Leonardo school - Special education for gifted children

Nowadays special education exists for gifted children. At the moment, but little by little, more and more schools are starting with this special department. The Leonardo classes are therefore housed at regular primary schools.

What is a Leonardo school?

A Leonardo school is a Dutch form of education that was started in 2007 for children aged 4 to 12 who are gifted. A child is only considered to be gifted if it has an IQ of 130 or higher. This IQ value can be measured by means of an IQ test such as SON test, WISC III, IV, Rakit and KAIT.
The children at a Leonardo school are offered learning material, which suits their interest and intelligence, so that they will not get bored easily. For example, a second language is offered at a very young age, English from the age of 4 and Spanish is given to children from 8 years. In addition, there is also a lot of room for philosophy, computer science, mathematics, learning to learn and learn business and the children's own input. They also receive lessons in social skills, music, dance and intellectual sports such as chess and drafts. The school cooperates with specialists in these areas. Classes are taught in class, students sometimes also receive homework.
The students all get a laptop with wireless internet, which has to stay in school. The laptop is used in Leonardo time, in which time the students have to work on a project.

How does your child qualify?

If you are interested in registering your child for a Leonarde location, you should contact the school concerned directly. There are, however, a number of conditions attached to which your child must comply. The conditions are:

  • A recognized orthopedagogical agency or GZ psychologist must have conducted an intelligence test with your child. The result of this research must meet the minimum standard of an IQ of 130 or more. In exceptional cases, after consultation with test person and admission committee of the Leonarde, this can be deviated from. The costs of the research are for the parents.
  • An orientation meeting takes place, in this conversation various data is collected and an educational report is requested from the school of origin. Should the data lead to questions about a specific support that your child may need, then the board may have additional research carried out. In occasional cases this can lead to a rejection. This, however, is rare.
  • Only after notification of admission can a registration take place.


The Leonardo Foundation also wants to open a secondary school for highly gifted children within 2 years; this must be called Leonardo College.
An extensive research program is being set up to improve education and demonstrate that it is effective. The Leonardo School works together with various organizations to further develop parts of the teaching program. Comparable initiatives are running abroad.

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