Talent Search Opportunities
Davidson Institute for Talent Development

The following table provides a schedule of Talent Search programs in the United States, contact information, deadline dates and tests required. This is a great resource for parents of gifted children who want their children to experience something fun, while learning about a variety of subjects.

For more information about a specific program, please see the corresponding web sites linked below. Below the table is a map of test availability by state.

Program Name

Contact Information

States Served

Application Deadlines

Eligibility

Test Required

Accessible Programs

Cal-State Sacramento

Academic Talent Search (ATS)

Phone:

(916) 278-7032

Email:

ats@csus.edu  

CA

Qualifying exam offered at area schools. See website for details.

Grades: 2-8

Varies by program

ATS Qualifying Exam; pre-registration required

Eligible students will be able to participate in Saturday and summer classes.

University of California - Irvine

Academic Talent Search

Phone:

(949) 824-5069

Email:

giftedstudents@uci.edu

CA

Application available online; test dates vary - see website for details.

Grades: 6-10

PSAT, SAT

Eligible students will receive information and scholarship consideration to the UCI precollege programs and other academic enrichment programs (must participate to receive information on these.)

University of Iowa

Belin & Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS)

Phone:

(800) 336-6463

Email:

belinblank@uiowa.edu

All that offer test

Deadlines vary according to test taken; see website for details.

Grades: 4-9

4-6: EXPLORE

7-9: SAT or ACT

Eligible students will have access to pre-college programs that are held during the academic year on Saturdays and during the week over summer break.

Western Kentucky University

Center for Gifted Studies

Phone:

(270) 745-5991

Email:

gifted@wku.edu

All

Applications taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; capped at 180 students.

SCATS: Currently in grades 6-8

VAMPY: Currently in grades 7-10

SCATS: requires application to be signed by educator

VAMPY: requires application and ACT and SAT scores

Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in summer programs.

Johns Hopkins University

Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

Phone:

(410) 735-6277

Email:

ctyinfo@jhu.edu

AK,AZ CA,CT DE,HI ME,MD MA,NH NJ,NY OR,PA RI,VT VA,WA WV,DC

See website for details.

Grades: 2-8

Varies by program

2-6: SCAT

7-8: SAT or ACT

Eligible students will have access to summer programs, online resources, writing, and math tutorials.

University of Southern Mississippi

Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies

Phone:

(601) 266-5236

Email:

gifted.studies@usm.edu

AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX (same as TIP)

Details for summer program on website.

Grades: Pre K– 12

Varies by program

Qualifying IQ score OR Achievement scores from list of accepted tests

Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in Saturday and summer programs.

Purdue University

Gifted Education Resource Institute

Phone:

(765) 494-7243

Email:

geri@purdue.edu

All

Deadlines vary by program; Registration available online.

Grades: Pre K-12; varies by program

Standardized testing or IQ

Accepted students will be participating in Super Saturday Programs and Super Summer Programs.

University of Washington

Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars

Phone:

(206) 543-4160

Email:

rcys@uw.edu

All

Early Entrance applications due in March; other program apps vary.

Summer program information available in January.

Summer program serves grades: 5-10

Early Entrance requires ACT for 7-8; other program qualifications vary.

Accepted students can participate in a Summer Program.  They are screened for the UW Early Entrance program as well as the Academy for Young Scholars.

Northwestern University (CTD)

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

Phone:

(847) 491-3782

Email:

ctd@northwestern.edu

ND, SD, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, MN

Registration for testing available September. See website for details.

Paper Registration Deadline: December.

Grades:  3-9

Varies by program

3-6: Explore

6-8: ACT or SAT

9: ACT

Eligible students will have access to Saturday, summer, and correspondence programs.

Vanderbilt University 

Program for Talented Youth (PTY)

Phone:

(615) 322-8261

Email:

pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu

All

Application for sessions available online; check website for updates.

Grades:
K-12

Varies by program

SAT or ACT

Students who are eligible can participate in a weekend/overnight program, a Saturday Academy, and  a three week residential summer program.

Duke University

Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Phone:

(919) 668-9100

Email:
N/A

AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX

Grades 4&5: Registration available starting October.

EXPLORE registration opens December.

Grade 7: Application available now online; see website for details and SAT/ACT testing information and availability.

Grades: 4-7

4-6: EXPLORE

7: SAT or ACT

Eligible students will have access to scholarships, academic summer programs, weekend programs, and distance learning programs.

Southern Methodist University

Talented & Gifted Program (TAG)

Phone:

(214) 768-0123

Email:

gifted@smu.edu

All

See website for details.

Grades: 7-9

SAT, ACT

Accepted students have the opportunity to participate in summer programs and workshops geared toward gifted students.

Center for Bright Kids

Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) (formerly known as Rocky Mountain Talent Search)

Phone:

(303) 428-2634

Email:

cbk@centerforbrightkids.org

CO, NV, ID, MT, NM, UT, WY

See website for details.

Grades: 3-9

3-6: EXPLORE

6-9: SAT or ACT

Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in a summer institute.

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)
*Must participate in Midwest Academic Talent Search (MATS)

Phone:

(608) 890-3260

Email:

wcaty@education.wisc.edu

WI

Deadlines vary according to program; see website for specific details.

Grades: 2-12

Varies by program

Vary according to specific program; see website for specific qualifications.

Eligible students may participate in online courses during the school year as well as academic and enrichment courses in the summer.


               
                                  
Source: Center for Bright Kids


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