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1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Partners in Gifted Education
The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students
For gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) presents a unique learning environment to explore new ideas, develop concepts, make friends, and share experiences. SCATS classes open new doors of learning for gifted young people and provide a comfortable social atmosphere where they can be who they truly are.
SCATS provides a diverse curriculum and a wide range of enrichment experiences for about 200 middle school students every summer. A two-week program, SCATS provides both residential and nonresidential options. Nonresidential students attend classes and return home in the afternoon. Residential campers live in an air-conditioned residence hall on WKU's campus.
From almost thirty different course options, students are placed in four of their top ten choices and attend those classes every day. Class choices range from arts and humanities to mathematics and sciences, opening the doors to a wide variety of interests. Teachers provide students with a great deal of individualized attention in the classroom. SCATS classes go beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom to allow students to learn and create in their own ways.
Though academics are at the heart of SCATS, emphasis is also placed on the social aspects of camp. When not in class, students are likely to be playing sports, participating in cookouts, dances, and talent shows or hanging out on the lawn in front of their residence hall, playing music, making crafts, and getting to know each other. Enjoying learning is the norm at SCATS, where students can find peers who share a wide range of academic and social interests. In many cases, the friendships students form at SCATS are life-long. “It’s not just a learning camp,” one participant remarked. “It’s a place where you feel accepted, loved and respected by your friends. A place you will never want to leave.”
"My middle Tennessee middle schooler had a life changing experience in 2013 at SCATS and is motivated to do the 5 week challenge!! We highly recommend SCATS to all motivated middle school students who want an enriching summer." - Lisa Lipscomb
Applications will be available in early spring. The Center encourages students to
apply as early as possible. Qualified participants will be accepted and placed in
classes in the order applications are received.
Dates: June 12 - 24, 2016
Parent Visit Form
Please CLICK HERE to view and download the parent visit form. This form is for parents who would like to pick up their child for a visit during camp, and is limited to parents of the students only.
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