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.

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The SIG Experience

Through 30 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 30 summers to include 11 residential sessions in 8 states and 16 day programs. In 2014, 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, & Educators,

2015 marks the 31st year that Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) has been providing summer residential academic programs for gifted and academically talented youth.

In this catalog, 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 purposely designed for gifted and academically talented students, resulting in the transformational SIG experience.

We are excited to add new sites to our SIG lineup this year, including a new residential and commuter program for ages 9-17 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, as well as a day program for ages 5-8 at the same location! Another new SIG Day Program will be held at the Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens, FL for ages 5-12. Come enjoy the beauty and sunshine of Florida while also stimulating your mind at these new sites.

Don't forget our ongoing online SIG courses as well, for ages 7-12. Online course information is available on page 40 and on our website.

We are passionate about our mission here at SIG. We are focused on "enriching minds where creativity thrives" and are highly engaged with students on their path of self-discovery and empowerment. We invite you to support us in that mission in whatever way you can. Please read about NSGT, our charitable parent organization, on page 42 and on our website

Take a look, engage, and join us in 2015!

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

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.]