Making the transition from a public school to a private academy middle school can be a positive process for gifted children; smaller class sizes and more flexibility in the pace of instruction can allow gifted children the chance to excel.
Although many gifted children — typically defined as intellectually advanced in relation to their peers, or as having an IQ higher than 130 — are self-motivated learners, their grades may not reflect their potential. The process by which a gifted student becomes an “underachiever” is reversible, but parents and schools must understand the pressures that can come along with intellectual giftedness.
One of the most common problems that an under-performing gifted student must face is internal pressure. Although parents may indicate nothing but pride at their