High-potential students in Hartford, Connecticut show real promise when presented with educational opportunities at a recently opened academy.
Anaisja Henry pops open a laptop, the white beads in her hair quietly clicking as she settles into her desk to work on a fourth-grade project. The theme: making a difference – inspired by a play the teacher took the class to see.
An aspiring veterinarian, Anaisja is focusing on saving animals from cruelty – incorporating facts, photos, and even original poems from the animals' perspectives: "Please help us and love us and protect us too. Please train us and teach us the things we must do...."
Special field trips and self-motivated work are typical here at The Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy – but not so common in many schools across the country, especially in high-poverty districts such as Hartford's.
"In a lot of circumstances, high-potential students don't manifest their gifts unless they've been given the opportunity to develop them," says head teacher Ruth Lyons.
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