Why Gifted Education Matters
On the relevance of a principled mission.
There are innate differences from one person to the next. Some of the differences relate to native intelligence. Measuring intelligence, IQ testing specifically, has been controversial. However, decades of research has supported the fundamental understanding that differences in native intelligence are real, can be measured, and impact one’s life.
Research shows that people with high intelligence have gifts and also challenges. Gifted people can provide anecdotal support for this with stories of accomplishment but also stories of difficulties that range from boredom in school to regrettable accounts of misdirected potential. Rainard was founded to help high-intelligence students excel. Rainard exists to take the best of what we know and provide an excellent educational opportunity for gifted students.
Rainard remains a small school, focused on its principled mission. Our approach is highly specialized. We serve a very limited portion of the population — typically defined as the top 2% of the general population by IQ. We serve any even smaller portion of the population when you consider those families interested and able in prioritizing education through spending on private school. Still, Rainard’s approach is valuable — supported by decades of educational research and directed at the best possible results for our children.
In consideration of the value of a specialized education take, for example, the conclusion of this article in the Review of Educational Research from December 2016 titled “What One Hundred Years of Research Say About the Effects of Ability Grouping and Acceleration on K-12 Students’ Academic Achievement”:
“The preponderance of existing evidence accumulated over the past century suggests that academic acceleration and most forms of ability grouping like cross-grade subject grouping and special grouping for gifted students can greatly improve K-12 students’ academic achievement.”
It is probably universal that we want the best possible opportunities for as many students as possible, and that we also want to provide the best possible opportunities for each student. Rainard compliments the mosaic of educational and extra-curricular opportunities available in the Houston area. Rainard meets a specific and important need. Each and every day the Rainard faculty employ the best of what we know about gifted education and how to benefit gifted students to help our students excel.
Rainard is Houston’s private school for gifted education. We focus on meeting the social and emotional needs of bright students while challenging them to work to the best of their abilities. We help students excel. We inspire joy in learning.
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