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Summer Resources and Programs for Gifted Students in Denver

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr

Are you wondering what to do with your gifted student over the summer?

Below is a list of resources and ideas for engaging gifted children, as well as resources to create community for your child and family. Summer is one of the best times for social interaction with other gifted students, through camps, competitions, and other advanced and enriched activities. The Center for Bright Kids provides an excellent list of ideas. To get started, check out what they have to offer. Not only is their list thorough, but their site is also rich. Also, check out our list of local programs and resources:

 

Top Local Summer Programs for Gifted Learners

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
These university programs are designed primarily for students entering grades 5-10. Students enroll in four classes for 10 days to explore their interests. Students select activities ranging from research to arts and crafts. Saturday sessions led by experts from the university provide additional opportunities for learning.
Companion program for younger students: Young Child Program The Young Child Program serves children who are age 4 through those entering 4th grade. Addressing the early educational and social needs of children who are gifted, talented and/or creative, children and parents select high-interest courses that meet during four 40-minute periods each day.”
Two two-week sessions are offered each summer.
University of Northern Colorado (UNC)
501 20th St. Greeley, CO 80639
970-351-2683

Camp Invention is a national program with numerous locations throughout the Denver area. It is a week-long program where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Their top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

Meeting in various locations throughout the Denver Area.
800-968-4332

DU Engineering Junior Camp Program

Gain insight about fundamentals of computers and electrical and mechanical engineering through design and building of extreme sports.
University of Denver: School of Engineering and Computer Science
2050 E. Iliff Ave. Boettcher Center East
Denver, CO 80208
303-871-3787

The Sage Center
At SAGE Center for Gifted we offer project-based experiences that are set in nature and tailored to our children’s needs and strengths. Our summer program will extend our school year programming to include a multi-age learning platform.
8751 E. Hampden Rd.
Denver, CO 80231
720-438-9620
Lighthouse’s Young Writers Camps are led by published and award-winning writers, and each workshop is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing.
June 2nd-August 4th for various age groups
1515 Race St, Denver, CO 80206
303-297-1185

The Art Students League of Denver is a non-accredited fine arts school, gallery, and site of frequent neighborhood art fairs and events. Regionally and nationally recognized working artists offer classes and workshops in a wide selection of media. Summer KidArt Camps are one- and two-week morning or afternoon camps for kids in grades one through eleven. Classes are offered in an assortment of media and themes and are divided by age and ability. Supervised care is offered before, in-between, and after all workshops.

200 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203
303-778-6990 ; Email: asld@asld.org

Meet-up.com
Another great way to connect gifted learners is through organic community and play. Through Meetup.com, parents can create their own resource/group.  Denver already has a support group for Parents of Gifted Learners! You may be surprised by how many families are searching for the same thing as you. sometimes. Sometimes it just takes one person to take the lead. Is it you?

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