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The following resources for gifted children have been used by Palo Alto parents and teachers.These programs are not affilated with PAUSD and their listing here does not imply endorsement.

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Organizations for the Gifted

California Association for the Gifted
Lists conferences, resources for parents, political information, and more. Includes a list of educational Internet resources, reading lists, summer camps, organizations, journals, programs, information clearinghouses, and free and low cost materials.

National Association for the Gifted
Less parent-friendly than California Association for the Gifted, this site includes public policy and national program information as well as an annual holiday toy list for gifted kids.

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Updated every few days, this comprehensive site includes a guide for first time users and sections for kids, parents and educators. Check out the kids' section for lists of contests, books, software, toys, magazines, and online resources, and the educators' section for professional literature, curriculum units, and educational theories.

Gifted Development Center
A private, non-profit organization providing email and phone counseling as well as general information about gifted children and adults. The Center particularly focuses on visual-spatial learners, highly gifted children, and home schooling. Their site includes an archived ongoing parent forum on topics such as emotional development, acceleration, parenting, and gifted/learning disabled.

California Gifted Network

Davidson Institute for Talent Development


Families of the Talented and Gifted (TAG)

San Francisco regional Mensa

Enrichment Programs

Online Programs
Standford University Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)


Art of Problem Solving

Summer Programs
Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University
Administers camps nationwide (including Stanford) for grades 5 - 12. Students must qualify through talent search tests held each fall. There is a talent search for grades 2 - 4, but no local camps. The Center also offers counseling, publications, and assessments.

U.C. Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program
Offers three (elementary level) and six (grades 7 - 12) week-long classes for talented youth. Students must qualify.

John Hopkins University- Center for Talented Youth

ID Tech Summer Computer Camps – California Locations

Education Unlimited – Residential and Day computer camps

ASA Pre-College at UC Berkeley – Residential and Day camp

Summer Institute for the Gifted – Residential and Day programs, grades K-12

Idyllwild Arts summer program

Academic Talent Development Program, grades K-11

Gifted Students Academy- UC Irvine

Summer Odyssey at Dominican University.
Baywood Learning center

Lawrence Hall of Science- Day camps for gifted students

Summer Science Program (SSP) – a residential enrichment program for gifted high school students in Ohai, California

Talented Searches

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Duke Tip Talent Search

Contests for Kids

Tech Challenge through the Tech Museum in San Jose
Build something to solve a specific challenge! Contest held in spring for grades 5 - 12. Registration begins in January.

Destination Imagination (offshoot of Odyssey of the Mind)
Holds a creative problem-solving contest in spring for grades K - college.


Revised February 2012