Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy offers an academic environment that supports learners of all types. We create an atmosphere that not only supports understanding but encourages the seeking of understanding. We introduce themes designed to "start the wheels turning" by presenting information, then experiential, hands-on activities support the lesson by getting children moving, thinking, and doing. During the course of each day, children are offered individual learning time that includes the teacher and the student in a one-on-one setting to work on skills and interests that are specific to each individual child. Children construct a sense of wonder and excitement in learning as they build confidence in themselves as people and lifelong students.

Several studies have found that parents are fairly accurate at identifying when their preschool-aged child is "exceptionally bright" or "gifted." Some characteristics that may get the attention of parents and cause them to question if their child has an exceptionally high ability to learn include:
  • Early talking and reading
  • Advanced vocabulary and communication skills
  • Enjoys expressing him or herself artistically
  • Learns differently than other children
  • Has a longer attention span than same-aged peers
  • Retains information about what is observed and learned and has a great memory
  • Is challenged by problems and chooses the "road less travelled"
  • Loves projects that take planning and time
  • Very goal oriented
  • Loves mastering a skill
  • Always wants to know "why"
  • Enjoys the company of adults and older children
  • Sensitive to dishonestly and injustice
There are several excellent websites offering advice and resources for the parents of gifted children. The list below includes some of the larger national sites and some great local resources but is by no means exhaustive.
Please note that while Discovery Trails provides a differentiated learning environment in which most students—including those who may be gifted—will thrive, we do not offer standardized testing or otherwise formally identify students with any special learning needs. We can refer parents and children to appropriate specialists upon request.