Enlightium Academy’s Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program (GHLL) is to challenge talented and highly-capable learners to continue advancing to the next level, perpetuate success, unlock potential, and motivate them to strive to become better persons to fulfill God’s calling (Eph. 4:7; Matt. 25:14-30).
By providing opportunities to learn and progress at individual paces, levels, and abilities, the GHLL 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 talents, maximize one's 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 healthy brain development and independence. Learning experiences are student-directed and will involve peer collaboration.
Students in the GHLL Program sharpen their ability to apply themselves to serve 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 by following guidelines of the NAGC’s Gifted Programming Standards 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 3–8. 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 GHLL Program is 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, students in the past have been able to successfully take the GHLL Program in addition to six classes, so it is certainly possible. It just depends on how well each individual student can manage an additional course.
Students enrolling in the one-semester GHLL Program will only have access to 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 covers everything included in the one-semester version, and 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.
*Students in 3rd and 4th grade access the curriculum at a slower pace to ensure mastery.
The workload is similar to an AP course. The curriculum includes course assignments (lessons, projects, quizzes, and tests), but also engaging activities that are different than what is found in 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:
Enlightium Academy does not provide testing for gifted identification.
Discounts do not apply to the Gifted and Higher-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.
Option of withdrawal and refund possible only within the first 14 days after enrollment.
The enrollment deadline for the current school year for the one-year version of the GHLL program is September 15th.
The enrollment deadline for the current school year for the one-semester version of the GHLL program is August 15th for fall enrollment and January 15th for spring enrollment.