The Gifted Academy defines itself by the core subjects taken by students. The smaller learning community consists of teachers in the four core subject areas, English, Mathematics, Science, and the Social Sciences. Students take a four year sequence of courses that prepares them to be competitive at any college or university of their choice.
Mirroring the intense, multifaceted, and nonconformist nature of giftedness, the Gifted Academy sets forth a qualitatively differentiated instructional program in content compacted and extended, in teaching strategies of exposition and inquiry, in assessment balancing logical critique and open-ended creativity. Intellectual development is promoted through planned activities, which include critical thinking skills, as well as skills that develop the capacity for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. It is designed for academically talented, highly motivated students who intend to pursue the most rigorous, challenging educational programs beyond high school.
Beyond the four core subject areas, students have wide and varied interests. The Gifted Academy prepares them for the intellectual challenge in their futures; selecting a pathway at Auburn High School allows them to explore the careers that may develop as they take on those life challenges. Therefore, students fulfill the core requirements of the Gifted Academy. They are then able to choose not only Gifted Academy specific pathways, but also any career pathway that is offered at Auburn High School.
Pathways include Advanced Sciences, Advanced Humanities, AP International Diploma, and Research and Higher Education. This academy is only available at Auburn. Eligibility testing is required.