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Manitoba Science Academy Summer Program (Canada)

This six-week, residential summer program is open to international students with futures in science and engineering. Students (grades 10-12) earn 2 high school credits which are transferable to their State/Province. Gifted youth work as full members of the research team and are involved in the collection and analysis of data. Students must generate a Scientific Report and deliver an oral presentation of the findings of their study to successfully complete the program.

Organizations: Local

Academic Resource Center (Leon County, FL)

This program an educational option available for kindergarten through eighth grade students identified as intellectually gifted. Students may participate in specialized enrichment courses at ARC as part of their total educational program. Students come from all Leon County elementary and middle schools, private schools, and home schools .

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Youth and Family Programs (Denver, CO)

Workshops offer your child the opportunity to investigate the Museum's unique collections and specimens, venture into various cultures, and wonder at the human body through activities, experiments, and crafts. We also offer parent-child workshops, so you can explore the world together. The Adult Programs Department offers a year-round selection of courses, workshops, and lectures for the 18-and-older crowd. Classes are on subjects ranging from Artifact Illustration to Space Art, and slide presentations from visiting scientists and Museum curators.

Engineering Minds (Tampa, FL)

Engineering Minds is an engineering education program teaching theory, application, and career skills to intellectually gifted middle and high school students. Saturday, weekly, and summer workshops are offered and include high level technical discussions and videos on topics such as artificial intelligence, quantum mechanics, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and much more.

Gifted Children's Association (GCA) of the San Fernando Valley (CA)

GCA is a non-profit, membership-based organization providing enrichment classes for gifted and high-achieving students from Pre-K through 9th grade in the San Fernando Valley. Among the classes we have offered in past sessions are: All the World's a Stage, World of Harry Potter, Making a Newspaper, Jurassic Art, Rocketry, and much more.

Illinois - Friends of the Gifted and Talented (FRoG) (Downers Grove, IL)

This non-profit organization in Downers Grove, IL, has been a resource for gifted youth and their families for 26 years. FRoG co-sponsors a science fair, offers weekend enrichment programs and has a support group for parents of gifted youth.

Lyceum (Santa Clara Valley, CA)

Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley is an organization that provides enrichment seminars for intellectually gifted children and is primarily staffed by volunteers. Seminars are developed and taught each year within four areas: Art, Humanities, Natural Science and Physical Science.

Math in Action - Lake Washington School District (Redmond, WA)

Math in Action is a collection of math enrichment programs available for Norman Rockwell Elementary and other elementary students in Redmond, Washington. Math in Action was originally sponsored and partially funded by the Norman Rockwell's PTA in 2006. After school programs started at fourth grade and expanded to other grades since 2007. The math challenge program, piloted in 2007, is now participated by more than 1,000 students from different elementary schools at the Lake Washington School District.

Milton Academy Lower School's Saturday Course (Milton, MA)

Courses are offered in a wide range of academic areas. Students work in small groups (approximate ratio of 9:1) throughout the campus on Saturday mornings--making use of the school's classrooms, libraries, art studio, photography darkroom, science laboratories, and computer labs. We are also fortunate to be able to use special campus equipment such as skeletons, computer programs, video equipment and high-powered microscopes. The academic periods, each an hour and fifteen minutes, provide the teacher and student with a unique learning environment.

North Carolina - PAGE of Wake County, Saturday Program (Wake County, NC)

PAGE is a nonprofit volunteer run organization of parents, teachers and others interested in supporting and encouraging the development of gifted students by promoting an understanding of the characteristics and needs of gifted students and fostering appropriate educational opportunities for them at home, school and in the larger community. An exciting selection of morning and afternoon classes are available through their SuperSaturday program.

Packer Foundation Scholars Program (Multiple Locations, IL)

This enrichment program is open to all gifted students in private or public schools in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Cook Counties in Illinois. The Scholars Program gives students the opportunity to enhance their learning outside of their regular classroom through practical experience, field trips and by working with teachers. Most Young Scholars classes are held on the campus of Aurora University. Topics are covered in greater depth than what is presented in the regular school curriculum. Enrichment programs are offered year-round.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars (New York, NY and San Francisco, CA)

SEO Scholars is an academic advocacy program based in New York City and San Francisco, which aims to motivate low-income public high school students to get to, and graduate from, competitive colleges and universities. High school students are offered classes on Saturdays, after school and during the summers to prepare them for college. Once in college, SEO Scholars are supported through direct, ongoing counseling to assist with adjusting to college life, building academic success skills, exploring career options and securing internships.

Sunshine Math Superstars (Chipley, FL)

Sunshine Math is "a K-8 program designed as an enrichment opportunity for self directed learners in mathematics. It provides the extra challenge needed by selfmotivated students."

Tall Ship Education Academy (San Francisco, CA)

Tall Ship Education Academy (TSEA) is a semester program that provides experiential education programs for young women by mixing land-based training, voyages on traditionally rigged sailboats and community involvement. TSEA places students in the demanding physical environment of a ship at sea and challenges them to master rigorous skills and return to their home communities anchored in experiences of both self-reliance and teamwork. TSEA is a special project of San Francisco State University.

The Bright Kids Resource, Inc. (BKR) (Westchester, NY)

This parent-operated organization provides a one-stop-shop where one can find activities and resources that are of interest for bright children. BKR holds events for gifted kids and their family as well as publishes a newsletter.

The Super Saturday Program (Cincinnati, OH)

The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually gifted children, ages 4-14, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Starting in the Fall of 1981, the Super Saturday Program has grown from serving a handful of gifted children at the University of Cincinnati's main campus to serving hundreds of children each session in classrooms on UC Victory Parkway Campus in Walnut Hills.

Organizations: National

All About Learning

All About Learning harnesses the motivational effects of video game making, renewable energy, and engineering education for students using their LEGO® kits to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and educational skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, agility and adaptability, curiosity and imagination. All About Learning works with summer camps and school enrichment programs providing classes for kids throughout the United States.

Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute

Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of and inspiring lifelong learning about Latin, Greek, and the ancient Greco-Roman world, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. To accomplish its goals, Ascanius maintains a number of programs. The centerpiece of the Institute is its student program, known as LatinSummer, a summer enrichment program.

Envision - Leadership, Scholarship and Career Programs

For decades, Envision (formerly LeadAmerica) has been a home for students with high academic achievement and a desire to build a focused plan for their future. With programs for elementary, middle, high school and college students, Envision offers career, technology, and National Youth Leadership opportunities in a variety of subject areas. Activities mirror real-world challenges and facilitate critical thinking and communication among the groups. Many of students are nominated by teachers; others are selected via a national student talent identification program; and still others are selected by the Admissions Board based on GPA, test scores, and passion for a specific area of career or leadership interest.

Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics (EYH)

The Math/Science Network is a non-profit membership organization of educators, scientists, mathematicians, parents, community leaders, and government and corporate representative. Our mission is to promote the continuing advancement in mathematics and science education of all people, with a particular emphasis on the needs of women and girls. The goal of the Math/Science Network is to increase the participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in mathematics, science, and technology. (formerly known as EPGY)

This distance learning program, developed by Stanford University and now available through RedBird Advanced Learning, is dedicated to the advancement of education among gifted students. Formerly known as the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), provides computer-based K-12 courses in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Computer Programming that feature a combination of multimedia instruction and automated assessment to provide students with a highly-personalized, self-paced learning experience.

SIG Beyond Online Learning Program

This is an exciting 8-week online program for Gifted and Talented students. These courses offer students curriculum beyond what is offered during the school day, are wide-ranging in potential interest areas for individualized learning, and engage students in hands-on learning while applying school content through speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, reasoning and questioning.

Smithsonian Associate Programs

Monthly activities include lectures, seminars, study tours to local and world-wide destinations, children's events, films, courses, embassy receptions, performances, and much, much more! In depth Campus on the Mall courses include special programming areas: African American Studies, Art and Architecture, Civil War Studies, Contemporary Issues, Culinary Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Performing Arts, and Science & Technology. Programs and Performances Lectures, Films and Tours on a variety of subjects by experts in their field(s) of interest.

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)

SEEC has three specially designed facilities. The original Center, located in the National Museum of American History, opened in 1988 and serves fifty pre-kindergarten children, ages three to five. In 1991, the Center for infants and toddlers opened in the Arts and Industries Building and serves thirty children, ages three months through two years. The third facility, located in the National Museum of Natural History, is the site of the SEEC kindergarten and also offers additional classes for toddlers and two-year-olds.

University of Minnesota - Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquistition (CARLA), (Minneapolis, MN)

CARLA offers lessons and classroom tasks for teachers of French, German and Spanish. A virtual assessment center helps teachers develop proficiency-oriented instruction and performance measures. Their database tells where (in North America) students may study less commonly taught languages.

Youth Digital

Youth Digital provides online computer science classes for students 8 to 14 years old to teach them how to code, design, develop and create with technology. Youth Digital’s learning platform provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that is fun, highly interactive and extremely effective. Students watch videos, respond to questions, earn badges, complete quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering critical technology skills and professional-level software. Students can learn to code, program in Java, make Mods for Minecraft®, animate their own movies, design and print in 3D, develop their own mobile apps, create video games, and more.

Organizations: Regional

Gifted Support Network (Missouri)

Based in Missouri, the Gifted Support Network seeks to provide information, connection, and enrichment to families of gifted and high-ability children. The Gifted Support Network is based in St. Charles County, although their events are also easily accessible from the neighboring St. Louis, Warren, and Lincoln counties. They also partner with Lindenwood University to offer graduate credit to educators.

Prodigy Northwest (Spokane, WA)

The goals of this organization are to provide the highest level of academic and enrichment opportunities for gifted students by: providing an assortment of enrichment opportunities; working in conjunction with regional K-12 school districts to assist in their efforts to effectively serve gifted students; and assisting in the process of what can be an overwhelming journey for many families.

Organizations: State

Georgia Tech CEISMC (Atlanta, GA)

The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) is a partnership between Georgia Teach and educational groups, schools and opinion leaders throughout the state of Georgia. The mission of CEISMC is to enhance STEM education in schools leading toward an improved appreciation and performance in STEM for all students in grades K-12. Programs offered to students through CEISMC include academic mentoring, a variety of summer programs and camps, and the K.I.D.S. Club Saturday program for gifted students. CEISMIC also works with educators and schools providing professional learning initiatives and programs focused on to bring STEM into classrooms.

Nä Pua No'eau (HI)

Nä Pua No'eau Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children was established at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1989 for the purpose of increasing educational enrichment opportunities for Hawaiian children in grades K- 12. Outreach centers were later established on the islands of Maui, Kauai, O'ahu and Molokai, Lanai and the west side of the Island of Hawaii to expand activities throughout the State of Hawaii.

New Jersey - Gifted Child Society (NJ)

The Gifted Child Society's mission consists of educational enrichment and support services specifically designed for gifted children; assistance to parents in raising gifted children to full and productive adulthood; professional training to encourage educators to meet the special needs of these youngsters; and a greater effort to win public recognition and acceptance of these special needs.

Phelps Center for Gifted Education (MO)

This organization advocates and offers support for intellectually gifted students in Missouri. It provides a rigorous academic curriculum in a supportive environment.

Saturday Academy - Oregon (OR)

Saturday Academy's Classes & Workshops program offers enrichment courses after school and on vacations and weekends to 4th-12th grade students. Classes are available throughout Oregon in the Portland/Vancouver area and at regional centers. Classes are project based with lots of hands on opportunities for students. An emphasis is placed on classes in the sciences, math and technology.

Saturdays at Talcott Mountain Science Center (Avon, CT)

TMSC's Saturday program reachs the needs of high-ability, high-interest students in grades 4-8, all areas of the state, and accepts both individual applications and students in local Gifted & Talented programs. Students meet for five Saturdays, and for an additional day's worth of enrichment programs for each course. Some programs will meet by arrangement (astronomy nighttime programs) and some even continue to 'meet' over the Internet during the week.

The Math Circle (MA)

The Math Circle is a "program of courses founded in 1994, designed for students who enjoy math and want the added challenge of exciting topics that are normally outside the school curriculum. Its teachers are experienced, committed, and enthusiastic. Our classes encourage a free discussion of ideas; while the courses are mathematically rigorous, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed."

Wisconsin Center for Gifted Learners (WCGL) (Milwaukee, WI)

The non-profit Wisconsin Center for Gifted Learners (WCGL) develops and provides programs and guidance for gifted learners, their families, and teachers to support the social/cognitive and educational development of children who love to learn and whose exceptional intellectual abilities require special services.

Printed Materials: Books

Aiming for Excellence: Annotations to the NAGC PreK-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards

This book offers a comprehensive review of the gifted education program standards developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The standards, which represent professional consensus on essential practice in gifted education, provide a blueprint to encourage and guide schools in developing and evaluating high-quality programming.

Curriculum Compacting: An Easy Start to Differentiating for High-Potential Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Curriculum compacting allows learners to move successfully through the curriculum at their own pace. This book focuses on the nuts and bolts of this effective method for differentiating classroom content, process skills, and creative products of gifted learners. In this concise introduction, Dr. Sally M. Reis and Joseph S. Renzulli discuss the research on curriculum compacting and the steps employed in implementing it in any classroom. Case studies of its effectiveness on schoolwide enrichment are also included.

Educating the Gifted: Acceleration and Enrichment

This older book contains a series of articles on the status of both acceleration and enrichment during the last quarter of the 20th century. A variety of authors, many drawn from the early days of the talent search programs, describe the history of both models of educational service delivery, a variety of strategies for both enrichment and acceleration, and discuss early talent search findings.

Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Written by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. , this book offers an introduction to structuring enrichment activities that add depth and complexity to a gifted child's learning experience. From a mentorship with a local archaeologist, to a medieval festival, the opportunities for gifted learners to explore a topic in depth are too numerous to mention. This book shows teachers how to provide meaningful enrichment experiences for gifted students. It offers effective strategies for enriching the curriculum and creating in-depth learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Growing Good Kids: 28 Activities to Enhance Self-Awareness, Compassion and Leadership

Created by teachers and classroom-tested, these fun and meaningful enrichment activities for grades 3-8 build children's skills in problem solving, decision making, cooperative learning, divergent thinking, and communication while promoting self-awareness, tolerance, character development, and service.

Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students: A Guide to Recommended Practices

Written by Felicia A. Dixon, Ph.D., this book is designed to be a reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators of gifted education programs. As such, it is a companion to the lengthier and more in-depth The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education. The first part focuses on the gifted adolescent, including suggestions for academic, personal/social, and career exploration best practices. The second part explicates programmatic offerings available for gifted secondary students, such as AP and IB programming, distance learning, magnet and other special schools, study abroad, and early entrance to college options. The final section moves the discussion from “what is” to “what could be” for high-ability adolescents.

Schools & Programs: College Affiliated

Center for Talent Development (CTD) - Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

The Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility serving gifted students, their families and educators for nearly 30 years. Some of their programs include: the Midwest Talent Search, summer programs for pre-K through grade 12, Saturday enrichment programs for pre-K through grade 9, an Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE), Gifted Learning Links for K through grade 12, a Civic Education Program for grades 7 through 12, scholarship programs for underrepresented students, and educator and parent programs.

Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Discovery Series - Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, MD)

CTY Talent Search participants in grades five through seven are invited to experience the wealth of resources and activities available at prestigious museums, aquariums, and nature and science centers. As determined by the unique focus of each host institution, scientists, naturalists, historians, artists, and other educators guide participants through an exploration of on-site exhibits and activities, using their professional expertise to address the learning needs and lively curiosity of highly able students. Overall, the series provides a stimulating environment where families share a common love of learning while discovering new interests. The Discovery Series includes one-day, overnight, and extended programs.

College for Kids Program - St. Louis Community College (St. Louis, MO)

The College for Kids (CFK) program is offered by the Continuing Education office of St. Louis Community College at Meramec for gifted and talented elementary and middle school youth who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. Courses offered are designed to challenge and advance a student's skills. Programs are offered in the spring and summer.

College of DuPage Talent Search Program (Glen Ellyn, IL)

The College of DuPage offers gifted students in grades 3 - 12 the opportunity to take courses in math, science, information technology, problem solving, literature, language and writing. Located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, this talent search admits students who score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying standardized test.

CU Wizards Program (Boulder, CO)

Professors from different fields at CU Boulder give lectures with demonstrations on topics related to their research as part of the CU Wizards program, which generally occur on the second or third Saturday of each month. While the programs are advertised as targeting 5th-9th graders, the target age for gifted students is around grades K-4. Starting in 5th or 6th grade, gifted students can switch to the Saturday Physics Series, hosted by the CU Physics Dept once monthly.

Excel for Youth Program - Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)

This program offers students in 4 -1 0th grades the opportunity for academic enrichment in accelerated classes. Classes are held at Sonoma State University and utilize labs, guest speakers and field trips. An exciting variety of courses are designed to stimulate, challenge and provide participants with resources to enhance their learning experience. Classes range from Shakespeare to clay, microscopes to jewelry, chemistry to inventing, researching and performing to Web page design.

Gifted & Talented Education (GATE), The Honors College at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

The various Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs offered through Michigan State University (MSU) are dedicated to promoting differentiated educational programs for students in grades 7-12. Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) is a two-week residential program for academically talented students. CHAMP is a regional program for students highly gifted in mathematics. ISHALL is an accelerated, intensive two-year course in literature and language designed to meet the curricular goals and merit standards of high school English, grades 7-10, in two years. Plus, there is also a dual enrollment program, a Michigan-Shiga Exchange program, a CSI Forensic Science program and several others listed on the website.

Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) - Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University conducts research into the psychology of gifted and talented individuals and effective educational practices for high ability youth. Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps, GERI's youth talent development programs, provide challenging learning opportunities and a healthy social environment to a diverse population of high ability children and teens.

Glenn T. Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)

The Center is both a department in the Northern Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Michigan Network of Mathematics and Science Centers funded by the Michigan legislature. A major component of the Center’s activities are in programs for K-12 students, teachers, and the community. As a Michigan mathematics and science center, the Seaborg Center is accountable in six areas: leadership, student services, professional development, curriculum support, resource clearinghouse services, and community outreach.

Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, MA)

Harvard Extension School offers 100 online courses and a unique blend of traditional liberal arts and professional studies programs. Classes are offered to students students with various backgrounds and academic experience. The course tuition is the “lowest in the Boston area.”

IMPAC (Intensive Mandarin Program At Cornell) - Cornell University (Cornell, NY)

IMPAC (Intensive Mandarin Program At Cornell), formerly a part of the FALCON Program, is run by Cornell’s Department of Asian Studies. IMPAC provides beginning and intermediate Mandarin students with the equivalent of one full year of college Chinese instruction in nine weeks of intensive study. Program participants have included undergraduate and graduate students, qualified high school students, and professionals outside the academic world. IMPAC is a rigorous and intensive program, so all applicants should be highly motivated to learn Chinese and be ready to put steady effort into the endeavor.

Iowa State University - Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (Ames, IA)

This organization, located at Iowa State, is designed to match exceptional students with advanced learning opportunities well-suited for their advanced needs. Some of the services OPPTAG offers are: A talent search program, summer and academic year programs for students (grades 2-11) and links for helpful resources. Students will find each of the three summer programs challenging: CY-TAG, which addresses individual needs and learning styles; Explorations!, which covers areas of study usually not taught in a high school curriculum; and Adventures!, designed for those who excel academically at a very young age.

Kids on Campus – Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI)

Schoolcraft College offers a Kids on Campus program that offers a large variety of exciting educational programs for children grades 1st - 12th. Classes are offered during the fall, winter, and summer semesters at times convenient for children and parents.

Long Island University - Center for Gifted Youth Summer Program (Brookville, NY)

This program is unique in that it provides gifted students the top gifted educators in the area in university-level facilities. A wide range of subjects are offered, varying each year. Summer courses are also available, as well as Saturday classes throughout the semester.

MIT Educational Studies Program - Splash (Cambridge, MA)

For one weekend each November, thousands of students of all types attend MIT for ESP’s Splash program. From music theory to Hungarian history to aircraft analysis, Splash participants are introduced to a huge variety of topics in over 400 classes taught by undergraduates and other members of the MIT community.

MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) (Cambridge, MA)

The MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) was created by MIT students in 1957 to make a difference in the community by sharing knowledge and creativity with local high school students. Since then, the program has grown to support more than 3,000 students each year. The original High School Studies Program (HSSP) has been joined by many other enrichment programs, and the agenda changes each year to best suit the community’s needs.

Montclair State University Gifted And Talented Program (Montclair, NJ)

Montclair State University’s Academically Gifted and Talented Youth 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 spring semester. Students in grades 11 and 12 may enroll in college courses as part of our High Jump Program.

Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program - College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

Programs for high-ability students are offered through the College of William and Mary's Center for Gifted Education. Students in Kindergarten through grade 9 may apply for enrollment in the Saturday/Summer Enrichment Program courses. These courses are offered each year at The College of William and Mary and at various locations in Richmond, Virginia during fall, spring, and summer sessions. This enrichment program enables students to explore specialized topics not typically studied in the regular classroom.

State University New York at Buffalo (SUNY) - Gifted Math Program (Buffalo, NY)

The Gifted Math Program is an enrichment program for students in grades seven through 12 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Students commute to the University twice weekly to study an enriched and accelerated program of mathematics in grades seven through 10, and university level courses in discrete mathematics and calculus in grades 11 and 12. They can accumulate a total of 22 semester hours of university credit for successful participation.

Super Saturdays - The Center for Gifted Studies (Bowling Green, KY)

Since 1992, The Center has been providing this opportunity for young people to explore their interests. Students select from many courses that take place in Bowling Green, on the campus of Western Kentucky University and also in Owensboro, on the campus of Owensboro Community and Technical College. Classes range from science and mathematics to Spanish, puppetry, poetry and making web pages.

Talent Identification Program (TIP) - Duke University (Durham, NC)

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) identifies gifted children in 4th, 5th and 7th grades and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom. Through Duke TIP, a whole range of activities and programs are accessible to parents and teachers to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

The Center for Gifted Studies - Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)

Located on the Western Kentucky University campus, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for nearly 30 years. The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. The four-course gifted endorsement is offered through this center allowing teachers to become certified in one year.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies - University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)

In 2004, The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Center for Gifted Studies was established in 1979 and provides services for children and youth in grades kindergarten through 12 and support for teachers at the undergraduate and graduate level.

University of Colorado - Science Discovery (Boulder, CO)

Science Discovery, established in 1983, is an experience-based educational outreach program of the University of Colorado in Boulder. Science Discovery's mission is to stimulate scientific interest, understanding, and literacy among Colorado's youth, teachers, and families by interfacing with university resources and academic expertise. Science Discovery is dedicated to engaging the whole person in the journey of learning, and strengthening individual capacities to participate actively in local and world communities. Programs include after-school classes, homeschool classes, summer programs, and wilderness camps. They also offer professional development programs for teachers.

University of Wisconsin, Regional Center for Math and Science (RCMS) (Green Bay, WI)

The RCMS is a federally funded, six week residential pre-college program, designed to enhance and enrich high school students' understanding of science, mathematics, and the nature of scientific research. The Center's emphasis is on the health sciences. Careers in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, medical research, and the like, will be explored.

Walters State Talented and Gifted Program (Morristown, TN)

Consisting of approximately 100 programs designed to stimulate and challenge East Tennessee’s gifted students, from the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades, these classes are instructed by area experts and encourage student participation in hands-on activities.

Schools & Programs: Independent

Barthelmes Conservatory Music School (Tulsa, OK)

Barthelmes Conservatory is a non-profit organization offering a year-long music program. This after school schedule provides music education and is tailored to the needs of musically gifted and talented elementary and middle school youth displaying the potential to pursue music as a professional career.

Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS) - (Plantation, FL)

IMACS is designed to give children a competitive edge by teaching them how to think critically using logic and reasoning. Headquartered in Plantation, Florida, IMACS offers after-school and weekend classes for gifted and talented 1st-12th grade students in math enrichment, computer programming and virtual robotics, electronics, university-level mathematics, and university-level computer science. Classes are held at various locations throughout South Florida and at affiliate locations in Connecticut, Missouri, and North Carolina. Some IMACS locations also offer a fun-filled Hi-Tech Summer Camp. Secondary school students not able to attend a local teaching center may take foundational courses through Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) or university-level courses through eIMACS, both of which are online.

My Spectrum School (Port Washington, NY)

Located in Port Washington, New York, My Spectrum School is dedicated to educating gifted children in their preschool, kindergarten, first grade, after school enrichment, and summer camp gifted programs. Their facility has 5,000 square feet of carefully designed classroom space for stimulating and enriching learning experiences. Students are challenged and their interests' cultivated with an accelerated curriculum modeled after the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Harvard University Project Spectrum in conjunction with New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

Primoris Academy (Westwood, NJ)

Primoris Academy is a non-profit, private school exclusively for the brightest young minds. It is located in Westwood, in northern New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. It currently enrolls students in pre-K through ninth grade in small classes that are grouped by ability, not age. Primoris also offers Summer Enrichment programs and After School Classes.

Shenendehowa Advocates for Gifted Education (SAGE) (Clifton Park, NY)

Shenendehowa Advocates for Gifted Education (SAGE) offers a Saturday Scholars Program on five consecutive Saturday mornings in February and March. The Saturday Scholars Program offers mini courses providing challenging enrichment opportunities academically, creatively and artistically for high ability/high interest children in grades 1-6. The Course Catalog is usually available in January in the main office of elementary schools or in the public library.

Sunrise Learning Lab (Wesley Chapel, FL)

The Sunrise Learning Lab Gifted Pilot Program serves highly and profoundly gifted students, ages 9-13. It provides a completely individualized, customized program, with partial scholarships available.

Schools & Programs: Math & Science Programs

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) (New York City, NY)

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that seeks to find low-income, high-performing math students. The mission of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is to create pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. BEAM Scholars are provided with organizational help, academic counseling, academic help, mentorship, and support to enable them to attend advanced academic programs through high school. BEAM Scholars are immersed in deep mathematical experiences through rigorous summer programs and challenging, enriching year-round activities.

Idea Math (Various Locations)

The IDEA MATH program was created to help talented students who want to advance their problem solving skills - both to expand their mathematical horizons, and to maximize their performance in math competitions. They offer the following for students entering 6th to 12th grade: weekend program; winter program (AMC 123); summer program; and an online program.

Russian School of Mathematics (Various Locations)

The Russian School of Mathematics is an award-winning, afterschool math program for K-12 students. The RSM programs help children of all levels build a solid math foundation and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Their systematic curriculum and approach is based on the best practices of math schools in the former Soviet Union and Europe, adapted to the U.S. educational environment. More than 15,000 students attend branches across the country in a variety of after school and summer programs ranging from day camps to sleep away camps. Online courses are also available for students in locations without a physical branch.

Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center (TVMSC) (Boise, ID)

The Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center (TVMSC) is a unique learning community that offers opportunities in mathematics and science education unlike those found in traditional school settings. The curriculum is specifically designed for students with a strong interest/desire to excel in mathematics and science. A key focal point of the instructional program will be activities that require students to work as a member of a research team. Students will collaborate in posing questions, designing experiments, acquiring and analyzing data, and finally, presenting their findings. The Center will run a half-day junior high program and a half-day senior high program.

Schools & Programs: Public

Academy of Science (St. Louis, MO)

Founded for the advancement of science, the Junior Academy of Science of St. Louis is a special program for all students in the 7th through 12th grades whom are interested in science. The program is sponsored by the Academy of Science of St. Louis. The Junior Academy encourages students to explore various branches of science as they plan their future careers.

Army Educational Outreach Program

Through AEOP, the Army continues its long tradition and strong commitment to the advancement of STEM education and literacy. Leveraging its most valuable assets – world-class scientists and engineers and research facilities – AEOP offers our nation’s youth and teachers a collaborative, cohesive portfolio of opportunities that effectively engage future workforce generations in meaningful, real-world STEM experiences, competitions and paid internships. From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real-world STEM experiences while also engaging with Army-sponsored mentors.

Challenge Saturdays - Belin-Blank Center (Iowa City, IA)

Challenge Saturdays are for high-ability students(grades 4-8 for 2012-13) and are offered through the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education. The Challenge Saturday Program is an academic program for high-ability students that takes place over five successive Saturdays in the fall semester on the Des Moines Central Academy campus or on The University of Iowa campus.

Detroit Greek and Latin (DGL) - Detroit, MI

Located in Michigan and Montana, Detroit Greek and Latin (DGL) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit dedicated to offering Greater Detroit area students the opportunity to learn Ancient Greek and Latin. Online courses serve remote and home-school students. DGL in Glacier National Park (MT) offers a summer intensive courses — Greek in Glacier. In addition, DGL works with administrators, teachers, and parents to fortify existing Latin programs, and to increase the rigor of classics and language arts curricula. Enrollment in DGL pre-collegiate Greek and Latin courses is by application only. Parents wishing their children to enroll in DGL courses should seek the nomination by a teacher, a school Principal or Department Head.

Discovery School at Bellwood (Murfreesboro, TN)

The Discovery School at Bellwood provides a K-6 program for high achievers by utilizing classroom time in application of skills, extension activities, individual projects and research endeavors as well as acceleration and weekly enrichment clusters.

Gifted and Talented Services - Madison-Champaign (Madison-Champaign, OH)

This website discusses the important issue of Gifted and Talented. It includes a variety of Gifted and Talented topics, for instance, enrichment, assessment, teachers resources, mathematics, social studies, language arts, science, and even lists important contact information. In Ohio, a gifted student is defined as one who possesses one or more of the following abilities: Superior Cognitive ability; Specific Academic ability; Creative Thinking ability; Visual and/or performing arts ability.

Keller Regional Gifted Center (Chicago, IL)

The Chicago Public School Gifted and Enriched Academic Programs is a citywide network of program models and services avalible to gifted children. They are designed to challenge children identified as gifted and talented who demonstrate superior general reasoning ability and/or potential to excel in a specific academic, creative or artistic area.

Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School (Lexington, KY)

The Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay offers academically gifted Fayette County high school students an alternative, challenging, liberal arts curriculum.

Metro Academic & Classical High School (St. Louis, MO)

Metro High School (MHS) one of three full-time gifted schools in the greater St. Louis area. To be eligible, students must score above the 95th percentile in intelligence testing. Metro High has an IB diploma program, is the top scoring public school in Missouri and ranked in Newsweek's best public schools list.

Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy (Charlotte, NC)

This public charter school, designed for children of extremely high intellectual ability in grades K-8, provides numerous enrichment classes. The goal of the Academy is to provide an environment tailored to the unique needs of gifted children.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) - Gifted and Talented Education (Nashville, TN)

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) serves Gifted and Talented students through the Encore Program. Students eligible for this program are in kindergarten through sixth grade. Encore classes meet one-half day each week in local schools.

Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Gifted Center (PA)

Located in Pittsburgh's Elliott community, the Pittsburgh Gifted Center provides gifted education for students in grades 1 through 8 who live within the School District of Pittsburgh. These students attend the Center one day a week from public, private, and parochial schools. Eligibility for participation is determined by standards set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which includes an evaluation by a certified school psychologist and recommendations from a multi-disciplinary team.

Saturday School For Scholars and Leaders - Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

This summer program is for grades K-8 and is taught by educators from the Atlanta, Georgia area. Saturday is not your typical day for school but participants in Georgia State University's Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders are not your typical students. Since 1975, parents and school personnel have identified scholars and leaders to participate in this special Saturday program. Each session, Atlanta area educators teach a variety of enrichment classes, ranging from the fine and applied arts to math and science, designed to challenge participants at all levels.

Scholars Online

Scholars Online offers a full college preparatory course curriculum in a classical Christian mold. Our rigorous curriculum includes up to seven years of Latin and Greek, and a full range of science, mathematics, literature, and writing instruction.

School in the Park (San Diego, CA)

School in the Park is an innovative program that shifts the location of "school" from a traditional classroom setting in an inner-city school, to the resources and educational opportunities available at museums in San Diego's Balboa Park. A relevant instructional environment is created as hands-on learning challenges students to become active participants in their own education. Rosa Parks and Hamilton Elementary Schools participate in this program that allows third, fourth and fifth grade students to spend up to eight weeks at Balboa Park, where they participate in week-long educational programs at nine institutions.

Sprout - Enrichment for the Gifted Child (Chicago, IL)

Sprout is an after-school program for gifted children ages 7-12, located in Chicago. Our mission is to help gifted children discover their talents and become comfortable using them. We hope to enrich the lives of Chicago's gifted youth through socialization with like-minded children, meetings with experts in a variety of fields, and freedom to explore their interests in a risk-free environment.

Schools & Programs: Saturday Program

Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP), Center for Talent Development - Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

The Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) at Center for Talent Development (CTD) offers challenging and enriching courses for academically talented students age 4 through grade nine. SEP courses in mathematics, science, technology, English & writing, and social science engage students during eight Saturdays in the fall and winter and a six-week term in the spring. These research-driven courses, outstanding instruction and the camaraderie of learning with like-minded peers make SEP the place to be on a Saturday.

Space Voyage Academy - Summer Programs, Weekend Programs (Littleton, CO)

Space Voyage programs bring to life the importance of math and science, reinforces concepts identified in academic content standards, build confidence through genuine achievement and offer a fun place for kids to imagine the possibilities, learn and grow. Parents of gifted children report that the program is challenging and supportive of their gifted children. The Summer Camp offers 10 weeks to choose from for ages 5-16.

University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Gifted Students Network Saturday Academy (GSA (Irvine, CA)

The Gifted Students Network (GSN) teamed with Amuseum, Davis Science, Math and Technology Magnet School and Newport Sea Base to offer the Saturday Academy from 9 a.m. to noon for Exploratorium-age students (grades 1-4), plus a series for Upper Academy students (grades 5-8) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - SAVY (Grades K-6) – Saturday/Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (Nashville, TN)

SAVY – Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young Day Program – Held each fall and spring, students in grades K-6 engage with like-ability peers in accelerated courses over six consecutive Saturdays.

SAVY – Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young Day Program – Each summer, rising 1st-7th grade students take part in a variety of advanced courses taught by content experts. Weekly sessions are available for all grades in the months of June and July.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) (Nashville, TN)

Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) is a residential academic program for 7th to 10th grade gifted students. Students engage in an accelerated two-day course of study designed and taught by Vanderbilt University faculty and scholars. WAVU offers accelerated and rigorous courses on topics not usually included in middle or high school. WAVU also provides an opportunity for students to come together to learn and collaborate with a group of like-ability peers. Some past WAVU course titles include Forensic Anthropology and Bioarcheology, Chemistry of Microfluidics, and Topics in First Amendment Law.

Weekend Institute for Gifted Students (WINGS) (Iowa City, IA)

Belin-Blank Center offers half-day weekend enrichment opportunities for elementary and junior high students. Classes include science, art, math, writing, computer science and social studies.

Summer Programs: MidWestern Region

Duke University Summer Session (Durham, NC)

The Duke University Summer Session consists of two different programs, Duke Summer College for High School Students and Duke Summer Academy for High School Students. The Duke Summer College for High School Students is for grades 10 and 11 and prepares students for University learning. The Duke Summer Academy for High School Students if for all high school students and is a personal enrichment program.

Kids and College - McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, IL)

Kids and College is an expanded enrichment program for all students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th. Classes are designed for four different age categories to help all students explore new interests, gain additional skills, and start the process of life long learning. Programs include: Discovery Crew PreK to 3rd Grade; Kids on Campus 4th to 8th Grade (Summer Program); Investigators 4th to 8th Grade; Home School Connections 4th to 12th Grade; and, G.O.L.D. 9th to 12th Grade.

Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students (MEGSSS) (MO)

This program provides St. Louis and Rolla-based summer and after-school programs for middle school students highly talented in mathematics, defined roughly as those scoring the 98th percentile. Nominations for the program are accepted through May for a 10-day summer introductory program. The Summer MathJam program also offers math challenge and enrichment for math-talented students in the 90th percentile. Financial aid is available. Project MEGSSS bridges the gap between elementary and high school mathematics for mathematically talented middle school students. Coursework is offered to MEGSSS-qualified students for up to 3 years, including summer programming, which also serves as excellent enrichment for students unable to commit to an after-school program.

Summer Programs: National

Envision - National Youth Leadership Forums (NYLF)

Envision's National Youth Leadership Forums (NYLF) are designed and created specifically for the nation's most outstanding elementary, middle and high school students for career exploration of specific fields in various locations throughout the United States.

Summer Programs: NorthWestern Region

Oregon State University (OSU) - Precollege Summer Program (Corvallis, OR)

OSU's Outside the Box Summer Program enables gifted, talented and creative youth (grades 7and 8) to pursue topics of interest through a unique combination of in-depth, challenging academic explorations and social interaction with intellectual peers. Students can anticipate discovery and challenge in the program's offerings which are designed specifically to address their interests and abilities. In the past, popular courses have included Creative Writing, Cyberspace 101, and Mural Painting.

Summer Programs: Southern Region

Duke University Youth Programs (Durham, NC)

Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for more than 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities complement the instructional day. The camp "learning community" approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors and counselors.

Live! Learn! Louisiana! - Lousiana State University (LSU) (Baton Rouge, LA)

Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Education hosts a summer program for gifted learners for grades 3-8, called Live! Learn! Louisiana! This summer program offers: facilitators trained in gifted education; challenging material and activities; and interaction with peers of similar abilities and interests.

Stetson University, High Achieving Talented Students (HATS) (DeLand, FL)

High Achieving Talented Students (HATS) is a three-part program sponsored by Stetson University. In collaboration with the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Stetson provides outstanding educational opportunities for high-achieving Florida students in grades 4-9. These opportunities include the HATS Summer Program, above-level testing through the Belin Blank Center's academic talent search and Stetson scholarships.

Summer Programs: Western Region

Bay Area Writing Project - Young Writers Camps and Teen Writing Camps (Berkeley, CA)

The Bay Area Writing Project sponsors both the annual Young Writers Camps and Teen Writing Camps. Young Wirters Camps offer students entering grades three through nine a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities and writing talents. The Teen Writing Camps are for incoming ninth through 12th graders. Enrichment opportunities for students who enjoy writing, literature and poetry, both camps are offered on the University of California Berkeley campus.

University of Northern Colorado (UNC) - Summer Enrichment Programs (Greeley, CO)

These university programs are designed primarily for students entering grades 5-10. Students enroll in four classes for 10 days to explore their interests. Students select activities ranging from research to arts & crafts. Saturday sessions led by experts from the university provide an additional opportunity for learning. The cost includes housing, food, tuition and staff fees. For children ages 4-9, a Young Child Program is offered daily from 9 a.m. to noon. Students entering the 11th and 12th grades in the fall are eligible to participate in the Leadership Enrichment Program.

Websites & Other Media: Commercial

K5 Learning

This is a online math and reading enrichment program for kindergarten through fifth grade allowing students to work independently with more than 3,000 lessons. Their philosophy about gifted students as stated on their website is that gifted children should work at their skill level, not grade level. It is recommended that gifted students complete thefree online reading and math assessments. Then, each student is placed in the lessons according to their skills, not their grade levels. A gifted child may be placed several grades ahead in particular skill areas. The K5 material is typically suitable for gifted kids in a younger age range (pre-k to grade 3/4).

Kumon Method

The heart of the Kumon learning system is a curriculum of more than 20 clearly defined skill levels and hundreds of short assignments spanning material from preschool all the way up to college. With each assignment, your child advances in small, manageable increments.

Websites & Other Media: For Educators

Renzulli Learning Systems

The Renzulli Learning Differentiation Engine puts students in touch with engaging, individualized resources specially chosen for their interest areas and learning styles.

Websites & Other Media: Informational

MIT OpenCourseWare

This online curriculum resource is hosted by MIT. The OpenCourseWare (OCW) Program houses the materials that are used to teach courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Available to the public are the course texts, quizzes, lecture notes and exams.

National Professional Resources (NPR) - Gifted and Talented Enrichment

Along with videos/DVDs, National Professional Resources (NPR) also publishes and distributes books for staff development in the field of education. Areas of concentration include Administration/School Reform, Special Education/Inclusion, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Multiple Intelligences/Emotional Intelligence just to name a few.

Project EXCITE

Project EXCITE is a collaborative project involving Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy through its Center for Talent Development (CTD), Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) District 202. Project EXCITE addresses the achievement gap existing between minority and non-minority students in the Evanston schools by providing supplemental educational opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the advanced mathematics and science courses at ETHS. EXCITE serves 130 underrepresented minority students in grades 3-8.

Project M3

Project M3, Mentoring Mathematical Minds, was a 5-year collaborative research effort of faculty at the University of Connecticut, Northern Kentucky University, and Boston University and teachers, administrators, and students in 10 schools of varying socioeconomic levels in Connecticut and Kentucky. A team of national experts in the fields of mathematics, mathematics education, and gifted education created a total of 12 curriculum units of advanced mathematics. This website, maintained by the University of Connecticut, provide smathematics education through a series of online learning units geared toward educators, students and parents.

Schoolwide Enrichment Model - Article (PDF)

"The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is a detailed blueprint for total school improvement that allows each school the flexibility to allow each school to develop its own unique programs based on local resources, student demographics, and school dynamics as well as faculty strengths and creativity."

STEMworks Database

Change the Equation (CTEq) is proud to host the STEMworks database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Visitors can search the database by: Program Content Areas and Types, Target Audiences, Grade Levels, Program Launch Dates and Program Locations.

The TEAK Fellowship

The TEAK Fellowship aims to help talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Students are eligible for admission to TEAK in the fall of their sixth grade year. Along with academic support, TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes. If accepted, programming begins the summer after 6th grade and continues with intensive after-school and Saturday classes during the 7th grade year and beyond.

Websites & Other Media: Learning Tools

Open Culture

Open Culture compiles free cultural and educational media resources for public use. Some resources include over 950 free online courses, 550 free audio books, 600 free eBooks, free language learning resources, and more.