YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Location is key for the Lewis School for Gifted Learning Potential. It is in the heart of downtown Youngstown, just blocks away from places like Oh Wow!, the Butler Institute of American Art and Youngstown State University. All of which are partners of the learning center.
The school is a private, non-profit extension of Youngstown Christian School and is designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in grades 3 through 6.
Director Sara Reichard says gifted education is difficult to accomplish in a traditional school setting, but now the school will be very close to enriching resources, such as the Dana School of Music.
“Bringing the musicians in, bringing the musician teachers in and then working with young people to show them how to cultivate that language is really what it is all about,” said Michael Crist, director of the Dana School of Music. “It is really a win-win for us.”
The goal of the school is to provide more personalized, one on one education for gifted students while following state gifted standards. In public schools, gifted funding comes and goes.
“Gifted education is about an educational need that the student has,” said Reichard. “They’re identified as having a need to be taught differently.”
The private school is starting out small, but will eventually expand. Open space at Trinity United Methodist Church is going to be converted into classrooms for the upcoming school year.
“I think it is going to be a great addition to our city,” said Youngstown Mayor John McNally. “I know that city council certainly appreciates the confidence that you’ve show in our city by deciding to move downtown.”
Tuition for the private school is $5,500. Financial assistance is available for those that qualify.