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Gifted Children's Resource Guide

Programs and Classes

The Center for Gifted
a Northern Illinois University partner
1926 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025

The Center for Gifted offers programs during the winter and summer in a variety of suburban and Chicago locations. The Center for Gifted designs, develops, and delivers educational programs for talented and academically gifted children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The broad subject areas are the humanities, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. Please visit their website for more details.

StoryStudio Chicago
4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #222
Chicago, IL 60613
Youth Institute contact: M. Molly Backes

StoryStudio Chicago, Chicago's premier center for writing and the related arts, offers two week-long summer creative writing camps in two age groups: grades 6-8, and grades 9-10 although high school juniors or seniors are also welcome.

Sprout Gifted Services
Judy Wahl, Owner & Program Director

Sprout is a gifted educational after school program and summer camp in Chicago and Evanston for gifted children in early childhood, 4 & 5 years old; and school age groups, 6-12 years old. The focus is on socialization and academic enrichment. Sprout Gifted Services also offers support group meetings for parents using the SENG model and consulting services to help your family find the best schools to meet your gifted child’s needs. In addition, we offer one to one academic enrichment tutoring to fill your child’s needs.

SciTech Discovery Preschool
18 W. Benton St
Aurora IL 60506

The preschool is located in the SciTech Museum, and is one of the only STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based preschools in the country, and the only one within a science museum!

Northwestern University
Center for Talent Development (CTD)

The Center for Talent Development offers programs and classes for academically talented students K-1. Programs and classes include challenging and rigorous three-week residential and commuter Summer Programs for students in grades 4 to 12, Gifted LearningLinks distance-learning courses for students in grades K to 12 (enrichment classes for grades K - 6; honors/AP for grades 6 - 12), the Saturday Enrichment Program for preK to grade 9 students in Evanston, Naperville, Palatine and Chicago, and the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) which are weekend intensives for middle schoolers (5-8th graders) offered throughout the state.

McHenry County College
Kids and College
Marie Frostman

McHenry County College Continuing Education is sponsoring a program called Kids and College consisting of enrichment programs for gifted children in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
1500 W. Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506-1000

The Illinois Math and Science Academy offers summer programs for both teachers and students.

The Science & Arts Academy
1825 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-827-7880 - Main Number

The mission of Science & Arts Academy is to provide a stimulating environment in which intellectually and creatively gifted children can realize and learn to celebrate their full academic and artistic potential.

Avery Coonley School
1400 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Academically and physically challenging enrichment for curious kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. Three 2-week sessions. A full-day program for four and five-year-old students.

Da Vinci Academy
37W080 Hopps Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Jeff D. Oldham, Admissions

Da Vinci Academy offers Saturday Enrichment and Summer programs open to the public. The Saturday Enrichment programs offers a variety of classes for children ages 3-14. Courses include traditional academic subjects like math, science, art, and reading, and also specialty subjects like chess and robotics. Classes run from 8:30-11:30 on Saturday mornings, with sessions available in Fall, Winter, and Spring. The Summer program offers both a traditional day camp and a variety of academic classes. Weekly sessions will run from June to August.

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
2909 Landmark Place
Madison, WI 53713
Scott Lein, Program Director, Summer Programs

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) works with the most promising students on a year-round basis. Our mission is to nurture the most academically talented students by providing and encouraging programs that support, motivate, and challenge them. Children from outside of Wisconsin are welcome to enroll in the elementary, middle or high school summer enrichment and academic residential programs.

iD Tech Camps
Held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Lake Forest University in Lake Forest, Loyola University in Chicago, and Benedictine University in Lisle
888-709-TECH (8324)

At iD Tech Camps, we offer summer computer camps for students ages 7-17. For teens 13-18, we also provide intensive, pre-college iD Tech Academies. Our IL summer camps immerse students in the collegiate experience. Students build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in our tech labs, eat in the university dining hall, explore campus, and make new friends. Overnight campers sleep right in the college dorms!

Also check out online learning at Tech Rocket.

Engineering for Kids
Western Suburbs

Kids ages 4 to 14 are introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education through programs such as after-school programs, classes, camps, workshops, and birthday parties. They also offer programs for home schooled students, scouts events, in-school field trips, and parent's night out events!

Kids Science Labs
Multiple Locations

Offer hands-on science program to build your child’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills including classes and summer camps.

Xilin Asian Community Center: Children’s Education
1163 E. Ogden Ave. Suite 301
Naperville, IL 60563

Xilin is the premier provider in Dupage County of Chinese language and cultural programs and academic enrichment programs for the public. With the growing demand for Chinese language instruction, Xilin offers a unique program for those families looking for academic and cultural enrichment. Their instruction will prepare students to take advantage of the economic, academic, and cultural opportunities that come with understanding the world’s fastest growing economy and speaking the language of nearly one quarter of the world's population.

The BizWorld Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94104

The BizWorld Foundation is a non-profit that inspires children to be innovative leaders through the teaching of business, entrepreneurship and finance. With the BizWorld Foundation’s programs, teachers help their students to develop the critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills that allow them to become financially responsible and productive members of society. Programs are subsidized but not free.

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