Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Talent Search
Talent Search participants take a test that measures math and verbal abilities, in particular advancement beyond what's expected by current grade level. Test scores are given within the national context. Annually, the majority of Pear Tree Point School students score in the top 5% nationally and qualify for the CTY Talent Search. In 2015 70% of our students qualified for this academic recognition.
The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University praised Pear Tree Point School stating, “Participating at high levels in the annual CTY Talent Search reflects upon the school's academic quality, student abilities, and teacher talent. It also reflects upon the school leadership that encourages students to seek out educational challenges beyond traditional school walls. It's a mark of quality for which your school can be justly proud. Congratulations from all of us at CTY, and best wishes for continued academic success." Pear Tree Point School is rated as a "Top School" by the Center for Talented Youth.
Knowledge Masters National Competition
Since 2009, Pear Tree Point School teams have been Knowledge Masters National Fifth Grade Champions four times by demonstrating excellence in American and world history, geography, literature, math, science and fine arts. In 2012 Pear Tree Point School placed first in their division.
National Geographic Geography Bee
In the last nine years Pear Tree Point School has sent five students to the prestigious Connecticut Geography Bee. All of our fourth and fifth grade students participate in the preliminary rounds in each class. The field is narrowed to ten competitors and the semi-finalists compete for the title of school champion. The school champions throughout the state take a qualifying exam and the top 100 scorers compete in the state-wide Geography Bee with other students from grades 4-8. We are very proud of our elementary school students who have earned the honor to compete at the state level.