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Heidi Molbak

FlexSchool is a learning community for gifted and twice exceptional (2e) middle, high school, and postgraduate students. At this time two campuses serve the Tristate area, one in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey and another in New Haven, Connecticut. FlexSchools embrace students for who they are and support them to thrive. Small, ability-based discussion classes taught by subject experts ensure meaningful conversations and the opportunity to ask high-level questions. The faculty, trained and supported by learning specialists and mental health professionals, focuses on critical thinking in all areas of learning; a “toolbox” concept emphasizing how to learn rather than an “encyclopedia” concept emphasizing specific material (though all core bases are covered in depth). Block scheduling promotes in-depth discussions and extensive experiments. Students are supported and encouraged to study topics that interest them with faculty mentors. FlexSchool is also a safe and fun environment for accelerated students who want to “join in” rather than “stand out.”

FlexSchool campuses are deliberately embedded in the community to use local resources. Examples of this include experiential learning in the local area every Friday (FlexFridays), meaningful community service, and opportunities for students to find local mentors and activities that both support and extend their interests.

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