The Gifted Young Scholars Academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School provides a comprehensive & rigorous interdisciplinary educational opportunity for students in grades 6-8. Students must be identified gifted in the area of General Intellect to apply. In addition to mastery of foundational content and skills, students attending GYSA are expected to master advanced competencies across all content areas. The Academy will provide opportunities for leadership, inquiry based learning, literary and scientific analysis, service learning, arts integration, and problem based learning that focuses on topics of strength and interest. This comprehensive instructional program is designed around the cognitive characteristics and learning styles of gifted children, providing an integrated curriculum incorporating focused reflection, interaction, and discussion.