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3 Ways We Support the Transition to Our Gifted Summer Programs

At Summer Institute for the Gifted, we understand that every student is unique and brings their own strengths to the classroom. As a community, we strive to make each and every student feel welcome upon the start of their program, no matter where they are from or what their interests are. 

The transition to our programs, for both commuters and residential students, is made seamless by our expert support staff and vibrant students. At every stage of their program, students can find the support they need, whether it’s managing their activities, attending weekend outings, adjusting to dorm life, or otherwise. Continue reading to discover how SIG succeeds in helping students transition to life in our programs.

1. Orientation on the First Evening of Our Gifted Summer Programs

As students arrive and start to settle into their spaces for the first time, we like to get everyone together for an orientation on the first evening. This is a way for students to meet one another in a group setting, get to know who the staff members are, and learn more about their schedules. Students can expect to receive information about their gifted summer program, including activities, campus rules, supervision, and more. By starting the first evening with this informative orientation, students get a clear picture of what their time will be like while at SIG, helping them better adjust to their schedules. Students can ask questions and meet their peers for the first time, helping them feel more comfortable about the start of their program.

1. Orientation on the First Evening of Our Gifted Summer Programs

2. Support Staff That Respond to Student Needs

After students get acquainted with their program details in the orientation, they can connect with the support staff who will be on campus for the length of their stay. Both commuting students and residential students can benefit from support staff that ensures their needs are being met. Whether a student needs assistance with course scheduling, wants to attend a weekend outing, or wants help adjusting to dorm living, our instructors and administrative professionals are here to help.

The constant presence of support staff, which includes SIG teachers as well as professional counselors, makes the transition into summer enrichment programs as seamless as possible for students. Our expert instructors are trained to provide age-appropriate activities, breaks, and support based on students’ needs. Additionally, residential students have access to counselors and a residential nurse to ensure they remain happy, healthy, and comfortable throughout their stay. 

Supportive staff in and out of the classroom ease the transition into SIG programs

3. Social Activities Help Students Break the Ice and Connect

From the start of their programs, students are encouraged to get to know one another, engage and participate in their courses, and seek out any opportunities to connect. During the orientation and subsequent course and recreational activities, students can quickly break the ice with one another and begin meaningful relationships that last well beyond the program. SIG students love making new friends and enjoy getting to spend time with their peers inside and outside of the classroom. The well-balanced nature of our programs helps students by giving them enough time to work on academics while prioritizing socialization and fun. Residential students get to participate in sports, clubs, arts and crafts and have free time to get to know their peers from day one.

3. Social Activities Help Students Break the Ice and Connect

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