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Gifted Students' Bill of Rights

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BESTS (The Belin Elementary Student Talent Search)
gives talented elementary students (grades 3-6) the opportunity to take the EXPLORE test, a test developed for eighth graders. Students receive automatic acceptance into the Belin-Blank Center's student programs such as Challenges for Elementary School Students (CHESS).www.uiowa.edu/~belinctr/

TIP (Duke University's Talent Identification Program)
The Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th-graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or early middle school. Candidates are identified and invited to complete either the SAT I: Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examinations. TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. www.tip.duke.edu. TIP also has a a 4th and 5th Grade Talent Search that uses the Explore test. More details on can also be found on the TIP website.

                                                                    Dual Enrollment - Online Class

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study Courses - http://www.NebraskaHS.unl.edu

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Some of these also have school year components

"Reaching for the Stars" Summer Enrichment Camps

Sponsored by ESU#15
We offer a variety of summer enrichment camps that allow students to explore multiple areas of interest. Example of previous years camps include : Drama, Woodcarving, Ceramics, Watercolor painting, Adventures in Writing and Math, Poetry, and a Medieval Camp.
Location: Schools in the following locations - McCook, Benkleman, Trenton, Wauneta, Hayes Center, Imperial, Indianola, Bartley, Curtis, Maywood, Culbertson
Grades: 1 - 8
Contact: Kimberly Van Pelt, ESU #15 Gifted Coordinator 1-800-322-5160, 1-308-345-6072 or kvanpelt@esu15.org

Camp Invention
A day camp to encourage creativity. Curriculum developed nationwide and offered in various locations
Location: Various Nebraska locations
Grades: 2-6
Contact: (800) 968-4332 ,

Central Honors Institute
CHI is a one-week residential academic camp with two tracks: Media/Communications and Mathematics. Up to 75 students will be chosen based on proven academic accomplishments and recommendations.
Location: Central Community College, Columbus
Grades: completed 6th or 7th
Contact: Lori Neid, (800)642-1083, ext.1224 or lneid@cccneb.edu   

Nebraska International Camp

This week long camp gives young people a place to learn and speak Spanish, German or French. Students who have studied a foreign language or who have no previous foreign language exposure are welcome.
Location: Camp Rivercrest, near Fremont
Ages: 10-16
Contact: Kristin Longacre, Camp Director
3329 Webster St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402-558-7357 or
or www.nde.state.ne.us/FORLG/NIC/langcamp.htm

                                                                        Grand Island
Summer Enrichment Experience Camp
Students choose five 55 minute classes for nine days of instruction.
Location: Grand Island
Grades: completing grades 3-9.
Contact: Kay Stoppkotte, (308) 385-5900 or kstoppko@esu10.org


Nebraska Scholar's Academy
Residential camp in communications, math and science for incoming eighth graders.  For more information, please select one of the links below: Info sheet.doc Info sheet.pdf
Location: Hastings College
Contact: An application has been sent to your counselor or superintendent or you may contact Linda Engel at lengel@npsne.org, or click the links below for an application:
Student Application.doc
Student application.pdf 

Bright Lights
Summer hands-on experiences for youth emphasizing specific academic, hobby and career interest. Mini classes cover over 100 different topics
Grades: K-9th Mini Camp, 4th-9th Day camps
Location: Lincoln
Contact: www.brightlights.org

Architecture & Interior Design Career Exploration

UNL Department of Architecture
Grades: High School
Contact: Department of Architecture, 232 Arch Hall West, UNL, Lincoln, NE 68588, (402) 472-9233

Biology Career Workshop

University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Residential program featuring hands-on instruction in applied basic life science. Activities include involvement with UNL Faculty on field projects + lab experiences, workshops on career opportunities, and information sessions about college admissions and scholarships.
Grades: 10-11
Contact: Ms. Susan Voss, UNL, 402-472-2541, svoss@unl.edu


Wind on the Buffalo Grass, a residential writer's enrichment camp at McCook Community College for High Ability Learners. Grades: entering grades 6 through 8
Location: McCook Community College
Dates: May 26 to May 31
Cost: $125
Contact: Kim Van Pelt at ESU 15, (800) 322-5160

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Discovery Camp
National Arbor Day Foundation
Intro. to environmental stewardship principles and opportunities for nature investigations- 6 nights, 7 days
Location: Historic Morton Barns at Arbor Day Farm
Ages: 9 to 12
Contact: (402) 474-5655 or www.arborday.org


Summer Sessions for High Achievers
Location: Norfolk Middle School
Grades: 1-9th
Contact: Linda Engel at lengel@npsne.org


Art Classes & Camps
Joslyn Art Museum
Various classes and camps offered year around.
Contact: Joslyn Art Museum, (402) 342-3300 www.joslyn.org

Creighton University
Experience college life while you attend classes taught by outstanding faculty and professionals. Attend classes in the morning and then later each day have fun attending the theater, staying overnight at the zoo, paddle-boating at the state park, and meeting new friends.
Location: Creighton Campus
Grades: 7th- 8th grades this fall
Contact: Mavis Hill, 1-800-637-4279 or mhill@creighton.edu

Aim For The Stars

Math & Science Camp Program
Location: UNOmaha
Grades: 4-8
Contact: Sheryl Kelly, (402) 554-4999, 1-888-UNO-NASA, or see www.physics.unomaha.edu


Creighton University
Excitement in a college environment.
Location: Creighton Campus
Grades:  9th- 12th grades this fall
Contact: Mavis Hill, 1-800-637-4279 or mhill@creighton.edu

Omaha Children's Museum

Location: 500 S. 20th Street
Information: www.ocm.org

Omaha Cultural & Academic Cooperative
The Omaha Cultural & Academic Cooperative (OCAC) is a partnership of five nonprofit organizations: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, the Lauritzen Gardens, and the Strategic Air & Space Museum. In addition, there are two academic partners, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metro Community College.
Contact: www.aboutocac.org/

Kamp Kambi
Zoo Day Camp. Other Zoo classes are offered year around for ages 3 and up. Location: Henry Doorly Zoo
Ages: 5 - 13.
Contact: Education Office, (402) 733-8011, or 3701 So. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68107

College for Kids
Metro Community College
Wide selection of classes, call for brochure

        1st week in Blair, NE at Arbor Park Middle School
2nd week at our Fort Omaha Campus
3-5th weeks at Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, NE
6-7th weeks at our South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center Bldg.
Contact: Tina Morgan, (402) 782-4522

Drama & Acting Classes
Omaha Theater Co. for Young People
Location: Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center and Moylan Tranquillity Iceplex
Ages: 4 to 14
Contact: theater box office at 345-4849 for details www.otcyp.org

Nature Discovery Camps
Fontenelle Forest Association
Locations: Fontenelle Forest Wetlands Learning Center, Camp Logan Fontenelle at Fontenelle Forest, Neale Woods Nature Center, and Chalco Hills Rec. Area
Ages: 2 1/2 years to 14
Contact: Neale Woods Nature Center, (402) 453-6515 www.fontenelleforest.org

Camp Shakespeare
Creighton University Dept. of Fine Arts as part of Shakespeare on the Green, workshops and hands on experience
Location: UNO Fine Arts Building & Elmwood Park
Ages: 8 to 18
Contact: Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, (402) 280-2391, neshakes@creighton.edu

Omaha Community Playhouse
Various classes in creative drama, arts exploration, voice, acting, dance, and yoga
Grades: 1 through high school
Contact: Omaha Community Playhouse at (402) 553-4890 ext. 139 www.omahaplayhouse.com

Mav Kids Summer
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Campers will participate in a variety of sport and game activities in a non-competitive environment, along with passive activities such as arts and crafts. All campers will also have the opportunity to swim every afternoon in the university's very own 50 meter swimming pool. AND every camp week is accompanied by either a full-day or half-day of recreational or educational attractions both on and off campus!
Ages: 6-12 years.

Summer Program In Computer Science
Peter Kiewit Institute, UNOmaha
Grades: 10-12
Contact: Judy Kelsey,

Youth Enrichment Seminars (YES)
A series of enrichment offerings for elementary students of high ability offered during the summer in the metropolitan Omaha area. The Youth Enrichment Seminars program includes a variety of interest seminars for any elementary student enrolled in a local school program for high ability learners. Students select one topic to pursue during the week. Instructors are selected by their expertise in the topic and their success in working with high ability learners.
Location: Westside Schools in Omaha
Dates:First session: June 18-22, Second Session: July 9-13
Grades: Elementary school
Contact: In the Omaha area, see your local school High Ability Learner coordinator or Dennis Hansen at 593-6919 to request information.

EXCEL (Exciting, eXcellent, Creative, Experiences in Language arts and the sciences
Location: Wayne State College
Grades: 5-8
Contact: Mike Gillan (402) 375-7480

Annual Summer Music Camp
Location: Wayne State College
Contact: (402) 375-7359 or

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Summer Institute
Grinnell College, Grinnell
A selected group of intensive workshops based on college courses or composites of college courses. Students choose three from the list of creative writing, college writing, problem solver, theatre arts, prelude to calculus and critical thinking seminar.
Ages: any college bound student
Contact: Office of Summer Activities, Grinnell College, PO Box 805, Grinnell, IA 50112-9988

Summer Institute
1999's classes included Robotics, Psychology, creative writing, global issues and conflict, Physics, Chemistry, biology, comedy workshop, embryology, geometry, pre-calculus, and Vietnam.
Location: University of Denver Campus
Grades: 6th - 9th grade talent search participants, ages 12-16
Contact: (303) 871-2983, www.du.edu/education/ces/si.html

Concordia Language Villages
Language immersion programs in a summer camp environment. Languages include Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
Location: different camps in many locations throughout Minnesota, also offers camps abroad
Dates: various. Camps range from 6 days to one month
Ages: 7 - 18
Contact: 1-800-222-4750, www.cord.edu

Boundary Waters Computer Camp
A small computer camp located in the heart of the Superior National Forest on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Ages: 10-16
Contact: g.knopp@mail.vcc.mnscu.edu or 1-800-657-3608

NASA Student Involvement Program
Getting students involved in NASA research projects
Grades 3 - 12
Contact: www.nsip.net

Olympiads & Math
Links to the National Science Olympiad, National Social Studies Olympiad, National Geography Olympiad, National Language Arts Olympiad, C++ Computer Contest, National Current Events League and the Continental Mathematics League
Contact: members.nbci.com/Quartararo

Oxbridge Programs
Summer programs abroad at Oxford, Cambridge, & in Paris. Most for 10-12th grade students, some for 8th and 9th graders.
Contact: www.oxbridgeprograms.com

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Brief Description: Summer Institute for the Gifted is the ultimate three-week academic, recreational, and social summer program for gifted students in grades K-11.  SIG offers eleven residential programs in seven states and six day programs in four states. Choose from over 50 challenging academic classes including Engineering in Action, Cosmic Collision, Mysteries in History, Crime Scene Investigation, Fencing with Foils, Broadway Beckons, and many more!

Summer Residential Programs
Grades 4 to 11
Campuses: Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Drew University, Emory University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Vassar College

Summer Day Programs
Grades K-6
Campuses:  Bryn Mawr College, Fairfield University, Manhattanville College, Moorestown Friends School, and Affiliate Programs

Contact Information:  
Summer Institute for the Gifted
9 West Broad Street
River Plaza
Stamford, CT 06902
Tel 866-303-4744 (toll free)
Fax (203) 399-5455
Email: sig.info@giftedstudy.com

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