About SIG

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Summer Institute for the Gifted is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.

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“The SIG program and curriculum provide great opportunities for students to explore new interest areas, strengthen current passions and skills, and interact with other kids who love learning. Such programs are critical in helping students increase their ability to think independently, discover their academic motivations, and make personal contributions to new thought and action in their current and future lives. SIG’s goal of enriching the lives of students through building a community of learners in a compacted three-week session is consistent with our goals for such students and we support the program with great enthusiasm.”
Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D. Director, The Neag Center For Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development 2


The NSGT membership fee for SIG students is $35 and entitles members to multiple benefits including membership certification, access to the NSGT membership directory, scholarships, discounts, and more.


Through 32 Years of experience & resources in gifted education, SIG provides a unique environment for gifted and talented students to connect with peers in a community of like-minded learners from all over the world who share common interests, abilities, and goals.

Students will benefit from unique programming, which combines academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for a truly engaging summer. Courses are led by qualified instructors who have expertise in their disciplines and represent an array of professional backgrounds.

These 3-week summer sessions will allow your child to mature and develop in every element of life, develop long-lasting and meaningful relationships, increase self-confidence, and think in divergent ways, all within a safe and secure environment at a prestigious campus. No matter which program option you choose, you can rest assured that the overall atmosphere of SIG will uncover, nurture, and grow your child’s gifts.

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) began in 1984 with a single session in New Jersey and has expanded over the past 31 summers to include 11 residential sessions in 8 states and 15 day programs. In 2015, we served close to 2,500 academically gifted students ages 5-17.

SIG provides academically advanced students with an interesting and challenging educational experience. The program combines remarkable academic courses with cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. The academic program is central to the design and purpose of SIG. Our program provides students with academic challenges designed to fit their abilities and interests. It also provides them with the opportunity to engage with other students who have similar abilities and interests. Because of our small classes, low teacher-student ratio, and teaching assistants, we are able to individualize the program for each and every student.

Meeting other diverse students who are interested in learning provides a sense of belonging that many gifted students seek. The richness of a broad range of geographical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, the stimulation created by talented and intellectually engaged students working and playing together, the depth and diversity of the SIG faculty and staff, and the beautiful and well-equipped college campus environments create a perfect atmosphere for learning, growing and accomplishing meaningful goals.

The Summer Institute for the Gifted is a program of the National Society for the Gifted & Talented, (NSGT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to enable and empower gifted, talented, and high potential youth, in the United States and abroad, to celebrate and maximize their unique potential through membership in the National Society for the Gifted and Talented.

Our Mission

The mission of NSGT is to advance the development of gifted, talented, and high-potential youth, in the United States and abroad, through opportunities, advocacy, and exemplary programs and practices.

Barbara Swicord, President, Summer Institute for the GiftedDear Parents, Students, & Educators,

2017 marks the 33rd year that Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) has been providing summer residential academic programs for gifted, creative, and academically talented youth.

On this website, you will find information about our campuses, our programs and services, and, most importantly, our courses. As you read this information, we think you will become as excited as we are about SIG, as our programs are intentionally designed for gifted, creative, and academically talented students, resulting in the transformational SIG experience.

We are thrilled about our lineup of 2017 residential campuses! In addition to our long-standing partners, we have added two new sites. Northeastern University in Boston, MA will open for ages 13-17. Our first international United Kingdom location, Richmond, The American International University in London, will also open for ages 13-17. Additionally, remember that we have numerous day programs across the country-including a few new ones, for ages 5-12. Please see our day program information at GiftedStudy.org for current details.

I am particularly excited about a new addition to our eligibility process for highly creative students. At SIG, we value a wide range of abilities, talents, and potential that we see in young people and wish to do all we can to nurture this broad spectrum of characteristics. The highly creative students will find interesting food for creative thought in the open-ended SIG courses and a wide-ranging acceptance of their unique contributions. To further clarify, this route is intended for creative thinking behaviors, not necessarily performance in creative and performing arts.

Please also be reminded about our year-round SIG online courses for ages 7-12. You’ll find 2017 Online Learning Program details on this website when they become available.

We continue to be passionate about our mission here at SIG. We strive to “enrich minds where creativity thrives” and are highly engaged with students on their paths of self-discovery and empowerment. We invite you to support us in that mission in whatever way you can. Please read more about NSGT, our charitable parent organization by clicking here.

Thank you for your interest in SIG programs. Take a look, engage, and join us in 2017!


Barbara Swicord, Ed. D.
CEO, National Society for the Gifted & Talented
President and CEO, Summer Institute for the Gifted

Dear Parents,

Children of all ages have a natural curiosity about their immediate environment and, as they grow, the larger world that surrounds them. The more intellectually gifted they are, the greater is their hunger for learning. The SIG programs represent an exceptional opportunity for young boys and girls to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and ability to learn new ideas and skills. Surrounded by a group of equally talented peers and dedicated teachers, they can experience the joyous feeling that comes with stimulating readings, discussions, hands on projects, and informal play. It is well documented that children are the most open to learning at an early age and can absorb the greatest amount of new information and concepts. This dynamic is the foundation on which the SIG programs have been developed.

Children are influenced greatly by the peer group in which they develop, and so the opportunity to engage in an intimate day or boarding environment with other students who are excited to learn is ideal. The diverse course offerings and activities that have been thoughtfully designed by the SIG faculty address their different intelligences and are the signature of all their campus programs.

In our work as educational consultants to thousands of gifted students over the years, I have heard time and again from those who have had the opportunity to participate in an immersion learning environment with their peers that this has been the most stimulating and meaningful experience during their school years. It has encouraged them to continue to want to learn and not fall prey to the average standards that satisfy the majority of students.

I have heard from many students who attended a SIG campus that the faculty were committed to encouraging and enhancing the joy of satisfying their natural curiosity. I commend the SIG programs to those families who understand the importance of providing their gifted youngster with this essential kind of experience.

Howard Greene
The Educational Consulting Centers, Westport, Connecticut and New York City

[Howard Greene, educational consultant, is an author of numerous books on educational planning and college admissions. He is also the presenter on two Public Broadcasting Specials, The Twelve Steps to College Admissions and Paying For College.]


The Importance of Gifted Education

As many school districts across the country face crippling budget and funding cuts, gifted education programs are being reduced or eliminated. As this trend continues, increased numbers of gifted children are not provided sufficient guidance to maximize their full potential through school programs.

Why You Should Choose SIG This Summer

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