Education: A Boarding School for Brains

North Carolina starts catering to gifted teen-agers

"I used to just breeze by in school," I says Saralyn Hawkins, 16, a high school junior from Gastonia, N.C., "but now I have to work." That is the idea at Saralyn's new school, the nation's first free residential public high school for gifted students, which opened its doors this term in Durham, N.C. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a pet project of Governor James B. Hunt Jr., offers free rooms, meals and a precollegiate curriculum to 150 bright, technology-oriented eleventh graders selected from...

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