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River Oaks
1015 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
Courier #: 463
P: 980-344-1020  |  F: 980-343-1816 
LC: West-West Mecklenburg Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: K-5
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What is a Scholar? 

What is a scholar?

The following attributes distinguish strong and promising scholars from ordinary


1. Definition – a strong scholar has a sharp focus that delimits the area of inquiry in which s/he works. He works to develop a complex, depth and sophisticated understanding of any of the topics of study


2. Disposition – a strong scholar is marked by what could be called academic poise. Such a person is naturally inquisitive about the world around him/her


3. Immersion – a strong scholar ‘swims’ in the learning around her/him.  S/he is familiar and knowledgeable in the area of inquiry. A scholar is also conscious of how her learning builds on and departs from established wisdom on the topic of interest


4. Authority – a strong scholar is articulate about his/her learning and can speak

with authority and clarity about what it is s/he researches, why and with what hypotheses


5. Persistence – a strong scholar shows a persistent determination to ‘get to the bottom of things’ to learn as much as possible!  S/he seeks deep explanations for events


6. Passion – a strong scholar is passionate, and seen to be passionate, about what s/he studies. The topic or focus of investigation excites and enthuses the young scholar and explains his/her persistence in solving complex problems or concerns


7. Connection – a strong scholar is well-networked with other young scholars!


8. Recognition – a strong scholar is easily recognized among his/her peers as a bright up-and-coming learner!


9. Productivity – a strong scholar is highly productive, always striving to perform his/her best


10. Competitiveness – a strong scholar constantly seeks opportunities in which to compete for awards and competitive events that both recognize and support outstanding work.

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