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Homeschool/Gifted Info


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Please look through the information and links at the bottom of this page for homeschooling the gifted and other gifted resources. There is so much information, it may be overwhelming, but just take your time and look through it when you can. They are all very helpful resources! Also, please let us know if you have any questions or need more information. We are happy to help, and if we don't know the answer, we'll connect you with someone who does!  


  Contact at:  [email protected]




MCGT:  www.mcgt.net

The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is a support and advocacy organization for parents and educators of gifted children. The MCGT website is a great place to get information. You will see the homeschool chapter listed there under "chapters", with a lot of great information and resources listed there as well.

* If you haven't yet joined, I would highly recommend becoming a member. This is the main way to stay connected and get some valuable resources and information and meet others. You can register on-line as well if interested.

* You can become a member of MCGT on-line here:  http://mcgt.net/how-to-join-mcgt

MCGT CHOICES Chapter:  http://mcgt.net/homeschool

Look up this link for valuable resource information and dates for the next upcoming CHOICES Chapter meetings and events.

* Be sure to scroll down to the "Resources" section here for all the valuable links to more resource info.

* This link has all the curriculum recommendations as well, put out by the MCGT CHOICES Chapter parents on what they have used and recommend.

* The CHOICES Chapter has quarterly meetings at the Edina Community Center (5701 Normandale Road Edina, MN 55424). These meetings are very helpful and a wonderful way to meet other homeschooling (or thinking about homeschooling) families and gain great resources, information, as well as friendships! 

STAR Academy:

"STAR (Scholars Together Always Reaching) Academy is a once-a-week classroom instruction group organized by some of the families in the MCGT CHOICES Chapter. We have been serving families of the MCGT CHOICES Chapter for more than ten years. Classes meet for two thirteen-week sessions per year on Wednesdays from 9:00-2:00 (approx) at a church in Bloomington.

STAR Academy seeks to provide challenging academic and enrichment courses for highly gifted children in a positive and dynamic environment that allows them to learn and interact with their intellectual and social peers. STAR Academy provides classroom instruction, thereby enhancing home education for children ages 5-18. STAR Academy, while having the spirit of a co-op, operates with an administrative board who make all final decisions regarding STAR classes, policies, and procedures. STAR Academy does not ask for proof of giftedness, however classes are designed with highly gifted children in mind and may move more quickly through material than a traditional class. Classes are geared for students working 2-3 grade levels above age."

** If you think you might be interested in learning more about STAR Academy, please email [email protected] and we will answer your email promptly.  



Homeschool Diner:  http://www.homeschooldiner.com/

very helpful and abundant online resource link created and run by a veteran MCGT Homeschool Mom. "Here you'll find a full menu of articles, curriculum ideas, and links to online resources. You'll also find helpful suggestions, friendly advice, and a little homeschool humor, on the side."

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:  http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

Hoagies is the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. "You are not alone!”.

NAGC: http://www.nagc.org/

National Association for Gifted Children:  “Supporting the needs of high-potential learners”.

SENG:  http://www.sengifted.org/

"Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted". Resources for gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them; helping with their unique social and emotional needs.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development:  http://www.davidsongifted.org/

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students 18 and under.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY):  http://cty.jhu.edu/

CTY identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide, preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.

Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY):   http://epgy.stanford.edu/

EPGY Courses: E-learning courses for gifted and talented students.

Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD):  http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/

CTD is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students and their families.



ECHO-MN: www.echo-mn.org

ECHO is an outreach group designed to help families learn about homeschooling. ECHO provides this support via Yahoo Group communication, and connecting families with homeschooling support groups.

Homeschool Adventures: www.hsadventures.org

Homeschool Adventures, a secular homeschool support group based in the Twin Cities, offers…
• group activities • support in organizing events • information on local homeschool events .

Homeschool Buyers Co-op: http://homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op provides homeschool curriculum and other homeschooling resources at reduced rates. It is the nation's largest purchasing cooperative for families educating with a homeschool curriculum.

Homeschool Diner:  http://www.homeschooldiner.com/

An very helpful and abundant online resource link created and run by a veteran MCGT Homeschool Mom. "Here you'll find a full menu of articles, curriculum ideas, and links to online resources. You'll also find helpful suggestions, friendly advice, and a little homeschool humor, on the side."

edHelper:   http://edhelper.com/

Printable educational material in all subject areas for grades K-12

Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance (MHA): http://www.homeschoolers.org/

MHA is a statewide homeschooling support organization. MHA is committed to fulfilling its mission without discrimination based on race, religion,or educational philosophy.

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE):

MDE is the regulating body for education issues in the State of Minnesota.
Main website: http://education.state.mn.us/html/mde_home.htm 
School Choice page: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/academic_excellence/school_choice/index.html 
Homeschooling page: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/academic_excellence/school_choice/nonpublic_school_choice/home_schooling/index.html 
Copy of the Minnesota Compulsory Education Statutes: http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/120A/22.html


Please let us know if you have any questions, need information on anything else, or would just like to talk. We're happy to chat over the phone or by email, whichever works best for you!

   - The MCGT CHOICES Chapter

Contact at:  [email protected]