Resource: Governor's Program for Gifted Children (GPGC) (Lake Charles, LA)
Website: Governor's Program for Gifted Children (GPGC) (Lake Charles, LA)
Description: "The Governor's Program for Gifted Children is seven weeks of academic enrichment, artistic opportunity, and friendship. A residential program at McNeese State University, the GPGC is the oldest and most comprehensive enrichment program for gifted students in Louisiana. With an approach that aims to develop the whole child, the GPGC provides for the intellectual, creative, and social needs of gifted children."

Comments: Contributed by: Student on 7/18/2014
My three summers attending the program still influence me today. As a kid, it was nice to be in a group where I was "normal". The humanities reading list would make for a good graduate seminar in political philosophy, and has remained useful through getting a doctorate in health policy and an academic career. Although I struggled with composition at first, the writing foundation it gave was far superior to what I received in public schools, and proved invaluable in my career. Spending seven weeks each summer living like a student in the dorms helped make the transition to college that much easier.

Contributed by: Parent on 7/21/2007
My husband and our three daughters are all gifties. All would count their GPGC as their most formative academic experience. My husband is 56 and our daughters are 26, 22, and 12.

Contributed by: Educator on 5/31/2005
As a science teacher in the program for 5 years I was able to see the academic side as well as the artistic side of these children. The program accommodates both. The whole organization is very professionally done. I highly recommend this program.

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