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Area school for gifted offers scholarships

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

The Dinoff School has announced scholarship opportunities for gifted students throughout the Southern Crescent.

The school for the gifted, which opened in Griffin, on Aug. 3, recently received some $1 million in financial support from corporate sponsors, and some federal funding, according to its founder, Lesley Dinoff.

"It is just unbelievable," said Dinoff.

The sponsorships, she said, will help pay for full-and-partial tuition scholarships for students. Underprivileged students, who qualify to attend the school, and who qualify for assistance based on federal guidelines, may be able to attend the school on a full-tuition scholarship, she said.

The use of corporate sponsorships, she added, will help make the non-traditional school more viable for parents with gifted students.

She did not divulge what corporations provided the sponsorships, but said having them allowed the school to reduce its monthly tuition costs by $200, from $700 to $500 per month, which will reduce the yearly tuition rate by $2,000, down to $5,000 per year.

The school is designed by its founder to cater specifically to gifted students in grades seven through 12.

Dinoff said she was inspired to start the school, seeing her own daughter, 15-year-old Tamara Paled, struggle to have as many academic-and cultural-enrichment activities in her traditional school environment, as Dinoff felt she needed.

The Dinoff School is accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Inc., which has granted accreditation to schools throughout Georgia since 1904.

Dinoff said the school presently has six school-day instructors in the major subject areas, which include foreign languages, history, English/language arts, mathematics, and science, as well as SAT prep classes.

"The kids are really learning a lot," she said. "It is an educational utopia."

The school, which has a capacity to support as many as 100 students, currently serves 12 junior and senior high school-level students from Pike, Fayette, Spalding, and Coweta counties, said Dinoff.

The school-day schedule incorporates six periods, while its year-round calendar follows that of the Griffin-Spalding County School System.

To learn more, visit The Dinoff School web site at www.thedinoffschool.com.