Summer enrichment programs can be an excellent opportunity for gifted students to develop a variety of skills and interests. Below you will find a list of relevant programs, offered throughout the country, that focus on a wide range of subject areas.
2014 Summer Art Adventures
14 camps jam packed with art projects, music, theatre, dance, acting, creative writing, design and more. Campers ages 4-18 make new friends, hang out in a creative atmosphere and work with professional artists and teachers. June 9 – August 15, 2014.
City: Irving, TX
ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars
ADVANCE is a three-week residential program offering a challenging curriculum for gifted students entering grades 8 through 12 next fall. ADVANCE provides a unique learning environment and a strong residential life component so that students have a great time while learning. Students enroll in one course for three weeks of in-depth study.
City: Natchitoches, LA
Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp
Campers, ages 9-15, can learn about aquatic biology, water resources at Texas State University in San Marcos. Campers collect aquatic organisms, engage in microscope labs and perform water quality tests. Other activities include tubing, swimming, river rafting, an intro scuba/ snorkeling lesson and a trip to Sea World.
City: San Marcos
Archaeology Camp at Crow Canyon
Science and adventure in Colorado, for students ages 12-18: Be part of an ongoing research project! Working alongside professional archaeologists, you’ll learn excavation techniques, dig at a real archaeological site, and work with artifacts in the lab. One-week camps. Three-week High School Field School (high school or college credit available).
City: Cortez, CO
Armand Bayou Nature Center Summer Eco Camp
Day camp from 4-13 yrs olds. Provides unique opportunities for children to explore the ecosystems of Armand Bayou. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, and outdoor fun connect campers to nature. Sessions are designed bby educators and G/T certified staff. Small group sizes and perfect for the young and curious.
City: Pasadena/ Clear Lake
Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp
Austin’s most talented writers lead 3-week creative writing workshops for rising 3rd-12th graders. These fun and creative workshops inspire and instruct young people in the crafts of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. All campers are published in a professional-quality anthology. Camp concludes with a reading and book-release party at the Austin Teen Book Festival.
City: Austin, TX
Baylor’s University for Young People (UYP)
A summer enrichment program for grades 1-12. Primary students study interdisciplinary themes wile 0lder students take UYP courses on the Baylor campus. Primary: June 9-13 & June 23-27; Baylor campus: June 9-13 & June 16-20 & June 23-27.
Led by local educators, the Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in exciting hands-on activities. A few featured activities include building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct an insect-themed pinball machine. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early/ alumni registration discounts available!
City: Various Cities
A one-week summer program for incoming 1st-8th graders; offered: July 14-18; July 21-25; August 4-8. All-day from 9am-4pm. Early drop off (8am) and late pickup (5pm) is available. Professional educators teaching what they’re passionate about: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Arts, and more! Small class sizes; 15:1 student/teacher ratio. Cost: $350 per week.
City: Frisco, TX
Professional training of the performing arts for students ages 8-16 of all skill levels, for beginners to develop their theatrical craft and have fun, and for advanced to hone their artistic skills. In addition to rehearsing and producing a full-length show, campers will take classes in acting, music and dance. June 9-29. M-F 9am-5pm, performances June 27 @7PM, June 28 @2PM & 7PM, and June 29 @2PM.
City: Fort Worth, TX
Challenges and Solutions in Medicine in the 21st Century
Attention Gifted High School Students! Explore medical-related career paths and deepen your understanding of medical sciences during this four-day program in the Texas Medical Center. Discover the challenges of modern-day medicine and converse with leading health care professionals about research, clinical application, and policy studies.
City: Houston, TX
Civic Leadership Institute (Northwestern University)
The Civic Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 3-week summer service-learning program for outstanding high school students completing 9-12. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, powerful speakers and seminars, and an unforgettable residential experience for a summer that students describe as “life-changing.”
City: Chicago, IL
Creative Writing Camp (Writers in the Schools and Rice University)
Offers a supportive creative workshop environment where children engage in writing stories, poetry, essays, and plays. Students discover the joy in writing, the intrigue of language, and the confidence of authorship. Workshops end with a performance or reading and each child receives an anthology or writing portfolio.
Davidson THINK Summer Institute
Gifted students interested in a challenging academic program should consider attending Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers 13-16 yr-old students the opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits.
City: Reno, NV
Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute (SI) For K-12 Educators
The Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute (SI) is an annual, 5-day professional development conference where Texas teachers are introduced and trained to implement innovative, classroom-ready, STEM-based educational materials. Located in Cypress, TX the SI offers a series of full-day workshops (Monday – Thursday) and an offsite field trip on Friday. Conference Dates: : July 14-18
City: Cypress, TX
Gifted and Talented Summer Camp at NTLA
Is your bright and gifted child looking for a fun and engaging way to learn this summer? We have the answer! North Texas Leadership Academy (NTLA) is hosting week-long themed camps for students entering Kindergarten-8th grade. Camps run from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Themes include “Fun with Science”, “Everyone’s an Artist”, and many more!
City: Keller, TX
Gifted Thinkers Academy
This summer program is 3 two-week sessions where students are able to participate in a topic of their choice, based on availability. Possible topics include creative writing and photography, CSI, survival skills, broadcast news, and history. Students leave with products of their work to share with their families and friends.
City: Plano, TX
i2 Camp is a national network of STEM summer day camps for middle school children that has partnered with some of the world’s leading scientific and academic institutions, including MIT, Stanford, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Woods Hole and the American Museum of Natural History, to offer a broad range of hands-on courses. Camp topics include Engineering, Genetics, Robotics, Mathematics, Nanotechnology and Environmental Science.
City: Dallas, TX and 21 other locations
IGNITE! Summer Intensives at E.A. Young Academy
IIGNITE! Summer Intensives are summer enrichment programs for gifted, talented, and high ability kids. Built in 1 week increments throughout the summer, each intensive meets Monday-Friday. 9am-12pm or 1-4pm, or both! Courses are taught by incredible faculty who have passion for fun, engaging and innovative programming.
City: North Richland Hills, TX
Lone Star Leadership Academy
Sunday-Friday, residential and hands-on learning leadership development program for outstanding 4th-8th graders. Participants experience classroom curriculum through visits to significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston. Career speakers introduce participants to a wide variety of future career possibilities. Texas teachers facilitate leadership groups, simulations, and leadership activities.
City: Dallas/Fort Worth; Austin/San Antonio; Houston/Galveston
Mad Science Summer Camps
Mad Science offers STEM programming for children ages 4-12 yrs. Our goal is to spark the imagination of children and help develop a love of science. Check out our website for more info or call at 210-651-1143 or 512-892-1143.
City: Austin and San Antonio
Website: www.austin.madscience.org or www.sanantonio.madscience.org
OCU Summer Music Programs
Our intensive pre-college programs are designed for serious students who want to develop their talents and be challenged by OCU’s high standards. Our programs are chiefly directed and instructed by faculty from OCU’s outstanding Bass School of Music and Theatre OCU.
City: Oklahoma City, OK
Rising Stars Summer GT Academy
Rising Star GT Academy is a summer program for identified GT students entering grades 6-8 and offers sessions on robotics, fabulous fiction, culinary chemistry, physics, and biology. Each day, students will choose two sessions (from five) to attend. Camp price: $100. Camp runs for seven mornings from 8:00 am-12:00 pm except Fridays. Tentatively dates: July 29-31 and August 4-7, 2014.
City: Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
Run On The Wind
Wind power production is rapidly expanding, dotting the landscape with spinning turbines that promise the delivery of clean energy. ROW provides young scholars with an introduction to the field of wind science and an opportunity to consider wind science as a future academic pursuit.
Science Fiction Summer for Twice Exceptional Students
Trek through the summer at NSH where students develop their strengths while working on social skills. Students will be engaged in imagination stations like robotics, sci-fi writing to write and produce a space movie, and problem solving math binders. Daily executive function lessons and weekly social skills groups will be offered to all trekkies.
City: Houston, TX
Science: It’s a Girl Thing
The goal of SIGT is to dispel myths and misconceptions about women in science while providing them with strong role models. SIGT is a residential day camp that takes place at Texas Tech with classes taught by Texas Tech faculty and other area educators. Open to grades 5-11.
Shake Hands With Your Future
SHWYF is a summer residential camp for academically talented students in grades 4th-11. Students experience university life and attend two classes per day taught by Texas Tech faculty and other area educators. Join us for a hands-on experience at a national research university.
A week-long math and science sleep-a-way camp for students 12-15 years old. Our faculty includes leading specialists from Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab, and Harvard Medical School. An exciting week-long journey into the world of math, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Swimming, arts, sports, music, dancing and campfire are also an integral part of SigmaCamp.
City: East Setauket, NY
Summer Leadership Workshops (Texas Association of Student Councils)
Workshops help students develop skills to effectively lead organizations on the campus level, gain insight into their personal leadership strengths, and learn techniques to improve organization operation to make a positive impact on their school, community, and world. Led by experienced educators with a strong commitment to youth programs, the program has a 50+ year history of serving leaders in Texas.
Summer Wonders is a full or half-day program that allows students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment through an integrative, hands-on non-traditional approach. While topics are academic in nature, they are presented in a fun, creative manner that inspires critical thinking and enables students to solve problems and effect discovery.
Threshold at Hardin-Simmons University is a non-residential, summer enrichment program for gifted learners. Master’s degree level teachers engage children in active learning through problem-solving and higher-level thinking in a safe, inviting environment with their intellectual peers. This year’s theme, “Challenges”, will lead students to investigate several types of challenges in nature, history, society and technology. Visit our website for more information about specific classes and to register for Threshold.
City: Abilene, TX
The focus of environmental education at Treetops is to encourage the child to explore the connections of nature to arts, science, social studies, languages, math, and all the humanities, and is based on the recent research of Edward Wilson on “Consilience – The Unity of Knowledge” and the earlier research by Thoreau, Leopold, Montessori, et al.
City: Grand Prairie, TX
Truman Institute – Summer Academies
Offering highly talented students a head start on their future university careers through three residential programs. We believe that students crave a challenge that reaches well beyond what their home schools have the time or resources to offer. The goal of our academies is that students leave with an increased appreciation for education, intellectual engagement, and the college experience.
City: Kirksville, MO
Youth Adventure Program (YAP) – Texas A&M
A career exploration summer camp for gifted and talented students at Texas A&M University. YAP is a series of one week courses taught by university faculty that feature hands-on learning experiences that are designed to give participants in-depth insight into everything that a chosen field of interest has to offer.
City: College Station
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