FLA has a college-preparatory curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with a thematic integration of aviation and aeronautics. FLA offers advanced core courses and for scholars classified as Talented and Gifted (TAG) or “high potential”.
Curriculum and learning experiences in each course provide all students with challenging and equitable opportunities to develop learning skills, thinking skills and life skills. There is much evidence to indicate curriculum coupled with learning experiences prepare students for success at the next level.
All of our courses have equivalent learning expectations. Our handbook states that both Middle and Upper school scholars must pass every course, electives included, to be promoted to the next grade. Every teacher is required to provide scholars (whom have been identified) with a remediation plan and ensure that plan is implemented for each scholar. For scholars that are retained, we create an Individualized Learning Plan. This plan is used to ensure that the retained student is receiving the learning, thinking, and life skills necessary for promotion. The progress monitoring is intentional and consistent, such that often times students are able to move into the correct grade after the 1st semester.
TALENTED AND GIFTED SERVICES
The Gifted Program provides services for identified students at all grade levels. These services are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students. The requisites for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38. ( GaDOE.org)
At all grade levels, the objectives of the program are to:
Develop advanced research skills and methods.
Develop and practice creative thinking and creative problem-solving skills with a variety of complex topics within the area of study.
Develop and practice critical thinking and logical problem-solving skills in the pertinent academic area.
Develop advanced communication skills.
Develop an understanding of self and how their unique characteristics may influence interactions with others.