Dominican University’s Summer Gifted and Talented Program provides meaningful academic and social enrichment to highly motivated students entering grades 2–8 and 9–12.

The Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University is thrilled to host another fantastic summer this 2018 - Please see below for our official dates and open registration materials, including High School Week!

Fostering the love of learning, the Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University provides meaningful academic and social enrichment to its entire community of exceptional learners, and is intended for motivated students entering grades 2-8 and 9-12 in the Fall. Summer Gifted at Dominican is a powerful experience for academically gifted and talented students, exposing them to like-minded peers and lifelong friendships, challenging learning experiences, and an opportunity to blossom as confident lifelong learners and leaders in a tightly-knit, safe and supportive environment. For so many of us, Summer Gifted at Dominican is the highlight of the year!

Contact Program Director Janie Wu,, to join the email list and receive email blasts announcing program updates for Summer 2018.

Summer 2018 Program Dates

WEEK 1: June 18-22 CLOSED AT CAPACITY: Invention Convention (5-7)

WEEK 2: June 25-29 CLOSED AT CAPACITY: Chemical Reactions (3/4)

WEEK 3: July 9-13 CLOSED AT CAPACITY: Chemistry Lab (4/5); Physics & Engineering: Rocket Science (6-8)

WEEK 4: July 16-20 CLOSED AT CAPACITY: Architecture: How Buildings Stand (5/6); Physics & Engineering: Building Bridge (6-8)



Open Registration Form for grades 2-8 and 9-12 (writable pdf)

Course Description, including High School Week (pdf)



FINANCIAL AID REQUEST FORM due May 31 (writable pdf)

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM RUNNER FORM for high school Gifted & Talented Camp Alumni (writable pdf)

About our Program

Students choose one-week courses from offerings in math, science, writing/humanities and fine/performing arts. Class sizes are limited to 20 students or fewer, and instruction is rooted in discovery-based learning, differentiated instruction and assessments, flexible grouping, hands-on activities, real-world connections and individual student evaluations.

Golden Apple Scholars and other School of Education teacher candidates are assigned as needed for additional classroom leadership, supervision, management and instruction as teachers in training.

Program Features
  • Daily outdoor recess and physical education (weather permitting)
  • Cold drinks and healthy treats (students bring their own non-perishable sack lunches)
  • Early Morning Drop-off and Extended Day Program options
  • Carpools are available and encouraged
How to Apply

Students may qualify for acceptance in one of two ways:

  • Test scores. Students demonstrating nationally normed standardized test score(s) in the 95th percentile or above in the applied subject area are pre-qualified for enrollment, pending prerequisites or course availability.
  • Admission Portfolio. If you don’t have scores in the 95th percentile, submit at least one teacher recommendation forms(s) and a current report card for consideration.

See our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions!

Learn More

Contact Program Director Janie Wu for more information.