Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

Hide not your talents. 

They for use were made.

What's a sundial in the shade?

 --Benjamin Franklin  

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.

--Andre Gide, Nobel Prize Winner


Assessment and Support for profoundly and exceptionally gifted children

Gifted Children Need Acceleration

"According to A Nation Deceived, academic acceleration is grounded in strong empirical evidence of positive academic and social development of students."   Duke University

http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/nation deceived

Types of Acceleration include:

  • Early admission to kindergarten/elementary/middle/high school/college
  • Grade skipping
  • Continuous progress (teacher controls pace of progress)
  • Self-paced instruction (student controls the pace of progress)
  • Subject matter acceleration (eg. fourth grade student taking sixth grade math)
  • Combined classes (eg. grouping multiple grade levels together that leads to academic interaction with older students) and Curriculum compacting less time spent on things like introduction, review, and practice)
  • Telescoping curriculum (eg. completing a year's math class in a single semester) and Mentoring (partnering with a student with an expert for more in-depth learning experiences)
  • Extracurricular programs (courses and instruction that occur outside the normal school day)
  • Correspondence courses (these are now typically online courses)
  • Early graduation
  • Concurrent/Dual enrollment (enrolling in college courses while still in high school)
  • Advanced Placement
  • Credit by examination (eg. skipping algebra by taking the final exam and scoring sufficiently high)
  • Acceleration in college (often achieved through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement or taking additional classes)

Is My Child Gifted?

If you read the list below and find yourself nodding, recognizing your own child here, give us a call.  (510) 219-9410

Gifted children need exposure to multiage gifted peers, strong social-emotional support, hands-on experiential learning, and the ability to work at their own pace and level. 

Gifted children also need strong parent advocates to help them find the learning environment that truly works for them.

Characteristics of Gifted Children by Dr. Linda Silverman
  • Reasons well (good thinker)              
  • Morally sensitive
  • Learns rapidly                                   
  • Has strong curiosity
  • Has an excellent memory                              
  • Perseverant in their interests
  • Has long attention span (if interested)           
  • Has high degree of energy
  • Sensitive                                            
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Shows compassion                             
  • Has wide range of interests
  • Perfectionistic                                    
  • Has a great sense of humor
  • Intense                                                           
  • Mature for age
  • Concerned with justice, fairness                   
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination                                
  • Is highly creative
  • Tends to question authority               
  • Has facility with numbers
  • Good at jigsaw puzzles


This is an excellent video that clearly describes the Asynchronous Child - probably the most telling sign of giftedness:


Here is another video on asynchrony by Dr. Dan Peters from Summit Center:

 Specific Articles:

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children


The Loneliness of Genius


Is Your Child Gifted?  What To Look For And Why You Should Know


What Is Twice Exceptional (2e)?


Those 2e "Bad Kids"


Myths About The Gifted


Dabrowski's Theory


Gifted Kids At Risk: Who's Listening?