Special school for smart children
Intellectually gifted children will have a school that caters for their extraordinary learning needs when the Gifted and Advanced Learning Academy of South Africa opens its doors in January next year. Founded by former teacher David Silman, the school aims to help children identified as having "exceptional cognitive ability" to maximise their intellect through a specially designed curriculum.Between 3% and 5% of all populations contain individuals who are intellectually gifted."This translates into between 30,000 and 50,000 children being present in the system in each grade that can reasonably be [considered] as gifted, [and means] through all grades there are between 360,000 and 500,000 gifted children in South African schools."Silman said many extremely intelligent children were either not identified as such or, when they were, either did not have the resources to fully tap into this potential or their parents cannot afford to take them to the more affluent schools.Funding for the school will be acquired through sponsorships.A portion (10%) of excess money will be used to sponsor less-privileged children's tuition - at an annual cost of R4,500 a child.