Twice-Exceptional students are students who have extraordinary intellectual or creative potential in one or more areas, but who are challenged by academic, attentional and/or social challenges. These gifted students have not been able to ‘fit’ in a typical classroom.
A psychoeducational assessment is a valuable tool in understanding the student’s learning profile. Subtests within these assessments often show strengths in one area and challenges in another area. If the enrolment application does not contain assessment documentation, E2 will consider recommendations from teachers or health care professionals. An interview with the parents and the student is critical for determining if the student will be a fit.
A formal diagnosis of a learning disability is not required. At E2 a learning challenge encompasses a variety of states that negatively impact the student’s success in a traditional classroom setting. Examples would be ADHD, anxiety/depression, Tourette Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism.
Our teaching staff have specialized training and experience. Our program is structured on small class sizes (1:4 ratio), sensory friendly environment, individualized learning plans, modified attendance schedules, emotion coaching and collaborative and proactive problem solving. Students are engaged based on their interests and talents.
Our mission is to deliver a setting that lets students feel safe and accepted for all their various intensities and quirks; a place where they can find like minds among peers; and most importantly, an academic program designed to meet their creative, intellectual, social and emotional needs so that their potential for learning and growth is realized.
We are gathering additional resources within both parent education and our additional services sections. E2 Academy is focused on providing supports to our families along with our unique student population.
There is a large body of academic research about twice-exceptional students. Dr. Susan Baum, Director of The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, is one of the leading experts in this field and has published extensively on this population of students. For more information visit www.bridges.edu/2e-center.html.