Application & Selection
Q: How do I know when my child will be able to pass the test for admission to Tokyo Gifted Academy?There are many testing options available to applicants. Test score information is just one aspect of the selection criteria for Tokyo Gifted Academy. Check the test score guidelines for the Academy to determine if, in the past two years, your child has taken one of the tests listed and if the scores earned qualify.
Intelligence test information is covered in the GT-CyberSource article: A place to start: Is My Child Gifted?
Q: Where should my child take an IQ test?A: We recommend that your child attend one of our testing sessions that are held in October and March. The tests are administered and interpreted by licensed professionals from the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado http://www.giftedevelopment.com
Q: Does my child need to retest every year in order to remain in the admission pool?A: No. The intelligence test results are valid for a period of three years. However, the school does require updated copies of report cards and achievement tests.
Q: If my child has a qualifying score on all of the test sections but one, could they still qualify for admission into Tokyo Gifted Academy?A: Many factors go into accepting a student for admission to Tokyo Gifted Academy, including tests scores, transcripts, recommendation forms, interviews and the narrative information included in the application. Test score guidelines are listed on the Selection Criteria page and will be evaluated in the context of all other materials submitted.
Q: Is priority given to those students who have higher test scores?A: Not necessarily. Admissions is a process. Testing is a baseline measurement of a child's ability to handle the school's accelerated and enriched curriculum. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews all qualified candidates, and considers the school visit, IQ tests, and achievement testing along with teacher recommendations.
Q: Is there a maximum number of students who can attend the Academy?A: The first year we will be accepting the first 36 students who qualify. Our long-term plan is to accept every student who qualifies according to the criteria specified.
Q: Who determines which students are eligible to attend?A: The Admissions Committee is comprised of a broad-based team of professionals in the field of education who have expertise in the educational needs of gifted learners.
Q: What criterion determines if a student qualifies?A: Applicants will be evaluated according to the following Selection Criteria
Q: How are students selected after they qualify?A: The Admissions Committee is guided by the following criteria:
- Academic readiness appropriate for the group to which the candidate is applying as measured by intelligence testing, standardized achievement tests (where appropriate), and report cards.
- Personal, social, and emotional maturity and development of the candidate.
- Observations and evaluations during a school visit.
- Affiliation with the school: preferential review, but not preferential admission, is given to qualified siblings from supportive families and qualified children of alumni.
- Gender balance in the group to ensure a coeducational atmosphere that fosters development of the whole child.
Q: Does the Academy have a wait list (admission pool)?A: Tokyo Gifted Academy maintains an admission pool of qualified applicants for all classes. If a space is not currently available, your child will be placed in queue on the wait list. When an opening occurs, the faculty re-evaluates the student for admission. If the student qualifies for admission but space is not available, the applicant is placed in a waiting pool. Should an opening occur, all the applicants in the waiting pool are reviewed and an applicant is selected for the space. The priority runs as follows: currently enrolled students are offered the first spaces; qualified siblings of current students are offered the next spaces; qualified new applicants are offered the final spaces. The Admissions Committee considers all qualified candidates who continue to keep their information current. Each year the Admissions Office sends a letter asking families to indicate their interest in continuing in the admission pool.