Camps and Enrichment Specifically Created for Gifted Students
Bridges 2e Center Summer Courses (Studio City, CA) Grades 4-12, in person and online A broad variety of courses are offered in history, language arts, visual arts, science, and music, as well as groups for Dungeons & Dragons and other gameplay.
Davidson Institute STARS Summer Camp Ages 8-11, online Participants attend three different academic sessions throughout the week taught by current and former Davidson Academy instructors. REACH Summer Seminar Ages 11-13, online Students will select one of three academic areas of focus, which involves six days of instruction and hands-on learning. THINK Summer Institute Ages 13-16, online Fast-paced academic program for intellectually curious students who want to meet like-minded peers, earn college credit, and experience living on campus. Eastern Washington University SATORI Junior Camp(Cheney, WA) Grades 4-6, in person, canceled for 2021 This one week day camp will focus on a journey designed to develop analytical, critical, and creative thought by grappling with a variety of problem solving activities which include mind benders, lateral thinking, and developing projects based on futuristic problem solving. SATORI Camp(Cheney, WA) Ages 12-18, residential, canceled for 2021 Students choose three mini-courses from a variety of offerings. Participants are introduced to a wide range of academic and special interest courses designed to develop a well-rounded individual. Each course is held for approximately two hours a day over the six days of camp. This continuity allows for in-depth exploration of subject material, active inquiry and discussion, and hands-on participation by students. EXPLO Grades 4-7, residential (Wheaton College, Norton, MA) From fast-paced outdoor activities and athletics to courses that challenge students to innovate and create, explorers are exposed to a wide range of subjects and opportunities to enjoy together. Grades 8-10, residential (Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York) Students pursue their strengths, discover new interests, and make friends who expand their horizons and embrace what makes them individuals. Grades 10-12, residential (Colby College, Waterville, ME) Students earn college credit and gain professional experience with industry experts. Institute for Educational Advancement Academy (Pasadena, CA) Grades K-8, online and in person IEA Academy provides students with advanced enrichment classes that promote exploration and application of knowledge. Courses provide compelling content and appropriate challenges taught at a flexible pace with small classes by highly qualified, dedicated professionals. Yunasa (CO and MI) Ages 10-14, residential Designed and led by eminent experts in the field of gifted youth, Yunasa embraces gifted children for who they are, helping them understand and work with the unique joys and challenges that gifted children face. Many traditional programs for gifted youth focus solely on intellectual abilities, overlooking the need for these children to grow in all aspects of their lives. Yunasa supports the whole gifted child, encouraging growth and support of campers intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Grades 2-12, online Live, problem-based, session based, and independently paced formats. Access to the new online social activities program provides opportunities for students to talk, learn, and bond with like-minded peers over topics they love all summer long.
PG Retreat(Estes Park, CO) PG Retreat is a community of families with profoundly gifted children and teens. PG Retreat helps to form connections and friendships, and to share resources and experience.
Purdue University Super Summer Program Grades K-4, online Enrichment program designed to meet the needs of academically, creatively, and artistically gifted students. The program offers a variety of course topics in mathematics, science and technology, visual and performing arts, and interdisciplinary studies. Summer Residential Grades 5-12, online for 2021 Stimulate imagination and expand abilities. Robinson Center for Young Scholars Summer Challenge(Seattle, WA) Grades 5-6, in person Academically advanced summer program that provides motivated students with an intensive, hands-on, fun, and educational experience in areas outside of the traditional school curriculum. Summer Stretch (Seattle, WA) Grades 7-10, in person Offers accelerated courses (e.g. Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Chemistry) and courses for enrichment (e.g. American Literature, Speech and Debate, Physics of Robotics). Sigma Camp(Sharon, CT) Ages 12-16, residential Math and science camp designed to ignite a spark of interest and curiosity in students. Campers spend time around scientists who can give a first-hand account of what real science research is like. Stanford Pre-Collegiate College Studies Grades 8-12, online Academic enrichment programs offer students the chance to explore topics they are passionate about, forming a community with brilliant peers and instructors. Summer Institute for the Gifted Online Learning Ages 5-17, online Innovative online courses in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) plus humanities Investigators Program(Various colleges and universities nationwide) Ages 5-12, in person Courses are taught at levels appropriate for gifted students covering humanities, mathematics, sciences, and multi-disciplinary courses. Innovators Program(Various colleges and universities nationwide) Ages 9-17, residential or day option Instruction in over 60 exciting and challenging multi-curricular, arts, and recreational courses. On weekends, residential students participate in a variety of activities that provide a change of pace and further enrichment for each student. Whitworth University Camp Metamorphosis (Spokane, WA) Grades 4-6, in person Gifted and talented youth can explore their passions, learn new things, have fun, and make new friends. Camp Opportunity(Spokane, WA) Grades 6-9, in person Engage highly capable students' innate creative and innovative abilities through projects involving science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
University-Based Summer Programs
MIT HSSP Grades 7-12, online HSSP classes cover various fields, from “Crime Scene Chemistry” to “The Mathematics of Music” to “Politics for the Modern Era”. Students take a deep dive into whatever interests them, be it algorithms, Irish history, bioengineering, or quantum mechanics!
The University of British Columbia Geering Up (Canada) Elementary through high school, online and in person Investigate engineering, science, and technology in a fun, educational and safe environment.
University of Washington AI4ALL(Seattle, WA) High school juniors through college freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups, in person Students learn how to understand, analyze, interpret and discuss real-world applications of data science and machine learning with the ultimate goal of understanding impactful technology decisions. Arboretum Summer Camp(Seattle, WA) Ages 6-8 and 15-18 in person Change Makers in Computing High school students from systemically marginalized backgrounds, online Students learn about technology, society, and justice. Engineering Academy High school students Designed to help students explore engineering and develop problem-solving skills essential to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering. Summer Institute for Mathematics High school students, online Provides motivated students with ample opportunities to acquire a full appreciation of the nature of mathematics. Summer Youth Programs Grades 4-12, online UbiComp Lab Summer Research High school students Students from the Seattle area conduct an intense eight-week long research project.
Western Washington University Young Explorers Grades K-6, online Enrichment courses to explore the world of science. College Quest Grades 10-12, online Helps high school students entering grades 10-12 prepare for and understand what it takes to succeed in college. In this one-week program, students attend a college course of their choice taught by Western faculty, earning one transferrable credit. A variety of activities will be scheduled with RAs, the WWU admissions team, and other program staff guides to help students understand the whole college experience.
WSU Tri-Cities Summer STEM Camp(Richland, WA) Grades 4-12, in person, canceled for 2021 Summer STEM Camps at WSU Tri-Cities are designed to be relevant, challenging, and fun. The curriculum utilizes current advancements in science and technology.
Schools Offering Summer Programs
Bellevue Children's Academy(Bellevue, WA) Grades PreK-4, in person or online The program includes thought-provoking English and math curriculum along with exciting activities that promote creativity, independent thinking, self-confidence, and the quest for personal excellence.
Bertschi School(Seattle, WA) Grades K-6, in person and online Creativity, discovery, and fun. The Evergreen School (Shoreline, WA) Age 3 to 8th grade, in person Profound learning for the continuously curious. Children who show early academic aptitude, creative thinking and intellectual curiosity do well at Evergreen.
Lakeside School(Shoreline, WA) Grades 5-12, in person Thoughtful and engaging classrooms, fun outdoor activities and sports, and quality time with peers and teachers.
Open Window School(Bellevue, WA) Grades K-7, in person Engaging experiences designed to encourage creative and critical thinking, experimentation, and discovery. Open Window School nurtures and inspires students of high intellectual potential.
Salmon Berry School(Eastsound, WA) Ages 4-12, in person A variety of camps in areas such as dance, plants, nature, and math. Soundview School(Lynnwood, WA) Grades PreK-6, in person Implements the International Baccalaureate World School model.
Summer at Seabury (Tacoma, WA) Age 4 to 8th grade, in person Math, robotics, inventions, bugs, physics, and more! Seabury School is an independent school serving intellectually advanced children from pre-kindergarten through middle school.
Focus Area: Science
Boston Leadership Institute (Boston, MA) Grades 8-12, commuter or residential Programs in science, engineering/tech, medicine, and business
Bricks 4 Kidz(Seattle, WA) Ages 5-12, in person Use LEGO® Bricks to build specially-designed models, play games, explore the world of engineering, space, and much more.
Burke Museum Grades PreK-8, online Run your own portable 4–day dino camp using Fossil Finder Fun Packs or set up your own museum at home using rentable Burke Boxes.
Camp Invention Grades K-6, in person and at home Turn curious kids into innovative thinkers.
Camp LITE High school students, online Biomedical content for high school students across the nation.
Challenge Island Grades PreK through middle school, in person and online Inquiry-based learning promotes curiosity and higher-level thinking. Offered in various locations across the U.S. and online.
Destination Science(Greater Seattle area) Ages 5-11, in person and online Get kids excited about science and build life skills. Islandwood (Bainbridge Island, WA) Grades PreK-8, in person Boost children’s imaginations in rich natural settings. KidsQuest Children's Museum (Bellevue, WA) Ages: 3–10, in person and online
The Museum of Flight Ages 7-15, at home Aerospace camp materials are delivered to your home. Activities are fun, engaging, and self-guided with little-to-no screen time. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland, OR) Grades K-8, in person From computer science to forensic science, animation to astronomy, OMSI offers a variety of day camps and classes to spark your students’ curiosity! Pacific Science Center Grades PreK-8, in person and online Over 100 unique camp experiences across multiple Seattle area locations, all summer long! Whether kids want to concoct tasty creations, code video games, or climb on rocks, there's a camp for them. Port Townsend Marine Science Center(Port Townsend, WA) Ages 6-12, in person Young scientists and adventurers explore beaches, uncover treasures hidden in our exhibits, play games, make crafts, and hike through beautiful Fort Worden State Park. Science is Weird Ages 8-12, online Designed for ADHD, gifted, and 2e students. Hyperactive online classes that set minds on fire. Open to all kids with hungry minds.
Woodland Park Zoo(Seattle, WA) Ages 4-13, in person Camps inspire children to make conservation a priority in their lives by advancing their STEAM skills, building connections to nature, and exploring the animals of our world.
Focus Area: Technology & Engineering
Creative Coding Ages 7-15, online Students create and share their own custom video games and animations. DigiGirlz (Redmond, WA) Middle and high school girls, online Girls learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops
DigiPen Ages 7-18, online Students learn, create and collaborate on hands-on projects in video game programming, art and animation, game design, engineering, and music and sound design. By promoting teamwork and personal expression while reinforcing core academic subjects like math, physics, art and writing, students learn valuable lifelong skills in STEAM.
Girls Who Code High school sophomores through seniors, online Teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech.
iD Tech Ages 7-18, online Dive into the hottest courses in coding, game dev, robotics, design, math, and more.
Play-Well Lego Engineering (Greater Seattle area) Grades K-8, in person Build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics
Epsilon Camp Ages 7-11, online Students learn to think and work like mathematicians while building lasting friendships.
Girls Rock Math(Seattle, Shoreline, Redmond, WA) Grades 1-6, in person and online Reinforce that math is fun and imaginative. Boost interest and confidence in mathematics. Emphasizes persistence, strategy building and mathematical thinking.
MathILy High school students, online Mathematics infused with levity. Designed for students with an insatiable curiosity about mathematics, and who are creative and enthusiastic in their approaches to learning.
Math Path Ages 11-14, online MathPath is a four-week Summer Program for middle school students showing high interest in mathematics. The experience will extend their knowledge and skills in mathematics and immerse them in a mathematical culture of like-minded peers and faculty/staff.
Prime Factor(Redmond, WA) Grades 3-11, in person and online Math, coding, and biostem
Centrum Grades 5-12, in person and online Centrum’s programs for young artists are designed to accelerate the artistic development and increase the critical and creative thinking skills of your child.
Music Works Northwest (Bellevue, WA) Ages 4-17, in person and online Camps are taught by professional teaching artists to fill young brains with music!
Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle, WA) Ages 7-18, in person Introduces students to a variety of materials and artistic concepts to evoke their curiosity and to hone their natural creativity develop perseverance, and critical thinking. Professional artists teach students in a fun, relaxed environment where they can express their creativity and gain self-confidence. Seattle Children’s Theater (Seattle, WA) Ages 3-17, in person Mission is to provide children of all ages and backgrounds access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education. Seattle Girls Choir (Seattle, WA) Grades 2-5, in person Designed for girls who love singing. Help your child build choral skills, explore sound with various instruments, and find new reasons to love making music while meeting new friends.
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra SYSO Summer Music: Hybrid Edition(Greater Seattle area) Ages 7-15, in person Students work with Seattle’s finest music educators, learn new repertoire, improve technique on their instrument and make friends! Marrowstone Music Festival(Bellingham, WA) Ages 14-25, in person Students are immersed in orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and repertoire building professional performance opportunities.
Stone Soup Theater (Seattle) Ages 6-17, in person Everyone – actor and audience – brings an essential ingredient to the creation of theatre and the sum is always greater than its parts. Studio East (Kirkland, WA) Ages 4-19, in person and online Works to create confident, compassionate, responsible young people through training in the art and craft of theater. Taproot Theater (Seattle, WA) Grades PreK-12, in person Acting studio camps in three Seattle locations. Vivace Chamber Players(Seattle, WA) Ages 5-21, in person For students with 2+ years on an instrument. Inspires, develops skills, and builds friendships that last a lifetime.
Wing Luke(Seattle, WA) Ages 6-12, online Stretch creative and artistic muscles with Camps-in-a-Box! Youth Theatre Northwest(Mercer Island, WA) Age 3 – Grade 6+, in person and online Nurtures the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of children and youth through drama education, performing opportunities, and live theatre experiences.
Focus Area: Wilderness
Adventure Treks (AK, CA, British Columbia, WA, and OR) Grades 6-12, residential Teens make memories, foster lifelong friendships, and become more confident and capable young men and women. Students discover their best selves in the great outdoors.
Earthwalk Northwest (WA and OR) Teens, in person and online Programs focusing on earth awareness, wilderness survival and ancestral living skills, including primitive bow making, fire by friction, wild edibles, and much more.
Quiet Heart Wilderness School (Edmonds, WA) Ages 4-12+, in person Variety of summer camps, each with a unique focus, but all designed to build lifelong connections with nature.
Terra-Forma Education (Seattle, WA) Ages 6-11, in person Unique educational model that brings the lessons to life, while teaching real science and re-establishing our lost connection to the environment.
Wilderness Awareness School (Duvall, WA) Ages 4-18, in person Through nature connection and cultural mentoring, transformational experiences awaken people’s unique gifts, deepen their relationship with nature, and empower them to enrich the health of their communities.
Wolf Camp (Lake Sammamish and Puyallup, WA) Ages 7-13, in person Transformational outdoor experiences which empower participants with skills needed to intimately connect with the natural world, and the wisdom needed to create sustainable lifestyles on earth.
Focus Area: Unique Sports
Catalina Sea Camp (Catalina Island, CA) Ages 8-17, residential An ocean adventure camp that encourages kids to deepen their understanding of marine science. Campers participate in hands-on marine biology activities, and enjoy diving, sailing, exploring the island, and participating in fun traditional camp activities. Center for Wooden Boats (Seattle and Camano Island, WA) Ages 8-15, in person Develop the skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to enjoy life and contribute to the community. Woodworking and sailing classes are offered.
Moss Bay Kids Camp (Seattle, WA) Ages 6-12, in person Kids learn paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, and rowing.
Next Step Archery(Mountlake Terrace, WA) Ages 8+, in person Learn the basics of archery - equipment, safety, form, aiming and scoring.
Northwest Maritime Center (Port Townsend, WA) Ages 5-16, in person Kids can experience maritime life in many ways, from rowboats and sailboats to boatbuilding and much more.
Parkour Visions (Seattle, WA and Portland, OR) Ages 5-18, in person Kids love parkour. It's high energy, playful, and creative. As a movement art, parkour teaches natural human movements like jumping, crawling, and climbing.
Rain City Fencing(Bellevue, WA) Ages 8-16+, in person Learn footwork, bladework and rules in a safe, positive environment. Fencers will get plenty of opportunities to use their new skills in sparring situations.
Washington Fencing Academy (Issaquah, WA) Ages 8-18, in person Instruction in the sport of olympic-style fencing with an emphasis on the saber.
Focus Area: Language Arts
Art of Problem Solving Academy (AoPS) Grades 3-10, online Summer Language Arts for motivated students Bureau of Fearless Ideas Ages 6-18, online If it's a useful skill, wild exploration, or cool experience having to do with writing or storytelling, it's probably a Fearless Ideas Workshop. Workshops provide both traditional and unexpected takes on writing and storytelling.
Hugo House Scribes Grades 5-12, online Students explore their written voice and learn new skills and forms of writing. Classes are offered in a variety of genres.
Focus Area: Languages
Canoe Island French Camp (Orcas, WA) Ages 9-16, residential Intensive, immersive French language and activities on a private San Juan Island. Learn French and about French culture and participate in traditional summer camp activities such as kayaking, theater, archery, sailing, marine biology, fencing, and French cooking. Concordia Language Villages (MN) Ages 7-18, residential Cultural immersion programs engage participants to develop language proficiency. Camps offered in 15 languages.
Focus Area: Other
Aspiring Youth (Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond, WA) Ages 8-18, in person and online Through trust and connection, students are supported as they navigate their social world. Some students are shy, some are quirky, and some are twice exceptional. Many have a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, learning disabilities or similar traits. Chose from theme-based, age-based, and online summer groups.
Capitol Debate (Seattle, WA and Nationwide) Middle and high school students, in person and online Through the practice of debate, students gain valuable skills, including leadership, independence, critical thinking, and communication — preparing them for their academic and professional careers.
PCC Kids' Cooking Camps Ages 8-15, online Explore local and global cuisines while practicing foundational cooking techniques at home. Kids will be able to cook along with our instructors, ask questions, and share their creations with the group as they gain confidence in the kitchen. Steve & Kate’s Camp (WA, OR, and Nationwide) Grades Pre-K to 7, in person Students exercise choice, control, curiosity. The future requires our kids lead. Shouldn’t they practice?
World Peace Game (Nationwide) Grades 4-7, in person The World Peace Game is a four-tiered structure that puts the problems of the world within reach of the students. Students are organized into country teams with Prime Ministers, Secretaries of Defense, and Cabinet staff. Other important roles in the game are the Secretary of the United Nations, President of the World Bank, Arms Dealers, Weather Goddess, and the Saboteur. This game exposes children to systems thinking, critical and creative problem-solving, leadership responsibilities, decision making, negotiation, and much more.
Traditional Outdoor Summer Camps
Campfire Grades PreK-12, day camp, residential, and at home
Four Winds-Westward Ho (Orcas Island, WA) Grades 2-10, residential Kid participate in experiences such as horseback riding, crafts, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, and backpacking. Evenings end with songs and stories.