Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Learning


Gifted students are unique in both their abilities and their needs. At Step Ahead Gifted Academy, we know that learning is a continual social, emotional, and academic process. We provide a research based curriculum that is individualized for each student to allow him or her to be appropriately challenged to promote growth in all of these areas. 

Our program offers:

  • Data driven instruction tailored to the specific needs of each student

  • Flexible scheduling, both in daily instruction as well as across the curriculum

  • An understanding, supportive community where parent and student input is valued and encouraged

  • A small teacher to student ratio to provide individual and small group instruction

  • Project based instruction to promote creative, collaborative learning with clear connections to the real world

  • Additional support services are offered through, but not limited to, our local partner Collaboration Wynns Family Psychology

Founded in 2016, our program serves up to a total of 10 students, ages 5-11. This ensures that each student receives the individual attention they require to ensure they are able to continue growing to their full potential. 


The latest research in education is emphasizing the great power in connecting with students' unique, personal experiences and linking them to new content to create engaged, competent learners. Our small  size and informed team means we are able to work with the students to strengthen these connections to unlock their full potential. Our goal is to provide data-based instruction that is tailored to each individual to ignite a long lasting love of learning in all of our students. 


Each student’s academic well-being is just one component of our program. We value the exceptional academic abilities of our students, while providing the support and social- emotional education necessary to allow our students to thrive. 


Our program provides a structure wherein each student can take charge of their own learning. Student choice and flexible scheduling allow every student to truly engage in their education. Rather than being passive observers, students can explore and experience learning in a way that meets their individual needs and uses their unique interests to inspire a love of learning. We emphasize project-based learning as a means to connect the content to the real world and allow our students to support, challenge, uplift, and collaborate with their gifted peers. 

Step Ahead Gifted Academy is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Apply today!
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Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Step Ahead Gifted Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


CARY, NC 27519


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