This page provides general information about selecting programs and sources to locate programs. CGA serves as a resource of information for our members and does not recommend or endorse any of the listed programs. We also have separate pages on:
- CGA’s own MOSAIC student enrichment programs, competitions and tournaments.
- Summer enrichment in the metroplex
- School-year enrichment
- At-home enrichment (books, movies, games, etc.)
Feel free to share your experiences with any of these programs or recommend other opportunities that would be good for gifted children by entering your comments at the bottom of the page.
How should I select a program?
NAGC publishes a guide to evaluating summer programs.
Is this program a good fit for gifted kids?
It is maddening to spend big bucks for a summer camp, only to have your child conclude it was too easy. If you want a program that will challenge and engage gifted kids, ask how they group kids or how they determine who qualifies as gifted. When in doubt, ask to talk to previous participants. The talent search programs and THINK Summer Institute are the most stringent about limiting enrollment to gifted kids.
Searching on a national level
- National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
- American Math Society – for high school students
- Society for Science & the Public – for science and math programs
- Summer Institute for the Gifted – for grades K – 11
- Concordia Language Villages to learn a foreign language
- Check your favorite college’s website for summer courses
- A list of 10 academic camps that are offered nationally
Programs for gifted children through the regional Talent Identification programs;
- Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
- Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
- Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development
- University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center
- Center for Bright Kids
- Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth
- Davidson Academy (Reno) THINK Summer Institute – university courses for the proufoundly gifted
Searching throughout Texas
- IDEAL GT Programs at Texas Tech University – for grades K-12
- CGA’s own MOSAIC Summer enrichment program (for grades 4-8) and see our page on Summer Enrichment for a list of classes close to home (for grades K-12).
- Coppell ISD is hosting Camp Invention (for grades 1st-6th) at Pinkerton Elementary in June 2015.
- Tech Ed Missions is being held at CISD campuses during June and July 2015.
Assistance for profoundly gifted children
The Davidson Young Scholars program offers free consulting, guidebooks, and other services for profoundly gifted students.