Gifted Homeschooling Resources

April 21, 2015

It’s not news that parents of gifted learners are often tired. The seemingly endless trial-and-error of finding the right resources for your child can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. Even in the boundless age of technology and digital resources, the one clear truth about gifted learners – about any student – is that fit is everything. Finding the appropriate fit in regards to content, pace, level of challenge, and overall learning environment takes time and experience. Websites are informative but static; word of mouth from other parents who have “been through the fire” is still the greatest resource for other parents of gifted children.

IEA recently hosted a Gifted Child Parent Support Group Meeting that featured a homeschooling parent panel where local parents shared their experiences and perspectives – both positive and negative – on homeschooling their gifted student. As part of the discussion, panelists and attendees shared gifted homeschooling resources and recommendations (below) which have stood the test of time and experience with their highly able learner. Many of these resources are local to the Los Angeles and Pasadena, California area, but many are offered nationwide as well.

For All Gifted Learners:

Armory Center for the Arts

Davidson Institute for Talent Development

First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team Glendale

Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Institute for Educational Advancement

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

PG Retreat

Saturday Conservatory of Music

Stanford University Online High School

UCLA Math Circle

Schools for Gifted Learners:

The Colburn School for Performing Arts

Eagle Rock Elementary Highly Gifted Magnet

Eagle Rock High School Gifted Magnet

Helios School for Gifted Children

iPoly High School (project-based learning; not specifically gifted)

LAUSD Magnet Program

The Mirman School

Multnomah Elementary Gifted, Highly Gifted & High Ability Magnet

Portola Middle Highly Gifted Magnet

Walter Reed Middle School

Colleges & Universities:

Claremont Splash

Dual Enrollment at Fullerton College

Dual Enrollment at Glendale Community College

Dual Enrollment at Santa Monica College

Evening and Weekend Lectures at Local Colleges and Universities (see individual school websites for calendar list of events)

Stanford Splash

P.E. Options for Homeschoolers:

City of South Pasadena Recreation Center

La Canada YMCA

Local Parks and Recreation Departments (see your local city’s department website for offerings)

Curriculum, Charter Schools & Online Resources for Homeschoolers:

California Learning Strategies Center

Edutopia: Current Topics in Education

Excellence in Education

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Golden Valley Charter (IEA is a vendor)

Homeschool L.A.


Local Public Library (homeschoolers can get a special library card for educators)

Moving Beyond the Page

Sky Mountain Charter School (IEA is a vendor)

Meetup Groups and Additional Social Opportunities:

Boys Scouts

Eastside Gifted Meetup

Family-Centered Education (FaCE) L.A.

Girl Scouts

Westside of Los Angeles Gifted Meetup


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