Students must participate in eligibility testing in order to attend the Auburn Gifted Academy. 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 History and the Social Sciences. Gifted students take a four year sequence of core 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.