Eligibility

All Summer Institute for the Gifted programs require evidence of high academic ability and/or achievement. Documentation must be submitted at the time of application in the form of test scores, acceptance letters or other applicable evidence of giftedness or potential for high-level performance. Please see below for eligibility requirements for each type of SIG program.

SIG Residential Program Eligibility

Domestic Students

Students applying to the residential/commuter program must be ages 9-17 by August 31, 2014 (students must be ages 13-17 for Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Yale).

Students who meet ONE of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG (you must submit documentation with your application):

  • Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least one of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test administered by their schools. Click here for a list of tests acceptable for SIG eligibility.
  • Students who have scored in the gifted range on the PSAT, SAT, ACT or SSATB. For students taking the SAT, the code number for reporting scores to SIG is 0375.
  • Students who have participated in Academic Talent Searches.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/ or who have participated successfully in a local or school gifted program.
  • Students who have scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, or at the 95th percentile level or higher on any individual or group-administered, nationally-normed, standardized, intelligence assessment.

Alternatively, two Recommendation Forms can be submitted by educators who are familiar with the studentís academic record, performance and potential. Educators may submit forms electronically or via hard copy directly to the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Recommendation forms are confidential.

International Students

We welcome our international students (defined as any student requiring a visa to attend) to SIG and value the richness of diversity in culture and orientation they bring to our programs. International students submit the same eligibility documents as domestic students and in addition need to demonstrate:

  • A high level of English language proficiency in speaking and writing that is necessary for students to integrate successfully into the SIG academic program. International students are required to provide evidence of their English proficiency through the submission of standardized English language test scores (i.e. Ė TOEFL*™, TOEFL Junior*™) or school transcript indicating a proficient grade (A or B or the equivalent) in English courses.**

* Please use code number 7805 to request scores to be sent to NSGT for the SIG program.

** A Skype interview also may be required. 

SIG Day Program Eligibility

SIG Day Program Students

Students ages 5-12 who meet one of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG (you must submit documentation with your application):

  • Students who have been invited to participate in Academic Talent Searches.
  • Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least one of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test administered by their schools. Click here for a list of tests acceptable for SIG eligibility.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully in a local or school gifted program.
  • Students who have scored in the gifted range on the PSAT, SAT, ACT or SSATB
  • Two Recommendation Forms are required to be completed by a teacher, administrator, or, for students ages 5-8, a parent may complete one of the two recommendation forms. If your school system will not provide a recommendation, we will also accept those written by private instructors including tutors, music or art instructors, or other instructors familiar with the student's accomplishments.

SIG Beyond Program Eligibility

SIG Beyond Program Students

Students ages 7-12 who meet one of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG (you must submit documentation with your application):

  • Students who have been invited to participate in Academic Talent Searches.
  • Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least one of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test administered by their schools. Click here for a list of tests acceptable for SIG eligibility.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully in a local or school gifted program.
  • Students who have scored in the gifted range on the PSAT, SAT, ACT or SSATB
  • Two Recommendation Forms are required to be completed by a teacher, administrator, or, for students ages 7-8, a parent may complete one of the two recommendation forms. If your school system will not provide a recommendation, we will also accept those written by private instructors including tutors, music or art instructors, or other instructors familiar with the student's accomplishments.