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THINK Summer 2021 Online

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A gifted summer program for students ages 13 to 16

Our three-week residential gifted summer program is moving online in 2021! THINK is designed to meet the needs of intellectually curious students. We provide social connections with academically motivated peers, dynamic courses with the option to earn college credit, and virtual gatherings modeled after our in-person THINK experience. Application deadline: April 9

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Students attending THINK Summer Seminar

2021 Format

Courses and instructors will remain the same as those planned for the in-person program. Students will also receive course supplies and other program materials to enhance their participation at home.
Program Dates: July 12 – 30, 2021 

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A student attending THINK Summer Seminar

Program Highlights

  • Complete a college course and earn three credits from the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Log-on daily to participate in their course and connect with the instructor and fellow classmates
  • Connect with like-minded peers in study groups, games, themed discussions, and virtual gatherings modeled after our in-person THINK experience
A student attending THINK Summer Seminar

Program Fees

Deposit: $500 due by April 5
Remaining Fee: $1,200 due by May 3
Total: $1,700
All program fees are non-refundable.

Students attending THINK Summer Seminar


The 2021 application has closed.

Current Applicants: If you were accepted into 2021 THINK, you are automatically enrolled in THINK-Online. Final commitment to the program, including associated fees, will not be required until April 5th. If you know that THINK-Online will not be a fit for your student this summer, please let us know and we can unenroll your student. 

Schedule & Activities

July 12 – 30, 2021 

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
Students will log in daily to participate in their college course, which will include synchronistic (live) and asynchronistic (independent) lecture and activities. Break times will be scheduled throughout the day. A detailed daily schedule will be sent to enrolled families prior to the program.

Sample Schedule 
This is an example of a typical day. Times and activities will vary.

90 minutesClass Time (LIVE & Independent)
60 minutesBreak
90 minutesClass Time (LIVE & Independent)
60 minutesBreak
60 minutesSocial Game and Themed Discussions (LIVE)
1-3 hoursEvening homework (varies each day)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why will students take one class instead of two?

THINK is a rigorous, fast-paced program. We help setup students for success by having a high-level of support and daily structure made possible by a residential setting. With a shift to online, students will be required to be more self-directed in their learning, time management, and homework. Additionally, there are a certain number of instruction hours required for each course, and we want to help students avoid “Zoom fatigue,” so they can truly enjoy their experience mastering the subject matter and engaging with their instructor. Completing one college course in three weeks is a remarkable achievement!

Why is THINK not in person this year?

Many factors were part of this decision. It weighed heavily on us trying to balance the need for some normalcy and in-person connection while ensuring a safe and rewarding interactive experience. Given numerous constraints outside of our control presented by COVID, in addition to a wide variety of unknown factors affecting travel restrictions come summertime, we could not move forward with offering THINK in person as we had hoped would be possible when we began planning months ago.

Can I move 2021 acceptance to 2022?

No. In-person THINK will be starting "fresh" in 2022 and no places from 2020 or 2021 attendees will be reserved. 

My student cannot attend during the live class time. Can they complete their class in the evenings?

No, students need to attend during the designated live class times in order to earn college credit.

Do you have additional questions?

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.