Summer Programs: Residential
Davidson Institute for Talent Development

This list presents residential summer programs available to students across the nation. Links to websites are provided so that parents and students may investigate more about an individual program. While the Davidson Institute does not endorse any specific programs, this list includes programs that have been recommended by parents, professionals and young people associated with the Davidson Institute. Each listing includes the program's location, a short description and a link to a website.

Alabama - Space Camp
Space Camp provides a number of camp options for students of different ages who are interested in space exploration, aviation and aerodynamics.

California - Academic Talent Development Program
This program offers challenging summer classes for K-11 students. ATDP courses offer students opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects that interest them. Taught by outstanding university, public, and private school instructors, classes are designed to engage students' hearts as well as their minds. Admission is based on the student's overall academic profile. Grades, achievement test scores, an essay, and teacher recommendations are all considered.

California - (ATS) California State University at Sacramento - Academic Talent Search
Academic Talent Search (ATS) provides academically challenging, fast-paced courses to highly able and motivated students.

California - (GSA) University of California at Irvine’s Gifted Students Academy
This program encourages students to collaborate with peers, utilize resources and gain knowledge from a major research institution.

CaliforniaStanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes Middle School
This program provides academic enrichment, a taste of college life at Stanford, and the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and abilities.

CaliforniaStanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes High School
The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for these students to enrich and accelerate their academic pursuits and to meet other students who share their interests and abilities.

CaliforniaStanford Medical Youth Science Program
This program is a science- and medicine- based enrichment program for low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in Northern and Central California.  

CaliforniaStanford Youth Orchestra
The Stanford Youth Orchestra provides participants with exceptional orchestral training in the new state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, and includes academic workshops in composition, music theory, musicology, and technology. Students can choose between residential or commuting options.

CaliforniaStanford Summer Humanities Institute
This program lets rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities: How and when can ideas transform society? When is the use of force legitimate? How can we define the limits of individual rights?

Colorado - Aspen Summer Words
Each participant will be involved in four classes per day plus evening options. Two of the classes are designed to enhance leadership abilities. In addition, students will assist a teacher in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) class of their choice.  

Colorado - Crow Canyon Archeological Center
This Center hosts archaeology summer camps for middle school students ages 8-12 and high school students. Attendees can be part of an ongoing research project working alongside professional archaeologists, learn excavation techniques by digging at a real archaeological site and work with artifacts in the lab. The camps are held for one-week with a three-week High School Field School option for students to earn high school or college credit.  

Colorado - Summer Enrichment Program (Young Child Program at Northern Colorado)
Each participant will be involved in four classes per day plus evening options. Two of the classes are designed to enhance leadership abilities. In addition, students will assist a teacher in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) class of their choice.

Connecticut - Manchester Community College in Connecticut
These programs are offered for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. This program is designed for gifted, talented, and high-achieving students will have the opportunity to take a variety of college courses during the first two weeks of August.

Connecticut - Talcott Mountain Science Center Summer Program in Avon
In addition to a school and saturday programs for "intellectually excited" students, the Talcott Mountain Science Center also offers a summer day camp. The summer program theme varies each year.

Connecticut - University of Connecticut Confratute
This program is for educators to take summer classes about gifted and talented education.

Florida - Seacamp
Seacamp is a non-profit, marine science education facility located in the Florida Keys. The organization offers marine science education and summer camp experiences including SCUBA, sailing, board sailing, and arts & crafts to students from 12-17 years of age.

Florida - Stetson University HATS Program
Stetson sponsors a variety of classes for high achieving students that stimulate their unique interests and challenge them in their strongest subject areas.

Illinois - Columbia College - Summer Arts Camp
Classes offered include media, performing and fine arts for students entering grades 3-8.

Illinois - Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
Through their Leapfrog, Apogee, Spectrum and Equinox course series, this program serves outstanding students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among all participants. Programs are available for students who wish to be residents or commuters. Program sessions last one to three weeks, and students can apply for one, two or three sessions, depending on the program.

Indiana - (GERI) Gifted Education Resource Institute: Summer Youth Programs
The Summer Residential Programs sponsored by the Gifted Education Resource Institute offer "accelerated and enriched learning experiences in mathematics, science, the humanities, and the arts" for academically talented youth. Enrichment programs for ages 4 through 4th grade, as well as residential summer camps for students in grades 5-12 are available. The program also presents the opportunity for students to interact and establish lasting friendships with cognitive peers.

Louisiana - University of Louisiana Lafayette's Summer Enrichment Programs
Creative Exploration for Preschoolers is a 2-week program for high-ability pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) children that meets 1 1/2-2 hours per day. The UL Lafayette Academic Enrichment Program is one of the nation's oldest and largest enrichment programs for academically and artistically talented students with summer mini-courses for qualified students from kindergarten through the 8th grade.

Maryland - Math and Related Sciences (MARS) Camp
The Math and Related Sciences (MARS) Camp is a two-week residential, summer enrichment program for high school and middle school students. It is held under the direction of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) Department of Education.The camp is located on the UMES campus in Princess Anne, Maryland. (MARS is the successor to the UMES SMART Camp offered in 2004.)

Massachusetts - Boston Museum of Science - Day/Summer Programs
The Boston Museum of Science offers hands-on, minds-on science learning and fun during six one-week sessions.

Massachusetts - College Gate & College Academy
This program provides students in grades K-8th the opportunity to participate in project-based learning activities. Camps are broken up by age group.

Michigan - (ACE) Academics Camps of Excellence at Calvin College
ACE offers summer camps for gifted middle school students in math, science, literature, computer science, and economics.

Missouri - St. Louis Community College: College for Kids
Summer program for gifted and talented children. Courses are designed to challenge and advance general skills already possessed by the student.

Missouri - Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS)
Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) is a program that introduces both rising high school juniors and seniors and teachers to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise.

New Jersey - Montclair State University Academically Gifted & Talented Youth Program
This program provides accelerated, inquiry based courses designed to meet the unique intellectual and social needs of high ability students. Gifted students in grades 1-11 have an opportunity to enroll in fall and spring weekend courses as well as a six week summer camp. Kindergarten students are eligible for the spring semester. Students in grades 11 and 12 may enroll in college courses as part of the High Jump Program.

New York - Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth
The Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth conducts a four-week, non-residential summer program for gifted children, which offers students a unique combination of academic and recreational activities within a university setting.

New York - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
This program offers students the ability to do summer scientific research at America's Cancer Research Center.

New York - The Gifted and Talented Development Center - Challenge Camps
This day camp, located in Westchester County, New York, offers enrichment opportunities where children can realize their own potential.

New York - Usdan Summer Camps
Usdan's 1,700 young musicians, dancers, artists, writers and actors establish lifelong friendships with those who share their passion for creative exploration. Usdan offers you a world class faculty and an incredible campus.

Nevada Davidson THINK Summer Institute 
Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits.  

North Carolina - Coast Trek
Join MarineQuest to travel back in time to the age of giant prehistoric sharks and discover how North Carolina’s coast has changed over the years. While time traveling through their coastal habitats back to the future, Trekkies will use the tools of oceanography, meteorology and paleontology to experience first-hand how hurricanes and other forces of nature have created the coastline that we see today. The program is for students ages 10-12; participants must have completed 4th grade and turn 10 by May 1st. Residential and commuter programs are available.

Pennsylvania - MathILy
Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, MathILy is a summer program for high school students that is designed for students to spend five weeks in Pennsylvania honing their math skills with other students. The level of and intensity of MathILy is comparable to SUMaC, HCSSiM, PROMYS, and Ross Programs.

Tennessee - Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - Vanderbilt Summer Academy
For highly gifted students in grades 7-11, participants can learn at a rapid pace in a community of their true peers. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take advanced courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students.

Texas - Summer Wonders
Summer Wonders is a nonresidential, full or half-day program that allows students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment through an integrative, hands-on, non-traditional approach.

Virginia - Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies (BCWS)
The purpose of the camp is to nurture in children and teens a respect and sensitivity to the natural world through greater knowledge of self and nature.

Virginia - Summer Regional Governor's Schools
Twenty Summer Regional Governor's Schools are available throughout the state. Most often, groups of school divisions design these programs to meet the needs of their local gifted elementary and middle school students, providing opportunities in the arts, sciences and humanities. The schools are typically housed at a public school or on the campus of a college, community college, or university. The lengths of programs vary, with some lasting a week or less while others may last four or more weeks. Most students return to their homes at the end of each day's activities.

Washington - The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington - Summer Programs
The Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington offers summer academic programs. All classes are offered on the UW-Seattle campus, and provide challenging and fun summer experiences for academically talented students.

Wisconsin - Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
There is a variety of residential as well as online summer programs offered for students who have taken and passed specific tests and are of a specific age.

Various Locations - Camp Invention
Camp Invention is a weeklong summer enrichment day program offered at your local elementary school.

Various Locations - Emagination Computer Camps (GA, IL, MA, PA)
This camp offers typical fun camp activities with a touch of technology. Students learn computer animation, web design, digital photography, Lego robotics and much more.

Various Locations - Exploration Summer Programs
Exploration Summer Programs is an academic summer enrichment program where young people can expand their horizons, try something new, and learn in a pressure-free environment.

Various Locations - iD Tech Camps, iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Programming Academy, iD Film Academy
Summer technology, gaming, programming and film camps held at 80 prestigious universities nationwide including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and others.

Various Locations - iMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp (CT, FL, MO, NC)
This camp offers talented children a unique opportunity to explore and expand their intellectual world. Campers are immersed in academic pursuits such as playing strategic logic games, designing and building electronic devices and programming computers. Campers may either attend a full day program (grades 3 – 10) or individual one to two hour classes (grades 1 – 12).

Various Locations - National Computer Camps (CT, GA, NY, OH)
This program offers both residential and non-residential options in curriculum that covers topics from video game design to computer languages and web page design.

Various Locations - Science Adventures
This program's week-long science day camps and programs are offered throughout the summer in casual indoor or outdoor settings.

Various Locations - Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
This program provides instruction in several dozen courses during its regular academic schedule and engages students in recreational activities every day. Numerous humanities, mathematics, sciences, and multidisciplinary courses are offered. In 2013, SIG day programs will be offered in the following states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.


If you know of any other summer programs for gifted students, please email the information, including a link to the program’s website, to administrator@davidsongifted.org.


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