5 Cities With Schools for Gifted Youngsters
Does the Institute for Gifted Youngsters Really Exist?
As most comic lovers will know, the home base of the X-Men is Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters. Mutants come to the institute when their powers manifest, around the time they go through puberty. This transformation is an insightful metaphor from the comics, as anyone who has been the parent of a teen can attest – the teen years tend to be when our latent powers, intellectual or otherwise, make themselves known. With that in mind, here’s a look at a few of the best schools around the country, for the teen in your life whose super-powers are just beginning to show.
Idyllwild Arts Academy is an arts boarding school in Southern California that focuses on preparing students for a professional career in the arts, as well as college prep. They offer curriculum for grades 9-12 in music, theater, dance, visual arts, creative writing, moving pictures, interArts and fashion design. The school is home to approximately 300 students who hail from 27 countries and 26 states. The Academy is located in Idyllwild, CA in the San Bernardino National Forest, only two hours from Los Angeles, two hours from San Diego, and one hour from Palm Springs.
High Technology High School is a STEM High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Focused on engineering, they offer curricula in civil engineering, architecture, computer integrated manufacturing, and digital electronics. College credit can be earned at High Technology through partnerships with the Rochester Institute of Technology, Georgian Court University, and Brookdale Community College. A part of the Monmouth Vocational School district, High Technology serves grades 9-12, with just fewer than 300 students enrolled.
Located just one mile south of downtown Milwaukee, Bradley Technology and Trade School is a vocational public school for grades 9-12. Bradley Technology offers programs in construction, automation, communication, and design. All students study technology, materials, processes, energy, and power, with a focus on real world application and future careers. With an enrollment of around 1,300 students, Bradley Technology offers its attendees both high academic and trade opportunities.
Food and Finance High School is a vocational high school located in Manhattan, in New York City. It is one of the few high schools to offer a full four-year culinary arts education. Food and Finance’s curriculum centers around the culinary arts and baking, as well as the financial side of working in the culinary world. With around 450 students enrolled, this grade 9-12 school gives students the opportunity to begin following their culinary dreams before college.
The School for the Talented and the Gifted is a magnet school located in Dallas, Texas. Routinely named one of the best schools in the country, TAG (as it is called) offers what is essentially a Bachelor in Liberal Arts, but in high school. TAG attracts hard working, self-motivated students and gives them an environment within which they can achieve. With just under 250 students enrolled, TAG seeks to give its attendees a highly personalized high school experience – and the name of the school certainly does evoke the X-Men.
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