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

All Summer Institute for the Gifted programs require evidence of high academic ability and/or achievement. Documentation can be submitted at the time of application in the form of test scores, gifted program acceptance letters or other applicable evidence of giftedness. Students applying to the Residential/Commuter Program must be ages 9-17 by August 31, 2015 (students must be ages 13-17 for Princeton University and Yale University and 9-14 for Bryn Mawr College and Vassar College).

Students who meet at least ONE of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG:

  • 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. For a full list of recognized tests, please visit www.giftedstudy.org/tests.asp. State criterion reference tests will only be accepted in cases where scaled score equivalents are provided and where the student scores correlate to a state percentile greater than or equal to 95. Test scores must be current within the previous two years.
  • 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, if none of the above forms of eligibility is available, two Recommendation Forms can be submitted by educators who are familiar with the student's academic record, performance, and potential. Educators may submit confidential forms electronically or via hard copy.

International Students

We welcome our international students (defined as any student requiring a visa to attend) 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 to integrate successfully into the SIG academic 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 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 a testing professional. For a full list of recognized tests, please visit www.giftedstudy.org/tests.asp. State criterion reference tests will be accepted only in cases where scaled score equivalents are provided and where the student scores correlate to a state percentile greater than or equal to 95. Test scores must be current within the previous two years.
  • 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, if none of the above forms of eligibility is available, two Recommendation Forms can be submitted by educators who are familiar with the studentís academic record, performance and potential. For students ages 5-8, a parent may complete one of the two recommendation forms. Educators may submit confidential forms electronically.

SIG Online Program Eligibility

SIG Online Program Students

Students ages 7-12 who meet one of the following criteria are invited to apply to SIG Online (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.