Summer Opportunities – Middle School
As you look forward to summer, you may want to consider some enrichment opportunities for your learner. Here are a few of which we are aware.
Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids
Registration typically begins in early March.
Kirkwood Kick Interactive Camps for Kids
These classes are for all students entering grades 5-9. They have a HUGE variety of classes to choose from. If not yet, information will soon be posted on their website.
Belin Blank Summer Programs at the University of Iowa
BLAST (formerly ChESS)
Students who are currently in grades 2-6 may attend BLAST, an academic commuter program for members of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS). These half day classes are held on the University of Iowa campus.
JSI: Junior Scholars Institute
Students who are currently in grades 6-8 may nominate themselves for the Junior Scholars Institute, a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa . Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week.
BSI: Blank Summer Institute
The Blank Summer Institute for the Arts & Sciences is a one-week residential summer program held at The U of I Iowa for gifted students who are currently in grades 7 & 8. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth. See your middle school teacher if you would like to be considered for this as there are a limited number of nominations from each school.
Iowa State OPPTAG Summer Programs
Students entering grades 8-10 this will appeal to you if you are intrigued by discovering new and exciting areas of study not traditionally taught in the school curriculum. Each one-week voyage will offer you an enriched learning experience, introduce you to cutting-edge concepts within a topic area, be student focused, and immerse you in activities and laboratories designed to stimulate your thinking skills and encourage you to continue your personal adventure in learning.
Students entering grades 3-7 this program will give younger students the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, math, art, literature, readings, and engineering in the company of qualified instructors and fellow gifted students. OPPTAG strives to offer challenging academic experiences that incorporate hands-on experimentation and provide students with experiences not found in the traditional classroom.
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Offers year round programs for students interesting in honing drama skills.