Gifted students can easily fall through the cracks as testing drives us to teach to a
standardized response while bringing proficiency of all students to grade level. The phrase “genius denied” refers to those who will suffer a profound gap between their fullest potential and what little is asked of them, particularly when one size just doesn’t fit all.

Perhaps this is part of the reason why schooling for the gifted can be a boring, lonely and isolating experience.

Ask a gifted child what it’s like to learn with peers who are learning at a less advanced level, and the common reply will relate to waiting. Waiting for the other students to catch on; waiting to be challenged more; waiting for answers to higher-level questions; waiting for something to inspire a desire to achieve; waiting… for someone to notice.

Summer enrichment programs for like-minded students provide inspiring opportunities for both academic and social growth, and quite possibly, a life defining experience for the gifted student. The Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University is hosted on its beautiful campus, where our classrooms are buzzing with ideas because we know that academic talent must be developed, nurtured, and fed. For us, summer is the highlight of the year. It’s a time when we can feel free to be our quirky curious selves, motivated by the energy that comes with the joy of learning.

Visit dom.edu/summergifted for more details about SGAT at Dominican University. Inspired Minds, Amazing Possibilities.

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