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"With the rapid advance in computer technology and access to the Internet, learning is no longer confined to traditional places such as classrooms... Distance learning is defined as any educational situation in which teacher and student are not engaged face-to-face. Two critical features of distance learning programs are: They transcend the constraints of time and space, and They are student focused. The student chooses when, where, and how to learn..." Learning Beyond the Local School: Distance Learning Programs for Academically Gifted Students

See also ... Academic Programs, Free Online High School Courses, and Schools for the Gifted: Online

IEA Gifted Resource Center Contest, Distance Learning Search Recommended
Comprehensive distance learning opportunity listing...
 
Can distance learning meet the needs of gifted elementary math students? by Sylvia St. Cyr
The use of distance learning in an elementary setting has truly just begun. Although data-specific to distance learning programs for gifted elementary mathematics students was not available, the following statistics provide considerations for further research regarding distance learning in U.S. schools...
 
Free Online High School Courses and Free Online Text Materials collected by Kathi Kearney, Kit Finn, and Carolyn K.
Originally compiled for high schooling victims of Hurricane Katrina, these free resources offer high school courses for schooled, and homeschooled students alike.  Plus a collection of online text materials folks find useful. The collection is heavy on advanced math and science...
 
Gifted Adolescents' Talent Development Through Distance Learning by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
CTD examined the impact of the medium [cyberspace] on young gifted learners.  Most of the students excelled on the AP exams... Local schools are still reluctant to award credit or advance standing... Families need to communicate with the local school personnel to receive appropriate educational actions or services for outside-of-school courses...
 
Homeschool Buyers Co-op
Before you purchase any on-line curricula, check here for possible group discounts.  Past offers include Discovery Channel unitedstreaming, BrainPop, Mathscore.com, finance curriculum from DaveRamsey.com, even Lego purchase discounts!
 
Online learning: A smart way to nurture gifted kids by Laura Vanderkam
With online learning, the newest wave of education, gifted students can take classes local schools can't offer and learn at their own frenetic pace.  Framework already exists...
 
Learning Beyond the Local School: Distance Learning Programs for Academically Gifted Students
Within the last decade, distance learning programs have become more computer-based, using e-mail and the Internet to connect students and teachers, or relying heavily on multi-media technology...
 
Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services edited by Joyce VanTassel-Baska 
From distance learning to talent search summer programs, from residential academic programs to mentoring, and more - there are many options outside the classroom for gifted education.  Learn about many of those options, through individual essays by some of the experts in each field ...
 
Virtual Schools The Right Answer For Many Students Marilyn Brown, The Tampa Tribune
Virtual school for one class or the entire curriculum... numbers are soaring, and the effect on families is striking... strikingly positive!

Distance Learning...

Alcumus Recommended by Art of Problem Solving
Innovative online learning system, with over 7,500 problems with solutions, many from major national math competitions:  MATHCOUNTS, MOEMS, the American Mathematics Competitions, and the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing competitions...
ALEKS Recommended
K-12 plus advanced math, fully automated, available only on the Internet.  (48 hour free trial)  Great option for use in schools, too (school price is excellent; home prices slightly higher)
Apex Learning
Core subjects, including Algebra, Biology, World History, Spanish, AP Statistics, including Boxer math...
Aphelion
school without walls, learning without borders, for the talented and gifted...
Personalized classes, based in Ontario Canada
Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Recommended
Problem solving based mathematics curriculum for grades 6-12...
Athena's Advanced Academy Recommended
Fast-paced and exciting online classes grades 3 through lower high school, for younger children may be ready for higher level content and analytical thinking, but still desire age-appropriate activities...
Barnes and Noble University
Join FREE online courses and reading groups led by authors and other recognized experts (no age limits, no participation credit, but good fun)
Center for Talented Youth Johns Hopkins
CTYOnline offers over 60 online courses tailored to gifted students in grades K through 12, led by CTY faculty. Subjects include math, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, writing, language arts, foreign languages (Chinese, Arabic), music, and a variety of College Board approved Advanced Placement courses
CoolSchool (Cyber Oregon OnLine)
AP courses online
Destination Math by RiverDeep
Neat problem solving program for math, at various grade levels.  "Digit" guides kids through the problems, and then kids try them on their own.  My kids loved this program!
Distance Education and Training Council (formerly the National Home Study Council)
Listing of high school and degree programs around the country, plus FAQ and other resources
Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) Stanford Recommended
Distance Learning Program for gifted students, begins with K-8 math and includes higher level math, physics, and grammar and writing courses. EPGY programs are also offered by CTY Distance Education Math and Computer Science Johns Hopkins, and Center for Talent Development Northwestern University.  Read On EPGY... parents' comments, by Draper Kauffman and others...
EPGY Online High School Recommended
Three-year, fully-accredited, diploma-granting, online, independent high school...
E-Gifted
Workshops, classes, and clubs for gifted students around the world on a safe, secure platform. Classes: Mechanical Engineering, Movie-making, Website Design, Numbers and Big Ideas, Philosophy, Video Game Design, Thinking like an Entrepreneur. Clubs: Unjournaling Writing Club, Book Clubs, Gifted Girls' Club and Minecraft Club
eIMACS (Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science) Recommended
On-line interactive mathematics and computer science curricula to talented middle and high school school and undergraduate students... 
Federal Way school district, Washington
K-12 on-line classes; check out the high school level math, provided by Academic Systems, at good prices (conditionally free for WA residents)
Gifted Homeschool Forums (GHF) Online
Outstanding and engaging online courses tailored to the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students...
Gifted LearningLinks at Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
Nine-month honors and AP courses available with monthly start-up dates for grades 6 through 12. Nine-week accelerated summer classes start in June. Three-month enrichment courses for grades 3 through 8 start January, June, and September
Goddard College Undergraduate Program for Homeschoolers
offers young people, ages 14-19, who have learned independently outside of schools, an opportunity to begin earning college credit while continuing to learn in a self-directed style. Students design their own courses in collaboration with a faculty advisor...
Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA)
AP courses online
irasshai 
Japanese language and culture distance learning course
K-12  
K to 8 and high school curriculum for homeschool, or through virtual academy in some states...
LarsonMath
Online math software from grade 3 to pre-algebra (48 hour free trial)
Laurel Springs School
Grades K to 12 college prep academics, flexible student-centered schedules, and personalized teacher relationships. Includes core, Honors, and AP classes taught by credentialed teachers. Virtual Open Houses available...
Math Tutorials Johns Hopkins University
Distance learning math, from EPGY K-6, DestinationMATH problem solving courses at various levels, Academic Systems Pre- and Algebra I, EPGY Algebra II, JHU Geometry, and EPGY or ThinkWell software well beyond into college level math, physics and programming courses...
Missouri University Center for Distance & Independent Study University of Missouri
programs in foreign languages, language arts, science, plus amateur radio, photography and more...
Mythgard Institute
Online center for the academic study of the literature of the fantastic, with a focus on Tolkien studies... (high school level)
NASA Advanced Learning Environment (ALE)
Space Science and Pre-Engineering courses, free or at very nominal fees - the same courses used to train NASA employees
North Atlantic Regional Schools (NARS) Recommended
North Atlantic Regional High School (now accredited) offers an avenue for receiving a recognized high school credential in the form of a diploma
Online G3: Guinevere's Gifted Group Recommended
Accelerated and engaging online humanities classes for gifted students featuring Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum...
Open Universities Australia
Undergraduate university courses in arts, sciences, business and more, available to all... (Australia, but available world-wide)
Open University
Choose from a wide range of undergraduate certificates and diplomas as well as degrees. Also includes postgraduate qualifications... (U.K., but available world-wide)
PA Homeschoolers AP Online Courses
AP courses online
Signum University
Non-profit, online higher ed institution, dedicated to using new methods to make traditional Liberal Arts teaching available to students everywhere. Through technology, Signum brings dynamic, interactive teaching to everyone... (college level, see Mythgard Institute for high school level)
Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) (click on TTUISD)
Approved by the Texas Education Agency, TTUISD includes a Texas public elementary school, middle school, and high school that operate at a distance
ThinkWell
Comprehensive high school math, science, social science and humanities courses, including pre-algebra to calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, macro- and micro-economics, and public speaking.  Use for homeschooling, subject acceleration, even with a class full of students!
The Trent Schools the oldest and largest provider of Internet home school lessons in the world
Friends founded home education, completely seperate curriculum for gifted students of IQ 137 and above
Grades 2 through 12, plus Trent Academy diploma by examination
Troy University’s ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online
Customized dual enrollment program; earn college credit while still in high school.
U2U
University credit courses offered by the University of Saskatchewan to academically gifted high school students (12tbh grade, Saskatchewan only)
University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)
Each of the accredited UCEA member universities, colleges and professional affiliates below offers courses, degree programs and/or professional education by means of distance learning...
University of California Extension Online
Accredited college and professional-level courses
University of Missouri Center for Distance and Independent Study Recommended
Elementary, high school and college classes
University of Nebraska Independent  Study  High  School
Accredited high school classes, earn Nebraska high school diploma
University of Texas Distance Education Center
Accredited high school classes, earn Texas high school diploma
Virtual High School online education and professional development
Over 200 full semester courses in Arts, Business, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Life Skills, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. In addition, VHS offers 15 AP full year courses and 11 Pre-AP courses. All core courses are NCAA accredited
VisionLearning a customizable course management system MyClassroom
Lessons in General science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and more, even Toxicology & Pharmacology; use MyClassroom to pull together a full science course (also en español)
Writing Tutorials Johns Hopkins University
Distance learning writing, with a real tutor and 7 different writing levels

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