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Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

The SIG Experience

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Through 25 years of experience and resources in gifted education, SIG provides a unique environment for gifted and talented students to connect with peers in a community of like-minded learners from all over the world who share common interests, abilities and goals.

Students will benefit from superior programming, which combines academics with social, cultural and recreational opportunities for a well-rounded summer. Each course is led by skilled instructors who have expertise in their disciplines and represent a range of professional backgrounds.

These 3-week summer sessions will allow your child to mature and develop in every element of his or her life, developing long-lasting and meaningful relationships, increasing in self-confidence and thinking in divergent ways , all within a safe and secure environment at a prestigious campus. No matter which program option you choose, you can rest assured the overall atmosphere of SIG will nurture and grow your child's gift.

SIG offers gifted students:


Superior programs

SIG has the best well-rounded program for gifted students because we combine academics, social, cultural and recreational opportunities. Our 25 years of experience have made us the leading organization in the field. Learn about all the long-term benefits to SIG alumni in our recently published Program Outcomes Assessment.

Prominent academic institutions

SIG Residential programs are held at Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UT Austin, Vassar College, and other prestigious colleges and universities.

Dedicated instructors

SIG faculty bring a diversity of talent and skills from many areas. They are all local teachers and other professionals who commute to campus daily. The passions they bring to the program are enhanced by specified SIG training.

Innovative academic program

Students not only study traditional subjects, but also might encounter Socrates and Plato, design their own business, perform comedy improvisation, and learn in many other active and unique ways. Learning is fun!

Sports & recreational activities

The SIG academic program provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop social relationships during such sports and activities as swimming, fencing, and self defense at our campuses.

A safe and secure learning environment

Student safety, security and health are our top priority at SIG. All SIG programs are well staffed for careful supervision. We can be reached at the on-campus SIG office seven days a week. A registered nurse lives on campus during the program and is available 24-hours a day. Students can be reached by phone in an emergency.

Diversity in our student body

Make life-long friends with gifted students from the U.S. and around the world. Our diverse, international student body will expose your child to other cultures.

Outstanding campus facilities

Students experience the energy and excitement of campus life. While every campus is different, most have a computer lab, science facilities, library, indoor pool, tennis courts and playing fields.

Residential or day programs

Choose the program that is best for your child. Commuter option available at many campuses.

Education planning service

You will receive access to a “members only” SIG/NSGT exclusive website in association with Peterson’s.

Financial Reassurance

The World Class Coverage Plan of insurance provides many benefits, including program cancellation insurance due to medical reasons, or if either parent of the insured is laid off.

SIG Eligibility Requirements

All Summer Institute for the Gifted programs require evidence of high academic ability and/or achievement. Documentation must be submitted with the application form.

Students who meet one of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG:

  • Participants in Academic Talent Search Programs: evidence of participation should be submitted with the SIG application.
  • Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least one of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test or at the highest performance level on a state test administered by their schools: copies of test scores should be submitted with the SIG application.
  • Students who have scored in the gifted range on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or SSATB. For students taking the SAT, the code number for reporting scores to the Summer Institute for the Gifted is 0375.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully in a local or school gifted program: evidence of participation should be submitted with the SIG application.
  • If no local or school gifted program exists, or if no test scores are available, two letters of recommendation can be submitted. For students in grades K-3, one letter may come from a parent; one letter should be from the school. For students in grades 4-11, a letter from a teacher and a letter from a school administrator who is familiar with the student’s record and performance may be submitted.


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SIG Residential Programs

Central to the SIG Residential Program is the idea that by living where they learn, students become part of a community of like-minded young people and adults. These students are committed to academic excellence, social and emotional growth, and creative and recreational excitement. Crucial to this stimulating environment is the inclusion of students who share similar abilities, interests, commitments, and talents. Here students learn responsibility, self-motivation, community participation, and respect for others.

A commuter option is available at select campuses.

Host Campuses

The Summer Institute for the Gifted Residential Programs are held at some of the most beautiful and prestigious campuses in the United States. Each campus is carefully selected based on its academic facility, its outstanding educational reputation, and its capability and willingness to serve and assist with the accomplishment of SIG's goals and purposes.

The 2010 Summer Institute for the Gifted Residential sessions will be held as follows:
  • UC Berkeley I Berkeley, CA June 19 - July 9
  • Emory University Atlanta, GA June 20 - July 10
  • Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA June 27 - July 17
  • UT Austin Austin, TX July 11 - July 31
  • UC Berkeley II Berkeley, CA July 11 - July 31
  • Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY July 11 - July 31
  • Amherst College Amherst, MA July 18 - August 7
  • Princeton University Princeton, NJ July 25 - August 14
  • UCLA Los Angeles, CA July 25 - August 14
  • Dartmouth College Hanover, NH August 1 - August 21

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