Natchitoches, LA (KMSS) — In culmination of Northwestern State University’s ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars’ 25th anniversary, Assistant Director Harriette Palmer attended the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.
“The NAGC convention provides an excellent opportunity to network with teachers, educators and other professionals who strive to address the unique needs of academically gifted and talented youth,” Palmer said.
NSU’s ADVANCE Program is the only residential summer program for gifted youth in the state of Louisiana that is affiliated with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across 16 states in the Southeastern region of the United States who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. Duke TIP participants take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.
ADVANCE is a three-week program that offers a demanding and exciting curriculum for rising 8th – 12th grade gifted and talented students. ADVANCE provides a unique learning environment designed to motivate and challenge academically gifted students and set them on a path toward a lifetime of high academic achievement. Students enroll in a single course for three weeks of in-depth study. While the majority of ADVANCE students are from Louisiana and Texas, ADVANCE enrolled students from nine states this past June.
The residential life portion of ADVANCE is vital to the program, offering balanced leisure and cultural activities to complement the intensive academic curriculum. ADVANCE has built up a host of traditions and a strong community of staff and students that keep students returning year after year.
The ADVANCE web site, advance.nsula.edu, will be updated in January for the June 2014 program.