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Below you will find a list of programs, events and activitiy locations for youth.
  • Arizona Programs for Gifted Youth
  • National Programs for Gifted Youth
  • Local Events & Opportunities for Youth
  • Local Museums
Arizona Programs for Gifted Youth
Academy for the Gifted Child (Grades 1-5)

MCC is offering the Future Leaders Academy for the Gifted to meet the needs of your bright, innovative, active son or daughter. The students will choose four interdisciplinary classes in the areas of science, language, social studies, math and technology that will target multiple intelligences, real-world experiences, discovery, innovation and problem solving. The students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests while developing their talents and skills.

ASU Programs for Talented Youth (Grades 3-7)

ASU - Programs for Talented Youth, offers talented third through seventh grade students the opportunity to experience challenging courses from a variety of academic disciplines. The courses are offered during a three-week summer program, and a six-week Saturday program in the fall and spring.

ASU Barrett Summer Scholars (Grades 7-9)

ASU Barrett Summer Scholars begins with a residential experience for Arizona's most gifted students. Students will enroll in rigorous Summer Scholars courses, live on campus, and engage in academic-related activities including lectures and field trips.

ASU Summer Enrichment for HS Students

ASU offers challenging, university-level classes in non-credit workshops and for-credit courses so students can gain an overview of different academic areas of study.
  • Explore new interesting fields of study and work with ASU professors and researchers.
  • Collaborate with other high school students interested in the same field of study.
  • Learn more about a particular ASU campus and experience what university life is like.

Camp Invention (Grades 1-6)

Camp Invention is held in cities throughout the valley. It is a weeklong summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six.

Herberger Academy (Grades 7-12)

The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy embodies a highly challenging and hands-on learning environment for gifted 7th-12th graders. Here, in non-traditional fashion, exceptional adolescents integrate technology and advanced methods into their learning culture to achieve exponential growth. This, along with access to mentors, resources and media from Arizona State University's West campus community. They are preparing for tomorrow by learning how to collaborate today.

Project Potential Summer School (Ages 4-13) of the Washington School District

Washington Elementary School District - serves a diverse population in north central Phoenix and east Glendale. Once you click on this link search for their "Project Potential Summer School Program."

Their program consists of a wide variety of thought-provoking, enjoyable classes designed to enhance a child’s learning potential and expand personal horizons. The interdisciplinary curriculum is planned so students learn by participating in enjoyable activities that are fun and engaging. Students living outside of the district are welcome.

Participants may qualify to participate in "Project Potential" by one of three ways:
  • Previous successful attendance at Project Potential Summer School.
  • Currently enrolled in gifted services.
  • Teacher Recommendation.

San Tan School for the Gifted (Grades K-6)

San Tan School for the Gifted offers tuition FREE, K-6, self-contained gifted classes. Gifted students have unique needs academically, socially and emotionally. All teachers at San Tan School for the Gifted are highly qualified gifted endorsed or working towards gifted certification. Each gifted student will have a Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will address the specific academic and emotional needs of each student. Further each student will follow an individualized curriculum path ensuring they are kept at their cutting edge. Classes will be self-contained and will utilize cluster grouping, based on ability, to best meet the needs of each student within the class.

Tempe Elementary School District (Grades K-9)

Tempe Elementary School District offers summer enrichment courses for gifted students entering grades K-9. Once you download the Summer Course Schedule, activate a search option for "gifted." Identified gifted students will have first priority in these classes.

National Programs for Gifted Youth
Davidson Institute

Their mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

CTY shares with its parent organization, the Johns Hopkins University, a three-part mission of teaching, research, and service. More specifically, CTY:
  • Seeks students of the highest academic ability through its talent search and offers them challenging educational opportunities that develop the intellect, encourage achievement, and nurture social development.
  • Conducts research and evaluation studies that advance knowledge about gifted education; develops best practices in educating highly able children; and disseminates its findings to parents, the education community, and policymakers.
  • Supports educators in their efforts to meet the needs of highly able students, assists parents in advocating for their gifted children, and participates actively in community service.

Stanford University

On-line courses, residential summer institute, and on-line High School

Summer Institute for the Gifted (Grades K-11)

The Summer Institute for the Gifted offers residential and day programs for gifted and talented students in grades K through 11 at various universities around the country.

Local Events & Opportunities for Youth
Arizona FIRST® LEGO® League

Sponsored by ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program, designed to ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of the basic principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in children, ages 9 to 14. Click on the link for more information.

ASU Polytechnic CTI Academy

ASU College of Technology & Innovation: Summer Experience - Summer camps for grades 4-12 ... Do you love robots? Video games? Photography? Roller coasters? Rockets? Forensic science? If you love any or all of these, then the CTI Academy is where you want to be this summer! Learn from ASU faculty during the camps at ASU's Polytechnic campus. Visit their website for class offerings, dates and pricing.

AZ Tourism Guide

This is Arizona's official website to get to know the great state of Arizona. Search this site based on location or family friendly events. A great way to plan a family field trip or vacation.

Barnes & Noble

Kids summer reading program, ages 3-12

Challenger Space Center AZ (Classes & Camps for grades K-8)

Located in Peoria, the Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.
Educational programs are the backbone of the Challenger Center. All of their programs are designed to meet or exceed Arizona state educational standards. All programs are specially designed to meet educational standards set for Math, Science, Technology and Workplace Skills.

Chandler Aquatic Centers

Copperstar Repertory Company

Copperstar Repertory Company of Higley, Arizona, is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and enrich community members of all ages by offering high quality productions, providing professional instruction in performing arts, and creating performance opportunities for Arizona’s youth and adults.

Gilbert Parks, Recreation and Aquatic Centers

Gilbert Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Extra-Curricular & Summer School Opportunities

Home Depot Kids Workshops (Ages 5-12)

Kids’ free “How-To Workshops” are designed for children ages 5-12. The hands-on sessions are offered on the first Saturday of each month, 9-noon at all Home Depot stores. Click on the link for more details. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin.

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics (Ages 5-12)

Build and Grow kid's clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe's store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, and a project themed patch.

Maricopa County Summer Reading Program

Maricopa County Summer Reading Program, at the Southeast Regional Library, is for ages 5-18.

Riparian Preserve

The 110-acre Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is located at 2757 E. Guadalupe Road east of Greenfield Road, next to the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, Arizona. Click on their “Events Calendar” link to find out what classes are currently being offered.

Sea Life Aquarium AZ

Dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the amazing underwater world of SEA LIFE Arizona. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from the humble starfish to tropical sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. To get any closer you’ll have to get wet! Group rates available for school and youth groups.

Summer Art Academy

The Summer Art Academy holds its classes at the Education Building at New Hope Community Church - 1380 E. Guadalupe Road (between Val Vista & Lindsay) in Gilbert. All classes are taught by certified Gilbert Art Teachers. Registration takes place in the spring. Click on the link for further details. June classes are offered for the following grades:
  • 1st - 4th grades
  • 5th - 9th grades

Young Rembrandts (Grades K-6)

Drawing is the fundamental skill of the visual arts that can - and should - be learned by all children. Young Rembrandts, developed by an artist and educator, teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give children an academic advantage in the classroom.

Local Museums
AZ Centennial / Mining and Mineral Museum

Located in downtown Phoenix, admission for children 17 and under is free.

AZ Natural History Museum (Classes for ages 8-12)

"Cool Classes that Rock and Roar!" are new on Wednesdays in July 2010 to the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. Engaging classes for kids ages 8 to 12. They will have the unique opportunity to learn about Paleontology, Archaeology, Geology and the Science of Color and Light in these hands-on classes, which will take place Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Classes will include presentations by a Paleontologist, Archaeologist or Geologist; visits to working labs; in-depth tours of the related museum exhibits and projects to take home and share.

Arizona Museum for Youth

Located in Mesa, the AMY has exhibits, activities and classes for children of all ages.

Arizona Science Center

Located in downtown Phoenix, the AZ Science Center has their regular hands-on exhibits and classes as well. Membership allows free admission to more than 250 science/ technology museums nationwide. Look for the list to these museums on their membership page.

Central Arizona Museum Association

Click on this link to see a general listing of the various museums in our Valley of the Sun.

Gilbert Historical Museum

Located at 10 S. Gilbert Rd. on the SW corner of Gilbert and Elliot Rds. in the heart of the Heritage District. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 5-12, and under 5 is free. The museum is one of the few sites where Gilbert's past is preserved.

The Heard Museum

Located in downtown Phoenix. A visit to the Heard Museum includes 10 exhibition galleries, free guided tours, outdoor sculpture gardens, a renowned café, art gallery and trading-post style shopping and more.

The Musical Instrument Museum

The world’s first global musical instrument museum, opened April 2010.

Phoenix Children's Museum

Acting on the principle that learning is a joy, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s mission is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

Phoenix Art Museum

The Southwest’s premier 203,000- square foot destination for world-class visual arts with galleries designed by New York architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates. Here you will be immersed in culture while viewing popular exhibitions that feature artists such as Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, and Annie Leibowitz. Monet. And the list goes on.