The Basis for the Program
Since its inception in 1959, the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children (GPGC), has concentrated on satisfying the unique, and often unrecognized or discounted, needs of intellectually and artistically gifted children. A dedicated staff of residential counselors and a superb roster of professional faculty and administrators (see sidebars), provide parents with the security of knowing that their sons and daughters will be both nurtured and challenged.
To combat the boredom gifted students often experience in regular classes which can be somewhat restrictive in scope and in which teachers must devote more time to their less able pupils, the GPGC academic curriculum emphasizes independent individual and group projects. Through this “project” approach, the curriculum provides students with the ability to maintain and stimulate their own interest levels. Students have ample opportunity to increase their fund of information, but the academic emphasis is and has always been on developing thinking and problem-solving skills. Children are not taught what to think, but rather how to think, and are introduced to some of the great questions that have confronted mankind through the ages.
The GPGC community is governed by the highest standards for intellectual pursuits, morality, and social interaction. The environment emulates (as much as practical and feasible) an ideal society in which members of the community can learn about and acquire behavior that will be beneficial to all concerned.