Eligibility & Admissions Requirements

For Domestic Students

Choose documentation for ONE option below to upload with the SIG Application in the application portal.

  • Nationally normed testing scores at the 95th percentile on intellectual, achievement, or creativity within the last 5 school years. Click here for eligible tests.

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  • Accepted into a gifted program or gifted school or participation in a talent search or participation in a comparable alternative gifted summer enrichment program within the last 5 years.


  • One SIG recommendation form from an educator (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) or school counselor

Eligibility for Admissions to SIG Programs (International Students)

Students must meet domestic eligibility requirements + English Proficiency Standards.

English Proficiency Standards: Choose ONE form of documentation listed below to upload with the SIG application in addition to the domestic eligibility requirements.

English Proficiency Standard Eligibility Options:

Ages 6- to 17- years old: 

A or B in an English Course or Subject Student must provide a report card or school transcript documentation of an A or B in an English course in at least one marking period for the current grade level.


Letter of Recommendation from English/English Language Arts/Reading Educator Student must provide a letter of recommendation from an English/English Language Arts/Reading subject-area educator which provides information about level of English language proficiency. *Note: If domestic eligibility includes an English/English Language Arts/Reading educator recommendation that meets SIG eligibility, English Language Proficiency is met for the international student.

Ages 6- to 10-years old who do not attend a school that has English as the primary language of instruction please contact admissions: admissions@giftedstudy.org

Alternate Options to Demonstrated English Language Proficiency:

Ages 11 years old and above:

TOEFL-Junior: Overall score of 4 or higher (B1 or B2 for all sections)

Ages 13 years old and above:

Duolingo Score: Total score of 105 or higher.

TOEFL-iBT: Total score of 90 or higher on the online test

TOEFL-CBT: Total score of 233 or higher on the online test

IELTS (16 years or above): Total score of 6.5 or higher.

Submitting Eligibility Documents

Students and parents will submit eligibility documents as part of the application process. Once you start an application, our portal will walk you through the necessary steps to attach documentation, testing scores, or other necessary documents.

Here are some tips to help guide you through the application process:

Step 1

Start your Summer Institute for the Gifted online application ($100 non-refundable application processing fee upon completion).

Step 2 

Fill out the application section by section, paying careful attention to the information you provide. 

Step 3

In the Eligibility Documentation section, you will choose ONE option and will have the ability to upload any necessary documentation within your application. 

Step 4

Pay your $100 Application Fee. If further information is needed upon submission of your application for acceptance, our team will contact you as soon as possible. 

Step 5

If you are accepted, we will email your official acceptance and information on how to enroll. The enrollment deposit is required in order to save your spot in the program.

Still have questions?

Still not sure if your child is eligible to participate in a SIG program? We are happy to help.


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