Once enrolled in the Young Scholars program, families can register for Young Scholars Private Website (YSPW), the hub of our online community. We encourage Young Scholar families to use this site’s many features to learn of opportunities exclusively for program participants, discover fun and informative resources, and most importantly - to interact with one another. Read on to learn how families can engage with the Young Scholars online community!
Whether it’s summer programs, online learning options, or accessing individualized support from the Family Consultant team, members can utilize YSPW to stay informed about opportunities through the Young Scholars program. YSPW hosts programs that recognize and celebrate Young Scholars who give back to their community, in addition to offering fun options to connect, such as our Pen Pal and Flat Dave projects.
Every quarter, the Family Consultant team publishes the Davidson Digest, a newsletter with articles on topics related to raising profoundly gifted students, available on YSPW. Families can access a list of favorite resources for parents in one place. And students are able to dig deeper into their areas of interest with resource webpages specifically for Young Scholars.
Get to know other community members! Every Young Scholar and parent can register for an individual YSPW account, giving each user the ability to customize a personal profile, including privacy settings. Discover others in the community through specific searches by city, state, and other details. Reach out and say hello!
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Connect with others online! These online networks are intended to provide an opportunity for Young Scholars to connect over common interests and build friendships, and for Young Scholar parents to converse and share their insights into navigating the profoundly gifted world. Young Scholar Alums are also able to join in the mix and stay connected through the forums.
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YS Online (fee-based)Designed to be different than other online courses, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers year-long, advanced middle school courses exclusively for Young Scholars. YS Online courses are modeled off of middle school courses at the Davidson Academy.
Find others who share similar experiences and learn from various experts! The Parent Seminars offer a unique experience to ask questions from experts in the profoundly gifted field and to support one another while discussing the common challenges of raising a profoundly gifted student. Seminars are also archived for parents to refer to afterwards.
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Young Scholar Seminars
Learn alongside others in the community! Young Scholars are able to get to know and inspire one another through engaging conversation facilitated by professionals in our Young Scholar seminars. The diverse topics covered offer opportunities to meet like-minded peers and learn something new!
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.