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Academic Programs

These academic programs, some for use in-school, some after-school, and some in place of school subjects, are often life-savers for our gifted children - something they can really dig into, and learn the thinking and reasoning skills so valuable later in their school careers and lives...

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Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services edited by Joyce VanTassel-Baska 
From distance learning to talent search summer programs, from residential academic programs to mentoring, and more - there are many options outside the classroom for gifted education.  Learn about many of those options, through individual essays by some of the experts in each field ...

ALEKS Recommended
K-12 plus advanced math, fully automated, available only on the Internet.  (48 hour free trial)  Great option for use low-income schools, too - school price is only $35/ 9 months!  Home price slightly higher
American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)
Increase interest in mathematics and develop problem solving ability through a series of friendly mathematics competitions for junior and senior high school students
Art of Problem Solving
The premier website for avid students of mathematics, including the largest, most active online problem solving community in the world, USAMTS Talent Search, Math Jams guided improvisational problem solving sessions, and more!
Center for Talent Development (CTD) Northwestern University
Provides resources for gifted students and their families, including summer program, online courses and Saturday classes, PreK-12
Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Johns Hopkins University
CTY Distance Education Math and Computer Science Recommended
Distance learning courses for grades K-12, including EPGY math plus upper elementary or middle school through high school courses in math, computer science, writing, and AP courses
Distance learning math, from EPGY K-6, DestinationMATH problem solving courses at various levels, Academic Systems Pre- and Algebra I, EPGY Algebra II, Geometry, and and EPGY or ThinkWell software well beyond into college level math, physics and programming courses...
Clonlara School Compuhigh
Internet based high school classes through Clonlara, long respected for their home school curriculum...
Concordia Language Villages
"In a word -- wonderful. My daughter (14 at the time) did a 2 week session last summer. She was exposed to a new culture, made great friends and didn't want to leave." Mike
Continental Math League
"In a word -- wonderful. My daughter (14 at the time) did a 2 week session last summer. She was exposed to a new culture, made great friends and didn't want to leave." Mike
Destination Imagination
International organization for kindergarten through college students and community groups that teaches life skills and expanding imaginations through team-based creative problem solving
Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) Stanford University Recommended
Begins with K-8 math and includes higher level math, physics and writing courses.  Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth also uses this software
On EPGY... parents' comments, by Draper Kauffman and others
Exchange City, a Junior Achievement Program
Located in Pennsylvania, Exchange City provides students with an opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are used in the real world...
FIRST Robotics and Junior Robotics Competitions
High school and Jr. high school robotics competitions, based in New Hampshire but open to schools from all states
Future Problem Solving Program
FPSP teaches students creative problem solving processes through competitive and non-competitive instructional programs so they learn to work with others in designing positive futures
For more, read Future Problem Solving Program, by Marion Rogalla of NRC/GT, University of Connecticut
Future Scientists and Engineers of America
FSEA promotes science and engineering among American youth, learning through hands-on experience
eIMACS Recommended
Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, Online Curricula Division, offering interactive logic and computer science curricula for secondary school and college students. 
Gifted LearningLinks Center for Talent Development (CTD), Northwestern University
Enrichment level courses for grades 3-8 and honors and AP courses for grades 6-12, including EPGY math, and other options from Ancient History to Shakespeare or Astronomy, and more...
International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)
Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship
International Mathematical Olympiad
World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School, held in a different country annually
Invent Iowa (grade 3-8, 9-12)
An invention convention for Iowa students!
Junior Great Books
Structured, lively discussion of authentic literature should be an essential part of every child's education...
Laurel Springs School
Grades K to 12 college prep academics, flexible student-centered schedules, and personalized teacher relationships. Includes core, Honors, and AP classes taught by credentialed teachers, plus Gifted & Talented Academy for students who have grade-level proficiency in grades 6-12. Virtual Open Houses available...
Let's Get Real
A competition and an opportunity for teams of students, grades 6 - 12, to gain experience working on real business problems (now nationwide!) No registration fee!
Math Counts
A  coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide.  Includes POW (Problem of the Week) plus the POW archive...
Math League
The Math League specializes in math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school
Mathematical Olympiads grades 4-7
Challenge Your Math Students!
Odyssey of the Mind
Creative team-based problem solving for kids from kindergarten through college
Riverdeep Destination Math
Every Destination Math lesson includes traditional math problems, on-screen manipulatives, and open-ended interactive exploration, featuring seven comprehensive courses that cover full-year math curricula for grades K-12 (12 = Algebra by their standards)
Science Olympiad Jr. high and high school
Olympiad tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions which consist of a series of individual and team events which students prepare for during the year
SolveIt! University of Delaware
Math by mail program for grades 4 to 8 - sign up anytime
TechProtege LLC Century City (Los Angeles) CA
Fast-track math/science/engineering extra-curricular program for gifted and highly gifted students age 10 to 16. Phone: (888) 7-MATH-WIZ
Writing Tutorials Johns Hopkins University
Distance learning writing, with a real tutor and 7 different writing levels
Mind-stretching classroom competition for Language Arts students in grades 3 - 12, with vocabulary and verbal reasoning (grade 3 - 8) and perceptive reading, sensitivity to language, and an appreciation of style (grades 9 - 12)
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