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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.

ITAG Summer Opportunities

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids

Registration typically begins in late February.

College for Kids

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.

KICK: Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids

Belin Blank Summer Programs at the University of Iowa


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.

University of Iowa: Belin Blank Summer

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.

University of Iowa: Belin Blank Summer

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.

University of Iowa: Belin Blank Summer

Iowa State

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Offers year round programs for students interesting in honing drama skills.

Theatre Cedar Rapids: Get Educated