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Academic Honors For Meyer Academy Students


Seventeen of the 37 7th-grade students at the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy qualify to participate in Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP). This national student search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on the standardized test scores they achieve while attending elementary or middle school.

"To know that our students represent a statistically disproportionate number of high achieving students, compared to their peers nationally, is a wonderful recognition of our excellent teachers and strong academic program," said Meyer Academy Headmaster Nehemia "nammie" Ichilov.

Forty-six percent of the Meyer Academy class scored in the 95th percentile on the Stanford Achievement test, which qualified them to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exam. Of the students who took the two college entrance exams, students qualified for state recognition, Duke's Academy for Summer Studies, the Center for Summer Studies at Duke. Seventh grader Daniel Schneider qualified for the highest category of "Grand Recognition" which, according to Duke TIP, puts him in a category with other students who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.

Schneider's father, Dr. Andrew Schneider, said, "Daniel's achievement has given him some additional insight into his abilities, and a taste of the personal rewards and honors that can flow from hard work and successful academic performance. I hope the experience will motivate Daniel to always try to excel in the future opportunities and challenges he will face, to be confident and proud of himself, and to learn to share his successes with others in a humble manner."

"Even with this national recognition of our rigorous International Baccalaureate academic program, we share equal pride and honor in knowing that our students value who they are as much as what they know and how to perform," said Ichilov. "Daniel is a clear example of our commitment to the 'whole child.'"

In addition to the scoring information and access to Duke's high-achieving educational programming, students also gain insight into their academic strengths, which can better prepare them for the transition to high school and, eventually, college. Traditional testing does not always measure the variation among gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on norm-referenced national exams. Duke TIP uses identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research to provide resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools for the development of the students' optimal potential.

The Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy is committed to educational excellence, spiritual fulfillment, and the social, emotional and physical development of its students. Celebrating its 39th year in the field, it is a leader both locally and nationally across the independent day school movement.

Meyer Academy is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

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