Summer Gifted and Talented Program

Save the Date!

The Summer Gifted and Talented Program is delighted to announce its Summer 2015 dates:

Week 1: June 15-19
Week 2: June 22-26
Week 3: July 6-10
Week 4: July 13-17

The Summer 2015 Program Application is now available!

Click here for Summer 2015 Course Descriptions!

Teacher Bios are also available!

Admissions Criteria for the Summer Gifted and Talented Program are detailed on page 2 of the appliction. For students who cannot provide qualifying standardized test scores in the 90%ile or above for admissions, an Admissions Portfolio can be submitted. The Teacher Recommendation Form can be submitted with a current report card, program evaluation from a comparable gifted & talented program, and IQ test or equivalent assessment from a child psychologist, or a student portfolio of sample work as applicable.

Click here for the Teacher Recommendation Form!

The Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University serves the academic and social needs of highly motivated gifted and talented students entering grades 2-8 in the Fall. Enriching and challenging instruction is rooted in discovery-based learning, differentiated instruction and assessments, flexible grouping, hands-on activities, real world connections and individual student evaluations. Class sizes are limited to 16-20 students maximum with teaching assistants assigned as necessary for additional classroom supervision, management and instructional planning.

Students are accepted into courses that reflect their demonstrated academic area of strength in math, science and/or verbal reasoning. Nationally-normed standardized test scores ranked in the 90%ile are pre-qualified for enrollment pending prerequisites or course availability. Students without scores in the 90%ile may apply 1-2 teacher recommendation(s) for consideration. Please download a copy of the teacher recommendation form linked above, or contact the Program Director/Gifted Office for any questions regarding the teacher recommendation form or admissions process. Please allow 1-2 weeks for application processing and review, in the order they are received. Families will be informed of admissions and enrollment details via email. The Welcome Packet will include program details, course enrollment, and additional forms for Early Morning Drop off and our Extended Day Programming, Chess Club and Games.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional program details.

To request a school visit or additional program materials, school officials/teachers may contact the Program Director, Janie Wu, at

Additional Information

  • The Summer Gifted and Talented Program is structured for academically gifted and talented students who will enter grades 2 through 8 in the Fall
  • Our Academic Day is 9:30am-3pm; Regular morning drop off is between 9-9:15am
  • Recess, P.E. and computer activities also take place during the class day, everyday!
  • Students are asked to bring a non-perishable sack lunch - we will provide a cold drink and a healthy treat daily
  • For specific questions pertaining to the Summer Gifted and Talented Program, please contact Program Director Janie Wu at