Middle school programs for gifted kids vary from district to district, but for many parents of gifted kids, homeschooling is an excellent option to consider. Public schools are stretched with tight budgets and overcrowded classrooms, and even those with programs for the academically gifted have likely had their budgets cut in recent years.
Besides that, gifted programs in public schools are limited by what the school district considers appropriate materials to teach, and curious, intellectual children may want to explore something completely different. Instead of pushing a child in a certain direction, as happens in public school, homeschooling allows a gifted child to explore their interests in depth. As we all know, kids learn best when the material is interesting to them!
Whatever homeschool curriculum you choose, the basics like math, reading, spelling, writing, science, and history need to be included. In many states, some of these subjects are even required. But the manner in which you teach these subjects, and the speed at which a gifted child is able to master a lesson and move on to the next one, varies a great deal, so your flexibility can be important.
There are plenty of optional activities to help a gifted child excel. Things like extra science classes at a local museum, or foreign language classes, for example, can give a gifted child an edge. Even a good art curriculum is a good idea Homeschooling gives families the individual freedom to find ways for their gifted child to succeed and continue to surpass their peers.