Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the National Society for the Gifted & Talented?
2. Is there a cost to join NSGT? Is it an annual membership?
3. How can I apply to NSGT?
4. What are the eligibility criteria?
5. Does NSGT provide scholarships?
6. Is NSGT affiliated with any talent search organizations?
7. Is my membership fee tax deductible? Is my donation tax deductible?

1. What is the National Society for the Gifted & Talented?
The National Society for the Gifted & Talented™ (NSGT) is 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 & Talented.
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.

2. Is there a cost to join NSGT? Is it an annual membership?
Yes. The annual membership fee is $45.00. Students participating in the SIG program receive a discounted membership fee of $35.00. Siblings receive a $10 fee reduction for each additional child in the family. Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch may join for free.

3. How can I apply to NSGT?
You can obtain a brochure and application by calling (866) 303-4744 or emailing us at info@nsgt.org or at www.nsgt.org/become-a-member. You can also email us at admissions@giftedstudy.org.

4. What are the eligibility criteria?

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

Type I Eligibility:
Academic/Achievement/ Intellectual Route
For U.S. and International SIG Program Students
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 list of recognized tests, please click here. State criterion referenced 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 past two years.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully within the past two years in a local or school gifted program.
  • 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 been selected to participate in Academic Talent Searches based on nationally normed standardized achievement tests, or who have scored in the gifted range on Talent Search tests.
  • 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.
  • Only 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. For students ages 5-8, a parent may complete one of the two RECOMMENDATION FORMS. Educators may submit confidential forms electronically.
    1. Educator Recommendation Form
    2. Parent Recommendation Form (SIG Summer - Ages 5-8 only) (SIG Online - Ages 7-8 only)
* Note : Teachers must complete SIG's version of the recommendation form.

Type II Eligibility:
Route for Demonstrating Eligibility in Creative Thinking Behaviors
SIG welcomes those students who demonstrate high levels of creative thinking and are seeking academic environments that employ and nurture those skills. To apply within the category of creative thinking, students may submit one of the following forms of eligibility:

  • An overall or subtest score at the 95th percentile or above on a nationally normed creative thinking test, such as the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT); Figural or Verbal forms.
  • Two Creative Thinking Recommendation Forms completed by educators who are familiar with the student's creative performance and potential in academic areas. The SIG Creative Thinking Recommendation Form is available online here. Educators may submit confidential forms electronically or via hard copy. Please note: SIG is not currently accepting portfolios or examples of work as evidence of eligibility. SIG is seeking students who think creatively, not necessarily demonstrating high ability in creative and performing arts, as SIG is primarily an academic program in non-arts fields of study.
    1. Creativity Recommendation Form
For more information about assistance with administering The Torrance Tests of Creativity Thinking in your local area, e-mail us at admissions@giftedstudy.org.

International Students:
We welcome our international students to participate in NSGT. International students submit the same eligibility documents as domestic students. For participation in SIG programs, international students additionally 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.

5. Does NSGT provide scholarships?
NSGT seeks to support financially challenged families as much as possible. Scholarships may be offered throughout the year for particular programs depending on the kindness of our donors. The yearly allocation is dependent upon donations received.

6. Is NSGT affiliated with any talent search organizations?
No. NSGT is a membership organization with a goal of providing recognition to gifted and talented youth, and providing them with valuable resources.

7. Is my membership fee tax deductible? Is my donation tax deductible?
The membership fee is not tax deductible because you are joining a membership society with value. However, donations made to NSGT’s scholarship fund are tax deductible.

1. May students request a roommate?
2. Can my child be a commuter?
3. Are the dormitories co-ed?
4. Who does the laundry during the session?
5. Can my child go off campus?
6. Will my child be in class with students of different ages?
7. Will students always be chaperoned on SIG off-campus trips?
8. May my child change a course after the program begins?
9. Are reports reflecting student performance provided?
10. Are special dietary meals provided?
11. Is email available on campus?
12. What is the best way to stay in touch with my child during program?
13. What is the SIG Global program at Berkeley II and Yale II?

1. May students request a roommate?
Yes! Students may request to room with a specific person (same age group, same gender). The requests must be mutual. The residential staff will do its best to honor such requests. However, there is no guarantee that the students' request will be fulfilled.

2. Can my child be a commuter?
At many of the residential campuses, SIG provides a commuter student option for families who live in the surrounding area. In addition, SIG has many day programs for students ages 5-12, which are all commuter programs.

3. Are the dormitories co-ed?
Students are assigned to same age, same gender groups that live in a dormitory under the supervision of a counselor. A housemaster and senior counselor are also part of the overall house residential supervision team.

4. Who does the laundry during the session?
Students do their own laundry. They may use the laundry facilities located on campus in the dormitories. Staff will assist with any laundry instruction that may be necessary. The cost of doing laundry varies by campus.

5. Can my child go off campus?
Students, once on campus, are not allowed to leave campus unless they are supervised by a SIG staff person, unless specifically permitted within the parameters of Senior Privileges (please reference the Senior Privileges section for students ages 15-17). For all students, sanctioned trips off-campus occur within the structure of the program and with parent/legal guardian permission.

6. Will my child be in class with students of different ages?
Sometimes. SIG's academic courses are offered to students of the same age grouping. However, the cultural and recreational classes are usually open to all students. Class grouping can accommodate varying ability levels.

7. Will students always be chaperoned on SIG off-campus trips?
Definitely. Students always will be chaperoned when going off campus on SIG-sponsored trips, as well as when they are on campus (see question and answer #5).

8. May my child change a course after the program begins?
Yes! Courses may be changed through the second day of the session, and after a student has attended all four courses on the first day, with the approval of the Academic Dean and the student’s parents.

9. Are reports reflecting student performance provided?
Yes! An individual performance report are available on the student portal, usually within a few weeks after the session. Students’ performance reviews and letters can be mailed to schools, but only after SIG receives a written request from parents.

10. Are special dietary meals provided?
Yes! Special meals can be provided during the session. Parents must advise the Residential Life Dean at the session site of the student’s special dietary needs.

11. Is email available on campus?
Email is available at the sites. However, availability is limited to specific areas depending on the session’s host facility, and students are able to check email only during free time.

12. What is the best way to stay in touch with my child during program?
We encourage you to keep the disruptions to your child's SIG experience while at camp to a minimum. We find that students realize the greatest benefits from the program when they are fully immersed in the daily activities. For any urgent messages, parents can call the SIG Campus Office during office hours from 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM and ask to speak with their child or leave a message with the Director or Office Manager who will then contact your child. If necessary, you may also contact your children on their cell phones or via e-mail. To avoid disruption of the daily SIG schedule, students are only able to answer calls and e-mails during their downtime before breakfast from 7:30 AM – 7:55 AM, during residential time from 5:30 PM– 6:00 PM, or during dorm time from 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM (Ages 9-14) and 9:15 PM – 10:30 PM (Ages 15-17). SIG schedules may vary slightly by campus.


A great way to stay in touch with your child is to send a small care package or letter. For specific directions on how to send letters and packages, please refer to SIG’s Residential Student Handbook.

13. What is the SIG Global program at Berkeley II and Yale II?
The second sessions of these two sites allow for a larger percentage of international students than do the other sessions at Berkeley, Yale, and all other campuses. The goal of SIG Global is to increase an understanding of our interconnected global world through increased immersion in multiple cultures, languages, and customs. English Language Learner tutorials are during these sessions. The academic program is similar to all SIG programs, but as SIG courses are naturally flexible to meet each student’s interests and passions, there is likely to be a heightened interest in international topics and themes at SIG Global.

1. How many courses can my child take as a half day student?
2. How many courses can my child take as a full day student?
3. Is lunch provided on campus?
4. Will my child be in class with students of different ages?
5. May my child change a course after the program begins?
6. Are reports reflecting student performance provided?
7. Are special dietary meals provided?
8. How can I contact my child during the program?

1. How many courses can my child take as a half day student?
Your child can take two courses, either periods 1 and 2 or periods 3 and 4. They have the option to come to the program in the mornings or afternoons.

2. How many courses can my child take as a full day student?
Your child will take four courses in total.

3. Is lunch provided on campus?
Yes, lunch is provided at all day programs and is included in the program fee for full time students. (Half day students do not participate in lunch.)

4. Will my child be in class with students of different ages?
Sometimes. SIG's academic courses are offered to students of the same age grouping. However, the cultural and recreational classes usually are open to all students. Class grouping can accommodate varying ability levels.

5. May my child change a course after the program begins?
Yes! Courses may be changed through the second day of the session, and after a student has attended all four courses on the first day, with the approval of the Academic Leader on campus and the student’s parents.

6. Are reports reflecting student performance provided?
Yes! An individual performance report is always mailed to parents after the session. Students’ performance reviews and letters can be mailed to schools, but only after SIG receives a written request from parents.

7. Are special dietary meals provided?
Yes! Special meals can be provided during the session. Parents must advise the Director at the session site of the student’s special dietary needs.

8. How can I contact my child during the program?
The best way to contact your child is to call the office number or e-mail the office staff during the program duration. Students are not allowed to use their cell phones during class time for personal communications.

SIG is pleased to offer shuttle transportation services to and from our campuses and nearby airports at the beginning and end of our sessions.
Campus specific shuttle times can be found here.

Please review the FAQs below and feel free to contact our office with any questions.

1. What is the difference between Transportation Service and Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service?
2. How will my child recognize a SIG greeter?
3. What time and where are these services offered?
4. What if my child’s flight arrives or departs outside of the SIG given time window for transportation services?
5. Is there a fee for SIG’s shuttle services?
6. How do I sign up for these services?
7. When do I sign up for these services?
8. How do I know if my child must travel as an unaccompanied minor?
9. Who are the SIG Greeters?
10. How do I make payment for these services?
11. Will I know where the student should meet the shuttle and/or who the greeter is?
12. Can the student sign up for departure transportation on campus?

1. What is the difference between Transportation Service and Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service?
Transportation Service is for students who are not registered with an airline as an unaccompanied minor.
Upon arrival, students will meet the SIG Greeter at baggage claim for domestic flights or in the international arrival area for international flights. Students are then supervised by a staff member and transported to campus at the designated shuttle time.
On departure from the SIG program, students will be transported to the airport and directed by the SIG Greeters to the correct terminal and check in area for their flights.
Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service is only for students who are registered with an airline as an unaccompanied minor.
Upon arrival, the student will be transferred from the supervision of the airline attendants to the SIG Greeter, who will be waiting at the flight’s arrival gate. The Greeter will then supervise and escort the student to the SIG shuttle at the designated departure time.
Upon departure from the SIG program, the student will be transported to the airport by the SIG shuttle and be met by his/her SIG Greeter at the shuttle drop off location. He/She will help students check in. If the airline rules allow, the greeter will take the student through security to the gate and will stay with the student until he/she is boarded on the flight.

2. How will my child recognize a SIG Greeter?
One week before the start of the program, you will receive an email confirming your meet and greet service; photos of the SIG Greeters will be included in that information. Also, all SIG staff assigned to airports to assist students will be wearing a SIG polo and will be carrying a sign that reads SIG.

3. What time and where are these services offered?

Please refer to the pdf below for transportation service times and locations.


Campus specific shuttle times can be found here.


4. What if my child's flight arrives or departs outside of the SIG given time window for transportation services?
You are responsible for arranging your student’s own transportation. You are more than welcome to contact the transportation company SIG uses, Alliance Global, at customerservice@allianceglobalus.com or 203-964-1100.
Students must not arrive on campus before 1:00 PM on the first day of the program (see dates above) and must depart from campus before 12:00 PM on the last day of the program (see dates above).

5. Is there a fee for SIG’s shuttle services?
Yes. Please see below:
Transportation Service – $125 each way
Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service – $250 each way
These fees will be added to your invoice after you have signed up for this service and your flight details have been reviewed.

6. How do I sign up for these services?
Log on to your student portal at www.giftedstudy.org with your ID number and password and fill out the "My Travel Plan" section. You may call SIG at 866-303-4744 or email travel@giftedstudy.org if you have any questions. Any flight changes must be directly communicated to SIG in a timely fashion.

7. When do I sign up for these services?
You may sign up for these services after acceptance into a SIG program. Students must sign up for Transportation Service and Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service at least one month before the program start. Requests made after the one month window cannot be accommodated.

8. How do I know if my child must travel as an unaccompanied minor?
When making your flight reservations for the student, please ask the airline agent about the airline's unaccompanied minor policy. In many cases, any child traveling alone under the age of 13 is considered an unaccompanied minor. If your student is an unaccompanied minor and is using SIG transportation services, he/she must use the Unaccompanied Minor Transportation Service.

9. Who are the SIG Greeters?
SIG Greeters are generally SIG Instructors or other staff members who have agreed to meet the students and ensure their safe arrival and departure. All members of the staff undergo a background check, including a DMV check for drivers. All staff members are covered by SIG insurance. In rare cases, an outside vendor may be employed to greet students.

10. How do I make payment for these services?
You may log into your student portal at www.giftedstudy.org with your ID and password or call us at 866-303-4744. Full payment must be remitted before the start of the program.

11. Will I know where the student should meet the shuttle and/or who the greeter is?
Yes. SIG will send you an email at least one week prior to the start of the program; it will provide you with the location of the pickup, the Greeter’s name, a cell phone number, and a photo of the Greeter (if it was provided). We will also provide the contact information for a SIG staff member on call at the airport.
If the student is an unaccompanied minor, we will provide you with any additional information regarding airline policies with respect to greeter services. It is your responsibility to communicate unaccompanied minor greeter information to the airline. Failure to communicate the unaccompanied minor greeter information to the airline will cause problems with student pickup at the airport.

12. Can the student sign up for departure transportation on campus?
No. All reservations for the transportation service and unaccompanied minor service must be arranged with SIG by an adult, in advance. The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority.

1. How many international students attend SIG? What countries are these students from?
2. Where should I look for more information about the SIG session I am attending?
3. Are there on campus accommodations if I would like to arrive before the program begins or leave after the program ends?
4. When should I plan to arrive at/depart from the campus?
5. Does SIG provide flight arrangements?
6. Is there transportation from the airport to the campus?
7. My child will be traveling alone. Are there special arrangements I need to make?
8. What type of visa is required to attend SIG?
9. Why isn’t a student visa required?
10. What should I bring to my embassy when applying for a visa?
11. What is the International Student Resident Fee?
12. What items should I bring with me to the program?
13. Will my roommate be from a different country?
14. Is there a vegetarian meal option?
15. Do I need travel and health insurance?
16. Are students able to move about campus or go off campus alone?
17. What are your rules about smoking and drinking on campus?
18. What is the SIG Global program at Berkeley II and Yale II?

1. How many international students attend SIG? What countries are these students from?
SIG is pleased to host students from all over the globe each year. In 2017, 650 students from 50 countries attended SIG sessions. Our participants come from Brazil, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Russia, Taiwan and many other countries.

2. Where should I look for more information about the SIG session I am attending?
SIG has an informative student log-in section on our website. You may sign in at any time (after you apply) to view important messages and information using your student ID and last name.

3. Are there on-campus accommodations if I would like to arrive before the program begins or leave after the program ends?
No, SIG is unable to procure dorm space for participants beyond the dates of our sessions. Additionally, our staff is preparing for all of the students’ arrival and are not available for supervision before the program begins. If you are traveling a long distance, we recommend you arrive in the area the day before to acclimate yourself. However, you will have to make arrangements for off-campus accommodations. We are not staffed to supervise students arriving on campus before 1:00 pm on registration day.

4. When should I plan to arrive at/depart from the campus?
Registration begins at 1:00 pm and lasts until 4:00 pm on the first day of the program. Late arrival students are welcome on that day until 11:00 pm at the SIG campus office. If you are unable to arrive on campus between these times, please contact us to discuss other acceptable arrangements. On the last day of the program, students are required to be off campus by noon.

5. Does SIG provide flight arrangements?
No, SIG does not provide flight arrangements for students. However, we do offer shuttle transportation to and from the airports closest to the campuses (for an additional fee). (See #6)

6. Is there transportation from the airport to the campus?
Pre-arranged Campus transportation is provided to/from airports that have been selected as the most convenient to our campuses. On the first day of the program, shuttles will pick up students from the airports at 12 pm and 5 pm and take them to their campus. You can access this information through the student portal in the My Travel Plan section. See the Transportation FAQs for more information.

7. My child will be traveling alone. Are there special arrangements I need to make?
Children traveling alone may be considered an unaccompanied minor by the airline. Please check with your airline regarding their policies when booking flights for the student. It is imperative you make the arrangements with the airline per their specific policies and that you inform SIG to avoid any travel delays.
In most cases, you will be charged a fee by the airline for their unaccompanied minor services and will need to provide them with the contact name and address of the adult dropping the child off at the departure airport and picking them up from the arrival airport.
We offer a pre-arranged Greeter Service for students traveling as unaccompanied minors or who are not accustomed to traveling alone. Please see the Transportation FAQs above for more information.

8. What type of visa is required to attend SIG?
In most cases, a regular tourist or visitor (B-2) is all that is required.
https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html
Pleasure, Tourism, Medical Treatment - Visitor Visas (B-2) - As examples, if the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, and participation by amateurs, who will receive no remuneration, in musical, sports and similar events or contests, then a visitor visa (B-2) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel.
If you are going to the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a short course of study which is recreational or vocational, and of less than 18 hours per week, you may do so on a visitor visa. If your course of study is 18 hours or more a week, you will need a student visa. Each SIG course meets for 90 minutes per day or the equivalent of only 6 hours a week.

9. Why isn't a student visa required?
SIG is considered an independent short-term academic enrichment program. Our students do not receive educational credits, and SIG is not directly affiliated with any of the colleges and universities that host our programs. Therefore, most countries will provide a tourist visa as they would for students attending a camp in the USA.
F-1, or Student Visa: The visa for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. college or university, or to study English at a university or language institute – SIG is not a school or university.
J-1, or Exchange Visitor Visa: The visa issued to people who will be participating in an educational or cultural exchange program. – SIG is not an exchange program.
M-1, or Student Visa: The visa for those enrolled in nonacademic or vocational programs. – SIG is an academic enrichment program.

10. What should I bring to my embassy when applying for a visa?
You will need to contact your embassy directly for a list of identification items you will need to submit with your application. Directly upon your acceptance into the SIG program, you can download your acceptance letter and the invitation letter from our student portal to present to the consulate.

11. What is the International Student Resident Fee?
The international student resident fee is a surcharge charged by SIG for the additional expenses incurred for the facilitation of processing your application and the inclusion of World Class Coverage Health Insurance and Travel Protection Plan (see #16).

12. What items should I bring with me to the program?
Though you are welcome to bring your own bedding and towels to camp, sheets and pillows are provided for you through the international student fee. Some of the SIG campuses also provide towels (i.e. UC Berkeley, UCLA). However, for most of the programs you will need to bring these items. Some students bring sleeping bags to use for their stay.
You should bring enough clothes for at least a week, spending money for books, laundry and Getaway trip; basic school supplies (i.e. pens, notebooks, etc.). In most cases $150 -$200 is sufficient. All campuses have ATM machines.
A full list of items to bring can be found in the Student Handbook which is posted on the student portal.

13. Will my roommate be from a different country?
In most cases, yes, SIG encourages cultural diversity throughout the student population. However, if you and a friend (who is of the same age grouping and gender) request to be roommates, we will do our best to honor your request.

14. Is there a vegetarian meal option?
Yes, all SIG campuses provide vegetarian options in their dining halls.

15. Do I need travel and health insurance?
For our international students we are pleased to include a comprehensive insurance protection plan. The insurance is included as a part of the international student fee. This plan provides the international student with up to $500,000 Basic Medical Insurance per accident or illness with a $50 deductible (per accident or illness). This plan provides an assortment of benefits, including personal effects coverage such as cameras and electronic equipment; medical evacuation/repatriation in the event of an emergency, tuition refunds up to $5,000 in the event that the student is unable to participate in the program due to serious injury or illness, or if either parent of the insured is laid off, and session interruption coverage prorated up to $5,000 for any student that is unable to complete the program for the reasons listed above.
A brochure and a claim form are available on the student portal.

16. Are students able to move about campus or go off campus alone?
No, students are always under the supervision of SIG staff and may not go off campus without supervision. Older students, ages 15-18, are, at specific times, provided the opportunity to travel in groups around the campus. This privilege is at the determination of the SIG staff.

17. What are your rules about smoking and drinking on campus?
In the United States, students under the age of 18 are not allowed to smoke, nor are they allowed to drink alcohol before the age of 21. It is against SIG policy for any student to smoke any substance, use chewing tobacco, take any illegal drugs, or drink alcohol while attending the program. There are strict consequences for this behavior, including immediate dismissal from the program. We are aware that international students may have a different experience in their countries, but it is imperative that all students understand that these US laws are strictly enforced on campus.

18. What is the SIG Global program at Berkeley II and Yale II?
The second sessions of these two sites allow for a larger percentage of international students than do the other sessions at Berkeley, Yale, and all other campuses. The goal of SIG Global is to increase an understanding of our interconnected global world through increased immersion in multiple cultures, languages, and customs. English Language Learner tutorials are offered each period. The academic program is similar to all SIG programs, but as SIG courses are naturally flexible to meet each student’s interests and passions, there is likely to be a heightened interest in international topics and themes at SIG Global.

1. What is the SIG commuter program?
2. Are the commuter options available at all SIG residential program campuses?
3. What are the benefits of attending SIG as a commuter student?
4. What are the differences between the day and extended commuter options?
5. What are the rules/regulations and limitations of the commuter program?
6. Are the commuter schedules flexible?
7. Can a student convert from commuter to an extended commuter after the program has started?
8. Can a commuter student convert to residential status after the program has started?
9. How are commuter students supervised?
10. How do commuter parents contact SIG Staff and Instructors on site?
11. What are the charges incurred for late pick ups?
12. We live near the campus and my child will be arriving and/or departing alone each day. What are the procedures for this?

1. What is the SIG commuter program?
The commuter program enables students to attend a SIG program at a residential site without the need for them to reside on campus. There are two types of commuter options available – regular and extended commuter options.

2. Are the commuter options available at all SIG residential program campuses?
The commuter programs are available at all campuses except for Princeton (only a limited number of extended commuters are allowed at Princeton).

3. What are the benefits of attending SIG as a commuter student?
The commuter option is perfect for students living near a SIG residential campus who are looking for an academic enrichment experience during the summer, but for one reason or another aren't ready, or are unable, to enroll in a residential program. Many of our commuter students are engaged in other summer activities in the evenings and weekends; some just aren't ready to live away from home for three weeks or don’t want the residential experience.

4. What are the differences between the day and extended commuter options?
Commuter students partake in the academic day and the recreational period after classes, Monday through Friday. They arrive on campus at 8:30 am and depart at 6:00 pm.
Extended commuter students participate in all activities Monday through Friday; they arrive at 8:30 am and depart after all evening activities are over at 9:15 pm. They also partake in the Saturday Getaway, arriving on campus at 8:30 am and departing at either 6:00 pm or 9:45 pm. Please note: Some campus schedules may vary slightly.

 
Commuter
Extended Commuter
Breakfast and Dinner
No
Dinner, not breakfast
Academic Periods 1-4
Yes
Yes
Lunch
Yes
Yes
Recreation Hour
Yes
Yes
Evening Tutorial
No
Yes
Evening Activities
No
Yes
Saturday Getaway Trip
No
Yes
Sunday Activity Day
No
No
Dance(s)
No
Yes
Student Talent Show
No
No
Final Performance
Yes*
Yes
Closing Ceremony
Yes*
Yes**

*Day commuter students may participate in the final performance and the closing ceremony if accompanied by a parent/guardian.
**Extended commuter students may participate in the closing ceremony if accompanied by a parent/guardian.


5. What are the rules/regulations and limitations of the commuter program?
Commuter students must adhere to the rules and regulations of the residential SIG programs. Please see the 2018 Student handbook for more information.

6. Are the commuter schedules flexible?
Unfortunately, no. Due to the meal and activity schedules for other students and staff, commuter students must adhere to the drop off and pick up times. Times may differ by campus.

Commuters:
Monday – Friday
Drop Off: 8:30 am
Pick Up: 5:30 pm
 
Extended Commuters:
Monday – Friday
Drop Off: 8:30 am
Pick Up: 9:15 pm*
 
Saturdays
Drop Off: 8:30 am
Pick Up: 9:15 pm**

** On Saturday evenings extended commuters may be picked up at 5:30 pm or 9:15 pm

7. Can a student convert from a day commuter to an extended commuter after the program has started?
Yes! Day commuter students can convert to extended commuter status at any time during the first two weeks of the program. Conversion must be for the remainder of the program with the minimum being one week (7 days). The cost to convert from day to extended commuter status varies by campus and must be paid in full at the time of conversion.

8. Can a commuter student convert to residential status after the program has started?
Day and extended commuters have the option of converting to residential status as long as there is dorm space available. Conversion must be for the remainder of the session with the minimum being one week (7 days). All conversion fees must be paid in full at the time of status change.
The fee calculation to convert from commuter to residential status is as follows: The residential program fee minus the original commuter program fee divided by 20 days times the number of days for conversion.

9. How are commuter students supervised?
Each group of 10-15 students will be assigned a counselor who would be the person checking them in and out each day, ensuring they receive the information normally disseminated in house meetings, serve as their immediate supervisor, and be the person they would reach out to for assistance. Commuter students will be integrated into residential counselor groups.

10. How do commuter parents contact SIG Staff and Instructors on site?
Commuter parents will be provided onsite contact info for the SIG offices at registration. The Residential Life Dean is the designated point person for commuter student/parent issues and will provide office hours when families may contact the Dean to discuss issues regarding their students. Commuter parents must call the SIG campus office to schedule phone or in-person appointments.

11. What are the charges incurred for late pick-ups?
We understand that there may be occasional delays to pick up your child. However, to ensure continuous supervision of your child, we have instituted a strict penalty payment policy. Students who have not been picked up by 6:00 pm will be charged $1.00 per minute thereafter ($10.00 minimum). For example: if you arrive at 6:20 pm, we would bill you for $20.00. Please phone our on-site camp office if you foresee being late to pick up your child.

12. We live near the campus and my child will be arriving and/or departing alone each day? What are the procedures for this?
If you will not be accompanying your child to the program each day and dropping off/picking up at the designated campus location, your child will be required to sign in and out at the SIG campus office each day. Written permission for these arrangements must be made in advance.

1. How much does the course cost?
2. Can students take more than one course?
3. How is the class structured?
4. Are there tests and assignments?
5. How much time should students expect to spend on the course each week?
6. How much parent involvement is required?
7. When and how will I receive my login credentials to access the online course?
8. How do students interact with the instructor?
9. Is there interaction with other online students?
10. Are online courses self-paced or scheduled?
11. What is the typical class size for an online course?
12. Are there any computer skills students need to take the online course?
13. Is there work involved outside of the time students spend logged in to SIG Online?
14. Will families receive a student evaluation at the end of the session?
15. Will my child receive a grade?
16. What is your refund policy?

1. How much does the course cost?
The cost of one SIG Online course is $400 (plus a $50 application fee) for each eight-week session. Returning SIG Online students receive a $25 discount off the program fee.

2. Can students take more than one course?
Yes, but please make sure that your child is up to the challenge of such a workload. Each course requires an average student time commitment of four to six hours weekly.

3. How is the class structured?
Instructors post assignments and curricular materials weekly, usually on Wednesdays. Students access these assignments and have until the due date (usually a week from the posting date, by the next Tuesday) to complete and submit them. We encourage student collaboration by offering assignments that students can post, discuss, and work on together. While our secure website is a common meeting ground and discussion forum for students and instructors, much learning occurs away from the computer as well, through projects that incorporate home-based activities.

4. Are there tests and assignments?
While occasionally our courses include online quizzes, our authentic, problem-based program permits deeper student engagement than is traditionally the case in courses featuring paper-based tests. We do require that students engage in a wide variety of assignments that help them to reach their personalized learning objectives.

5. How much time should students expect to spend on the course each week?
On average, students spend four to six hours weekly on their assignments. This range can vary based on their ability and proficiency with the online platform, as well as their interest in the topics.

6. How much parent involvement is required?
We have found parent involvement largely dependent upon students’ proficiency with computers and some of their basic applications. While our courses do not presume a great deal of computer-based skills, students should be reasonably comfortable creating new documents and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research (younger students will be provided select links), and saving/uploading documents. Parent involvement is most often based upon students’ need for assistance with these tasks.

7. When and how will I receive my login credentials to access the online course?
Login information is provided approximately two days prior to the beginning of the program. This information usually occurs on Mondays, as our online courses begin on Wednesdays.

8. How do students interact with the instructor?
Students interact most frequently with their instructor through our secure online discussion board using posts and individual questions. Our instructors are also available via email and maintain weekly office hours during which they can be contacted and provide real-time responses.

9. Is there interaction with other online students?
Yes, students discuss each other’s assignments, as well as engage in collaborative assignments, through our secure online discussion board.

10. Are online courses self-paced or scheduled?
A bit of both. Instructors assign and post work each week, typically on Wednesdays. Assignments are most often due within a week, by the next Tuesday. So, while courses are organized according to a weekly schedule, students can complete and submit assignments at any point during the week that fits their personal pace.

11. What is the typical class size for an online course?
SIG Online is committed to keeping our student-to-teacher ratio low to permit highly-individualized instruction.

12. Are there any computer skills students need to take the online course?
While our courses do not presume a great deal of computer-based skills, students should have a level of comfort with creating new documents and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research (younger students will be provided select links), and saving/uploading documents.

13. Is there work involved outside of the time students spend logged in to SIG Online?
While students access curriculum, web-based activities, and other resources while they are logged in to our secure website, most projects and other assignments involve activities that extend beyond this time and arena.

14. Will families receive a student evaluation at the end of the session?
Yes, at that time families receive a Student Performance Review that provides, in narrative form, an instructor description and evaluation of student performance (particularly toward attaining their learning objectives, which students create at the beginning of the course with the guidance of their instructor), key achievements, and suggestions for future study.

15. Will my child receive a grade?
No, our Student Performance Reviews are in narrative form, written by our instructors, and do not feature letter, number, or other quantifiable grades. Student objectives receive rankings such as commendable or satisfactory.

16. What is your refund policy?
Because SIG must hire staff based on the number of students enrolled in the online program, we are unable to make program refunds to students who cancel within 7 days of the program start date.
Please see refund information listed below:

  • Prior to 30 days of program start: 100% refund
  • 15-29 days prior to program start: 50% refund
  • 7-14 days prior to program start: 24% refund
  • Within 7 days prior to program start: no refund
If a course is canceled by SIG before the course begins, SIG will issue a refund of all program fees paid. If a course is terminated during the session, SIG will consider the circumstances and may, in its sole discretion, issue a partial refund or credit. Under no circumstances, medical or otherwise, will SIG refund the application fee due at the time the application is submitted for courses in session. Refunds are not provided once the course begins.

1. Why choose SIG?
2. How do I apply to SIG?
3. How much does it cost to submit an application? Is it non-refundable?
4. When and how will I be notified of an enrollment decision?
5. Is financial assistance or scholarships available?
6. What do I do if I am a returning student?
7. Is the application process the same for U. S. and international students?
8. What is the deadline to submit an application?
9. When is the best time to submit an application?
10. Where can I find documents such as my acceptance letter, pre-camp information, and other important information I need to know for camp?
11. What is the primary email address for and why is it so important?
12. Do I need to complete health information? If so, where do I complete it?
13. Where can I find the different types of eligibility you can submit?
14. Can I submit more than one form of eligibility?
15. Can I apply to more than one SIG program?
16. Upon acceptance, when do I have to pay my balance? And how can I make payment?
17. Do you offer insurance?
18. Will participating in SIG increase my chances of being admitted to the college?
19. Who can I contact if I have any further questions?

1. Why choose SIG?
Through 33 years of experience, SIG has crafted a multi-week program that combines challenging academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities to nurture students’ social skills, as well as enhance their natural talents and abilities.

2. How do I apply to SIG?
Applying to a SIG program is very easy! The best way to submit an application is to apply online here. You can also print out a PDF version of our application and send it to admissions@giftedstudy.org, via fax to 203.399.5201, or via mail to 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905.

3. How much does it cost to submit an application? Is it non-refundable?
To submit an application, there is a $99 non-refundable application fee. Under no circumstances, medical or otherwise, will SIG refund the $99 application fee due at the time the application is submitted.

4. When and how will I be notified of an enrollment decision?
Once all eligibility documents have been received, it will typically take about two weeks to review and notify you of an enrollment decision. During our peak application time from March to May, it can take up to three weeks to review and notify you of an enrollment decision. You will be notified of an enrollment decision via email. This notification will go to the primary contact on the account.

5. Is financial assistance or scholarships available?
Financial assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once funds are exhausted, the assistance will no longer be available. To qualify for assistance, you must send a completed SIG application along with the non-refundable $99 application fee. We advise students to submit their application and financial assistance application as early as possible.

6. What do I do if I am a returning student?
Welcome back! Since you are a returning SIG student, you can log into your student portal and submit an application. You will not need to submit any further eligibility documents. Once we receive your application, you will be accepted as a returning student.

7. Is the application process the same for U. S. and international students?
Yes, the application process is the same for both U.S and international students. However, international students are required to submit a high level of English language proficiency. This can be in the form of standardized English language test scores such as the TOEFL or Cambridge or a school transcript indicating a proficient grade in English courses.

8. What is the deadline to submit an application?
Admission to SIG is on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis for qualified students. All international applications must be received by May 1st, 2018 and all U.S. student applications must be received by May 15th, 2018.

9. When is the best time to submit an application?
SIG’s application becomes available in September. We advise students to submit an application as early as they can. As time goes on, campuses and courses start to fill up quickly.

10. Where can I find documents such as my acceptance letter, pre-camp information, and other important information I need to know for camp?
All important information regarding SIG can be found in the Document Library section of your student portal. It is very important that you check your student portal continuously for updated information about the program. The Document Library section of the student portal will have a visa letter for our international students, your acceptance letter, and more. All of SIG’s pre-programinformation including registration details, packing list and handbook will become available in the Document Library section of the student portal in May.

11. What is the primary email address for and why is it so important?
All communication prior to the summer programs is done electronically through email. The primary email address is the contact that receives all of this communication. It is very important to check for emails from SIG continuously so that you are notified about your enrollment decision, if your application is missing items, as well as pre-program information, payment reminders and more!

12. Do I need to complete health information? If so, where do I complete it?
SIG does require medical information to be submitted before your arrival to the program. In our continuous efforts to provide the best possible care to our students, we are partnered with CampDoc.com. CampDoc.com is an electronic health record system for summer programs, like SIG, which helps us consolidate and integrate student health information into a centralized and secure location. Only SIG’s health staff will have access to student health information, and the CampDoc.com site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. After acceptance to SIG, you will receive a “Welcome Email” from CampDoc.com with information on how to complete the health profile. It is imperative that the CampDoc profile is 100% complete before the start of the program. If the profile is not complete before the start of the program, the student will not be allowed to stay on campus.

13. Where can I find the different types of eligibility you can submit?
All SIG programs require evidence of high academic ability/potential and/or achievement and/or creativity. Documentation can be submitted in the form of test scores, gifted program letters, or other applicable evidence of giftedness. For more information, please see our eligibility page here.

14. Can I submit more than one form of eligibility?
SIG requires one form of eligibility to be submitted. Students must either demonstrate eligibility in academic/intelligence areas or in creative thinking abilities. Routes of eligibility cannot be combined or mixed. For more information about our eligibility requirements, please click here.

15. Can I apply to more than one SIG program?
Yes! As long as the dates do not conflict with each other, you can definitely apply to another SIG program. If you attend two SIG sessions, there is a $250 double session discount as well.

16. Upon acceptance, when do I have to pay my balance? And how can I make payment?
The first deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance notification. After that, the final payment is due by May 15th. For more information about program fees and payment schedule, please click here. To make payment, you can log into your student portal and click on the ‘Billing’ tab. You can also send a check to 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905 or send payment via wire. Please contact admissions@giftedstudy.org for wire details.

17. Do you offer insurance?
Yes, we do! Here at SIG we offer parents and students peace of mind and financial reassurance with SIG’s World Class Coverage Plan. This plan provides an assortment of benefits, all which can be found here. A nominal fee of $75 is charged for this insurance coverage. For our international students we are pleased to let you know that as part of your required international student fee of $250 for residential students and $150 for commuter students, insurance is provided.

18. Will participating in SIG increase my chances of being admitted to the college?
SIG is not directly affiliated to any colleges hosting our programs. There is no guarantee that participating in SIG will increase your chances for acceptance into one of these universities, though many admissions officers note the positive aspects of participating in summer academic programs. There are many additional and significant benefits from attending SIG that will continue to be beneficial to you in the future, including your college experience.

19. Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our Admissions department. We are here to help you! You can contact us at admissions@giftedstudy.org or toll-free at 866.303.4744.

1. How do I apply for Financial Aid?
2. What are the deadlines for applying?
3. What is in an award letter?
4. When will I receive my award letter?
5. How do I know what I have to pay?
6. When is my financial assistance applied?
7. I don’t think I will qualify for FA because my family income is too high. Should I still apply?
8. Do I have to reapply for FA every year?
9. Do you offer a payment plan?

1. How do I apply for Financial Aid?
You can find the financial assistance application online at https://www.giftedstudy.org/fees.asp#financialaid1. Once completed in its entirety, please email it directly to financialassistance@giftedstudy.org.

2. What are the deadlines for applying?
The Financial assistance application is currently available and the deadline is March 1, 2018, or until all funds have been exhausted

3. What is in an award letter?
Your award letter will detail the following:

  • The student’s award amount
  • The specific campus to which it can be applied
  • Information regarding your portion of the payment

4. When will I receive my award letter?
Financial assistance applications take approximately four weeks to be reviewed. All award letters are sent electronically to the primary email on the student’s account.

5. How do I know what I have to pay?
You should login to your student portal and visit the billing section. You will see “Current Account Balance.” You should deduct your financial assistance amount from this balance. The remaining amount is your portion.

6. When is my financial assistance applied?
Financial assistance is applied to student accounts only after your portion of the fees have been paid. Please let us know once you’ve made your payment so financial aid can be applied.

7. I don’t think I will qualify for FA because my family income is too high. Should I still apply?
You can still apply, however, financial assistance is strictly need-based.

8. Do I have to reapply for FA every year?
Yes. Awards are not guaranteed year to year.

9. Do you offer a payment plan?
If needed, you can create your own payment plan for your portion of the payment. However, you must let us know so we can record it in your student’s account. Please contact admissions@giftedstudy.org to set up your payment plan. If you do not stick to your payment plan, the financial aid award may be rescinded. Full payment MUST be made by May 15th so that the award can be applied to your student’s account.

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