the best education for gifted & TalentedFAQ's
Q. What kind of student attends Talcott Mountain Academy?
Talcott students are bright and gifted students who are enthusiastic about learning. They are looking for, and capable of succeeding with, a more challenging curriculum than a typical grade level mastery. We welcome students of all races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds into our diverse community.
Q. What is Gifted & Talented?
According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), students with gifts and talents perform—or have the capability to perform—at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential. Students with gifts and talents:
- Come from all racial, ethnic, and cultural populations, as well as all economic strata.
- Require sufficient access to appropriate learning opportunities to realize their potential.
- Can have learning and processing disorders that require specialized intervention and accommodation.
- Need support and guidance to develop socially and emotionally as well as in their areas of talent.
To view common traits of gifted and talented students, click here.
Q. Is there a dress code at Talcott Mountain Academy?
Yes and no. Students do not wear a uniform. They are expected to be neat, clean and dressed appropriately for daily activities and weather outside as we are a campus. When representing the school at various functions such as concerts and on field trips, students must wear their green Talcott polo shirt and dark pants or skirts.
Q. Do all students have to take the bus?
Yes, all students must take the bus to and from school. We are located on a private road and do our best to limit traffic for the benefit of our neighbors. There are, of course, occasions when a parent needs to drive their child or pick them up to due appointments.
Applying to Talcott
Q. Is there an application deadline?
Students typically start the application process in the late Fall and early Winter. First round acceptances begin March 1, after our current students have made their commitments. After March 1, we have a rolling admissions as space allows.
Q. Does the student need to apply before a campus visit?
Parents and students are encouraged to tour the campus during an Open House or by appointment. As part of the application process we suggest a day visit by the student. An application must be filed prior to a day visit.
Q. Do you allow mid-year transfers and can students enter at any grade level?
We do have mid-year transfers, as long as there is space in the class you are looking to enter.
Q. Does Talcott Mountain Academy offer financial aid?
Yes, we have Named Scholarships and financial aid. Both are “need-based” and parents must file the Parents Financial Statement through School and Student Services (SSS) to be considered. We do not offer loans, however, a payment plan ay be arranged through our business office.
Q. Does Talcott Mountain Academy offer a sibling discount?
Yes, second and subsequent students in a family are offered a significant 20% discount on tuition.
Academics & More...
Q. How does Talcott Mountain Academy differ from other schools?
Aside from our unique mountaintop location, Talcott Mountain Academy has many other features that differentiate it from other schools, including an accelerated curriculum with no mastery testing and hands-on, inquiry-driven investigation across all subject areas. The small class sizes at Talcott Mountain Academy allow students to benefit from individual instruction and learn at their own pace.
Q. How does Talcott use technology in the classroom?
The T in STEM means technology. It’s a little about the “hi-tech” hardware, but mostly how it’s used and how it inspires young learners to create new solutions. So yes, you’ll see TMA students mastering 3-D printers, robots, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, sensors and drones. What really happens to make it all work is the applications – creating new learning spaces with open source devices and apps, inventing devices that can help the lives of those with challenges and special needs, helping the world see new ideas through data and visualizations, and learning that no problem is too big to try and tackle. Technology and creativity are twin partners in our future, and Talcott has the track record of inventors and leaders to get us there.
Q. What is the average class size and student/teacher ratio?
Average class size is 10 students. The student/teacher rate is approximately 8:1.
Q. What are Suites?
We call our age-grouped students Suites rather than Grades. Grades imply a level at which the students are working. Within an age cohort, our students are working at various levels that differ between subject areas.
Q. Do students in Middle School have advisors?
Students in grades six, seven and eight have faculty advisors. Advisor groups are small, usually five or six students in a group. Advisor groups meet one period per week. Advisors assist students with academic and social issues and can coordinate parent/ teacher meetings if necessary.
Q. What extra-curricular activities are offered? And what is the enrichment period?
Talcott offers a wide array of extracurricular activities for students including Science Bowl and Math Counts. The Talcott Parent Group and the Student Council also sponsor special events and activities throughout the year to further enrich student learning and community.
Through our enrichment program, which meets once per week throughout the school year, the Academy invites students to delve into their chosen subject matter. Enrichment offers the chance to explore specialized subjects like creative writing, publishing, web design, yearbook, amateur radio, dramatic arts, math theory, hydroponic gardening and band, among others. Talcott students also participate in a school-wide theatrical production where they can choose to participate on-stage or work behind-the-scenes on scenery, lighting, costumes or publicity.
Q. Does Talcott Mountain Academy have a PTO?
Talcott Mountain Academy has Talcott Parent Group (TPG) run by a steering committee. The TPG provides support for the school in a variety of ways…
Q. Where do students go after Talcott Mountain Academy?
Talcott Mountain Academy graduates are accepted at top secondary schools and colleges. The Dean and Assistant Dean assist families with the search and application process. We offer a Secondary School Fair in the fall with a parent workshop preceding the event.
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Talcott Mountain Science Center for Student Involvement, Inc. and Talcott Mountain Academy welcome and admit students of any gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation and those with disabilities to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Center and Academy. View Talcott’s full nondiscrimination policy.