What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Henry David Thoreau

It is not uncommon for gifted parents to hear that their child is receiving perfect or near-perfect scores on tests or end-of-year assessments. However, these scores tell us very little about what a child has learned if we don’t know where they started. This is particularly true when a student has mastered, or come close to mastering, far more material, at a greater depth, than their teachers would expect from them.

At Grayson, every student will have an Individual Growth Plan (IGP), crafted in collaboration between faculty, the student, and their parents. The purpose of the IGP is to establish where a student begins, how they are progressing, and where they end up. Having established such markers, the team will, again in collaboration and with student input, create specific and measurable goals to guide the student’s learning and the team’s work throughout the year. The IGP is not just limited to measuring academic growth, but will also consider social and emotional development as well.

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