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Old 11-28-2020, 12:31 AM
 
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I'm looking for information about which Westchester school districts have supportive services for gifted kids-- especially at the middle/high school level. Some examples of this might be gifted programs, acceleration, science and tech magnet options, schools with project-based learning opportunities. I'd love perspectives of people that have had firsthand experiences with these programs.

Also, if we move to westchester for the schools, we'd love to be in a vibrant community, ideally with a downtown, not just a bedroom, commuter town to NYC.

Any towns that fit the bill with schools and community? Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:44 PM
 
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Try BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services.) I know they serve Westchester and Putnam county schools. They have very hands on programs with instructors who genuninley care about the kids they deal with. In fact, BOCES has become so reputable that they have created their own Middle and High School called Fox Meadow. This was created because students with special needs started to do after school programs but it wasn't enough time. BOCES intially was a center that would bus students from local schools a couple times a week to and from their original school. Some schools even have a BOCES program before BOCES created their own school. Like anything that has become succesful, they started small.

https://www.pnwboces.org/

https://www.pnwboces.org/Schools/Fox...w/Welcome.aspx
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Old 12-10-2020, 08:11 AM
 
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Hello-

I'm looking for information about which Westchester school districts have supportive services for gifted kids-- especially at the middle/high school level. Some examples of this might be gifted programs, acceleration, science and tech magnet options, schools with project-based learning opportunities. I'd love perspectives of people that have had firsthand experiences with these programs.

Also, if we move to westchester for the schools, we'd love to be in a vibrant community, ideally with a downtown, not just a bedroom, commuter town to NYC.

Any towns that fit the bill with schools and community? Thanks in advance!
Most Westchester schools do not. the program itself is far beyond the so called gifted programs on NYC schools. They also tend to reject notions like magnet. Its such nonsense.

Most schools do have in school pull out programs in elementary school for kids who excess at math and science where they explore tech, coding, and math. At the middle and high schools, its honors classes and moving ahead. Honors middle school kids take high school regents math, earth science and possibly language, so at high school they are taking sophomore classes and wind up with a few more college classes as a senior. Depending on the district, kids graduate with as much as 20 to 30 college credits, not AP tests, but transcripted credits from local colleges. Its not quite what you are discussing, but its the way Westchester works. If you insist on the traditional magnet type programs, I would look to CT or NJ. Good luck to you and best of luck.
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Old 12-10-2020, 08:34 PM
 
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended Yorktown High School's gifted program with IBM. I don't know anything about it.

Stepinac High School in White Plains with a great honors program. My son had Latin for three years and Greek in his senior year. His college accepted his AP courses fulfilling his freshman college course requirements. However, not every college does this.

Stepinac has buses to Yorktown now, but the first couple of years, I was his chauffeur. It was a wonderful school/experience so I was happy to do it.

I agree with dr.strangelove. My daughter said she would have been better served by skipping her junior and senior of high school and enrolling to a local college. Many students clock out of high school at age 16. By 18 years old, they have already completed two years of college.

At 16, they can't drive to college so a stay-at-home parent is needed to chauffeur them to/from college.
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