Under the leadership of a new principal, Annandale Elementary in Highland Park was recently named a “School for Advanced Studies” to provide additional attention to its academically gifted students in the school district’s GATE programs, according to a story in Highland Park Patch. A total of 25 of the school’s approximately 250 students will benefit directly from the program, which is open to gifted students from across the district. But principal Marco Nava said the entire student body will also benefit by the advance instruction and teacher training that comes with Annandale’s designation as an Advanced Studies campus. Highland Park Patch explains:
For starters, Nava said, schools in predominantly Latino neighborhoods tend to be “ethnically isolated.” With the School for Advanced Studies designation, which lasts for three years, Annandale will be able to increase diversity within the school by enrolling students from communities across the district. Further, Nava said that the professional development that the teachers will be able to undergo will benefit students of all talent levels.