"I felt bored, and I was getting in trouble a lot of the time. I didn't fit in and I didn't have a lot of friends," says Jamie, 11. At Choice School for Gifted Children, in Richmond, British Columbia, that has all changed.
"When we get kids who have behaviours that are inappropriate, we certainly don't allow those behaviours but we understand where they're coming from," teacher Karen Noel-Bentley explains. Teachers redirect energies into "Choice Challenges" and "Passion Projects" that allow the kids to pursue their own interests during the school week, whether it be dinosaurs, insects or The Chronicles of Narnia.
"It challenges me in a way that makes me want to do it," says Jamie. "Everyone accepts you because you're like everybody. In Choice, everyone's like you."
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