Your gifted daughter is amazing, intelligent, and still happens not to be challenged enough at school. Adding extra homework or worksheets to her workload is not enough to keep her mind active and interested in school subjects, and the idea of moving her to a higher grade may not be what is going to raise her to find her potential. So, what can the next step be? Have you heard of Talent Identification Programs?
Talent identification programs are programs dedicated to gifted children to find out where the talent lies and begin to challenge her in ways that work with her mind and will bring out the best of her interest.
There are four dedicated talent identification programs in the United States, and according to The Fat Envelope, these programs are regional. (See the map below to find out where your region is and where you can apply for your daughter.)
DUKE University, John Hopkins University, North Western University, and The University of Denver are the four programs throughout the nation. However, there is one other program called the Summer Institute for the Gifted that works throughout the summer months for your gifted child. Read on to find out about these programs, how to qualify, and much more.
Talent Identification Programs
DUKE University or DUKE TIP
Duke University’s TIP program operates through sixteen states in the Southeast and Midwest: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana.
This program is a talent search in the field of gifted education for academic, social, and emotional needs for your academically talented daughter. The organization works with students, parents, and teachers to create courses that will help your student with a higher level of thinking and more in-depth assessment to meet her needs.
There are over 380 programs located throughout the United States and internationally. From ages four through seven, TIP provides online courses to help your daughter with Math and Word Power for independent learning.
The student experience includes finding a mentor in your community, establishing a learning contract (for your child and the mentor) that states what your child is searching for and what the mentor will help with, and has a variety of programs that start from the fourth grade and range to grade twelve.
These programs can be independent learning or group learning. Some classes are held in person, and others are conducted online. There are the weekend, seasonal, and year-round programs your student can attend.
Not only does DUKE’s TIP have the program, a host of research to back it up, and a process that has been developed since 1980, it also has a website, a blog, teacher tools, college resources, and a store (the TIP store) to help your child show their TIP pride.
John Hopkins University the CTY Program
Since 1979 the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University has been identifying and developing talents of gifted students around the world. They have summer, online, international, and family programs.
Other benefits are advocacy, counseling, and research to help serve your bright learner.
There are more than 165,000 CTY alumni around the world. Included in the alumni are founders of Facebook, Google, Regeneron Science Talent Search Winners, Rhodes Scholars, and MacArthur Fellows.
John Hopkins CTY operates in the West, Northwest, and Northeast through nineteen states. These states are Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Delaware, New Jersy, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii.
The JHU CTY invites gifted learners from the age range of kindergarten through grade twelve.
North Western University CTD Program
The Center for Talent Development at North Western University has evolved from a single focus talent identification program in 1982 to a multi-focused operation with four central goals. These goals are to identify talent, develop talent, research orientation, and to promote advocacy. The CTD program offers talent identification services for grades PreK through grade twelve. CTD claims a total of 600,000 families helped from 1982 until the present day.
The CTD program operates in seven states through the Midwest. These states include Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. NUMATS is a secondary assessment that will provide high-performing students (grades three through nine) an accurate assessment of their abilities.
University of Denver
The University of Denver’s Rocky Mountain Talent Search is called the Western Academic Talent Search or WAT. WAT began work with the help of Dr. Julian Stanely in the 1970s, who worked at John Hopkins University during this time. Stanely gave SATs and ACTs to students much younger than college-bound seniors to discover the differences among bright students.
The practice of the optimal match seeks to give children with exceptional abilities an equal education to demonstrate achievement, inspire interests, and develop motivations. The optimal match represents education and informed selection philosophy. This program works with children grades three through nine and helps advance a strong liberal arts education. Enrichment experiences are offered for children from the ages of grades K through twelve.
WAT knows that all programs are not one size fits all.
WAT operates in seven states throughout the West. These states are Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Summer Insititute of the Gifted
The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) gives students experience throughout a three-week summer program with the general age of nine through seventeen (although ages vary by campus). Instructors will provide over sixty challenges in STEAM, humanities, and recreational courses.
Students may choose to live on campus or commute daily—because of this option; students must live in the vicinity of the campuses provided. These programs are enrichment camps to help build students’ current skills and interests. SIG also allows students to explore new subject areas and interact with other kids of like mind.
There are two types of availability, make sure to check to see what type your child falls under (if you can’t, someone is available to help you find out where your daughter fits).
SIG is throughout the country on eight campuses. These campuses include Yale, UC Berkley I and UC Berkley II (Global), UCLA, Emory, Princeton, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Miami.