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.

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

The SIG Experience

Through 29 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 & 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 & grow your child’s gifts.

SIG History and Philosophy

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) began in 1984 with a single session in New Jersey and has expanded over the past 29 summers to include 12 residential sessions (plus a two-week commuter program at Harvard) in 8 states and 15 day programs. In 2013, we served close to 2,500 academically gifted students in Kindergarten through 11th grade.

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 National Society for the Gifted & Talented (NSGT)

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.

Letter from the President, Barbara Swicord, Ed. D.

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

2014 marks the 30th year that Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) has been providing summer residential academic programs for gifted and talented youth. What a legacy to the thousands of students and staff who have walked through our doors all over the country! This year's array of programs are indeed a tribute to the work of so many people, but especially to the founders of SIG, Dr. Phil Zipse and Dr. Carl Gottschall, who were, in 1984, two visionary math professors in New Jersey. Many dedicated and creative leaders have followed in their footsteps to motivate, challenge and impassion students through our signature academics, social experiences, and activities.

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

We are excited to add new sites to our SIG lineup this year, including a new residential and commuter program in the Big Apple at Columbia University! New 2014 SIG Day programs will be held at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY, The Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft, NJ, and The Rhoades School in Encinitas, CA.

In 2013, you asked for SIG to bring back our online courses and we did just that! In 2014, we've expanded the number of courses, as well as the age range for them.

And, do note that the NSGT University Prep programs have expanded to five sites, which now include Columbia University, Richmond, the American University in London, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, and Yale University.

We are passionate about our mission here at the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. We invite you to support us in that mission in whatever way you can. Please read more about us and our programs.

Take a look, enjoy, and join us in 2014!

Barbara Swicord
President, Summer Institute for the Gifted
Executive Director, National Society for the Gifted & Talented

Letter from H. Greene, Educational Consultant

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.]