The Woods Academy is an independent school offering boys and girls from pre-school to eighth grade a challenging and supportive educational experience. Founded in 1975, the school is situated on a six-acre, park-like campus in Bethesda, MD.

The Woods Academy is recognized for daily international language (French and Spanish) instruction for all students, a comprehensive arts curriculum, and innovative use of technology. The Woods Academy prepares its students for academically demanding secondary schools, a life-long love of learning, and the opportunities and challenges presented by a global society. The Woods Academy’s commitment to academic excellence makes it a great home for a SIG program.

SIG has been in Maryland since 2010, but at The Woods Academy since 2013.


SIG at is a Day Program with Extended Day Supervision available.

  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in Humanities, Math, Science, Technology, Multi-Disciplinary, Visual and Performing Arts, and Fitness and Recreation
  • Meet other gifted students who share common interests, abilities, and goals

SIG at : Program Options

SIG at is a Day Program with Extended Day Supervision available.

Day Students

The Summer Institute for the Gifted Day Program provides instruction in almost 30 courses during its regular academic schedule. Courses are taught at levels appropriate for gifted students who are ages 5-12, covering humanities, mathematics, sciences, and multi-disciplinary courses, as well as recreation, fitness, art, and drama. Please see individual campuses for ages specific to each campus.

Half-day options include a morning-only program (8:45 - 12:00 p.m.) and an afternoon-only program (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.).

Extended Day Students

SIG will provide supervised play, social, study and rest time before and after the regular program. The extended day schedule is as follows:

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. daily
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily or
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily

The cost for this three-week service is $150 for morning supervision and $150 for each one-hour segment of afternoon supervision. Arrangements and payments for the service are to be made prior to the start of the program through the Summer Institute for the Gifted office.

With 24-hour advance notice and program confirmation, hourly drop-in care is available at $15/hour.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Your child can take two courses, either periods 1 and 2 or periods 3 and 4. They have the option to come to camp in the mornings or afternoons.
Your child will take four courses in total.
Yes, lunch is provided at all day programs and is included in the program fee for full time students. (Half day students do not participate in lunch)
Sometimes. SIG's academic courses are offered to students of the same age grouping. However, the cultural and recreational classes usually are open to all students. Class grouping can accommodate varying ability levels.
Yes! Courses may be changed during the first two days of the session with the approval of the Academic Dean and the students’ parents.
Yes! An individual performance report is always mailed to parents after the session. Students’ performance reports and letters can be mailed to schools, but only after SIG receives a written request from parents.
Yes! Special meals can be provided during the session. Parents must advise the Director at the session site of the student’s special dietary needs.
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Founded in 1975, Woods is the only independent, Catholic, co-ed school in the greater Washington, DC area. The school is situated on a six acre, park-like campus in Bethesda, MD.
Woods Academy
6801 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

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