Finding Summer Enrichment Opportunities

gtchat 04052018 Enrichment

Why is it important to find summer enrichment opportunities for gifted kids? There are many reasons to find summer enrichment; particularly when so many gifted students are languishing in classrooms where they lack challenge and enrichment. It’s been my experience these kids crave enriching summers. Summertime and school holidays can provide those rare opportunities for family time; forming true-peer relationships in pre-college or camp experiences; engaging in passion projects; exploration of new interests.

Enrichment can cover wide-ranging areas; but should ‘extend’ learning experiences. Consideration should be given to a child’s current level of understanding and desire to enhance knowledge in a particular area. It should not be an attempt to recreate the ‘classroom’ in just another setting. It should be fun and interesting for kids. They should be the one to determine the content of their enrichment experience.

Families can use summer and holiday time to seek enrichment opportunities. They need to take time for careful planning both in terms of time constraints, budget, and what the child wants to do. Family time together is precious; a time for building memories. Including enrichment is a win-win situation. Favorite vacation destinations, a family visit, even sightseeing; all can be repurposed or enhanced to seek enriching experiences for gifted kids. Family planning sessions can help to maximize the benefits for everyone.

Virtually all colleges and universities offer some form of pre-college enrichment. By scheduling opportunities at various schools, students can get a feel for the college experience while deciding what they are looking for in a school. We had a great experience with a summer program that was housed at a university. Not only did my daughter benefit from the program, but also got to experience being on a college campus, attending classes, socializing and dorm life.

Camp-style experiences can address social-emotional concerns while also guaranteeing a gifted child being able to associate with intellectual peers and mentors. These opportunities afford gifted students the chance to have a relaxing and fun experience that informs,instructs, and enhances learning outside a traditional classroom. Please see below for a list of summer opportunities. A transcript may be found at Wakelet.

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Links:

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Summer and Saturday Enrichment Programs

Summer Discovery Pre-College and Middle-School Enrichment Programs (14 University Partners)

Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Top Summer Camps for Gifted Children

What Summer Camp Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students Can Offer

The Importance of Summer Learning Opportunities for Gifted Students

Finding the Right Summer Program for Your Gifted Child

Planning for Summer 

Exploring Summer Camps Options (pdf)

Beyond School Walls: What Parents Can Do to Widen the Horizons of Their Gifted Learners (pdf)

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy (pdf)

Summer Enrichment of Just Hanging Out? What Parents Should Know about Extended Learning Opportunities (pdf)

50 Best Pre-College Summer Science Programs for High School Students

Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer Enrichment Opportunities – Meaningful Experiences Beyond the School Year

2e-Friendly Summer Camp Listing

A Kick Start to Summer Camps

Sprite’s Site: Gifted @ Play: Calculate your Leisure Profile

Hoagies’ Blog Hop: The Gift of Free Time

Cybraryman’s Summer Fun and Learning

Summer Enrichment Opportunities 2018*

(For informational purposes only. Listing is not an endorsement. Some deadlines have passed.)

Alabama: 

University of Alabama K-12 Summer Programs

Alaska: 

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program: Summer Bridge (Anchorage) 

Campbell Creek Science Center Trailside Discovery Camp (Anchorage) 

Spring Creek Farm Trailside Discovery Camp (Palmer)

University of Alaska (Anchorage & MatSu): Summer Engineering Academies

Arizona: 

Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented: Student Enrichment Scholarship (up to $200)

Arizona State University: Barrett Summer Scholars

Gifted Rocks Summer Camps 2018 (pdf) (Anthem/Glendale)

Arkansas:

2018 Arkansas Governor’s School

California:

Alpha Star Academy Summer Camps (Santa Clara)

California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Programs

Camp Galileo (Bay Area)

Camp Galileo (SoCal)

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy (San Diego)

San Francisco Art Institute: Pre-College

Sonoma State University Summer 2018 Program

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies Academic Enrichment Programs

UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program: Summer Classes

UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

UC Irvine Summer 2018 Gifted Students Academy

UC San Diego Academic Connections

USC Spend the Summer with USC Dornsife

Colorado:

Colorado College (Colorado Springs) Gifted and Talented Plus Summer Programs 2018

Jefferson County Gifted Summer Opportunities (pdf)

UNC: Summer Enrichment Program

Weld RE-4 Summer Academic Camps 2018

Connecticut:

Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop Summer 2018

Manchester Community College Summer Enrichment Programs

Manchester Community College Summer Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Excursions in Learning Youth Programs

Project Oceanology Summer Camps

Talcott Mountain Science Center Summer Programs

Delaware:

University of Delaware: Edge Summer College Program

Florida:

Pompano Beach High School Young Scholar Academy Summer Camp for the Gifted (pdf)

Seacamp

Stetson University HATS Summer Courses

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program

Georgia:

Atlanta Public Schools: Xanadu 2018 Gifted Summer Programs

Mathematics in Action (MIA) Scholars Program (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Tech Camp (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Illinois:

Galileo Innovation Camps (Chicago area)

Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp

Science and Arts Academy: Summer Adventures in Learning (Des Plaines)

University of Chicago Summer Session for High School Students

Northwestern University: National High School Institute

Iowa:

Belin Blank Center: Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Blank Park Zoo Summer Safari Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Dickinson County Nature Center (Okoboji): Summer Youth Camps

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids (Coe College – Cedar Rapids)

Iowa Ceramics Center Summer and Glass Studio Camps 2018 (Cedar Rapids)

Iowa State CY-TAG Summer Residential Program

Iowa State University Engineering Camps

Kirkwood Community College: STEM Camps (Cedar Rapids)

Living History Farms Summer Day Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Maker Summer Camps from FabLab (Iowa City)

Summit Summer Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TCR Summer Performance Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TechKnow Summer Classes (Spencer)

Willow Wind Summer Program 2018: Full STEAM AHEAD (Iowa City)

Kentucky:

WKU: Camp Explore 1st – 3rd grade June 4-8, 2018

WKU: SCATS 6th – 8th grade June 10 -22, 2018

WKU: VAMPY 7th – 10th June 24 – July 14, 2018

WKU: Camp Innovate July 3rd – 5th grade   9 – 13, 2018

Louisiana:

McNeese State University Governor’s Program for Gifted Children

University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Achievement Program: Rising Pre-K through 6th Grades (pdf)

University of Louisiana Lafayette Summer Scholars Residential and Commuter Program 2018 (pdf)

Massachusetts:

Boston College: Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Brandeis University: Summer Residential Programs

Gakko: The Berkshires Ages: 13 – 18 June 24th – July 13th, 2018

New England Center for Investigative Reporting: The Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute (Boston)

Smith College (Women): Field Studies for Sustainable Futures

Smith College (Women): Summer Science & Engineering Program

Snow Farm Summer (Williamsburg)

Tuffs University: Summer at Tuffs Pre-College Programs

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Frontier Program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Launch Program

Maryland:

University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars

Michigan:

Calvin College: Summer Camps

Roeper Summer Programs

Michigan State University: GATE Summer Programs 2018 (pdf)

Minnesota:

2018 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide

Mississippi:

University of Southern Mississippi Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies: Summer Gifted Studies Program

Missouri:

Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School Pre-College Summer Programs 

Nebraska:

Doane University – Crete: Going Green! Algae for Biofuels Camp

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (Ashland): Summer Camps

University of Nebraska – Cedar Point Biological Station: Biodiversity and Field Science Camp

University of Nebraska – Kearney: Cyber Camp

University of Nebraska – Lincoln: Life Underground:  The Unseen Power of Microbes Camp

University of Nebraska – Omaha: Aim For the Stars Science & Math Camp

University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha: High School Alliance Enrichment Programs

New Jersey:

Gifted Child Society Summer Super Stars Camp STEAM Day Camp 2018

Kean University Group Summer Scholars Research Program for High School Students

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Women in Engineering & Technology Initiatives FEMME Program

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Intermediate Robotics (iRobotics) 

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Fundamentals of Physical Sciences

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Academy College Courses for High School Students

Rider University: Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute

Rider University: Pre-College Stage and Screen Acting Academy

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Camps, Institutes, and Intensives

Rutgers University: Summer Scholars Program

Rutgers University: Summer Science Scholars Academy

Rutgers University: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

SEE Camp Summer Enrichment

Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken) Pre-College Programs

Stockton University: Science Enrichment Academy (SEAS)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Bonner Fellows Program

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for Science, Career, and Research Exploration

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer High School Urban Teacher Academy (pdf)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Robotics Camp

New York:

Alfred University Summer Programs

Challenge Camp (Westchester Co.)

Columbia University Barnard College High School Pre-College Summer Programs

Cooper Union: Introduction to Architecture for High School Students

Cooper Union: Summer Art Intensive

Cooper Union: Summer STEM Program

Cooper Union: Summer Writing Program

Cornell: Summer College

Hunter College Summer Enrichment Program (NYC)

Ithaca College Summer College for High School Students

NYC Summer Academy

New York Institute of Technology Academy

New York University (NYU): Summer High School Programs

Saratoga 2018 Summer Enrichment (pdf)

Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students

Union College Summer Program

Wagner College: Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students

North Carolina:

Duke University: Summer Academy for High School Students

Duke University: Summer College for High School Students

Duke University: Summer Intensive STEM Academy

Ohio:

Air Camp (Dayton)

Be Wise STEM Camps (Girls) (Denison University – Granville)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: Summer Camps (Dayton)

Miami University Summer Scholars Program

Miami University Youth Writing Camp 2018

Oberlin College and Conservatory Summer Programs

Ohio Northern University Summer Academic and Honors Institute

Ohio Northern University Summer Camps

Ohio State: Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

Ohio State: Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

Ohio State: Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers Intensive Three-day Residential Program

Ohio State: Philosophy and Critical Thinking Summer Camp – 2018 Focus: Justice

Ohio State: Public Speaking and Debate Camp

Ohio State: Ross Mathematics Program

Ohio State: STEM Summer Camps

Ohio State: Stone Lab Introductory Courses

Ohio State: Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing 2018

Ohio Supercomputer Center Summer Institute 2018 (Columbus)

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League of Columbus Residential Summer Camp

Otterbein University 2018 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented

Otterbein University Summer Music Experience

Summer Opportunities for Gifted Learners

Thurber Center 2018 Summer Writing Camp (Columbus)

University of Cincinnati: Design Architecture Art Planning (DAAP) Camps 2018 

University of Cincinnati: High School Arts Immersion

University of Toledo: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Camps

Wright State Pre-College Residential Camps 2018

Pennsylvania:

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

Camp Ballibay Arts Camp (Wyalusing Township)

Chatham University High School Summer Experiences Eduscholars/STEAM Camp (pdf)

Chatham University (Eden Hill) Sustainability Leadership Academy

CMU: Pre-College Artificial Intelligence

CMU: Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

CMU: Summer Pre-College Programs

Cumberland Valley School District Summer Enrichment 2018 (pdf) (Mechanicsburg) 

Duquesne University: Summer Institute for High School Students

Duquesne University: Forensic Science and Law Summer Workshop

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Grayson School Summer 2018 Enrichment Programs

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Summer Honors College

Juniata College: Summer Science Splash Camp

Lebanon Valley College Summer Camps

Point Park University High School Summer Journalism Workshop

Susquehanna University: Exploring Legal Careers Summer Workshop

Susquehanna University: Summer Writers Workshop

University of Pennsylvania Penn Summer High School Programs

University of Pittsburgh Accelerated High School

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island School of Design: Pre-College

Roger Williams University: High School Summer Academy

South Carolina:

Furman University Summer Scholars

Tennessee:

Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth Summer 2018 Student Programs

Texas:

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp

AwesomeMath Summer Programs (Plano)

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation

Baylor’s University for Young People

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Camp BRIT 2018

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa Jr. (Fort Worth) 

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa (Fort Worth)

Central Texas Writing Project: Young Writers Camp (Multiple Locations) 

Creative Brick Builders: 2018 Summer Camps (Multiple Locations)

E.A. Young Academy’s Ignite! Summer Intensives 2018

Fort Worth Museum Science and History: Summer 2018 Museum School 

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: 2018 Summer Natural History Adventures (pdf)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Camps and Programs

Game Worlds (Austin)

Kimbell Art Museum: Summer Camps (Fort Worth)

Lone Star Leadership Academy (DFW)

Mansfield ISD: Rising Stars Discovery Camp 2018

Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs: Summer Camps (Plano/Frisco) 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Summer Art Camp and Art Study at the Modern 2018

Rice University: Creative Writing Camp

Rice University: Energy Explorations Academy at Rice University Summer 2018

Rice University: Rice Computer Engineering Design Academy for Middle School Students

Rice University: Rice Summer Business Institute

Rice University: Rice Summer Sessions for High School Students

Rice University: Tapia Camps Programs for Summer 2018

Summer Scholars Camp (Multiple Locations)

Texas A&M: Youth Adventure Program (College Station)

TCU Summer Camps 

Texas State University: EARDC Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (San Marcos)

Texas Tech University – Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL)

UT Arlington: Engineering Summer Programs

UT Arlington: Music Camps

UT Arlington: Kids and Teens University Summer Camps

UT Arlington: Summer @CAPPA 2018

UT Dallas: Coding Camps Summer 2018

Vermont:

Talent Development Institute: TDI Summer Camp 2018

The Putney School Summer Arts Studios

Virginia:

Governor’s Foreign Language Academies 2018

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools 2018

Washington:

Robinson Center for Young Scholars Summer Challenge (University of Washington) 

Satori Camp

Summer @ Seabury 2018 (Tacoma)

Whitworth University: Whitworth’s Summer Program for Gifted Middle School Students (Spokane)

Washington, D.C.:

American University Community of Scholars Summer Program

Georgetown University Summer High School Programs 

George Washington University Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students 

The St. Albans School of Public Service

West Virginia:

National Youth Science Camp (WV)

National:

Academic Study Associates Summerfuel

AIFS Gap Year/High School Programs Abroad

Boston University: Summer Programs for High School Students

Brown University Pre-College Summer Programs

Camp Summit (East/West)

Catholic University of America School of Architecture Summer High School Program

Coding with Kids: Camps Summer 2018 (Multiple Locations)

Concordia Language Villages Summer Camps (MN)

Cornell University Catalyst Academy

Davidson THINK Summer Institute (NV)

Duke University Youth Summer Programs (NC)

Great Books Summer Programs

Green River Preserve (NC)

Harvard University (MA) Summer Programs for High School Students

Interlochen Arts Camp (MI)

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs (MD)

Junior Statesman Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

MIT MITES

National Inventors: Camp Invention (Multiple Locations)

National Student Leadership Conference (Multiple Locations)

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Programs (IL) 

Purdue University GERI Summer Camps

Space Camp (AL)

Summer Discovery – Middle School Enrichment (Multiple Locations) 

Summer Institute for the Gifted (Multiple Locations)

UC-Berkeley: Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps (CA) 

University of Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Programs

William & Mary: Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History

Windsor Mountain Summer Camp (NH)

Yale Young Global Scholars

Yunasa Summer Camps

International:

CET Academic Programs (Study Abroad)

Oxbridge Academic Programs (US Locations)

Online:

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Online Summer Classes

Laurel Springs Schools Summer Program

Northwestern University: Gifted Learning Links

*List compiled by and courtesy of Lisa Conrad and Gifted Parenting Support.

Image courtesy of Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

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