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National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) (New York, NY)

The National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) works to offer a Model United Nations conference emphasizing accuracy, preparation and a problem-solving approach -- a conference that truly puts students into the shoes of diplomats -- is a uniquely powerful way to educate young people about global issues.

Organizations: International

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.

Oxford Advanced Studies Program (UK)

This program offers enthusiastic young people, from the U.S. and elsewhere, the opportunity to study and live in Oxford, home to one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated universities. Based at Oxford Tutorial College in the city center, it is an informal student-centered learning environment that offers gap year and summer options.

Organizations: Local

Missouri - Gifted Resource Council (GRC) (St. Louis, MO)

This non-profit organization provide enrichment activities for gifted children in the St. Louis area as well as workshops and information for parents and educators concerning topics of interest.

Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery (Nederland, CO)

The Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery offers year-round, hands-on educational programs to people of all ages to foster a lifelong appreciation of the environment and to promote an environmentally aware, responsible and ecologically sound community. Summer programs, school year programs, and outreach programs are available.

Organizations: National

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.

Explore...Beyond School

"Explore! ...beyond school is a unique organization, based upon the belief that education is a life long adventure, the enjoyment of which is predicated upon training the young mind early and well.

Future Investor Clubs of America (FICA)

Future Investor Clubs of America (FICA) is a national financial intelligence training program for kids and teens ages 8-19. Their primary goal is to provide student members with the skills to earn, save and invest their money. As a member, students have an opportunity to attend fun, exciting, informative Field Trips, Summer Camps and Young Investors Workshops. In addition to face-to-face training programs students are assisted with designing an American Dream Plan while keeping track of goals and objectives using the Young Investors Club Network online training system.

Girl's State

The Girls State program targets young women interested in the government process and emphasizes the role of responsible citizenship in good government. As a result of their training in this valuable Auxiliary program, many young women will take responsible positions in business and government.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Founded in 1958, the mission of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder is a proactive enrichment program for intellectually gifted children who face obstacles to success. The mission of Jacob's Ladder is to aid and encourage children in grades four through eight in reaching their potential so they will become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social environs; to foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of at-risk, gifted children; to provide support and information to the family unit; and to offer guidance in planning for advanced educational opportunities.

Kieve-Wavus (ME)

Kieve-Wavus Education is a multi-faceted non-profit organization with facilities on two Damariscotta Lake campuses in Maine. The organization specializes in experiential educational programs for children and adults including Kieve Camp for Boys, Wavus Camp for Girls, KW West, The Leadership School, 9/11 Family Camp, Veterans Camp and a Writers’ Conference.

Mathcamp

This is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for gifted high school students designed to provide them with the opportunity to study advanced and unusual topics in a challenging and dynamic environment. There are regular courses, problem-solving sessions, small group tutorials, and lectures with opportunities for follow-up and discussion.

National Conference of Governor's Schools (NCoGS)

The National Conference of Governor's Schools, Inc. was launched in October 1987 at the first national assembly of governor's schools' leaders and board members. The number of states that operate summer residential governor's school programs fluctuates as programs gain and lose legislative funding. Governor's school programs are funded, in part or in full, by state legislatures and/or governor's offices. As a result, governor's schools are available exclusively to residents of the funding state or commonwealth.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)

The National Science Foundation makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute consequentially. The principal support by NSF of such activities is through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. REU "Sites" are established in all fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Each Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates, who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are in general accepted from throughout the country. Each student is assigned to a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate interaction between the undergraduates. Students are granted stipends, and in some cases assistance with housing and travel.

Student Challenge Awards Program (SCAP)

The Student Challenge Awards Program (SCAP) was initiated by The Durfee Foundation in 1990. The program strives to excite the imagination and expand the potential of arts-gifted high school students, and to stimulate the students' curiosity about science and technology.

Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS)

Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) is a program, funded through the National Science Foundation, that introduces both rising high school juniors and seniors and their teachers to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by successful scientists in academic, private and governmental research institutions.

The Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) (AR)

The Center for Gifted Education provides programs and services to talented students and their families, teachers, and administrators. The goals of the Center are: To provide graduate education for individuals interested in teaching talented youth and in assuming leadership positions in the field of gifted education; to provide professional development programs and services to educators who serve talented youth; to engage in research and scholarly inquiry on talent development among high ability learners and their educators who serve them; to provide a learning laboratory for precollegiate learners and their educators; and to serve as a community resource for talented youth, their families, school districts, and state departments of education.

The Dawson Center

Since 1957, Alexander Dawson Foundation has been serving communities through its support of education. With the founding of the Alexander Dawson Foundation Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Dawson Center), this organization provides summer programs for high achieving students. Dawson Summer 2010 is accepting applications from high achieving and talented students rising to the 7th and 8th grades in the academic year following the summer program.

Organizations: Regional

Appel Farm Arts and Music Center (Elmer, NJ)

Appel Farm's mission is to provide people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds with a supportive, cooperative environment in which they can appreciate and present works in the performing and visual arts. Whether it's the concert series, summer camp, the annual arts & music festival, children's performances, community projects, classes for all ages or our unique facilities dedicated to creating and enjoying the arts, there is always something going on at Appel Farm!

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Cortez, CO)

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center initiates and conducts archaeological research, hosts public education programs and is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the ancient Pueblo Indians, who inhabited the American Southwest. 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.

Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies (Highland Heights, KY)

Located at Northern Kentucky University, this organization offers a variety of programs and services for students in grades K-12, their parents, and teachers. This includes the ExploreMore Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program and Parent Lecture Series, the Young Women L.E.A.D. Conference, and the Men's Leadership Summit, among others.

Organizations: State

Advance Program for Young Scholars (LA)

ADVANCE, just one of many offerings Louisana universities provide for gifted/talented children, is an intensive educational summer program designed for academically gifted youth, ages 12-17. Students take one class, 7 hours a day, for three weeks. They offer a wide array of classes, that range from Biology and Spanish to Film Studies and Physics.

Delaware Governor's School for Excellence (DE)

This school offers a one-week summer program bringing together academically and artistically talented sophomores from Delaware high schools. Students live in residence halls on the Newark campus and attend either the academic program (e.g., discussions, lectures, films) or the visual and performing arts program (e.g., tutorial instruction, performances). Student participants must have completed 10th grade. University faculty participate as instructors.

Green Mountain Center for Gifted Education (Colchester, VT)

This nonprofit organization seeks to affirm, educate, and support Vermont gifted students and their parents and increase awareness of the needs of the gifted and talented. Through the Center, Vermont's gifted youth have access to summer programs, adults who understand them, programs specially tailored for their needs, and more.

Maryland State Department of Education - Summer Centers (MD)

MSDE offers a variety of educational summer programs for grades 4-12 including Maritime Studies, Mathematics, Future Engineers and more.

Quest Scholars Program (Stanford, CA)

The Quest Scholars Program was founded on a firm belief in the potential and ability of the nation's most talented under-served students. The organization includes two programs--QuestBridge, and QuestLeadership. Both programs are free of charge to participants.

Schooner Sound Learning (New Haven, CT)

Schooner Sound Learning is a non-profit marine education organization dedicated to the conservation of Long Island Sound and the rivers of Connecticut, and appreciation of their culture, history and future. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Schooner provides educational opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to promote awareness and concern for Long Island Sound, arguably Connecticut's greatest natural resource.

Young Scientist Program at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)

Founded in 1991, the Young Scientist Program is designed to attract high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists.

Printed Materials: Books

Early College Programs: Summer College Programs for High School Students

This book by author Robert Hydrisko is the nation's first guidebook for pre-college and enrichment programs for high school students. Find out where and why more than 30,000 high school students attend early college programs every year. A must-read for parents, counselors, librarians, teachers, and students.

Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services

Part of The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series, this concise guide provides an introduction to the various types of out-of-school programming recommended and appropriate for gifted and advanced learners. VanTassel-Baska includes overviews of mentoring programs, residential schools, summer opportunities, and distance learning. Readers can learn about alternative services for teachers, parents and gifted education program directors. Click here to read a review of this book.

Printed Materials: Online Documents

Talent Search Opportunities

Compiled by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, this comprehensive table provides a schedule of Talent Search programs in the United States. Much of the information is applicable to summer programs.

Schools & Programs: College Affiliated

Bard College at Simon's Rock (Great Barrington, MA)

This is the nation's only college of liberal arts and sciences designed for high-school-age students. Most students enter Simon's Rock after completing the 10th or 11th grade, and follow programs leading to the Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in liberal arts. Also available from Simon's Rock: Acceleration to Excellence Program offering merit based scholarships; and, Summer Young Writers Workshop offering summer writing classes.

Center for Bright Kids' Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) (Westminster, CO)

Formerly known as Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search, the Center for Bright Kids (CBK) offers K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids. Their focus is not only on how kids think and learn, but how they discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently. CBK has offered the Western Academic Talent Search, Summer Programs, and other youth programs for 28 years.

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.

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.

Early Experience Program - University of Denver (CO)

This program is designed for students in grades 10-12 of exceptional maturity and academic ability. Eligible students take regular University of Denver courses for undergraduate college credit. The program is offered during the regular school year and summer quarter. The cost is 50 percent of the normal tuition per credit hour.

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.

FALCON - Cornell University (Cornell, NY)

The FALCON program (Full-year Asian Language CONcentration) is a concentrated Chinese or Japanese language program that allows beginning students to learn at an advanced pace. Students may attend for the full year or just do the summer program.

Florida State University (FSU) Summer Academy for the Gifted (Tallahassee, FL)

The Summer Academy program is sponsored by the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) and the Florida State University (FSU) College of Education. The summer academy will provide 20 select 10th - 12th grade students with the opportunity to participate in a week-long (July 11 - 16) residential academy on the campus of FSU. The program is offered at no cost and will focus on engineering, aero-science and mathematics.

Gifted & Talented Scholars, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)

The University of Arkansas Gifted and Talented Scholars program identifies 6th-12th grade students who possess exceptional academic ability and motivation. Students are nominated for membership by local educators.

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.

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.

Litchfield Summer Gifted Academy (Chestnut Litchfield, IL)

The Litchfield Summer Gifted Academy is to provide numerous stimulating and exciting opportunities to promote academic and social skills of gifted children.

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.

Louisiana State University's Recruitment Into Engineering of High-Ability Minority Students (REHAMS) (Baton Rouge, LA)

This program is designed to offer academically talented minority students an opportunity to examine first-hand the activities and thought patterns characteristic of engineers.

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.

Northwest Writing Institute - Lewis & Clark Graduate School Writer to Writer Seminar (Portland, OR)

The Writer to Writer seminar encourages creative writing by high school students through interaction with professional writers in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, journalism, and other forms. Since 1984, the seminar has been offered as an annual week-long summer event, drawing students from throughout Oregon, but primarily from the Portland metro area.

Sacramento State Academic Talent Search (CA)

Academic Talent Search is sponsored by California State University Sacramento and is designed for high achieving students currently enrolled in sixth through ninth grade. The benefits of ATS include: providing students with an opportunity to accelerate their learning in traditional subjects like mathematics and to experience new topics which are not always available in regular schools; the ATS teaching staff includes University faculty, community college professors, high school instructors and industry professionals; through ATS, students have the opportunity to experience a collegiate environment.

Sarah Lawrence College Pre-College Programs for High School Students (Bronxville, NY)

Sarah Lawrence College provides distinctive, intensive programs for high school students on a campus 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. With small class sizes, students can enhance their academic experience and explore their passions in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Non-residential programs are offered in the spring and fall, and both non-residential and residential programs are offered in the summer.

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

The Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program at the Center for Gifted Education on the College of William and Mary campus offers enrichment courses and opportunities for students entering preschool through grade 10.

Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) (Washington, DC)

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) for high school students places academically talented apprentices with interest and ability in science and mathematics in Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories for eight continuous weeks during the summer. These students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering.

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 Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace (Berea, OH)

The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace is an artistic community within a liberal arts college. The college offers quality music and arts education for students of all ages from beginning to pre-professional from throughout the Cleveland community.

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.

The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

The University of Washington is home to an internationally unique and renowned resource for gifted students, the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. For more than 25 years, the Robinson Center has been the gateway through which some of the brightest young scholars in Washington State enter the UW and/or participate in academically accelerated summer courses. The Early Entrance Program is the Robinson Center’s original early university entrance program. The UW Academy is the premier early university entrance program for high school students in Washington State. The Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington offers summer academic programs for students finishing the 5th-10th grade.

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.

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), (Madison, WI)

WCATY offers many opportunities for talented students in Wisconsin. These include on-line programs during the school year, and enrichment and accelerated courses through their residential programs during the summer months. In addition, WCATY is the Wisconsin affiliate for the Midwest Talent Search.

Schools & Programs: Independent

Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Choate Rosemary Hall is a private coeducational day and residential high school for grades 9-12, located in Wallingford, Connecticut. A rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on character formation is at the core of the school's mission. The school's balanced curriculum offers each student a firm grounding in the fundamentals of clear thinking and expression with emphasis on individual development.

Crestwood Country Day School (Long Island, NY)

Crestwood is a day school with a reputation as one of the premiere educational programs in Long Island, NY since 1956, with students ranging from toddlers to eight graders. The school has recently embraced acceleration programs and offers small classrooms that feature teaching children foreign languages, computer skills, and an appreciation for the arts.

Digital Field Camp (New York, NY)

This field camp is an action packed adventure in the field for kids age 6 to 12. Hands-on, tech-enhanced activities complement each trip’s custom itinerary. Using the latest in cutting-edge technology, students are led by instructors through a series of games and challenges designed to promote creativity and digital media skills.

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.

Primoris Academy (Westwood, NJ)

A school in northern New Jersey exclusively for gifted and talented children, Primoris Academy is an independent, private school located in Westwood. It currently enrolls gifted students ages 4 to 12. Current students will be able to earn their high school diploma from Primoris Academy as the school will open an "Upper School" in 2015 serving students up to age 18. Primoris also offers a Summer Enrichment Program for preschoolers through high school seniors. The programs are broken into four, 2-week sessions and by age.

SEA Summer Seminars

SEA Summer Seminars are modeled after the SEA Semester undergraduate program but specifically designed for high school students. These 3-week academic programs balance on-shore research and team building with oceanographic research aboard a traditional sailing vessel. Program offerings vary. This organization provides online resources and lesson plans for K-12 students, focusing on topics such as marine biology, oceanography and nautical science. This organization also hosts summer programs in oceanography for high school students.

Schools & Programs: Math & Science Programs

Advanced Biotechnology Institute at The Roxbury Latin School (West Roxbury, MA)

The Advanced Biotechnology Institute at The Roxbury Latin School is a 3-week program for students interested in biotechnology includes hands-on experiments, tours of Boston-area biotech companies, etc.

C THE World Academy (Fairmont, WV)

This organization offers enrichement camps and classes for middle and high school students during school breaks as well as private classes for homeschoolers. Their mission is to enrich students in the areas of science, math and critical thinking skills. C THE World is designed to develop students' STEM-based knowledge through a system of logical, yet creative steps.

Russian School of Mathematics (Newton, MA & Santa Clara, CA)

Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) is a math program for students in grades K through 12. RSM also has a variety of after school and summer programs ranging from day camps to sleep away camps.

Schools & Programs: Saturday Program

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.

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

SAVY provides a dynamic, fast-paced curriculum experience to qualifying gifted children in Kindergarten and grades 1–6. Content experts and master teachers trained in gifted education implement an accelerated curriculum for all SAVY courses. This program meets six consecutive Saturdays each fall and spring. Students can also attend SAVY in the summer, enrolling for one or two weeks.

Summer Programs: International

Academic Study Associates (ASA) (Multiple Locations)

Choose from several Academic Study Associates (ASA) programs that allow students to travel, learn, have fun and experience other cultues. Whether you want to improve your SAT scores, explore exotic locations and cultures, take challenging classes, improve your language skills, and discover experiences with new friends, ASA has a variety of academically challenging and socially exciting programs.

Broadreach

Broadreach is a world leader in educational adventure travel camps for teenagers with more than 35 trips to more than 30 countries. The programs inspire leadership development, skill building, personal growth and global awareness. The camps include Carribean - dive, sail, explore; marine biology; outdoor skills and leadership; community service; and, academic adventures.

Cambridge Immerse (UK)

Cambridge Immerse is a two week residential educational experience for students ages 16-18 that allows participants to gain an insight into up to two chosen disciplines, ranging from the arts to the sciences. Tutorials and seminars are taught by highly regarded tutors from Cambridge University and Oxford University in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the program not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of activities.

LatinSummer Rome

For Students in Grades 5-8 (including homeschooled students) and their Parents to learn Latin in Rome during this summer enrichment program that brings the ancient Roman world to life. Explore the arena where gladiators and beasts fought long ago, race along the tracks of ancient chariots, perform a play on the same stage as ancient actors, approach Rome along the queen of roads, and much more! No prior knowledge of Latin or the Classics is required.

The World of Begabungs

The World of Begabungs offers an online, virtual summer camp for gifted students across the globe. Participants range in age from 12 to 16. All activities are based on the interests of the students, with the belief that if they can decide on their own, they are more motivated and will have more fun. The organization also offers an OpenSim-world in combination with Moodle, ePortfolio, and Wiki. This virtual classroom suite is available for projects, groups, classes and schools. Individual users are also welcome.

University of Dallas, Latin in Rome Summer Program (TX)

This program is not a simple summer tour, but rather, a rigorous program of intensive study of Latin. Latin in Rome is a college level Latin course and requires that you have taken three years of high school Latin prior to participation. During Latin in Rome students study classical texts and have the opportunity to earn three hours of college credit. Participants study passages from Cicero, Pliny, Vergil and Horace relevant to their travels. Students also read selected passages from these and other authors to enhance visits to sites in Rome and Naples. The academic program includes lectures by University of Dallas Classics faculty who have lived and taught in Rome, daily language tutorials, group discussions of texts, as well as guided visits to the historical sites and world famous museums in the vicinity.

Summer Programs: MidAtlantic Region

Advanced Studies Leadership Program (Buzzards Bay, MA)

A 3-week summer college-like residential experience that emphasizes leadership and development and project oriented instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) areas and the humanities for high achieving students from the Cape Cod Collaborative member districts.

Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School (Wytheville, VA)

Funded and coordinated by local public schools and Wytheville Community College, This Governor's School has two primary focus areas. One is to provide a variety of academic experiences in arts, science, and technology to a diverse group of academically gifted high school students. The second focus is to provide a summer enrichment experience that is academically and intellectually challenging for gifted students.

Barnard College - Summer in the City (New York, NY)

A co-educational pre-college program for rising high school juniors and seniors at Barnard in partnership with Columbia University. The Barnard College Summer in New York City program offers young men and women a unique opportunity to sample pre-college courses at one of the nation's premiere colleges -- while exploring New York City both in and out of the classroom. Whether you choose our four-week session, our one-week mini courses, or our Young Women's Leadership Institute, your studies could include visiting an art gallery, attending a poetry slam, or meeting city leaders.

Center for Bay Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (MD)

Touch the life of the Chesapeake Bay region and participate in an experience to remember for a lifetime! While participating in one of these programs, you will develop a first hand understanding of the Bay environment as well as leadership skills to make a personal difference. The Chesapeake Bay is your classroom, and nearly all instruction will take place outdoors, whether it is on a workboat, an historic Skipjack, in a canoe, or in the marsh. Tents will provide housing on all trips; while Session C and the two-week trips will also visit one of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's rustic island residential centers. Participants must have a strong desire to participate in a rigorous outdoor experience!"

Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs (CAA) (NY)

These three-week summer programs are held at colleges and universities across the nation. Students take only one course, as "this intense immersion in a subject has proven to be both challenging and stimulating for students of high ability." In addition to coursework, students enjoy sports, arts and crafts, music, and special events such as dances and a student talent show.

College of William and Mary Pre-Collegiate Summer Program - The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) (Williamsburg, VA)

This immersive course offers a variety of approaches to studying the past, but the chief feature will be classes conducted on-site at the abundant historic places in the Chesapeake region. Readings and classroom work at the college level set the stage for site visits by providing essential background on the wider context of American development.

Enrichment at Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs (Villanova, PA)

Located at Villanova University, one of America’s top liberal arts schools, Enrichment offers expert instruction to high school students in the arts, cooking, business, SAT Prep and dozens of other popular subjects along with sports, activities, trips and special programs. The program is offered in one-week sessions where students choose two of over 20 subjects each week.

Georgetown University Summer College for High School Juniors (Washington, DC)

Summer College for High School Juniors at Georgetown University offers outstanding high school students the opportunity to expand their studies with college courses taken in an intensive, supportive college environment. Juniors live on campus, attend class with undergraduate Georgetown students, and are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources available in our nation's capital. Students in Summer College for High School Juniors enroll in one - two lower division undergraduate courses appropriate to their interests, background, and previous academic achievement. A typical full-time schedule for a five-week session is six credits. Outside class, students participate in programs planned by the counseling staff and learn about the importance of time management. Applicants should be rising seniors.

Global Scholar

Global Scholar is a two-week summer seminar that offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to immerse themselves in college- level coursework on world affairs. The seminar normally takes place each July, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. At Global Scholar, students prepare for the academic rigor of America's leading universities and develop their leadership skills. They will raise their awareness of global issues through academic study, through face-to-face videoconferences with their peers around the world, through film and music and through interactive simulation experiences.

Global Youth Village (Bedford, VA)

Global Youth Village (GYV) is an international summer training program for young people 13-18 located in Bedford, VA. GYV is a micro-model of the world community filled with the music, laughter, food, arts and aspirations of our diverse humanity. The program offers stimulating workshops in music, dialogue and conflict resolution, global issues, environmental issues and mass media. Here future leaders expand their minds, skills and horizons. With trust, cooperation and enthusiasm, they cross barriers of ethnicity and race, gender and religion. Discover how to make a difference both locally and globally.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI) - (Geneva, NY)

A two-week, college-level interdisciplinary program for talented high-school students entering their junior and senior years, ESSYI provides exceptional opportunities to explore the scientific, social, and humanistic perspectives of environmental issues. This program is designed as an introduction to a variety of environmental issues and perspectives on nature and our environment.

Johns Hopkins University Precollege Program (Baltimore, MD)

For pre-college students, The Johns Hopkins summer programs include a Summer University students can put themselves to the test before applying to college. Students can earn program credits through this summer program before applying to colleges. In fact, the credits earned at Hopkins are transferable to other colleges and universities. The number of transfer credits awarded is determined by the institution, so students should contact their prospective college for more information on their transfer policy.

Liberty University, High School Debate Institute (Lynchburg, VA)

This program is a summer workshop open to all high school students of all experience levels. It is designed for beginning students who want to learn how to debate in the classroom or in competition as well as for intermediate and advanced debaters who want to sharpen their debating skills and knowledge while getting a head start on preparing for the competitive debate season. Students can improve their speaking, debating and argumentation skills as well as their knowledge of debate theory.

Major Camp (NJ & PA)

With locations in Lawrenceville and Moorestown (NJ) and Chestnut Hill and Haverford (PA), this three-week experiential summer program is "a voyage of discovery" where campers choose their own path, selecting their favorite Major from a broad range of options, including Animal Advocates, Design, Law, CSI/Forensics, Sports Business, Medicine, and Community Service.

Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students

The Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students provide summer educational opportunities for students Grades 4 – 12 that are advanced, experiential, and nurture student talents within unique environments.

Montclair State University Summer Camp (Montclair, NJ)

Montclair State University offers a Summer Camp for gifted students, offering three non-credit academic courses. Since the program's purpose is to provide balanced enrichment, each student takes one course in humanities, one in mathematics and one in science. In addition each student registers for one cultural/recreation course.

NASA SHARP Program

Students will do apprentice work with industry- or university-based mathematics, science, and engineering (MSE) professionals and participate in "hands-on" research. They will live on a college campus, participate in enrichment activities and meet other NASA SHARP apprentices from diverse backgrounds. NASA SHARP aims to establish individual working relationships between students and active researchers in aerospace-related fields, and to strengthen the nation's and the government's efforts to recruit and sustain underrepresented students in science and engineering fields. The Program offers aerospace-focused researchers and other science and engineering professionals the opportunity to serve as mentors to such students (16 years of age or older) who are rising eleventh and twelfth graders with interest and potential in science and engineering.

New Jersey Scholars Program (Lawrenceville, NJ)

"The New Jersey Scholars Program provides a dynamic learning environment at the Lawrenceville School where 39 able and motivated high school students experience the life of the mind as they have never done before. Scholars plunge into an inter-disciplinary college-level five-week summer program, expanding their intellectual abilities by approaching the summer's topic from many different directions. The Scholars learn and live together, stimulating and supporting each other as they wrestle with the challenges posed by this new approach to learning."

Pace University, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems - Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience (Pleasantville, NY)

The Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience is a 5 day fully-funded program sponsored by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. Alumnus Ivan G. Seidenberg, the CEO of Verizon, a $15 million gift to the school and a portion of his donation goes towards continuing an exciting initiative called the Seidenberg Scholars Program.

Penn Engineering Summer Academy in Applied Science & Technology (SAAST)

Penn Engineering Summer Academy in Applied Science & Technology (SAAST) is a three-week program at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. The five rigorous, intensive SAAST courses give high school students an advance look at the learning experience they can expect in college. Courses include: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Programming, Nanotechnology, and Robotics.

Research Science Institute (RSI) (Massachusetts)

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, the Research Science Institute (RSI) summer program involves focused content on advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. RSI is open to students who have completed the third year of high school or the equivalent. Refer to this informative web page for application deadline details.

Rutgers Summer Scholars Program for High School Students (New Brunswick, NJ)

This program is designed for advanced high school students (and, on a case-by-case basis, younger, gifted students) to participate in a university summer session program. It offers over 2,000 course sections, independent study/research opportunities, and internships at their New Brunswick, New Jersey campus.

Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program - University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Two-week summer residential programs for gifted and talented students who are currently enrolled in grades 4-10 are available. Curriculum focuses on extending a student's capabilities in problem-solving, creativity and critical examiniation, and evaluation of content-rich fields of study. Financial Aid is available. Saturday Enrichment Programs are offered to gifted and/or high ability students from K-5th grade.

Summer Enrichment Program - University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Students who are currently enrolled in grades 4 - 10 may apply to attend a two-week session in our program where curriculum emphasis will be on extending a student's capabilities in problem-solving, creativity and critical examination and evaluation of content rich fields of study. Areas that are new or of special interest to students will be investigated through hands-on simulations, demonstrations, lectures, discussion and/or individual or small group investigations. The 9th - 11th grade program will also emphasize the acquisition and practice of research skills within advanced topic areas.

Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (Baltimore, MD)

Located at colleges and universities throughout the nation, students take a three-week, in-depth study of a course. Students live on campus and participate in activities ranging from sports to arts and music.

The Alexandria Archeology Summer Camp (Alexandria, VA)

"The Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp provides an opportunity for students, ages 12 to 15, to dig the past in historic Alexandria, Virginia. Participants work directly with City Archaeologists to excavate an historic site and discover evidence of earlier times. Choose a one- or two- week session, and use science, history and geography skills to discover more about the town's history and how archaeological methods uncover the past. Participants excavate on a real archaeological site, work with their excavated artifacts in the archaeology laboratory, and take field trips and walking tours. "

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) (Philadelphia, PA)

This for-credit summer program is for students who want to learn about the integration of technological concepts and management principles. M&TSI is designed to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for successfully linking technology and management concepts in the 21st century. The program features classes taught by Penn faculty and successful entrepreneurs, field trips to companies and R&D facilities, intensive team projects, as well as other activities.

University of Delaware Summer College for High School Juniors (Newark, DE)

Summer College is an exclusive opportunity for academically talented high school Sophomores and Juniors to live and learn on one of the most beautiful college campuses on the East Coast. From early July to mid-August students live together in aUniversity residence hall, take courses for college credit, and enjoy the independence and excitement that can only be found at a top national university.

University of Maryland (College Park, MD) - Young Scholars Program

Developed specifically for highly motivated rising high school juniors and seniors, this exclusive three-week summer program is a great way for a successful student looking ahead to college to test their academic interests, learn about campus life, study with the university's best and brightest, and get a jump on their college career. Earn three University credits and choose from 11 customized courses.

University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Art & Architecture: Summer at Penn - Julian Krinsky Summer Program (Philadelphia, PA)

Explore the arts or architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in one of two four-week intensive studio programs for students ages 14 to 18. Art students choose major courses in animation, drawing, film-making, painting, photography or sculpture. In addition, they select minors in ceramic, figure drawing, graphic design, photography, sculpture, web design, or many more. Architecture students follow a full-day studio intensive every day and do not study a minor.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Penn Nursing Summer Institute - Julian Krinsky Summer Program (Philadelphia, PA)

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing offers a unique four-week intensive program for rising high school juniors and seniors that features cutting-edge research, the latest advances in virtual learning, and clinical experience in Philadelphia's top hospitals. As the only undergraduate Ivy League nursing school, Penn is recognized worldwide for setting the standard of academic excellence in this field.

University of Pennsylvania, International Leadership With Model UN - Julian Krinsky Summer Program (Philadelphia, PA)

If you are interested in world politics, the International Leadership Summer Program at the University of Pennsylvania with Model United Nations will increase your experience, knowledge and skills in this fascinating arena. Living and working with students from around the world, you will gain a unique perspective on international affairs and how to achieve solutions through diplomacy. This program offers exploration of International Relations, Foreign Policy, and Diplomacy in a four-week session for students ages 15 to 18.

University of Pennsylvania, Summer Internships in Philadelphia - Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs (Philadelphia, PA)

Career Builders: Summer Internships in Philadelphia gives students entering grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a chosen field while living on the University of Pennsylvania campus, during the three-, four- and seven-week sessions. Get a customized internship and a chance to do meaningful, hands-on work in the field of your choice. This is an opportunity to explore, discover and experience professional life firsthand in a fast-paced, educational and fun environment.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) - Young Writers Workshop

The Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia, established in 1982, brings together writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive and noncompetitive environment where teenagers can live and work as artists. The faculty, professional authors interested in developing new talent, bring practical experience to the workshop setting. The staff counselors, who are graduates and undergraduates in related fields, broaden our instructional program as assisting workshop teachers and elective course instructors. The administrators, also writers, are dedicated to nurturing the artistic vision.

Virginia Governor’s Schools (Richmond, VA)

"Virginia Governor’s Schools provide some of the state’s most able students academically and artistically challenging programs beyond those offered in their home schools. With the support of the Virginia Board of Education and the General Assembly, the Governor’s Schools presently include summer residential, summer regional, and academic-year programs serving more than 6,500 gifted students from all parts of the commonwealth".

Virginia Governor's Mentorship for Marine Sciences (Richmond, VA)

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Governor's School is a five-week summer residential school provided in cooperation with Christopher Newport University. For 14 years, this program has been serving high achieving high school students throughout the state of Virginia and providing participants with exceptional, authentic experiences in marine research. Each summer, VIMS hosts six gifted/talented students who have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for marine science. The program is structured as an apprenticeship, and is administered concurrently with a similar program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These apprenticeships offer a broad variety of marine research experiences, and specific learner outcomes and achievements vary accordingly as each student works with a faculty sponsor on an authentic VIMS research project.

Virginia Governor's School for Agriculture (Richmond, VA)

The School's mission will be to provide hands-on, cutting-edge scientific and academic instruction to these future leaders and scientists to develop their understanding of the scope, opportunities, challenges, and both academic and scientific rigor of the broad fields of agriculture and natural resources.

Virginia Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts (Radford, VA)

The Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts is a four-week summer residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors. It is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and participating schools.

Virginia Governor's School for Life Sciences (Richmond, VA)

A Mentoring Team will consist of a public school science teacher and a medical or health professional student whose responsibilities would be to design and develop small group experiences, research projects and one on one opportunities for the students to obtain research and clinical exposure. The 30 students will be divided into 5 or 6 teams. Each team remains with the same teacher/student mentors throughout the experience. The curriculum consists of morning lectures provided by star clinical or research faculty in the fields such as genetics, forensics, neonatology, and bioinformatics. Afternoons would be reserved for the team to pursue opportunities with clinical or research experiences related to the morning sessions and time for work on their individual research project.

Virginia Governor's School for Math, Science & Technology

Governor’s School programs are summer programs that last for four weeks at different college campuses. The purpose of Governor’s School is to provide not only an academically enriching experience. but also one that fosters personal growth and development.

Virginia Governor's School Program (Newport News, VA)

Since 1973, outstanding young people have been attending the Governor's Schools in Virginia. Governor’s Schools provide gifted students academic and visual and performing arts opportunities beyond those normally available to them. Choice from summer residential, summer regional and academic-year programs.

Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program (WVWC) (Buckhannon, WV)

This is a two-week residential camp for gifted students ages 10-17 in the hills of West Virginia. Situated on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, the camp has an academic focus but also provides campers with daily activities such as swimming, yoga, games, etc. Students must show gifted scores on any standardized test or participation in gifted program in school. Homeschoolers are welcome to apply.

West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) (Charleston, WV)

Designed to stimulate and support excellence in education through a multi-week summer program, the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy is held at Bethany College. The mission of the academy is to operate an academically rich environment designed to honor high ability/high achieving students in an institution of higher education, challenging students to grow intellectually and creatively in a culturally diverse atmosphere.

West Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science (GSMS) (Charleston, WV)

The West Virginia Governor's School for Mathematics and Science (GSMS) is a summer residential program providing academic enrichment in the areas of science and math for current 7th and 8th graders living in and attending school in West Virginia. West Virginia University and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank will be the sites for GSMS in 2010. Central research themes are chosen each year, and the enhancing activities broaden students' understanding of the role of scientific research in society.

West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) (Charleston, WV)

West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is a three-week residential program providing individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts for current high school sophomores living in and attending school in West Virginia. Areas addressed are dance, theatre, vocal music, instrumental music, and visual art. Skilled artists/teachers will work with students who demonstrate potential in those areas. In addition, the Governor's School for the Arts attempts to broaden the students' understanding of the arts through interdisciplinary courses focusing on common elements in the arts disciplines.

Xploration for Middle School Students - Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs (Haverford, PA)

Julian Krinsky Xploration is an opportunity for students 10 to 13 years old to enjoy learning, sports and activities on a classically beautiful tree-lined campus. Held at Haverford College on Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line, Xploration offers expert instruction in the arts, sciences, sports, popular culture and dozens of fascinating subjects specially selected for the interests of middle school students.

Young Scholars Program In Discrete Mathematics (Rutgers, NJ)

"The Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics is designed to encourage talented students to consider careers in the mathematical sciences. Selected students participate in an intensive four-week academic program that provides a challenging introduction to discrete mathematics- a new and growing area of the mathematical sciences with many applications on the cutting edge of modern research. During the program, you will develop and enhance your problem-solving abilities by applying mathematical concepts to a wide range of problems. You will also meet distinguished professionals in the field of discrete mathematics who will serve as role models and mentors and help you decide if mathematics is the right field for you. Teaching assistants who are embarking on their own careers in mathematics will provide additional academic support. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a year-long research project."

Summer Programs: MidWestern Region

(CHESS) Challenges for Elementary School Students (Iowa City, IA)

Students who are currently in grades 2-6 may attend Challenges for Elementary School Students (CHESS), an academic commuter program for members of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

Academically Talented Learners Achieving Success (ATLAS) Summer Program (Columbus, OH)

The Academically Talented Learners Achieving Success (ATLAS) Summer Program identifies young scholars and provides them with a challenging and intellectually stimulating three-week summer academic program. ATLAS works with the students' schools to address their unique and individual needs and hopes to become a valuable partner in this effort.

Advanced Astronaut Training Camp (Woodstock, IL)

Located at The Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL, this camp is for highly gifted math and science students ages 9-13. Future scientists and mathematicians explore the depths of the universe as they train, prepare and execute a simulated “Rendezvous with a Comet” space mission. Participants research, interview and assume their assigned roles.

All Girls All Math: Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls (Lincoln, NE)

The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest. Camp participants learn about the exciting mathematics of Chaos and Codes. The girls will work with female mathematics professors and graduate students, and interact with peers who share an interest in mathematics. They live in University of Nebraska-Lincoln residence halls and are chaperoned by a female mathematics graduate student.

Aspen Writers' Foundation - Aspen Summer Words (ASW) (Aspen, CO)

Aspen Writers' Foundation hosts an annual five-day, day camp called Writing Retreat & Literary Festival in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This summer program is more than 30 years old and is led by some of the nation's most gifted and engaging writers. ASW provides the ideal venue for anyone with a passion for words by creating opportunities for intimate dialogue with acclaimed authors.

AwesomeMath Summer Program (Dallas, TX)

This three-week residential summer program prepares students to compete in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). Up to 80 mathematically gifted students in grades 7-11, ages 13-17, spend the three weeks at the University of Texas at Dallas. Tuition is about $3,000 per student and each applicant is required to take an admission exam.

Ball State University - Summer Scholars Program (Muncie, IN)

Ball State offers a unique Summer Scholars Program to identify, encourage, and help prepare minority students for academic success and eventual enrollment in colleges and universities. The Summer Scholars Program attracts students completing grades 8-10 in the State of Indiana as a part of an Early Outreach effort to increase minority enrollment in higher education.

Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning - DesignWorks Summer Studio (Muncie, IN)

True to Ball State’s commitment to experiential learning, this two-week session for high school students offers a hands-on immersion into the exciting world of environmental design and problem solving, with fun and creative activities led by CAP faculty. The workshop's format bears similarities to the college’s First-Year Program for new freshmen—a sampling of various disciplines, conducted in the same design studios that college students use.

Belin-Blank Center - Blank Summer Institute (BSI) (Iowa City, IA)

The Blank Summer Institute for the Arts & Sciences is a one-week residential summer program held at The University of Iowa for 130 of Iowa’s gifted students who are currently in grades 7 & 8. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.

Calvin College, Academic Camps of Excellence (ACE) (Grand Rapids, MI)

Academic Camps of Excellence (ACE) are summer camps for gifted middle school students in math, science, literature, computer science and economics. Sponsored by Calvin College and the Kent County Association for Gifted and Talented, the camp courses take place at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

Camp Kupugani (Leaf River, IL)

Less than two hours west of Chicago, Camp Kupugani - in separate girls-only and boys-only sessions - provides a multicultural sleepaway camp that focuses on diversity and communication skills in a fun atmosphere, uniting children of varied backgrounds and providing them with empowerment and community-building skills, so that children aged 7 to 15 expand comfort zones and build character.

Carnegie Mellon Precollege Program (Pittsburgh, PA)

High school juniors and seniors can spend six weeks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the summer. These students have the opportunity to earn college credit in seven distinct precollege programs.

Center for Bright Kids (CBK) - Summer Programs (Denver, CO)

The Center for Bright Kids (CBK) offers numerous summer programs for high-interest, high-ability students. Rooted in the talent development model, CBK summer programs offer students the opportunity to study with bright, motivated peers, enhance their preparation for advanced coursework, and establish long-lasting friendships with students from across the country and around the world. Gifted students entering grades 4-11 are offered a varied selection of enrichment and/or acceleration courses on campus.

Central Honors Institute (Columbus, NE)

Central Honors Instittue (CHI) at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska, is a one-week residential academic camp for Nebraska students who have completed the sixth or seventh grades and have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers. During the week, students choose to follow a particular academic track, either math or media/communications, led by CHI faculty.

Civic Education Project (CEP) (Evanston, IL)

The Civic Education Project (CEP) combines traditional education with community service to promote civic responsibility among young people. Through innovative spring and summer programs, CEP offers promising young people the chance to learn and serve in communities across the country and helps students gain the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills necessary to make a positive impact on society. CivicWeek, CEP's weeklong field experience program for outstanding high school students is open to 9th-12th grade students from across the country. The Civic Leadership Institute, CEP's three week summer course on Civic Engagement is open to 10th-12th grade students.

College of Mount St. Joseph Honors Program (Cincinnati, OH)

This three-week summer honors institute provides students with the opportunity to explore the areas of mathematics, physics and computer science in a college setting. The program is offered to gifted Ohio high school sophomores and juniors. College credit may be available.

College Preparation Program at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

The College Preparation Program at Northwestern University is designed for high school students who want new academic challenges and the experience of real college life. This summer program for high school students offers three, six, and nine-week options as part of the Northwestern's Summer Session, and you'll earn college credit for the courses you take.

Columbia College (CC), Summer Arts Camp - (Chicago, IL)

Since 1992, CC Summer Arts Camp has been offering classes in fine arts, performing arts, communication and media arts.

Cranbrook Institute of Science Summer Camps (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Cranbook Institute of Science offers summer camps for children grades PK-6. The camps offer children an opportunity to meet new friends, explore the natural world and become creative problem solvers while learning how everything in the universe is connected. Fast-paced daily sessions are supervised by museum educators and designed to ensure that every child has an extraordinary time. Choose from the following: Little Explorer Camp; Beginner Explorer Camp; Physics Explorer Camp; Anthropology Camp; Dinosaur Camp;Future Frontiers Camp.

Drury Leadership Academy (Springfield, MO)

Provides college-bound rising 10-12th graders with opportunities to take courses focusing on problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking in order to prepare them to assume future leadership roles in society.

Duke TIP Summer Programs (Durham, NC)

This summer program provides gifted students (grades 7-10) the opportunity to learn challenging material at a rate suitable for their advanced abilites. The three-week long programs allow students a feel for the college lifestyle through residence hall life on campuses all over the country. Students are placed into either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies, based on admissions criteria such as test scores.

El Lago del Bosque - A Spanish Langue Village (Concordia Language Villages) (Moorhead, MN)

This Spanish language summer camp offers several courses, including a two-week immersion summer program, a high school credit program and a college credit program.

Environmental Health Sciences Institute for Rural Youth (EHSI), (Iowa City, IA)

The Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) for Rural Youth was created in 1997 as an educational outreach activity. It is a full-scholarship, one-week residential experience for gifted Iowa 10th grade students from communities of less than 5,000 residents. The program was designed to expose these students to cutting-edge environmental health research at a time in their lives when they are making important decisions regarding their future studies and careers. A total of 153 students from 89 rural communities in Iowa and 10 rural communities in Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Missouri, have attended EHSI.

Explorations in Engineering Workshop (Houghton, MI)

"The Explorations in Engineering Workshop allows high school sophomore/junior minority and/or economically disadvantaged men and women who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science the opportunity to investigate careers in engineering and science.

GEMS Camp: Girls Experiencing Mathematics in the Summer (St. Paul, MN)

This summer program is for girls in either their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. The math courses taught are not commonly seen in the high school or even college curriculum.

Gifted Education Resource Insititute (GERI) Summer Youth Program - Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

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.

Girls on Ice (North Cascades, WA)

If you are a 16-18 year old girl, love adventure and want to learn about science in the outdoors, this course is for you! Discover the world of glaciers on Mount Rainier, an active volcano with 35 square miles of snow and ice. Experienced mountaineers and a glaciologist will lead nine women on a research expedition to the Emmons Glacier. We'll backpack to a remote campsite, sleep beneath the stars, and investigate glaciers as forces of erosion and indicators of climate change. To navigate the glacier safely, you'll learn basic mountaineering skills, including how to rope-up and self-arrest. The course will begin and end at White River Campground near the park's northeast entrance. Tuition includes food, group camping and glacier travel equipment.

Horizons Unlimited (Norman, OK)

Horizons Unlimited is a one-week summer program offered by the University of Oklahoma for academically gifted and talented youth who have just completed grades 5,6, and 7. The philosophy of Horizons Unlimited is to stimulate academically superior students with intellectual challenges and exciting learning experiences. Students will discover new concepts, philosophies and perspectives as they enjoy a preview of the riches available on a major college campus.

Indiana University Office of Community and School Partnerships - Achievers Summer Academy (Bloomington, IN)

Indiana University (IU) hosts this residential summer camp for high school age students who enter 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of each school year. The Achievers Summer Academy provides students with firsthand experience of what to expect in college and how to effectively prepare while in high school.

Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI)

This residential summer arts program provides students in grades three through 12 the opportunity to train with world-class instructors and work alongside 2,000 of the world’s best and brightest students. Located in Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp offers a variety of programs, varying in length and cost. The programs focus on creative writing, dance, general arts, motion picture arts, music, theatre arts and visual arts.

Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) - The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Students who are currently (academic year 2011-2012) in grades 6-8 may nominate themselves for the Junior Scholars Institute (JSI), a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa for Belin-Blank Center students. Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week.

Junior Scholars Program - Miami University (Oxford, OH)

The Junior Scholars Program is much more than academic studies. In addition to coursework, Scholars attend a series of seminars on topics such as time management and study skills, college admissions, financial aid, interpersonal relationships, cultural awareness, and alcohol awareness. A full schedule of social and recreational activities complements the scholarly parts of the Program.

Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program (Frankfort, KY)

"The Governor’s Scholars Program is a stimulating, five-week, residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students completing their junior year in high school. Established in 1983, the popular program provides academic and personal growth in a challenging, non-traditional experience that balances a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience."

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.

Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP)

The Math Olympiad Program was created when the United States began participating in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1974. The goals of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) include providing a mathematics program for about 25 very promising students who have risen to the top on the American Mathematics Competitions. The rigorous curriculum and daily schedule of the MOSP is designed to achieve the goals of the program. The MOSP will give students extensive practice in solving mathematical problems which require deeper analysis than those solved by students in even the best American high schools. Full days of classes and extensive problem sets gives students thorough preparation in several important areas of mathematics which are traditionally emphasized more in other countries than in the United States.

Men in Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp (Cincinnati, OH)

This one week day camp will allow you to develop your creativity as well as provide you with the opportunity to meet and speak with working engineers who will allow you to see for yourself that engineers are innovative designers and problem solvers for society. Forty student participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS), (Ann Arbor, MI)

Designed to expose high school students to current developments and research, the MMSS program is hosted by the Department of Mathematics and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan and features small classes taught by University of Michigan professors. Two 2 week sessions are offered and students are able to attend one or both. Students spend time in research and computer laboratories, doing field work with their professors

Michigan State University (MSU) - Explore Africa (East Lansing, MI)

This Michigan State University (MSU) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is a residential week-long summer program that gives students in grades 10 and 11 the opportunity to study the arts and cultural expressions of Africa through team research projects, daily language classes in Swahili and seminar discussions with African graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. The program is held in July at MSU and limited financial aid is available, based on financial need.

Michigan State University (MSU) - High Achievers (East Lansing, MI)

Michigan State University (MSU) offers this Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) summer program for high school students who are interested in earning college credits over the summer. Tuition, textbooks and transportation are all the responsibility of the student. The program takes place in June and July for one month.

Michigan State University (MSU) - Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) (East Lansing, MI)

This Michigan State University (MSU) Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) program is a two-week residential program for academically talented students who are currently in Grade 7 or 8. The goal is to match the intellectual abilities of talented adolescents with rigorous and challenging course work which provides enrichment, but does not duplicate or accelerate course work in the K-12 curriculum. The program is held each July and financial assistance is available.

MichiganTech Summer Youth Programs (Houghton, MI)

Explorations in careers and knowledge for pre-college students cover such programs as Summer Youth Explorations, Women in Engineering, American Indian Workshop or Explorations in Engineering.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) (St. Paul, MN)

The Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth provides and maintains an educational community where a diverse group of talented students can expand their academic and social visions and experience the joy and excitement of learning. The Institute has earned a reputation as Minnesota's premiere summer academic enrichment program. Classes range in size from 10 to 16 students which encourages individualized teaching and a friendly learning environment. Three courses are available: Expand Your Mind for students in grades 7-12; ExplorSchool for students in grades 5-6; and YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday) for students in grades 1-4.

Missouri Academy for Youth Advancement - MAYA - University of Missouri (Rolla, MO)

This is a 23 day summer program sponsored by the University of Missouri Rolla, Rolla Public Schools and Missouri Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Computing. Students may choose one major and one minor. Examples of the concentrated programs include: algebra, algebra physics, speech/debate, fencing, volleyball. Credit for the course work is given through Rolla Public Schools and allows the students to accelerate at their home school.

Missouri Scholars Academy - University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)

"The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. The Academy is a residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia."

Morton Arboretum's Summer Science Camp (Lisle, IL)

Students in grades K-8 can attend attend week-long science camps throughout the summer at this Chicagoland location. Camps range in many topics related to science and nature.

National Scholars Institute (NSI) - University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center (Iowa City, IA)

Students who are currently (academic year 2011-2012) in grades 9-11 may nominate themselves for the National Scholars Institute (NSI), a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa for Belin-Blank Center students. Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week.

North Dakota Governor's School in Science and Mathematics (Fargo, ND)

The North Dakota Governor's School in Science and Mathematics is a six-week summer residential program for sophomore and junior high school students who have special aptitude and interest in science or mathematics. The Governor's School is a concentrated and intensive academic program. Students focus on math or science activities for part of each day; they also attend classes to help develop their ability to think creatively and critically. In addition, there are organized recreational and fine arts activities in the evenings and on weekends.

Ohio State University - Engineering Summer Honors Institute for Gifted Students (Columbus, OH)

Exploring Engineering Through Robotics will provide gifted students the opportunity to be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering and immersed in a robotics experience that will serve as an exciting vehicle for the delivery of those fundamentals. The focus will be on robotics, introducing students to the various engineering disciplines and teach them engineering fundamentals. The Ohio Department of Education requires that participants must be Ohio Residents and must currently be in the 9th or 10th grade in an Ohio school district.

Pennsylvania Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences (University Park, PA)

Each summer, 64 of the state's top high school juniors and seniors spend five weeks at Penn State, learning about agricultural sciences topics such as animal and plant science, natural resources and the environment, and food science and agricultural engineering from over 80 College of Agricultural Sciences faculty and staff. The students work on research projects, and have access to college facilities, including specialized libraries and laboratories.

Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) (Bethlehem, PA)

The purpose of the PSGE program is to expose students to the topics of entrepreneurship, global networking, team building, project management, leadership and working in a culturally diverse environment. All students will attend core courses, elective courses and entrepreneurial exchanges with leaders from business, industry, government, education and the non-profit community. Entrepreneurial excursions to local sites of interest including field trips to New York City and Harrisburg will be a part of the weekly schedule.

Science Scholar Research Institute (St. Louis, MO)

This organization is an award winning program that provides laboratory research experiences in the sciences, engineering, computer science, social sciences, or mathematics with nationally known scientists at three major research universities, Saint Louis University, Washington University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis, including two medical schools and an optometry school. Students choose a topic of interest and then they are matched as close as possible to an internationally recognized research mentor. Students are introduced to the total scientific enterprise and learn various problem solving strategies.

South Dakota Governor's Camp - University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)

The South Dakota Governor's Camp is open to high ability students in grades 7-9 . Past camps have hosted over 3,600 campers from more than 100 different communities all over the state. Campers will have the opportunity to have: Academic experiences with University of South Dakota (USD) faculty and staff; Enrichment experiences under the guidance of trained leader; Recreational programs utilizing USD campus facilities, including the DakotaDome; A full schedule of challenging experiences and the opportunity to interact with other high ability students.

Spectrum at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

This summer programs gives students in 7th, 8th and 9th grade the opportunity to take accelerated courses and work with master teachers at Northwestern University in Illinois. These students will be able to learn in an environment with intellectual and age peers.

St. Olaf College - Summer Camps (Northfield, MN)

The St. Olaf Campus is a busy place in the summer! In addition to summer school we have a number of St. Olaf sponsored and independent programs that take place on campus throughout the summer.

Stetson University, Mark Twain Young Authors Workshop (Hannibal, MO)

A component of Stetson University's High Achieving Talented Students program, this workshop provides talented young writers the opportunity to study the life of Mark Twain, collaborate with other young writers, and create pieces of fiction while developing their writing voice. The program takes place in Mark Twain's hometown, Hannibal, Missouri.

Summer Academic Programs at Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

Carleton College offers several summer programs for high school students and teachers. They offer: Summer Writing Program; Summer Teaching Institute; and, Carleton Liberal Arts Experience.

Summer Honors Institute (SHI) for Gifted and Talented High School Students (Multiple Locations, OH)

Summer Honors Institutes (SHI) are held at various universities throughout Ohio, including Ohio Northern University in Ada, Youngstown State University and the University of Akron.

Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) (Bowling Green, KY)

VAMPY is a 3-week residential Summer Program for very bright students who are currently enrolled in grades seven through ten and is designed to provide a balance of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences for high ability young people.

Summer Quest / Summer Pals (Springfield, MO)

Drury University and Springfield Public Schools work together to sponser a summer experience for gifted students grades K-1, called Summer Pals, and for grades 2-5, called Summer Quest. Class size is limited to 16 students. Courses are taught by highly qualified, effective teachers who understand and use both enrichment and accleration. Courses are hands-on, activity oriented and highly motivating. The goals of Summer Quest are: To provide opportunities for students to interact with peers of similar academic abilities and interests, to encourage students to use their intellectual and creative abilities, and to allow students to pursue areas of interest they would not have a chance to study.

Summer Science Institute (Madison, WI)

This six-week residential program provides unique learning opportunities that enhance and complement a student's regular academic year. Students gain an understanding of the nature, application and ethics of biological research through designing and implementing a scientific research project. Skills in writing, reading, mathematics and information technology are taught within the context of biological disciplines to strengthen the total learning experience.

Summer Sleuths (Aurora, IL)

Be a part of a Summer Sleuths team that searches for solutions to a real-world problem integrating math, science, social studies, and language arts. Gather information from experts, experiments, the Internet, and other resources, and present your solution to a panel of people affected by the problem." Includes past problems on the program's website.

Summer Technology Engineering Preview Summer Camp (STEPS) (Detroit, MI)

STEPS (Summer Technology Engineering Preview Summer camp for girls) is a one-week residential summer program for girls entering the 10th or 11th grade. STEPS was developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1997 to encourage young women to consider engineering and manufacturing as a career. UDM camp’s main sponsor is Ford Motor Company, with additional support from Visteon and Daimler Chrysler.

Summer@IMSA - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, IL)

Science, mathematics and technology take the center stage in Summer@IMSA programs as students utilize discovery, exploration and problem-solving in innovative ways. Programs are being planned for numerous locations in Illinois. These programs are for all students entering grades 3 through 10, who have an interest or passion for math and science.

Summerscape (Springfield, MO)

Summerscape is for students who have completed grades 6-9 and offers two sessions each of which are 12 days in length. Summerscape's courses are planned to provide academic challenge and creative experiences.

The Center for Gifted (IL)

This organization offers an innovative and unique approach to education, providing superb opportunities for young people to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment free from the pressures of tests and grades. At The Center for Gifted, programs are designed specifically to meet the unique educational needs of gifted children in an environment that is supportive and nurturing of their individual gifts and talents. Through creative teaching strategies, materials, and curricula, the Center's programs offer unique, hands-on activities and inventive modes of participation. The Center also offers the "Summer Wonders" program, which involves three two-week sessions in the summer.

The Jayhawk Debate Institute (Lawrence, KS)

The Jayhawk Debate Institute at the University of Kansas is a premier high school debate camp providing first class instruction at an exceptional value. The JDI offers students of all levels of debate experience the opportunity to further their development through a low student-to-staff ratio and interaction with exceptional faculty.

The Physics of Atomic Nuclei Program at NSCL (East Lansing, MI)

This is an outreach program at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), one of the world's leading nuclear physics laboratories located on the campus of Michigan State University. It is run by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), NSCL faculty and staff. The program is designed for students who have completed at least one year of high school and teachers (primarily high school physics or chemistry).

The Robert E. Cook Honors College - Summer Honors Program for High School Students (Indiana, PA)

Robert E. Cook Honors College's Summer Honors Program is a place where talented high school students come together for one to two weeks and form a community of scholars who explore academic and collegiate living in a real college setting. Working closely with dedicated professors offers promising students the unique opportunity to experience college life while still in high school. Students will live with counselor-in-residence in one of IUP's residence halls, share meals in the dining hall, and learn with senior IUP professors during each day's classes. Evening activities expose students to college life outside the classroom. The program closes with a Saturday brunch with faculty and family.

The Ross Mathematics Program (Columbus, OH)

The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive course in math for pre-college students. This Program is sponsored by the University in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute. During the eight weeks of this summer program, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS - Bowling Green, KY)

SCATS provides a diverse curriculum and a wide range of enrichment experiences for about 200 middle school students every summer. A two-week program, SCATS provides both residential and nonresidential options.

Transylvania University Summer Camps (Lexington, KY)

Transylvania is a distinguished liberal arts college of approximately 1,100 students that is consistently ranked and praised in the leading national college guides. They offer summer camps for: Academic and Computer Camp (For Junior High, High School Students); Computer Camp (For High School Students); and, Academic Camp (For High School Students).

Truman State, Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (Kirksville, MO)

The Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars is for students completing the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade with the purpose to identify and challenge high-ability students at a critical period in their lives. Eight college-level courses comprise the Baldwin Academy's curriculum during first session and eight second session. Each course is taught by a Truman State University faculty member.

University of Iowa - Belin-Blank Center - Summer Programs (Iowa City, IA)

At the University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center Summer Programs students can enjoy taking challenging courses, connecting with interesting classmates, and learning from inspirational teachers. Explore a variety of cultural and recreational activities that encourage friendships and extend your learning outside the classroom. Experience college life as you live, study, and play in university classrooms, laboratories, dining halls, and recreational centers.

University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering Summer Camps (Minneapolis, MN)

University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering offers a number of summer programs for different age ranges on numerous topics.

University of Pennsylvania Precollege Summer Program (Philadelphia, PA)

Talented high school juniors and seniors learn what it takes to meet the challenges of college life in Penn's Pre-College program. Students are offered a wide range of regular undergraduate courses in the arts and sciences. With certain exceptions (lecture/lab courses, microeconomics and intensive Spanish), students are encouraged to take two classes. In addition to their coursework, students meet new people, participate in stimulating discussions, special events and workshops and experience living independently, maybe for the first time. The confidence they gain helps them enjoy their freshman year at college, rather than find themselves overwhelmed with new choices and responsibilities.

University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy (Pittsburgh, PA)

The goal of the UPHCSA is to introduce students to the world of health care, including issues of primary care, prevention, public health, human growth and development, and areas of practice. Students will participate in hands-on learning, core courses, concentration courses, small discussion groups, simulations, team projects, presentations and multiple site visits. The living-learning experience will prepare students to be empathetic and culturally competent in their careers, understand what course of action is necessary for them to reach their goals, and incorporate what they learn into a medical profession.

University of South Dakota - Ambassadors of Excellence Program (Vermillion, SD)

This summer program is designed for selected former South Dakota Governor's Camp participants and other students of high ability in grades 10-12. The mission is to provide an optimum learning experience for South Dakota's gifted high schoolers in a safe and supportive environment, emphasizing service, leadership, and artistic potential. The program includes: team-building activities, educational exploratory sessions, a community service project and more.

Washington University in St. Louis High School Summer Scholars Program (St. Louis, MO)

Five week residential program of collegiate study with other rising seniors from every part of the United States and all over the world. Live in college residence halls and take college-level classes, earning transferable college credit. WU designates a broad range of regular summer school courses for this program. WU attempts to provide instructors for these classes with an eye to the fact that many of the students will be high school students attending their first college courses.

Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder (Glenview, IL)

"Worlds" has two-week sessions in the summer, 5 Sunday afternoon sessions in the winter. Children choose one or more areas to study. This is not an academically intense program; rather it is a relaxed exploration of different subjects.

Young Women's Summer Institute (Columbus, OH)

YWSI is a response to girls’ lack of interest in math, science and engineering and women’s low participation in the science, engineering and technology fields, and in particular, information technology. YWSI introduces girls to exciting careers and job opportunities. FOR OHIO STUDENTS ONLY

Young Writers at Kenyon: Writer's Workshops (Gambier, OH)

"Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and better, more insightful thinkers. For more than ten years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests."

Youth Enrichment Seminars (YES) (Omaha, NE)

Youth Enrichment Seminars (YES) are a series of enrichment offerings for elementary students of high ability offered during the summer in the metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska area. The Youth Enrichment Seminars program includes a variety of interest seminars for any elementary student enrolled in a local school program for high ability learners. Students select one topic to pursue during the week. Instructors are selected by their expertise in the topic and their success in working with high ability learners.

Yunasa Summer Camp for the Gifted (Fenton, MI)

This is a weeklong camp experience for highly gifted youth. The mission of Yunasa is to teach campers techniques and skills for integrating the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa is devoted to reminding bright young people that they are more than just intellect.

Summer Programs: National

Active Learning's Computer Enrichment Camps

At Game Builder Creation Camps we combine learning and fun and bring it to a whole new level. At this camp your child will actually design, develop and create "one of a kind" computer games.

Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking - Summer Workshops for High School Students (Multiple Locations)

The summer workshops, offered at three college-based sites in June and July (Illinois, Massachusetts & Oregon) are intended for intellectually curious and motivated high school students in grades 9 through 12 who like to write and want to develop greater fluency and confidence in their writing. These two- and three-week workshops offer students the opportunity to work in a range of fiction and nonfiction forms, including poems, narratives, and essays, and to strengthen their writing and thinking skills.

Boy's State

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. As a program of The American Legion, Boys State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is an integral part and commensurately responsible for the character and success of his government. As such, it is an activity of high educational value, born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship.

Delta Camp

Delta Camp is a new residential mathematics summer camp and parent workshop - running in parallel. It is a program for extremely high-IQ 6 and 7 year-olds that will run concurrently with Epsilon Camp in 2014. Like Epsilon Camp, Delta Camp has on-campus apartment-style housing with cooking facilities for each family; partly subsidized sibling care is available so all parents can participate in the parent workshop.

Destination Science Camp (CA & FL)

Destination Science Camp is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increase science literacy among children by providing exciting, cutting-edge, hands-on science projects in a kid-friendly, summer day camp environment. Camps are located throughout California and Florida and meet weekly.

iD Gaming Academy (Various Locations)

This two-week summer program is for teens who love gaming. Participants will apply their interest to creating a video game, talking to industry professionals, and building a portfolio. There are small class sizes (max 8:1) and courses are taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field and impressive backgrounds. Students can earn Accredited Continuing Education Units.

iD Programming Academy (Various Locations)

This summer program is for those who love programming, engineering, or robotics. Participants spend two weeks with other teens who share their interests and interact with industry pros, build a portfolio for college, and engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Small class sizes (max 8:1) are guaranteed and courses are taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field.

iD Tech Camps (Various Locations)

At this camp, students can take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge with kids who share their interests. During this weeklong summer program, students ages 7-17 create iPhone/Android apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, robots, websites, and more. These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs are held at over 60 universities throughout the U.S. This includes Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, and others. The fun, un-school environment has small class sizes for personalized 1-on-1 instruction.

iD Visual Arts Academy (Various Locations)

This summer program is for those who love taking photos or making movies. Participants can spend two weeks engaged in creative expression with teens who share their photography and filmmaking interests. Beginners to advanced students use Photoshop, After Effects, or Final Cut Pro to create projects and portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (max 8:1) and courses are taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field and impressive backgrounds.

Maker Camp on Google+

This is a free online summer camp on Google+, with six weeks of making, building, experimenting, wrecking, and DIY fun. Participants make awesome projects with the ultimate makers at MAKE magazine, go on "virtual field trips" to exciting places, and more!

MathPath (Various Locations)

MathPath is a summer camp for students, middle school age, showing high promise in mathematics. The camp shifts to a new campus each year.

National Young Scholars Program (NYSP)

The National Young Scholars Program (NYSP) is designed and created specifically for the nation's most outstanding 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, each of whom have been personally selected for nomination by a teacher. NYSP is a renaissance of interactive, hands-on learning for young leaders eager for knowledge and ready to celebrate the joy of discovery.

New York Film Academy (NYFA) Summer Film and Acting Camps

Each summer, hundreds of teens and kids from all over the world are taught filmmaking and acting at the New York Film Academy summer camp programs. Our one of a kind, hands-on film and acting camps are designed to teach youth the fundamentals of movie making and acting in film.

SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized) (Multiple Locations)

SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized) features success-oriented, high adventure programs for preteens, teens and adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD). Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, a willingness to attempt new challenges and the motivation which comes through successful goal orientation.

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) (Multiple Locations)

This organization offers residential and day programs for gifted and talented students of ages 4 through 17. SIG provides instruction in over eighty academic, arts and recreational courses during its regular academic schedule as well as free choice recreational activities and special evening programs Monday through Friday.

Summer Math Camps and Programs for High School Students

This is a website from the American Mathematical Society that has a list of different math and science programs around the U.S.

SuperCamp - Quantum Learning (Multiple Locations)

SuperCamp provides three age/grade-specific learning and life skills summer camp programs, including academic summer camps for students entering grades 6-8 in the fall, teen summer camps for students starting grades 9-12 and college summer camps for incoming and current college students, Quantum U.

Suzuki Summer Institute

Summer Suzuki Institutes are special camps that provide an intensive musical experience for families with children who currently study an instrument through the Suzuki Method. Institutes are located in all regions of the U.S. and Canada, offering activities for students, parents and teachers in one-week sessions throughout the summer. The Suzuki Summer Institutes provide a unique opportunity for families to focus on music outside the usual constraints of daily life. Suzuki Summer Institute offerings include master classes, group classes and recitals as well as enrichment courses that range from theory, improvisation and chamber music to choir, drama and fiddling. Parents attend classes with their children.

The International Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Science, and Technology (iFEST)

The International Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology in collaboration with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stanford University, is pleased to present the 1st annual International Innovation Camp, for students ready for graduate-level research.

The Summer Lady

"The Summer Lady is not only your Summer Camp Consultant but also your Summer Camp Advisor. We offer your children advice on the best Summer Camp Programs available. We provide you with a full Summer Camp Referral Service for Accommodations for Campers, Summer Camp Events, Summer Camp Recommendations and Summer Camp Applications. We have vast experience and a broad range of knowledge relating to Summer Camp Information and will consult on a full range of Traditional and Specialty Summer Camps and Programs."

University of Pennsylvania, Leadership in the Business World: A Wharton Program (LBW) (Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA)

Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is a four-week summer program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (and at Wharton | San Francisco) designed to introduce talented rising high school seniors to the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to lead in the 21st century. The program features a fast-paced mix of interactive classes, guest speakers, company visits and activities.

Summer Programs: NorthEastern Region

Acadia Institute of Oceanography (Seal Harbor, ME)

The edge of the sea is our classroom. While one group of students finishes a transect of the beach, another group collects specimens for the cold water tanks in our wet lab. Other students focus their binoculars on offshore seabirds and cetaceans. Each evening, our staff or visiting speakers present special lectures that provide background information, and mini-seminars are offered before dinner. There are also optional morning laboratory activities. And all students design and maintain a saltwater aquarium.

Beacon Summer Academy (Stamford, CT)

This school offers a customized, renaissance learning experience for intellectually motivated students entering grades 2-12. With an equal emphasis on academics, technology, and the arts, they construct each student’s schedule to reflect his or her passions. Students may select from a variety of core and elective courses or design their own course to create a program that meets their needs.

Boston Museum of Science - Day/Summer Programs (Boston, MA)

Summer courses at the Museum of Science now offered exclusively to museum members. From the aspiring biologist to the future technology wizard, every science-minded child will have something to look forward to this summer at the Museum of Science.

Camp Peak (Ontario, Canada)

Formerly known as the Peel Summer Academy (PSA), Camp PEAK™ (Pursuing Excellence Achievement Knowledge) programs focus on leadership, health and wellness, and an overall, active lifestyle for kids ages 9-16. Camp PEAK plans to introduce Family Camp, Travel Camp, Weekend Retreats (family respite) and lastly, Special Needs Programs for children with Aspergers and ADHD.

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

In operation for more than 25 years, the The Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Program has grown consistently in enrollment and course offerings, providing summer alternatives for academically talented students. Through their Leapfrog, Apogee, Spectrum and Equinox course series, they now serve 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.

Challenge Day Camp (Rye, NY)

This day camp, located in Rye, New York, is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children to realize their intellectual and personal potential. Challenge Camp offers more than 100 courses ranging from architecture to chess to cooking to magic to model rocketry to video production and many options in between. There are also sports options as part of the Afternoon Challenge.

Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY)

The Chautauqua Institution has been described as "an American Utopia". It has a 9 week long summer program of arts, lectures, religious programming, sports, opera, theater, etc. There is a developmental preschool and activities for older children. Classes are offered in a variety of subjects. It is a safe, wholesome, and physically beautiful environment; one walks or bikes everywhere.

College Gate & College Academy (Multiple Locations, MA)

College Gate is a non-profit organization offering classroom based academic summer enrichment programs for students currently in kindergarten through 3rd grade.College Academy is a classroom based academic summer program for students currently in grade 4 through grade 8.

College of the Atlantic - High School Student Programs (Bar Harbor, ME)

College of the Atlantic offers two summer program opportunities for rising juniors and seniors - "Islands Through Time" and "Rivers Through Time". Through experiential learning and interdisciplinary studies, participants can earn a degree in human ecology in an ecologically diverse location, develop an appreciation for environmental sustainability, and enjoy a beautiful, scenic location.

Columbia University High School Visiting Students Summer Program (New York, NY)

Qualified high school students can enroll in summer classes at Columbia University with permission from their school. The High School Visiting Students Program is for students who wish to earn college credit. Offering rigorous summer pre-college academic programs for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college.

Cornell University Summer College (Ithaca, NY)

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York offers an annual Summer College for high school students. At Summer College, high school students take Cornell courses for credit, live on campus, explore academic and career opportunities, and find out what college is all about.

Emagination Computer Camps

Emagination's summer camps offer technology learning plus summer camp fun. Courses include 3D Animation, iApps, Game Design, Robotics, Programming and more. Recreation includes swimming and outdoor field games. Campers advance their technology skills, make friends, learn independence and develop self-confidence.

EXPLO — Exploration Summer Programs

For more than 30 years, EXPLO has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people from around the globe. Since then, EXPLO has grown into three separate programs: EXPLO at Yale, on the campus of Yale University for students entering grades 10 through 12; EXPLO at Wellesley on the campus of Wellesley College for students entering grades 8 and 9; and EXPLO at Wheaton, on the campus of Wheaton College for students entering grades 4 through 7.

Fun with DNA (New York, NY)

This five-day summer program includes activities and experiments to increase genetic literacy, critical thinking, & interest in biotechnology. Students can participate in labs and activities constructing cell and DNA models, observing 5 kingdoms microscopically, extracting DNA, observing mutations in fruit flies and worms, and genetically engineering bacteria.

Great Books Summer Reading Program (CA, MA & WV)

Advanced middle and high school students can experience this one- or two-week summer reading program where they will read great works of literature, converse with distinguished college professors and explore a whole new world of ideas through college-style seminar discussions on the campuses of Amherst College, Stanford University and The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. High school students will have the opportunity to sharpen their writing skills, prepare for the new verbal SAT, discuss college choices with professors and current college students, and tour local campuses.

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics for mathematically talented high school students (HCSSiM) (Amherst, MA)

The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is a rigorous math program that is both demanding and expanding. Participants are expected to spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in learning, doing, and sharing mathematics.

Hartwick College Summer Programs (Oneonta, NY)

This summer program allows students to work with world-renowned faculty and guest artists, attend small seminars and classes on a wide range of topics, and participate in large and small ensemble work in a highly collaborative atmosphere. Crossover, world, and classical musicians serve as faculty and guest artists to enrich the student experience.

Harvard Summer School (Cambridge, MA)

Each summer, Harvard Summer School offers high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors an extraordinary chance to sample college. You can take college classes taught by fine instructors, meet students from around the world, and take part in social, recreational, and college preparatory activities: a college fair, trips to other colleges, intramural athletics, dances, a trivia bowl, music groups, and a talent show. You'll choose your courses and plan your own time.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) - Summer Programs (Baltimore, MD)

For students in grades 2 through 12, these summer programs offer eligible students from all over the country and around the world the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program. Some programs are offered at colleges and universities throughout the United States and beyond. The programs are typically three weeks long, and students take only one course.

Kabeyun (Alton Bay, NH)

This summer camp for boys offers activities such as rock climbing, rafting and sailing. The camp emphasizes growth of a boy's self-awareness and confidence in the context of community living.

Maine College of Art (MCA), Summer Program (Portland, ME)

Pre-College at MCA is an intensive residency program for approximately 40 motivated high school students that offers participants a chance to experience what life is like in an art school, to form friendships, and to earn college credit. The 4-week program allows students to focus on a major and work with that medium in-depth, developing specialized skills and a familiarity with the tools and materials. The curriculum also includes foundation classes in Drawing and Design.

Manchester Community College - Excursions in Learning (Manchester, CT)

Gifted, talented and high-achieving students in kindergarten through eighth grade have the opportunity to take courses in creative writing, visual and performing arts, world cultures, math and sciences, art, and technology through this program at Manchester Community College in Connecticut.

Mansfield University of PA Summer Program for Gifted and Talented Students (Mansfield, PA)

Mansfield University offers a one week summer program for 4-10 grade, gifted students. The program gives students an opportunity to participate in fun, educational activities that promote the learning of life skills.

MIT Launch (Cambridge, MA)

Launch is a 4-week summer program designed to help high school students start companies. Designed for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the program is taught by professors from prestigious institutions like MIT and Harvard Business School, consultants from top tier consulting firms, and successful entrepreneurs. The summer concludes with students pitching their business plans to investors, with real money at stake.

MIT Women's Technology Program (Cambridge, MA)

The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a residential summer program in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to introduce high school girls to EECS the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. Participants are selected from a pool of young women who have demonstrated talent in math and science. Admissions are academically competitive. We expect students to be able to handle college-level material, but no prior experience in computer programming, physics, or engineering is required.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (Salisbury Cove, ME)

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) is an independent, not-for-profit, marine research institution founded in 1898. It is located in the village of Salisbury Cove, Maine, a small community wrapped around sheltered coves and wooded peninsulas on the northern edge of Mount Desert Island. Year round and seasonal research is conducted at MDIBL in the areas of marine biomedicine and physiology, marine molecular biology and functional genomics, bioinformatics, environmental toxicology and toxicogenomics, transgenic species, and neuroscience.

Nassau Summer Enrichment Programs (Long Island, NY)

A variety of summer programs for gifted children. Features programs in the arts, environment and outdoor adventure.

National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) (Chicago, IL)

The NSLC helps students develop essential leadership skills that will enable them to better handle the challenges they will face on their academic journeys. The NSLC is designed to teach students how to think and not what to think. Accordingly, students learn strategies for effective communication, decision making, and conflict resolution.

Northwestern University School of Music - Summer Program (Evanston, IL)

An integral part of Northwestern University's acclaimed Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the National High School Music Institute offers an intimate look at collegiate-level music study and music as a career. The institute offers an ideally challenging summer to the serious high school musician. NHSMI is one of seven divisions of Northwestern's National High School Institute, which each summer enrolls approximately 700 of the nation's most accomplished students.

Penn Medicine Summer Medical Camp - Julian Krinsky Summer Program (Philadelphia, PA)

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is offering a 4-week summer medical program for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. Students are guided and taught by Penn Medicine faculty and staff and are immersed into the world of medicine as they explore the career possibilities available to medical students. This is one of the top medical school programs for high school students and features lectures, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on sessions, and field excursions designed to expose students to the fascinating world of modern medicine.

Pre-College Summer@Brown - Brown University (Providence, RI)

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island offers a Pre-College summer program designed to expand that tradition to exceptional high school students who desire to challenge themselves both intellectually and emotionally. Our summer classes for high school students and our approach to learning are unique. We have designed our summer program to allow high school students to grow as people and as learners while exploring academic and career paths that may not currently be available to them.

Programs in Mathematics for Young Scientists - PROMYS (Boston, MA)

For those interested in joining 80 mathematically ambitious high school students, 20 counselors, research mentors, faculty and guest lecturers for six weeks of rigorous mathematical exploration, Boston University's Programs in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) offers students full and partial need-based financial aid. PROMYS seeks to provide an environment for young people that will arouse their curiosity and encourage a deep personal involvement with the creative elements in mathematics.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Summer Cancer Research Experience for High School Students (Buffalo, NY)

Roswell Park offer students who are interested in a science major or thinking about a career in scientific research an internship in which they can gain a first-hand research experience by working full-time on an independent cancer-related research project.

School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) (CA, NY & VT)

Join the next generation of visual and performing artists at SOCAPA, the School of Cinema and Performing Arts. These teen summer programs range in length from two to six weeks on campuses in New York, California and Vermont. The program is for students ages 13-16 and 16-19.

Science Outreach Program (New York, NY)

Each summer at the Rockefeller University the cultures of the research laboratory and the classroom merge. The Science Outreach program gives high school students and K-12 teachers a rare opportunity to experience the content, methods, culture and ethos of modern research through immersion in the process of scientific inquiry. Students gain mentored research experience in laboratories while also learning, through weekly seminars, the basics of communicating with their scientific peers and the lay public. Some are even included as co-authors on peer-reviewed journal articles.

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) (Northampton, MA)

"A month at Smith will give you an exceptional opportunity to "do" science and engineering, will enhance your skills, boost your confidence, and connect you with professionals who will support your efforts. You also will make great new friends from all over the world."

SPARK - Science for Middle School, Brown University (Providence, RI)

This pre-College summer experience is where 7th and 8th grade students live on campus, take courses and participate in activities related to their interest and abilities in science. The courses are designed to provide an exposure to intellectual concepts. A sample of courses include: Forces of Nature: Monster Storms, Global Warming, and the Science of Weather; Animals that Listen in the Dark: Echolocation in Dolphins and Bats; Programming a Microcomputer-Controlled Rover; Where Rivers Meet the Sea: Ecology of Narragansett Bay.

Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK) (CT)

Kent School offers four programs designed to give high school students, including those who will be beginning ninth grade, the chance to experience engineering education and entrepreneurship. The Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK) is offered in partnerships with professionals from several institutions, including U. Penn’s Wharton Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory.

Summer Young Writers Workshop (Barrington, MA)

This three-week residential summer writing program for high school students takes place in July at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Gt. Barrington, Massachusetts. The tuition is about $2,000 and scholarships are available.

SummerMath (South Hadley, MA)

Whether you love math or hate it, SummerMath can help you strengthen your mathematical thinking and communications skills, develop problem solving strategies and computer skills, and build your confidence. Introduced in 1982 by Mount Holyoke College, one of the nation's finest liberal arts institutions, SummerMath is a nationally acclaimed four-week program for young women entering ninth through twelfth grades. The program has been featured on "ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," on the "Today Show," and in Newsweek.. We believe young women stay with mathematics longer--and keep more options open--when feeling confident and when seeing how math applies to the real world. Because math is in just about everything--from digital sampling to design to DNA.

Susquehanna University-Writers Workshop (Selinsgrove, PA)

Headed by nationally recognized authors, this residential summer program offers intensive, small group workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Participants attend iboth ndividual conferences wtih instructors and public readings of student's writing.

Talcott Mountain Science Center - Summer Program (Avon, CT)

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.

Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP)(Multiple Locations)

A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, participate in a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

The Governor's School of New Jersey (Trenton, NJ)

The Governor's School of New Jersey is a unique summer program committed to meeting the educational needs of academically talented high school students who have completed their junior year. Emphasis is placed on problem solving of complex issues that exist on a local, state, national, and international level, and leadership training. The Governor's School is an intensive residential learning experience held on three college campuses throughout the state.

The Young Women's Leadership Institute (New York, NY)

Through this week-long summer program, part of the Barnard Pre-College Program, young women study the complex relationship between gender and leadership at Barnard College in New York City. Students develop action-oriented leadership plans and learn from college staff, alumnae, and professional facilitators in a series of workshops, discussions, and seminars. Writing and reading assignments along with site visits also play a key role. Working in small groups, they design and execute a project to improve the pre-college community and then share what they have learned at a student-run conference.

UConn Mentor Connection (Storrs, CT)

This summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors is located at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. and runs in July of each year. It is been designed to provide students with opportunities to participate in creative projects and investigations under the supervision of university mentors.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures (Burlington, VT)

This summer program about Asian Cultures is co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Program at the University of Vermont. Topics of lectures and workshops include Family and Society, Arts and Language, and Medicine and Health. These areas will be threads to link history, philosophy, religion, and political and economic development.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Current Issues & Youth Activism (Brattleboro, VT)

The Vermont Governor's Institute on Current Issues & Youth Activism is a rigorous and empowering weeklong program that examines the critical current issues, policy, and political questions that directly concern and impact young people today. Each participant will select one of four-core issue groups -- Politics, Social Justice, Ecology and Global Children. Practical, hands-on leadership skill sessions will provide training in public speaking, facilitation, project design, Internet activism, and conflict transformation, to name but a few.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Engineering (Burlington, VT)

The University of Vermont's College of Engineering and The Governor's Institutes of Vermont host an annual UVM/GIV Engineering - Summer Institute. Students will explore career opportunities in aerospace, biomedical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Information Technology (Burlington, VT)

The Governor's Institute on Information Technology gives students the opportunity to dive into a variety of venues, follow industry models such as team-based work, and combine the technical, artistic and business aspects of IT. College faculty and guest professional speakers guide teams of students in hands-on projects ranging from creating an interactive Flash-based web site to wandering worldwide networks.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Mathematical Sciences (Burlington, VT)

This summer program allows students to take on advanced math challenges, learn about real-world applications of math and interact with professional mathematicians from the academic and business worlds.

Vermont Governor's Institute on Science & Technology (Burlington, VT)

Located at the University of Vermont, Burlingto, this program is a one-week science summer program in which students experience first-hand the many facets of scientific research. Students will explore local Vermont landscapes by conducting outdoor field research using field observations, technology and computers to understand the natural science of our surroundings.

Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts (Castleton, VT)

The Vermont Governor's Institute on the Arts can be described as a summer artistic excellence, challenge, and excitement, and is designed to celebrate and explore the creative experience. It is held on the campus of Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. This Institute has evolved into a lively artistic community, bringing together outstanding artists and highly motivated students to explore the process of creativity.

Yale University - Summer Session (New Haven, CT)

Summer course are available to students in their junior or senior year of high school. Be prepared for an intensive classroom experience. Pre-college students, including those who have just graduated from high school, must live on campus unless they live with their family within commuting distance of New Haven.

Summer Programs: NorthWestern Region

Adventures in Learning - Oregon State University (Portland, OR)

Adventures in Learning is a 10-day educational and social program designed to provide a stimulating learning environment that meets the particular needs of gifted, talented, and creative learners who have completed grades 5-7.

Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) - Young Scholars Program (Seattle, WA)

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington sponsors a 10-week Young Scholars Program on the university's Seattle campus each summer. High school students will be involved in ongoing research projects with researchers, and will have the opportunity to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communication skills, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the student scientist with a solid foundation for future study.

Dr. B's Summer Science (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Designed for 9- to 14-year-olds who excel academically, Science Destinations offers them the opportunity to meet leading researchers in a multitude of scientific disciplines. Past trips have taken them to the Galapagos Islands, Midway, Hawaii, Florida, Alaska and to cutting edge laboratories such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Goldstone Asteroid Tracking Station and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Education Soaring Academic Summer Program (Portland, OR)

Education Soaring Academic Summer Program is for children ages 4 to 15 in the greater Portland and Vancouver areas. The program, not limited to only gifted children, has classes ranging from math to reptiles. Classes encourage students to learn not just by listening and observing, but also by engaging in hands-on exploration, development and creation.

Expeditions For Gifted,Talented and Creative Thinkers (Corvallis, OR)

Expeditions for gifted, talented and creative 3rd and 4th graders is an educational summer program designed to provide an enjoyable, stimulating learning environment aimed at meeting the particular needs of these students in the company of other capable learners.

National High School Institute at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

The National High School Institute, established in 1931, is the nation’s oldest and largest university-based summer program for outstanding high school students. Approximately 850 of the nation’s best students will enroll in the Institute’s six divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Music, Film & Video Production, and Theatre Arts.

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.

Satori Summer Camp (Cheney, WA)

Satori Summer Camp is for students aged 12-18 located in Cheney, Washington. Satori Camp is proud to present this opportunity for academically and intellectually talented students to experience their first taste of college with others who share their enthusiasm for learning in an academic and social environment. Satori camp allows students to choose three mini-courses from a variety of offerings. Each course is held for approximately two hours a day over the five days of camp. This continuity allows for in-depth exploration of subject material, active inquiry and discussion, and hands-on participation by students.

The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars - Summer Programs (Seattle, WA)

This is a summer academic opportunity for students finishing Grades 5-10. All classes are offered on the UW-Seattle campus, and provide challenging and fun summer experiences for academically talented students. Fifth and sixth grade students take part in Summer Challenge, a collection of high quality, multi-disciplinary classes designed for highly capable young students. Sudents in grades 7-10 participate in Summer Stretch, a series of accelerative classes designed to provide intensive instruction in topics such as math, science, literature and writing in a fast-paced curriculum.

University of Oregon Summer Enrichment Program (Eugene, OR)

This residential summer program offers gifted students in grades 6-10 the opportunity to spend two weeks in July at the University of Oregon. Students will get a feel for the college environment by living on campus and taking classes each weekday in writing, dance, drama, art, mathematics, science, law or culture.

University of Wyoming Summer High School Institute (Laramie, WY)

The UW Summer High School Institute is a three-week summer residential program. It is designed to offer intellectually talented Wyoming high school students a challenging and enriching educational experience on the University of Wyoming campus.

Youth Enrichment and Talented and Gifted Programs at the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

The Youth Enrichment and TAG programs at the University of Oregon offer a summer program which provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for students, parents, and educators in the Lane County area and beyond. We offer enrichment classes during the school year, summer day-camps, a two-week residential summer program, special conferences, parent education, The TAG Line newsletter and more.

Summer Programs: Southern Region

Adventure Treks - Outdoor Adventures for Teenagers (Flat Rock, NC)

Adventure Treks is about making memories, making friendships, and making more confident young men and women through amazing outdoor adventures. These adventures include a wide variety of exciting wilderness activities such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and backpacking in some of the most beautiful scenery in North America.

Alabama Governor's School (Samford, AL)

The Governor's School is a summer residential honors program for gifted high school seniors. Students from varied backgrounds and regions of Alabama interact with professors and professionals from many disciplines. The Governor's School offers stimulating academic and extra-curricular activities that stress fieldwork, problem-solving, and application. The academic spectrum of the arts, humanities, and sciences are explored to define the Alabama Governor's School theme: "American Vision: World View".

Arkansas Governor's School (Conway, AR)

The Arkansas Governor's School is a six-week summer residential program for Arkansas gifted and talented students who have completed 11th grade. The program is an intensive academic program where students pursue rigorous, intellectually challenging courses. Emphasis is placed on building thinking skills, i.e. abstracting general concepts from particular facts, developing theories, integrating theories, and creatively extrapolating facts and theories.

Baylor University High School Summer Science Research Program (Waco, TX)

The purpose of the High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP), an annual program established in 1991, is to give superior high school students hands-on research experience by working on research projects with Baylor University science professors in many disciplines. The fellowship program occurs during the University's first session of summer school and is open to students between their junior and senior year of high school.

Beowulf Boot Camp - Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Beowulf Boot Camp for Louisiana high school students in held at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During Beowulf Boot Camp, students will work with a number of LSU professors as learning how to build and use supercomputers. This camp is introductory so students do not need a strong computational science background to participate. Some knowledge of programming a plus.

Central Florida Gifted and Talented Institute (Lakeland, FL)

The University of South Florida Polytechnic and Polk County School District have teamed up to provide the first summer program for gifted and talented students in the area. This collaboration established the Central Florida Gifted & Talented Institute which will continue with two programs, Hot 2 Bot and Sci-Fi High and introduce a new Extreme Green Adventure program.

Chess America (TX - multiple locations)

With four locations in North Texas to choose from (Richardson, Arlington, Flower Mound and Weatherford), this organization runs summer chess camps for students from all communities. Level-appropriate instruction is provided for new, beginner, intermediate and advanced players. All chess sets and supplies are provided by Chess America.

Clemson University - Summer Science, Engineering and Architecture Enrichment Programs (Clemson, SC)

For the past 28 years, Clemson University has offered a summer enrichment program for gifted middle and high school students. In addition to challenging courses, students are provided with opportunities for fun, friendship and a Clemson experience. This enrichment program is for rising seventh through 12th grade students.

Coast Trek (NC) - Summer Program (Wilmington, NC)

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.

Duke University (Durham, NC) - Creative Writers' Workshop

Grades 10 & 11; 2 weeks; residential. Open to advanced students who wish to refine their writing in a particular genre.

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.

Energetic Einsteins (Clearwater, FL)

Energetic Einsteins offers a number of opportunities for gifted students and their families including summer camps, near-peer intern opportunities, and game days. Programs utilize current scientific content and are directed by doctoral level faculty committed to improving scientific literacy by facilitating the translation of knowledge from the research community.

Florida Governor's Summer Program for Gifted and High-Achieving Students (Avon Park, FL)

The Governor's Summer Program for Gifted and High-Achieving Students provides an opportunity for outstanding gifted and high-achieving students to participate in and use the resources of Florida's universities and colleges. Institutions of higher education submit proposals to provide day or residential, summer programs for gifted and high-achieving students entering grades 8-12. Past programs include: Discrete Mathematics Structures and Linear Algebra: An Application Perspective; Connecting to Florida Architecture; Engineering Scholars’ Program; Glassblowing/Sculpture and Dance/Theater; Gator Lab; Mathematics and Engineering Program.

Georgia Governor's Honors Program (Atlanta, GA)

"The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners."

Governor's Program for Gifted Children (GPGC) (Lake Charles, LA)

"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."

Governor's School of North Carolina (GSNC) (Raleigh, NC)

This prestigious Governor's School in North Carolina is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing/visual arts area. For six weeks the state-funded program offers gifted teens a curriculum that explores "the most recent ideas and concepts" in a number of interdisciplinary areas. These areas include: English, foreign languages (Spanish at Governor's School West and French at Governor's School East), mathematics, and natural and social sciences. The performing/visual arts disciplines include art, choral and instrumental music, dance, and drama.

July Experience at Davidson College (Davidson, NC)

The Davidson July Experience seeks to provide rising high school seniors the opportunity for a unique educational, social and creative three-week program on the campus of Davidson College.

Learn to Live, Inc. (Carrollton, GA)

LEARN to LIVE Together is a unique leadership initiative that brings a group of young women to a university campus, at the University of West Georgia, for one week each summer. When on campus, the participants learn how higher education can be exciting and interesting; how going to a university after high school can open doors to a meaningful life, provide options for being involved in the well-being of their communities.

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.

Marine Quest - University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)

Marine Quest runs numerous camps for all different age groups. All camps provide exploration of local marine habitats, laboratory activities, quality instruction, complete supervision, recreation, and the opportunity to develop friendships with peers from across the US.

Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE)

"The Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program is a free, one week summer program. It is designed for minority high school students between their junior and senior year who are interested in the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) and engineering. During MITE week, participants spend their days in classes performing engineering projects. Students rise early in the morning, exercise, and gain first hand experience on what it takes to be a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA). All of this enables students to make an informed decision about applying to USCGA."

Mississippi Governor's School (Columbus, MS)

"Mississippi Governor's School (MGS) is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a select number of rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in their studies and who show high intellectual, creative, and leadership potential."

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics - Summer Accelerator Program (Durham, NC)

NCSSM's Summer Accelerator program offers an experience for talented students from anywhere in the world that fuses hands-on learning with collaboration while diving into unique STEM topics. Participants learn from expert instructors with years of experience in their fields and in teaching topics like genetics and biotechnology. NCSSM Accelerator offers many high-level courses while allowing students to learn in person and online.

Quest: MESH (Natchitoches, LA)

Quest: MESH (Math, English, Science and History) is a one-week residential summer program for 6th and 7th graders held at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Working in small teams, students create and propose solutions to real world problems with far-reaching implications and test their ingenuity in concluding which of the possible solutions discovered would be the best. Reliance on “back of the book answers” is replaced with confidence in a student’s own ability to solve problems creatively and effectively. Each student is expected, as a member of the team, to bring his or her own skills and knowledge to the group’s effort.

Residential Junior Summer Math Camp - Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX)

The Junior Summer Math Camp Residential Program is designed for students currently in 6th-8th grade. The students stay in a residence hall at Texas State University during the two weeks, and attend classes every day. Each group of four students is supervised by a counselor (undergraduate mentor). The residential program includes recreation in the afternoon, supervised study groups in the evenings, and special guest lectures.

Seacamp (Big Pine Key, FL)

Seacamp is a non-profit, marine science education facility located in the Florida Keys. Founded in 1966, Seacamp offers marine science education and summer camp experiences including SCUBA, sailing, board sailing, and arts & crafts to students from 12-17 years of age.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Sewanee, TN)

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival, at The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, is an internationally acclaimed training program for advanced music students, as well as a distinguished professional concert series. Established in 1957, Sewanee not only prepares students for the challenges of a professional career, it also nourishes a lifetime love of music for student and audience alike.

Sewanee Young Writers' Conference (Sewanee, TN)

High school students can enjoy workshops in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction during this residential summer program. Other highlights include lectures by the university's English faculty.

Shakespeare at Winedale (Austin, TX)

This University of Texas program seeks to bring Shakespeare to life through performance, offering to explore these rich and complex texts through the creative act of play. It has grown into a year-round program reaching many different groups. Students in the summer program spend two months in the Texas countryside, studying and performing three plays. A spring semester version of the course is offered on the UT campus, with performances at Winedale. Camp Shakespeare provides a two-week experience of learning and playing Shakespeare for 10-16 year-olds.

Southern Methodist University - College Experience Program (Dallas, TX)

Located in Dallas, SMU's College Experience is a five-week summer program that provides an opportunity for a small and carefully chosen group of highly motivated and academically able high school students to get a head start on college and a taste of campus life. Through participation in college credit courses, students entering the eleventh and twelfth grades can earn up to six credit hours which can be applied towards a bachelor's degree. Students live together in a campus residence facility, and cultural and recreational activities are arranged by resident advisors.

Southern Methodist University - Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), (Dallas, TX)

SMU's Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) is a residential summer experience that combines intellectual stimulation with a variety of cultural and social experiences. The program is open to academically talented seventh, eighth, and ninth graders.

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 Incitement (Houston, TX)

Summer Incitement is a summer program for gifted learners located on the campus of the Rainard School for Gifted Students in Houston, Texas. From Arabic to the Science of Cooking, these summer classes ignite learning. Full or half day one-week sessions for grades K-12 are available.

Summer Mathematics Research Training (SMaRT) (College Station, TX)

SMaRT is a new National Science Foundation supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. High school students of age 14-18 are eligible to apply.

Summer Program for G/T Students (STARS) - Xavier University (New Orleans, LA)

The Summer Program for G/T Students (STARS) at Xavier University in New Orleans is a two-week commuter program for gifted/talented children in grades 1-8. Students choose from many diverse enrichment classes, including creative dramatics, science and technology.

Summer Program for Talented and Gifted Students - University of Louisiana (Monroe, LA)

The University of Louisiana Monroe's Summer Program for Talented and Gifted Students is a commuter day camp offering two-week sessions for elementary students. The curriculum has been designed to enhance cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills for high achieving students.

Summer Scholar Program - University of Miami (FL)

A "boot camp for your brain", the University of Miami's Summer Scholar Programs, established in 1991, are taught by University faculty members and present a unique opportunity for high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year to earn college credit in specific areas of concentration. Students learn firsthand what college is like by living and studying on campus. Students also take laboratory classes and have the opportunity to learn about their particular interest by visiting local sites that are relevant to their fields of study.

Summer Scholars Residential Program (Lafayette, LA)

The Summer Scholars Residential Program is a one-week residential program designed to develop the academic, leadership, and/or creative skills of 7th and 8th grade students who have demonstrated high levels of ability in their school work, in the arts or in their daily lives. The program focuses on academics, the arts, and personal development. Students select from courses designed to develop skills in new content areas or to pursue special interests; although students are encouraged to select a balanced schedule including courses in both academics and the arts, those with intense interests or special abilities in one or two specific areas may concentrate in these areas. Most courses meet 1 1/4 hours per day for five days; although time does not permit in-depth study of any subject, movitated students often make significant advances during the week of the program.

Summer Wonders (Austin, TX)

Summer Wonders is a specialty program for gifted children entering pre-K through 6th grade. This program offers several courses ranging from science to art. Their main goal is to inspire enthusiasm and motivation for learning by offering singular opportunities to explore diverse subjects.

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Distinguished Achievement Summer Programs - Texas A&M University (Dallas, TX)

High ability students in grades 8-12 participate in this residential summer program at Texas A&M University in Galveston. Students take career-oriented courses in Veterinary Medicine, Digital Photography & Technology, Pre-Med and Marine Biology Research. Field trips (including transportation), room, meals, and all class materials are provided.

Tennessee Governor's School for Emerging Technologies at Tennessee Technological University - Cookeville (Cookeville, TN)

The Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies is designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through study of current topics in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and other emerging technologies. The school capitalizes on partnerships with a unique array of high technology research and development organizations located across the State of Tennessee to provide students with the opportunity to learn from leading researchers and experience cutting-edge research facilities through weekly field trips.

Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics - Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)

The Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics is for hard-working high school sophomores and juniors with an interest in engineering, mathematics and/or science. The Governor’s School covers all basic expenses related to the program, including tuition, laptop computers, required books, room, food and transportation on field trips. Plus, students earn seven hours of college credit!

Tennessee Governor's School for Information Technology Leadership (Cookeville, TN)

The Tennessee Technological University Governor‘s School for Information Technology Leadership is a five-week summer residence program that is designed to provide gifted and talented high school sophomores and juniors with opportunities to develop skills in IT and business leadership. The program allows students to explore interests in various aspects of IT.

Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) (Memphis, TN)

The Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) provides four week immersion into the world around us, including global cultures, languages and perspectives. Moreover, the program provides a rigorous introduction to the field of International Studies, including six credit hours of college coursework.

Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences (TGSAS)

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences (TGSAS) provides high school students with a broad understanding of the diverse field of agriculture on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) (Murfreesboro, TN)

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts is a four-week summer program for rising 11th and 12th grade students in Tennessee held at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro. Administered by the State Department of Education, the program offers intensive study programs in art, dance, filmmaking, theatre and music.

Tennessee Governor's School For The Humanities (Martin, TN)

A four-week summer program built on the program’s rich tradition as Tennessee’s first Governor’s School, this program offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn six semester credit hours from University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tennessee Governor's Schools Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

The Governor’s School for Engineering will introduce students to a wide variety of engineering disciplines and provide the opportunity to learn and apply problem-solving methods that are common to all engineering disciplines. It will focus on engineering design through hands-on projects that integrate applied mathematics, science and computer tools. In addition, students will receive an in-depth introduction to the field of biomedical engineering, with a study of human physiology including examples of how engineering problem solving, analytical, and computational models produce solutions to biomedical problems.

Tennessee Governor's Schools for Prospective Teachers (GSPT) at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) (Chattanooga, TN)

The Governor's School for Prospective Teachers (GSPT) has a unique responsibility: to encourage the region's brightest students to become professional educators. GSPT is a five-week summer program for rising eleventh and twelfth grade students funded by the Tennessee State Department of Education. GSPT is administered by and located on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).

Tennessee Governor's Schools Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

The Governor’s School for the Sciences will introduce students to a wide variety of scientific disciplines and provide the opportunity to learn and apply problem-solving methods that are common to all scientific disciplines.

Tennessee Governor's Schools Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)

The Governor's School for Tennessee Heritage is a five-week summer program for rising juniors and seniors from Tennessee high schools. The program is held at the East Tennessee State University and participants have the opportunity to explore field experiences in paleontology, historic preservation, and forensic anthropology.

Tennessee Governor's Schools Scientific Models and Data Analysis at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)

The Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis provides a program of advanced scholarly engagement for some of the most academically able students in the state who demonstrate an interest, talent and passion in the pursuit of mathematics and science.

Texas Mathworks (San Marcos, TX)

The mission of Texas Mathworks, a center for innovation in mathematics education at Texas State University, is to develop model programs and self-sustaining learning communities that engage Texas K-12 students from all backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. Summer math camps and after school programs include undergraduate counselors mentored by more experienced math teachers, who themselves are being trained as teacher-leaders for their districts.

The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR) (Amherst County, VA)

Located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, the Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR) is a three-week camp for high school students who are interested in making art that challenges old ideas about what art is and what it isn't. The camp offers courses in theater, creative writing and visual art.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies - Leadership Studies Program (Hattiesburg, MS)

The Leadership Studies Program, a one week summer residential program, is designed for students in grades six through eleven, who are recommended by school officials and who have a desire to develop and enhance their leadership ability. LEADERSHIP II, a continuation of Leadership I, is an intense study to further develop leadership concepts and qualities. Emphasis will be placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training, and situational leadership. LEADERSHIP III is an extension of the program, with training focusing on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of leadership, developing personal power, and leadership for the future. Students also have the opportunity for informal interaction with adult leaders.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies - Summer Gifted Studies Program (Hattiesburg, MS)

The Summer Gifted Studies Program, a one-week residential activity, serves intellectually gifted students in grades four through eight.

The Institute For the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) - Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX)

The mission of IDEAL is to provide distinctive and unique outreach programs that promote academic excellence and diversity. The most important work is introducing underrepresented students to a collegiate experience and dispelling myths and fears about higher education. They offer a program called Shake Hands With Your Future, a summer residential camp for academically talented students. Students experience university life and attend two classes.

Torrance Creative Scholars Program (Lafayette, LA)

The Torrance Creative Scholars Program was established in 1989 as an outgrowth of the work of Dr. E. Paul Torrance, internationally acclaimed authority on the identification and development of creative potential. The program is designed to recognize and nurture highly creative students. Students in the residential Creative Scholars Program are introduced to Creative Problem Solving and other strategies used by business leaders, scientists, writers, artists, and others in their creative work. The interdisplinary classes, which teach creative applications in areas such as science, mathematics, and the arts are facilitated by master teachers who model creativity in their teaching.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Summer Laureate (Little Rock, AR)

Summer Laureate University for Youth is a three week summer educational program in Little Rock, Arkansas for grades K-7 that provides unique learning experiences for students to explore and expand their talents and abilities in a university environment. The Summer Program offers a variety of classes taught by a staff that includes graduate students seeking masters' degrees in teaching the gifted and talented, certified master teachers, and other experts.

University of Louisiana Lafayette's Summer Enrichment Programs (Lafayette, LA)

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Center for Gifted Education offers several summer programs for academically, creatively, and artistically talented students. Creative Exploration for Preschoolers: A 2-week program for high-ability pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) children. Interdisciplinary classes meet 1 1/2-2 hours per day and emphasize advanced developmental skills, interpersonal communication, and creativity. UL Lafayette Academic Enrichment Program: One of the nation's oldest and largest enrichment programs for academically and artistically talented students; summer mini-courses for qualified students from kindergarten through the 8th grade. Summer Scholars Residential Program: A one-week residential program for students with high academic, artistic, or leadership potential.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - Vanderbilt Summer Academy (Nashville, TN)

At Vanderbilt Summer Academy, highly gifted students 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. You might go on rounds with doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, study nanotechnology with a PhD candidate in an engineering lab, cull through Vanderbilt’s Civil War archives, or let a published author get you started on the next bestselling novel.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth (Nashville, TN)

Vanderbilt University offers an intensive, enriched, three-week summer residential program for academically talented youth who are currently in grades seven through eleven. The goal of Vanderbilt PTY is to provide a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment, along with a full program of social and recreational activities. Students can be expected to learn at a high level, to have lots of fun, and to form lasting friendships.

Wilkes Honors College - Honors Summer Institute at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) (Jupiter, FL)

This three-week summer science program draws together rising 11th and 12th graders (students entering 11th and 12th grade) with the resources of FAU’s Honors College. Additionally, these talented students can earn college credit.

Summer Programs: SouthWestern Region

Summer of Excellence (Tucson, AZ)

Academically talented high school students spend five weeks at the University of Arizona and earn up to six transferable college credits through this residential summer program.

Summer Programs: Western Region

Adventures in Nature, Natural History Museum - Summer Camp (Los Angeles County, CA)

Explore Earth's features, creatures, and cultures in a one week long day camp program offered in the summer at the Natural History Museum (ages 3-13) or the at the Page Museum at the Tar Pits (ages 7-13). Hands-on experiences and behind the scenes tours and fun activities for children. Full day or half day option.

Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)

Since 1949, the world's most accomplished and promising musicians have made a pilgrimage to Aspen. They come not only to perform, but to teach, learn and be renewed. This year, Music Director David Zinman leads 750 student musicians, as well as 200 guest artists and artist-faculty members through a glorious summer of camaraderie and music.

Bay Area Writing Project - Young Writer's Camp (Berkeley, CA)

The Bay Area Writing Project's Young Writers' Camps offer students the time and opportunity to explore their writing interests, discover their strengths and learn more about the craft of writing. The camps provide in-depth writing instruction, structured writing workshop time, flexibility in writing assignments, and daily opportunities to share writing with peers. Through the camps, students discover the conditions and habits needed to do their best writing and grow in their confidence and skill.

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) (Muliple Locations, CA)

COSMOS is a four week intensive science and mathematics enrichment program. Each student chooses one 4-week core course and two 2-week supplemental courses along with a science writing course. Courses offered at COSMOS are designed to introduce students to subjects that are typically not offered in high school, such as, automotive engineering, optical science, and number theory. On a typical day, students attend courses, participate in labs or course-related field trips and attend their selected courses. COSMOS is available on the following University of California campuses: Davis, Irvine, and Santa Cruz.

Camp H (Berkeley, CA)

Camp H is a one-of-a-kind design and building camp for girls ages 9-12 that inspires creativity and curiosity through hands-on building, problem-solving, and meaningful making. In both summer and after-school programs, girls will cut plywood with a jigsaw, fuse metal with a welder, and create projects of personal and social relevance. Camp H’s instructors are female architects, designers, creative educators, and graduates of our Studio H high school design/build program.

Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative (Sausalito, CA)

This camp offers a unique experience for gifted children and teens from ages 9 through 14 (eight-year-olds will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Located in the Marin Headlands in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Camp Summit provides a setting for gifted, talented, and creative youth to gather together for a very special summer camp.

Catalina Sea Camp (Claremont, CA)

Located on Catalina Island in Southern California, Sea Camp is a residential enrichment summer camp with emphasis on Ocean related activities. The program is for boys and girls ages 12-17 (Junior Sea Camp ages 8-13).

Center for Bright Kids (CBK) (Denver, CO)

This organization offers K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids, with a focus on how kids discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently.

Colorado College Whiz Bang Science Program (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Whiz Bang Science Program at Colorado College is a two-week program for elementary students entering grades 1-6. Students enrolled in the program participate in a wide variety of interactive, hands-on exploratory science activities designed to foster science process skills through guided scientific investigations.

Dominican University of California, Summer Odyssey (San Rafael, CA)

Summer Odyssey at Dominican University of California is an innovative program designed specifically for academically gifted and creatively talented students--grades 2-10--from Marin's public and independent schools. Each course is age appropriate and curricula are activity based. Summer Odyssey will challenge the intellect, stretch the imagination, and embolden the talent of each child.

Education Unlimited

Education Unlimited® provides academic summer camps & precollege summer programs for students entering grades 4-12. The California summer camps and Massachusetts summer programs include public speaking camps, summer college admissions prep programs, science camps for girls, summer acting camp, creative writing camp, computer camp, video production camp and East Coast college tours.

EPGY Summer Programs (Stanford, CA)

Offered through Stanford University, the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) hosts a series of summer programs for gifted students. Summer programs include: the Summer Institutes Residential Program (ages 13-17), the Summer Institutes Residential Middle School Program (ages 11-14), e-learning courses (ages 5-18) and a virtual summer school for adult students.

Epsilon Camp (Seattle, WA)

This summer camp is for 8 to 11 year old exceptionally (EG) or profoundly (PG) gifted students who loves math. Epsilon Camp, directed by Dr. George Thomas, founder of MathPath and Canada/USA MathCamp, is an intellectually rigorous student camp combined with a parent workshop designed to help parents build mathematical and social maturity in the EG/PG child. At least one parent must attend with the child and additional family members are also welcome. Attending students must not have turned 12 during camp.

GirlVentures Project Courage (San Francisco, CA)

This summer program is for girls who love adventure. Project Courage is a two-week wilderness self-discovery journey, taking place in Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay and Goat Rock State Parks. Girls will live outdoors in a safe and supportive environment while discovering and exploring their courageous selves through physical and creative activities, such as: backpacking; rock climbing; story telling; sea kayaking; and, art in nature.

Guided Discoveries (Claremont, CA)

Guided Discoveries has developed and operates a variety of outdoor education programs and summer camps. The organization strives to make a difference in the lives of children through unique opportunities of discovery. Founded in 1978, Guided Discoveries has grown into an organization that serves over 45,000 children annually.

Idaho Junior Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (JEMS) Summer Workshop (Moscow, ID)

The University of Idaho College of Engineering sponsors the annual Idaho Junior Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (JEMS) Summer Workshop for students who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. The focus of the workshop is to expose students to engineering problems within technical and social contexts, and to encourage them to enroll in college. Students will participate in lab exercises, field trips, computer exercises, and recreational activities.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Creative Writing (San Jacinto, CA)

This residential summer program offers seperate workshops in fiction, poetry and playwriting for students at all levels of ability and experience. Idyllwild's 205-acre campus provides an outstanding setting for specific art-centered programs, festivals and performances.

MathLinks Camp (San Diego, CA)

This residential math summer camp for students ages 12-18 builds problem solving abilities in a fun and challenging environment.

Pre-College Program for High School students by Academic Study Associates (ASA) UC Berkeley (CA)

Academic Study Associates (ASA) offers a pre-college program on the campus of UC Berkeley for students who have completed 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Students elect either a six week college session or a five week enrichment session. Students in the college credit session enroll in college credit courses offered by UC Berkeley Summer Sessions in combination with a choice of intensive SAT preparation courses or afternoon enrichment electives as well as tutoring sessions and a unique series of college-prep workshops. Courses are augmented by activities, organized visits within Berkeley and San Francisco, community service opportunities, and weekly excursions through Northern California.

Stanford Jazz Immersion Programs (CA)

Founded in 1972, Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to jazz education and appreciation. For nearly four decades, SJW has been bringing the best jazz performers and educators together with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, in two summer programs: the Stanford Jazz Festival and the Stanford Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency.

Stanford Parallel Applications for Shared Memory (SPLASH) (Stanford, CA)

Splash is a day long group of lectures, workshops, and seminars for students in grades nine through twelve. At Splash, you can "get your feet wet" with a short introduction to a number of subjects are interested in, or you can "dive head first" into an in-depth seminar or intensive workshop, or a little of both. The courses are taught by Stanford students and Bay Area professionals who want to share their knowledge, interests and specialties.

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute (Stanford, CA)

The Summer Humanities Institute is an intensive academic residential program for rising juniors and seniors ages 15 to 17 interested in history and humanities. This three-week program is led by distinguished Stanford faculty, and provides a tightly integrated academic and social program. Applications are due in March.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMAC) (Stanford, CA)

The program is an intense 4 week-long exposure to higher mathematics. Students will participate in group activities, individual tutoring, a guided reasearch project of their choice, social events, and a guest lecture series.

Stanford University Summer College (Stanford, CA)

Summer College is a residential program for high school students who enroll in the eight-week quarter and take undergraduate courses for Stanford University credit.

Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students - University of California, Riverside (UCR) (Riverside, CA)

The Summer Academy Program at University of California, Riverside (UCR) is specially designed for high school students entering 10-12 grade the next school year. The program allows them to attend a full range of summer school classes. The UCR Summer Academy offers a valuable opportunity for high school students to get a head start on their college degree and to distinguish their college applications.

Summer Focus at UC Berkeley - Education Unlimited (Berkeley, CA)

A comprehensive 6-week summer academic enrichment program offered in partnership between Education Unlimited and UC Berkeley Summer Sessions. Entering junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to earn college credit.

The Clarion Workshop (San Diego, CA)

The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop is the best known and most highly regarded science fiction writing workshop in the country. Clarion attracts some of the most highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy authors as teaching writers. Admission to the workshop is based upon the promise of the applicant's writing at its present stage.

The Humanities, Entrepreneurship, And Technology (HEAT) Institute (Stanford, CA)

HEAT is an academic and professional development institute based in Silicon Valley dedicated towards the advancement of the humanities, entrepreneurship, and technology with a curricular focus on Big Data and Data Science applications. The HEAT student summer camp combines three educational tracks to exercise critical thinking skills and impart hands-on business, data science, and career development experience to students of all backgrounds.

The Summer Science Program (SSP) (CA & NM)

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is a residential enrichment program in which gifted high school students complete a challenging, hands-on research project in celestial mechanics.

THINK Summer Institute - Davidson Institute for Talent Development (Reno, NV)

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development and the University of Nevada, Reno offer the THINK Summer Institute. This three-week residential summer program offers bright students an opportunity to access an extremely rigorous educational experience. Participants who complete the program receive transferable college credits.

University of California, Academic Connections (San Diego, CA)

High school students are able to participate in a rewarding and exciting residential summer program at the University of California, San Diego through the Academic Connections program. Students experience what the college environment is really like at a top-ranked research university. Courses available include: Engineering, Marine Sciences, Political Science, Clinical Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Anthropology and the Arts and Humanities. Students take one course that meets five hours daily.

University of California, Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) (Berkeley, CA)

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, our classes are designed to engage our students' hearts as well as their minds. Admission is based on the student's overall academic profile. Grades, achievement test scores, an essay, and a teacher recommendation are all considered.

University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Exploratorium (Irvine, CA)

The Gifted Students Academy Exploratorium is an all-day innovative program for gifted and talented students presently in grades 1-4. The Exploratorium is an integrated program of art, creative writing, computers, math and science. The Exploratorium provides a multimedia approach with computers and the web, science, art, language arts, and recreational activities. Introduction to life on a college campus while experiencing hands-on laboratory activities and experiments make the one-week program memorable. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily with an hour lunch in the UCI Dining Hall.

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

The Gifted Students Academy (GSA) is an intensive summer program for gifted middle school students, grades 5-8. Participants select courses in each of the major subject areas of math, science, language arts, social studies and the arts, and may attend as a commuter student or reside on campus in the University residence halls. Courses are offered in one-week modules and span over a six-week period. GSA offers a strong foundation of disciplinary studies while providing students a sampling of campus life.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) - Summer Advanced Gifted Education (SAGE) (Las Vegas, NV)

This academy in southern Nevada, offers summer classes designed especially for Clark County's (greater Las Vegas area) most gifted high school students. Dual enrollment awards the students with three college credits as well as high school enrichment credits. Faculty instructors mentor the students to read the most recent literature, engage in discussions, and independently produce new research.

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.

Washington Charter Elementary School: Summer Acceleration Program (Palm Desert, CA)

The Washington Charter Elementary School features rotating gifted and talented education (GATE) student programs throughout the summer. The programs range from topics such as dissecting pig hearts (in order to educate children in nutrition and animal organs) to math and technology programs.

Websites & Other Media: Informational

CampSearch.com

This website provides information on camps in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Search for a camp by category, state, age, price, specialty, and more. CampSearch.com is the search engine for camps!

Finding the Right Summer Program for Your Gifted Child

"Looking for the best summer program for your gifted child? Look no further! We've compiled a list of the questions to ask and the resources you'll need to make a match. Before you begin, be sure you've included your child in the selection process by asking her the kinds of things she's looking for in a camp. And remember, planning ahead is key! Most university-based programs have early deadlines and the most popular summer programs are bound to fill up early."

In the mix at Model REU: Creative mentor, talented students, hand-matched problems

This mathematical "summer camp" on the Duluth campus, one of the several dozen math REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs funded by the National Science Foundation at colleges and universities around the U.S. In operation since the late 1970s, the Duluth program is the oldest and perhaps best known of the math REUs; it's also notorious for being the toughest to get into, . Twenty-two Duluth participants have been Putnam fellows, and 21 have been members of International Mathematical Olympiad teams.

Mobius Spokane

Mobius Spokane is an educational center with a mission of stimulating minds, inspiring careers and instilling wonder across the Inland Northwest with entertaining and experiential science programs and exhibits. It offers programs such as daily demonstrations and exhibits, a teen docent program, speaker series, camps, classes, workshops, competitions, and conferences. It also has a club for gifted students, as well as summer and holiday camps.

National Association for Gifted Children's (NAGC) Gifted & Talented Resource Directory

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has assembled an online searchable directory listing parent/educator resources, schools and programs, and information by subject.

Quantum Learning Network (QLN)

Quantum Learning Network has evolved from a small group of educators in the early 1980's to a global organization spanning more than 14 countries. The Quantum Adademy in Oceanside, CA offers programs on Youth Achievement, Teacher Training, College Success and Adult Learning. Achievement skills courses include academic and study strategies, powerful memory and reading techniques, effective writing, thinking and learning, purposeful teaching practices, empowering leadership, and more. QLN also offers a 10-day SuperCamp Summer Program.

Summer Program Directory

The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University has focused on the needs of students with exceptionally high academic abilities. The CTY community includes very bright students from all over the world whose talents place them well ahead of their agemates.

SummerCamps.com

This website is the premier online summer camp directory. Start your summer camp search by selecting a camp type or category. Find the right camp for this summer at SummerCamps.com!

Teen Life

This website offers resources geared toward providing teenagers in the United States with information about educational opportunities, summer programs, gap year programs, volunteer opportunities and after school activities. The website provides a searchable database with thousand of entries, as well as newsletters and an online community.

Websites & Other Media: Learning Tools

Rock-It Science - Sparking Enthusiasm & Creating Excellence In Science Education

The primary focus of this non-profit organization is to provide science enrichment classes to underserved and at-risk youth. Rock-It Science offers three programs: In-Class Instruction; Summer Programs and Camps; and, Homeschool Science Classes.