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Gifted & Higher-Level Learner

The Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program provides individualized learning opportunities to meet the needs of highly-capable children so they can flourish.

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 learning, 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 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 by following guidelines of the NAGC’s Gifted Programming Standards for evidence-based practices and expected student outcomes.

Hear from GHLL Students


  • “All of the things learned can be used throughout my life.”

    -C.M., 7th grade

  • “Thank you Enlightium Christian Academy for allowing me to take this class. It has been the most wonderful and most enjoyable class I have ever taken in my whole life.”

    -A.K., 8th grade

  • “I just loved the context and lessons in this class. I feel like this is going to stick with me for my whole life and I can't wait.”

    -A.K., 8th grade

  • “I would love to take this class for the rest of my life.”

    -A.K., 8th grade

  • “It is very apparent how much [my student] has matured, in school and in everyday life, from applying the lessons learned in this course.”

    -N.D, Parent of a GHLL Student

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 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.

What is the format of the GHLL Program?

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

"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.)

Enlightium Academy does not provide testing for gifted identification.

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 processes, student-centered instruction, curriculum modifications, and flexible learning products to demonstrate mastery of material

Program Pricing

  •   Bronze Silver Silver
    Premium
    Gold Platinum Diamond
    1 Semester $550 $400
    1 Year $1,100 $800
  •   Bronze Silver Silver
    Premium
    Gold Platinum Diamond
    1 Semester $650 $500
    1 Year $1,200 $900

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. 

Enrollment Deadlines

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 January 15th for spring enrollment and August 15th for fall enrollment.

Nominate Your Student

Ready to nominate your student to Enlightium's Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program? If so, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the nomination form. After the nomination form is reviewed, 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..

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