Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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Interesting university transition program
Unfortunately this is nowhere near where I live, although it's in my province. Basically it's an accelerated public high school program for gifted kids which is on the campus of a well-regarded university and includes the kind of emotional and personal-planning support these kids tend to need to transition effectively to early university study. Because of its affiliated with the university it is also able to grease the wheels of early university admission. It's a two-year program admitting kids in their Grade 8 or 9 years, and most start at University of British Columbia at 15. It's been running since 1993.
Since Canada seems to have so much less in the way of gifted programs and services I'm just surprised to see such an innovative program here.
This obviously won't work for my kid because we don't live anywhere near Vancouver, but it got me thinking... what I would really love is a residential program at the university level that's designed to support early entrants. Meaning a small residence that would offer a more home-like atmosphere, adult house-parents who would be available to assist with personal planning and emotional support, and a system for communication with the students' parents. Wouldn't that be cool?
Mountain mama to one great kid and three great grown-ups