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The Center for Gifted Studies


Summer with The Center for Gifted Studies means learning and fun for students and educators. Apply now for the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, SCATS, and VAMPY.

Applications are now available for Camp Explore and Camp Innovate.



Where Gifted Learners Discover Their Potential

Located on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for more than thirty-five years. The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Roberts, The Center has become one of the preeminent advocates for gifted education in the United States.

The Center believes that when gifted young people meet their extraordinary potential, our communities, our state, our nation—even our world—become better places. That is why each school year, The Center renews its commitment to encouraging excellence by providing quality programming and resources for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents.



IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018

IdeaFestival Bowling Green was a wild success, with over 650 middle and high school students from all over Kentucky joining together for a day of exploring big ideas and innovation. Watch the highlight reel below, and be sure to check out IdeaFestival's Youtube page for full-length videos of speaker sessions as well as other highlights from this amazing event.




Watch our video on the Excellence Gap, "Give Excellence a Chance," created through Project Reaching Academic Potential (RAP)

The Excellence Gap is the achievement gap at the advanced level of student achievement: lower socioeconomic groups, English language learners, and African American and Hispanic students are underrepresented at the highest levels of academic achievement.

“If we don’t do something about the disparity … we’re going to continue to see some of the same problems we’re seeing in our society now by not addressing and nurturing some of these young talents while we have the opportunity.” LaTonya Frasier-Goatley, Advance Program Coordinator, Jefferson City Schools

“This country thrives on talent, on ideas, on creativity, on innovation. And unfortunately, the fastest growing parts of our student population are the groups that are suffering the worst of the Excellence Gap.” — Jonathan Plucker, Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University and author of Excellence Gaps in Education


Upcoming Events


Duke TIP

May 23

Camp Explore

June 4 - 8


June 10 - 22

KAGE Summer Workshop

June 18


June 24 - July 14

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

June 25 - 29

Camp Innovate

July 9 - 13

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 Last Modified 4/23/18