Summer Gifted and Talented Program

Thank you for your participation in a tremendous Summer 2015 learning experience!

Stay tuned for our Save the Date Announcement in Winter 2016.

We'll see you next summer!

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

Download the Summer 2015 Program Application.


  • To Infinity and Beyond!
  • Calling All Artists
  • Chemical Reactions (Wks 1 and 3)
  • Aerodynamics
  • Forensic Science
  • Awesome Artistry
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Number Pyramids and Puzzles
  • The Brain
  • All About That Base
  • Architecture: How Buildings Stand
  • Invention Convention
  • Logic & Critical Thinking
  • American Literature CANCELLED
  • Jurassic Journeys
  • Etch & Sketch CANCELLED 
  • Monster Math
  • Awesome Oceans
  • Amazing Race Around the World
  • Young Authors Book Club
  • Lab Science: Eyes of a Scientist
  • Scream Machine
  • Scratch That Code!
  • Hunger Games
  • Advertising Agents

View the Summer Course Descriptions including awaited descriptions for Applications in Science and Science Olympiad!

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.

Program alumni are eligible to return to Summer Gifted as a Volunteer Program Runner.

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 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Regular morning drop off is between 9 - 9:15 a.m.
  • 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
  • Early Morning Drop-off and Extended Day Programming details are provided in the Welcome Packet once enrollment is approved
  • For specific questions pertaining to the Summer Gifted and Talented Program, please contact Program Director Janie Wu at
  • For childcare tax credit purposes, Dominican University's Tax ID number is 36-2167855