Gifted & Talented Students and Their Parents:
Welcome back to a new year at Henry W. Grady High School. You are among the over 490 students at Grady who have been previously identified as Gifted & Talented. We are excited to have such a large group of bright, motivated young people among our student body. This school year, the Gifted & Talented program at Grady will be overseen by Mr. Andrew Nichols and a team of gifted-certified teachers. We will collaborate with your teachers to ensure that you are challenged in ways that are appropriate to your abilities.
In elementary or middle school, you might have been in a “challenge” pull-out program where you received special instruction in an alternative setting while other students remained in class. In high school, we meet your needs for academic curiosity and autonomy, increased rigor, advanced content, and faster paced instruction through your Honors and AP courses. Teachers of Honors and AP courses are required to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of the Gifted & Talented students on their rosters. Our team of gifted teachers will work with your teachers to ensure the quality and appropriateness of differentiation for Gifted & Talented students.
Again this school year, Grady will offer a mentorship & internship program specially designed to meet the needs of Gifted & Talented students. Gifted Mentorship/Internship is open to gifted-identified 11th and 12th grade students. The course provides an opportunity to leave campus and experience and internship in a professional setting in second semester. If you are interested in either of this course, please contact your counselor.
In addition to traditional classroom instruction, Gifted & Talented students also have the opportunity to stretch themselves intellectually through projects and extracurricular activities. Gifted & Talented students are strongly encouraged to complete an Academic Fair project in Math, Science, Social Studies, or Technology. We will work with your teachers to support your efforts and pair as many students as possible with adult mentors from industry or academia. If you are looking for guidance finding a challenging extracurricular activity, please reach out to Mr. Nichols. See the list of academic extracurricular activities below.
Academic Decathlon returns to Grady this year coached by Ms. Goodvin as an extention of her Directed Studies course. Students interested in joining the AD team should visit Ms. Goodvin in room C229. There are lots of wonderful academic competitions out there. You can go prove you’re the best writer, or the best physicist, or the best speller. Academic Decathlon isn’t about any of that, though. It’s not about demonstrating how good a student you already are. It’s about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It’s about the people you’ll meet along the way—the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.
Mr. Nichols will be available at the PTSA Back-To-School Night on Tuesday, September 12th, to answer any questions that you might have about the Gifted & Talented Program at Grady High School. You may also see the answers to Gifted and Talented Education in High School Frequently Asked Questions on our website (link below). For more immediate concerns, please feel free to email us any time.
If your child is not currently identified as Gifted & Talented, and you would like them to be tested this school year, the parent referral period is August 1 – Septmber 29, 2017. Please see the Screening and Referral Frequently Asked Questions on our website.
404-802-3043Academic Clubs & Activities
21stCL YLC@Grady - 21st Century Leaders is a collaboration of business and professional leaders inspiring high school students to take on leadership positions, explore career opportunities, and give back to their communities by connecting them with a diverse group of enthusiastic peers, passionate professionals and powerful ideas, transforming their skills, attitudes, and abilities through training and hands-on experiences. Grady’s Youth Leadership Center (YLC) provides students with opportunities to practice critical thinking and communication skills and to serve others in our school and community through service learning. Our service activities also enable students to meet one of our Grady Cluster’s key initiatives – Citizenship – and help students meet and exceed the graduation requirement of 75 service hours. See Ms. Van Atta in IS6 to sign up.
Academic Decathlon – There are lots of wonderful academic competitions out there. You can go prove you’re the best writer, or the best physicist, or the best speller. Academic Decathlon® isn’t about any of that, though. It’s not about demonstrating how good a student you already are. It’s about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It’s about the people you’ll meet along the way—the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends. For more information see Ms. Goodvin in C229.
Beta Club – the National Beta Club is the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. We are committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others. Our mission is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. See Ms. Willocks for more information.
Book Club – Our mission is to promote recreational reading for personal interest and enrichment. Club activities include hosting author visits and book discussions, book/movie parties, community service projects, and the annual Great Grady Book Swap in the courtyard. See Ms. Taft in the media center for details.
DECA is an association of marketing students. It is open to any student interested in business, marketing, or advertising. We participate in community service projects, enter regional business competitions, and work with local business and industry to assist students in developing leadership skills. See Dr. Dunton in room E209 for more information.
Engineering TSA – The Technology Student Association mission is to prepare its membership to be successful leaders and responsible citizens in a technological society through co-curricular activities within the engineering program including communication, leadership, and competitive skill development in the classroom/laboratory environment. See Ms. Schofield or Ms. Swift in room E206 or E216 for more information.
G3 Robotics Team – Students work with adult engineering mentors to design and build robots for the FIRST robotics competitions. In addition to engineering, our team also provides students with the opportunity to learn leadership, speaking, and writing skills. See Mr. Nichols is E13 for more information.
Grady Earth Club is environmental service-learning club. We cultivate the school garden and participate in a variety of environmentally themed field experiences and community service projects. See Mr. Davis in room for more information.
HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals – The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community. See Ms. McNiel for more information.
Jesters Speech and Debate Team – Our goal is to embrace the values speech and debate activities bring to our students, our educational system, and our society. Through speech and debate activities, Grady High School students have the opportunity to not only vastly improve their abilities in the four core zones of literacy—reading, writing, speaking and listening—but also gain the self-confidence and higher-level thinking they need to become great leaders. We belong to the National Forensic League, the nation's oldest high school honor society, as well as several other national associations. By competing at tournaments throughout the country throughout the school year, we have become a eight-time state championship team, have numerous national finalists, and national champions- all this while still have a fun and fantastic time! We are proud to be recognized as a top team in the region and nation. See Mr. Herrera or Ms. Willoughby for more information.
Latin Certamen Team competes in several academic bowl tournaments throughout the year. If you have a passion for Latin, mythology, Roman culture and history, and English derivatives, come see Mrs. Leonard or Mr. Allen. Practices will be Wednesday after school in IS-9.
Mock Trial – Coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers, teams of 14 students work together to prepare their presentations from case materials. In the competition phase, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the evidence and witness statements. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case. See Mr. Copeland in C225 for more information.
Model UN delegates attend national conferences, where they discuss and derive solutions to global issues. Members of the team meet other students from all across the country and partake in intense debates. From international crises to modern diplomacy, delegates get to run the world for an afternoon. Participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent. Model UN involves researching, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills. See Ms. Salvesen in room C327 for more information.
Moot Court helps train and prepare students for legal and other careers via entry in moot appellate argument competitions, testing their understanding of cutting-edge legal questions. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen written and oral advocacy skills, and also enhance critical thinking/analytical reasoning and public speaking abilities - - useful skills in any future job. Because topics usually focus on the applicability of current legal issues to the high school setting, Moot Court provides students with valuable knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and judicial system, which is helpful in other courses (such as American Government/Civics and U.S. History). All interested students are welcome. Moot Court meets Mondays/Wednesdays after school. See Mr. Sullivan for more information.
Orator Yearbook – Do you have what it takes? Join yearbook to write stories, take pictures, make memories, and have fun! If interested, please email Dr. Fletcher-Perkins in E113 for more details.
SkillsUSA is a national professional organization for students enrolled in career and technical education classes. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA’s core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect. SkillsUSA serves Grady’s Audio Video Tech & Film pathway and Graphic Communications pathway. Other students may also join. See Mr. Nicolson (room E119) or Mr. Roberts (room E131) for more info.