DD will be going to Kindergarten next year, but has been at a PreK-12th grade Montessori school for the last two years. We are deciding between keeping her at the Montessori school, or sending her to a local charter that uses a whole-child approach, based on the teachings of Ernest Boyer (Basic School philosophy). We found out this week she got a spot at this well-respected charter school through the lottery.
We plan on sitting down with someone from the charter school to make sure it is the right fit for our child. I know they do not have a separate/pull out program for gifted kids, and use an inclusion method and differentiated instruction. We are okay with that, and actually prefer it, but I have a really hard time wrapping my head around how that actually works. She is ahead three grade levels in reading (and comprehension), and one grade level in math, according to her current Montessori teacher.
What are some of the things we should look for, and questions we should ask, to help us make sure that the charter school does a good job at keeping their gifted kids challenged? I agree with the idea of inclusion/differentiated learning, but do realize that many schools don't do a great job at it. I also don't know what I can ask for as a parent in terms of support for her.
She's only 5, so this is the very start of our journey, and it is all new to me!