Competitions and Groups


Academic Games League of America (AGLOA) – AGLOA provides a series of Academic Games competitions throughout the nation resulting in a National Championship Tournament in late April each year.  This link is the official website for the Academic Games competitions with numerous resources.  The Academic Games include Presidents, LinguiSTIK, World Events, Propaganda, Equations, and On-Sets. 


Interested in participating in Academic Games?  Talk to the Gifted Support Teacher in your school TODAY!


Start Studying and Preparing NOW!  Start with the resources available on the website, then talk with the Gifted Support Teacher in your school, go to your library, and search online for more information on your topics.


Future Problem Solving Program International – FPSPI stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. FPSPI features curricular and co-curricular competitive, as well as non-competitive, activities in creative problem solving.


If you are interested in being part of a Future Problem Solving team, contact your Gifted Support Teacher. 

National Centers for Gifted and High Achieving Students


Center for Talented Youth-Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore, Maryland.  This well-respected organization provides an array of services to high ability students, as well as their families and schools.  Opportunities include a nationwide talent search, camps and programs at CTY, and now online distance learning options. 


CMU C-Mites – C-MITES stands for "Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students."  This local organization specializes in providing challenging classes for academically talented students.  Some classes require specific qualification criteria and the EXPLORE test, while other classes do not have the same restrictions.


The Davidson Institute is located in Reno, Nevada.  There are numerous opportunities, including earning college credit through summer courses for secondary students.  However, all of the programs have strict qualification requirements. 


Summer Institute for the Gifted provides ten residential sessions in eight states and numerous day programs for academically advanced students.  Students in grades kindergarten through eleven who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.  2010 programs were as close as Bryn Mawr, PA and as far away as Redmond, WA.


Summer Honors Program and Early Outreach through the Indiana State University has week long summer programs for high school students with a B average.  Students may earn one college credit for the week-long seminar and apply for ISU scholarships.  2010 topics included aviation (which includes flight instruction), digital media, forensic facial recognition, elementary education, theater, and others.


Talent Identification Program-Duke University – Duke TIP, a non-profit educational organization, conducts two annual talent searches and offers summer programs, online courses, and independent learning resources.  This North Carolina program has some opportunities for upper elementary students, but many opportunities for secondary students who meet specific criteria on the ACT and/or SAT.  Distance learning options are also available.


Center for Talent Development and Northwestern University – Although Northwestern University is located in Evanston, Illinois, there are many events, summer programs, and resources available for high achieving and gifted students.


Resources and Databases


Hoagies' Gifted Education Page – This website is an extensive resource for gifted students and the adults in their lives.  It includes strategies, as well as national events and scholarships!


Fastweb is an internet database of scholarships, financial aid, and jobs/internships.  Search by your interests and criteria to find money to pay for college and other opportunities.



Resources for Teachers and Parents


Association for the Gifted (TAG) – This group focuses on resources and supports for parents and teachers of gifted students.


Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution – The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings is to examine the problems of the American education system and to help delineate practical solutions. Most of the Center’s research has focused on the elementary and secondary levels.  The Center is located in Washington, DC.  A plethora of resources are available on this website including research articles, upcoming conferences, and blogs.


Center for English Learning and Achievement – CELA, located at the University at Albany, conducts research aimed at improving student achievement.  Current areas of research include writing instruction and literacy.  In addition to full research articles, the website recommends a variety of books and other literature to improve instruction and achievement.


National Association for Gifted Children – A not-for-profit organization that advocates for gifted students by investing training teachers, supporting parents and educating legislators.