The Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program is a two-week, intensive experience for the gifted and talented in rising grades 5 – 12. It is held on the beautiful, tree-shaded campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in the lovely town of Buckhannon, WV. The program is in its 31th consecutive year.
This year, the camp runs from June 16 - 26, 2013. The cost is $1200 for the two weeks, which includes five classes per day, room and board, activities, supervision, and academic supplies. A $200 deposit is required by June 8.
During the day, students take advanced courses in mathematics, physics, computer science, history/government, creative writing and literature. These are taught by full-time, tenured college professors. Two new professors joined the program this year and we have a new logic course. Students live in a newly remodeled college dorm, overseen by college-age counselors. They have access to all campus facilities, including an indoor pool, game room, and gymnasium with basketball courts and a dance studio, outdoor tennis courts and track, music practice rooms, and the new Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the outside campus which is full of beautiful, open spaces to play ball or frisbee, or just sit under a tree to read a good book.
Students have class time, study time, and free time every day. They eat lunch together in the college cafeteria, which has a variety of meal options. They will have opportunities to participate in games and activities, take yoga, eat out at local restaurants, and see guest speakers and musicians. Most importantly, they will make lasting friendships with others of their kind. Many of our students come back year after year.
To qualify for the program, students must show test scores in the 97th percentile or above on a nationally normed test in either verbal or quantitative areas, or show participation in a gifted program at their school. Teacher recommendations and a gifted IQ score may also qualify a student for the program.