In Audubon’s Gifted/High Ability/High Achieving magnet, students who have been identified as “gifted” in one of the seven different categories are challenged to think deeply and critically about the lessons presented in the classroom. Utilizing the icons of depth and complexity, students are encouraged to think like disciplinarians: scientists, mathematicians, authors, historians, etc., when they engage in the learning process. Teachers routinely lift the learning off the page with field trip and guest speaker opportunities that connect life and learning. Students often engage in project-based learning, in an attempt to address issues of social justice, thereby learning the importance and the power of their own voices. In addition, as magnet students, they are eligible to apply for the Hippocrates Circle Program, a program coordinated by Kaiser Permanente that exposes students to careers in health and medicine. Members of Audubon’s learning community are invited to learn, grow, and share together through Donuts with Dads that offers a welcoming and safe space for parents to glean information and gather resources from industry leaders, such as Dr. Tyrone Howard of UCLA, Dr. Erique Emel of Kaiser Permanente, and Dr. Shalamon Duke of West LA College. Guest speakers of that caliber raise the academic and intellectual conversation, and provide Audubon caretakers with information and strategies that support student learning and physical and emotional well-being beyond the school day. Not only that, but Audubon comes together regularly, family style, for “No Cook Nights”, fundraisers at local restaurants where parents, teachers, and students bond as members of the same learning community who want the best that life has to offer for the children. In addition, Magnet teachers continue to develop themselves professionally by attending educator institutes across the country, from the history and culture of China and Taiwan in Beijing and Taipei, to the importance of storytelling and culture of the Gullah Islands, to the Civil Rights Movement at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Not only do teachers serve as models for life-long learning, but these experiences increase the level of rigor and novelty in the classroom; it opens the world up to the students. As much as possible, we accept students who are not only identified as gifted, but those who are on the trajectory and show the potential to be gifted. Our Magnet program at Audubon is attractive to students who want to learn and grow!
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