About SIG

Our mission is to advance the development of gifted, talented, creative, and high potential youth, in the United States and abroad, through opportunities, advocacy, and exemplary programs and practices.

History & Philosophy

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) began in 1984 with a single session in New Jersey and has expanded over the past 35+ summers to include 9 residential sessions in 8 states offering overnight and day options for students grades 6-12, and 20 additional day-only programs for commuting students grades K-12. SIG has also expanded to included online program options to its students.

SIG provides academically advanced students with an interesting and challenging educational experience. The program combines remarkable academic courses with cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. The academic program is central to the design and purpose of SIG. Our program provides students with academic challenges designed to fit their abilities and interests. It also provides them with the opportunity to engage with other students who have similar abilities and interests. Because of our small classes, low teacher-student ratio, and teaching assistants, we are able to individualize the program for each and every student.

Meeting other diverse students who are interested in learning provides a sense of belonging that many gifted students seek. The richness of a broad range of geographical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, the stimulation created by talented and intellectually engaged students working and playing together, the depth and diversity of the SIG faculty and staff, and the beautiful and well-equipped college campus environments create a perfect atmosphere for learning, growing and accomplishing meaningful goals.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement

We commit to continuously striving for diversity, equity, and inclusion through ongoing education and self-awareness. At Summer Institute for the Gifted, each person brings unique and varied experiences which inform our thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. Our mission is to create an inclusive, safe environment for our staff and our students, where everyone’s differences are celebrated, every perspective is valued, and everyone feels safe to bring forth their authentic selves.

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