Gifted & Talented Enrichment and Resources
Extending Opportunities Beyond the School Day
The needs of gifted and talented students extend beyond the school day and school year. The North Suburban Summer Academy and many other enrichment opportunities exist to meet those needs. Resources to help guide parents are also plentiful. Below is a list of those opportunities and resources.
North Suburban Summer Academy
Summer Academy is a 2 ½ week program that takes place in June for high potential students in grades 1-11. The academy was created through a partnership between 12 Minnesota school districts, including Roseville Area Schools. Students must be recommended by their district to attend. Partial scholarships are available. Contact Trina Hira for more information.
Community Education, Roseville Area Schools
Roseville Community Education provides Academic All-Stars and Talent Development courses that are designed with gifted learners in mind. Creativity and critical thinking are infused into learning activities.
Future Problem Solving Program
The Future Problem Solving (FPS) Program is an enrichment option for students in grades 4-12. The program emphasizes creative problem solving, teamwork, improvisation, and research and presentation skills. It is typically offered after school once or twice a week from October until the regional competition in February. If a team qualifies for subsequent competitions, they may be participating in April or June events. Contact your school's GATE lead teacher for more information on Roseville's FPS Program.
Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth
The Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth offers spring and fall classes for students in grades 1-4 and summer camps for students in grades 4-12. Financial aid is available.
University of Minnesota Children's Math Programs
The U of M offers several math programs for children: UMTYMP as well as Saturday and summer enrichment opportunities, including the GEM Program (Girls Excel in Math).
Minnesota Summer Programs and Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students
This web site provides information about summer programs for middle school and high school students.
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering
Summer camps and other enrichment events for kids ages 8-18 through the U of M College of Science and Engineering. Some offerings are free.
Macalester College Technology Camps
iD Tech Camps held at Macalester College offer week-long technology classes such as game design for iPads, 3D game modding, web design, programming, and robotics. Expensive, but financial aid is available.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota offers Saturday and summer classes in science and technology.
St. Thomas University's Science, Technology & Engineering Camps
For free, The University of St. Thomas offers week-long summer camps (STEPS – Science Technology & Engineering Preview) for students who completed sixth grade.
Northeast Metro 916
916 lists enrichment opportunities for students in arts and academics.
Minneapolis Star Tribune Summer Camps Guide
Each spring the Star Tribune publishes a Summer Camp guide that lists a huge range of opportunities for kids.
Get Ready for College
Up to $1000 is available to students on free/reduced lunch in grades 3-11 to take one summer enrichment class or camp.
Talent Development Testing
The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University offers above-level testing information for kids (e.g. third grader taking the EXPLORE test or 7th grader taking the ACT), as well as online enrichment, honors and AP courses.
Math Masters Minnesota
Math Masters challenges students to use critical thinking and problem solving in mathematics in a competition for students in grades 5 and 6.
Continental Math Leagues
Continental Math League is a competition that allows students to apply and expand their problem-solving skills while solving complex math problems. Students in grades 4 -6 participate in this program. Some classrooms in grade 2 and 3 also compete.
Gifted/Talented Web Sites
The all-things-gifted site is full of resources, articles, books, and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. It's a great site to explore.
National Association for Gifted Children
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has links for educators, students, and families. Click on the site's Teaching for High Potential for great articles and resources.
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented
The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is a support and advocacy organization for parents and educators of gifted children. This organization sponsors an annual state conference and monthly CHAT nights around the Twin Cities.
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
SENG's mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Institute of Talent Development
Davidson's Institute for Talent Development has a mission to recognize, nurture, and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Center for Gifted Education
William and Mary's Center for Gifted Education site.
Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development site has links for students, parents, and educators.
Naeg Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development
The University of Connecticut has a Gifted Education and Talent Development Center that researches ways to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented children.
This web site contains information for families of students who are both gifted and have special needs.
Twice Exceptional Newsletter
This bi-monthly electronic publication promotes an understanding of twice-exceptional children and what they need to reach their potential. The newsletter features articles, news, events, book reviews, resources, etc.
AP Central, College Board
Information on AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams.