THINK is fast-paced academic program. As such, students spend the majority of their time in the classroom during the day and studying in the evenings. However, we believe making social connections and having fun are also important parts of a summer program experience. In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities planned for the evenings and weekends. Two larger, off campus, field trips take place on the second and third Saturday of the program. Besides the academic experience, one of the most rewarding parts of THINK is meeting other like-minded peers. Living in the dorms and connecting in and out of the classroom has led to the formation of many great friendships among our participants.
The following core values serve as guiding principles for all policies and procedures, as well as, day-to-day practices and interactions during the program. It is the shared responsibility of participants and program staff to strive, emulate and promote the following core values:
Code of Conduct
In order to create a safe and successful learning community in accordance with the core values previously outlined, students and parents are responsible for being aware of and abiding by the THINK code of conduct. A few of the conduct policies are:
A full list of conduct policies can be found here. Students and parents will have the chance to review and accept the Code of Conduct upon admission to the program. These policies will also be reviewed with students on the first day of the program.
THINK is intended to offer participants a full-immersion academic and residential summer experience. Visits from family outside of the prescheduled visiting days can significantly reduce the quality of the experience for all participants.
We have two visiting days for family on the second and third Sundays of the program. More details about these visits will be shared prior to the program.
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.