The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), founded in 1984, is a co-ed gifted education summer program for students, ages 5 through 17. SIG's mission is to provide educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.
In 2009, SIG became a program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented, a not-for-profit 501©(3) organization. SIG offers residential and commuter programs to students ages 9–17 and day programs to students ages 5–12 at various college, university and school campuses across the country.
Location & Facilities
SIG began in 1984 with a single session in New Jersey. Since then, it has expanded to include 11 residential sessions in 8 states and numerous day programs. In 2014, nearly 2,400 students participated in SIG programs.
List of Departments
SIG offers unique programming for gifted and talented students ages 5-17 during the summer and school year. Our current program offerings include:
SIG Summer Programs
SIG summer programs combine academics with social, cultural and recreational opportunities for a truly engaging summer. Programs are available for gifted students ages 5-17.
Residential/Commuter/Extended Commuter Programs
Three-week summer sessions for gifted students ages 9-17* held at some of the most prestigious campuses nationwide.
Three-week summer sessions for gifted students ages 5-12* wanting to participate in captivating courses built to enhance existing talents while remaining in the local community.
* Ages vary by campus
SIG Online Programs
The SIG Online Learning Program is an exciting 8-week online program for Gifted and Talented students. These courses offer students curriculum beyond what is offered during the school day, are wide ranging in potential interest areas for individualized learning, and engage students in hands-on learning while applying school content through speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, reasoning and questioning.
SIG/NSGT, along with the support of additional donors, is pleased to be able to offer financial assistance to some students who wish to attend our program and ask that you please read the following information carefully before applying for financial assistance from SIG/NSGT.
Availability of SIG/NSGT financial assistance varies by campus and is not intended to cover the total cost of the student's attendance at SIG.
Financial assistance awards serve as the final payment on your account and are not attributed until all other fees are paid. You must continue to adhere to the SIG payment schedule while you are awaiting our decision.
Financial assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once funds are exhausted, assistance is no longer available. Be sure to submit your application early. To qualify for assistance, you must send a completed SIG program application and include the non-refundable $95 SIG application fee. SIG will begin accepting financial assistance applications on December 1, 2015.
Please check our website periodically for updates and information on financial assistance, scholarship opportunities and fundraising ideas.
Summer Programs Deadline April 15th
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