As the field of gifted education shifts much of its focus to domain-specific talent development, specialized science high schools are taking their place on the stage. Back in 1981,Bloom and Sosniak argued persuasively that talent development cannot take place exclusively in schools. They stressed that schools were not prepared to offer the required levels of expert teaching, time, and effort. Yet, specialized science high schools, by design, are staffed with teachers with advanced degrees, offer relatively flexible schedules, interested peers,reasonable access to appropriate technology, and connections with research institutions to provide apprenticeships for the most motivated and interested students.
Subotnik, R. F., Kolar, C., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Cross, T. L. 2009. Specialized Science High Schools: Exploring Contributions of the Model to Adolescent Talent Development. Roeper Review, 32(1), 5. doi:10.1080/02783190903388849