Pine Lane Hosts Discovery Program Alumni Panel

Pine Lane Hosts Discovery Program Alumni Panel
Posted on 02/19/2019
A former student relates her experience from the Discovery Program


As parents of gifted children know, being advanced doesn’t always mean school is easy. In some cases the advanced students end up becoming peer teachers instead of continued learners. In other cases they are just plain bored, which can lead to behavioral problems.

That’s where the Discovery Program comes in. The program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

Prospective parents and students hear from alumniProspective parents and students gathered at Pine Lane to hear from some of the program’s alumni. “Everything about that program has just made me better off later in life,” said Lyndsey Jarrard now a Junior at Legend High School. Her mother added, “She manages her own money. She makes her own car payment….I’m home free!”

One of the hallmarks of the program is its ability to group like-minded students while letting them still work at their own pace. “It was a really big thing for me to not be isolated in my learning, because before I’d always been the only kid who was doing the more advanced curriculum,” said Lexi Beller, a Junior at Legend High School.

Other topics included transitioning to middle school, life skills, and social fit.

Joining the program is a decision each family must consider on their own. It meets at four different sites for the 2018-19 school year. There will be three sites for the 2019-20 school year. The program currently serves 200 - 250 students throughout the district.

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