High-achieving students should have the chance to attend one of the country’s best colleges, regardless of their family’s financial situation.
That’s the principle behind the QuestBridge National College Match program, which seeks to send excellent students from low-income homes to elite colleges. Students choose their top schools from among more than 30 highly respected universities, including Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton and Stanford. The schools review the applicants, and if a match is made, the student will receive a full scholarship. If a match isn’t made, the student will still be considered by all participating universities and may receive significant financial aid.
The application deadline is Sept. 26, 2014, and the application process is pretty involved, so don’t wait if this program is a fit for a high-school senior you know.
Registration has opened for the first fall session of Georgia State University Saturday School.
The 2014 Fall A session will begin Sept. 13. Classes are held on five consecutive Saturdays in the mornings and afternoons on the GSU campus, with a variety of topics in science, math, art, and more.
Saturday School also will continue its newly established satellite program at Lambert High School in Suwanee. Registration for classes at that location “opens soon,” according to the Saturday School web site.
Saturday School is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program is geared toward students who have been identified as gifted by their school, but kids who haven’t been formally identified can be granted provisional enrollment for one year.
The registration deadline for downtown campus classes is Sept. 6. If you register prior to August 14, you will receive a 10 percent discount.
This spring, I received a recommendation from a reader of this site for the summer programs run by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Unfortunately, when I called CTY for information, they said that their summer programs were open only to kids who had participated in their Talent Search program during the school year.
If you’d like to be eligible for future CTY programs, including academic summer programs held on university campuses across the country, you can enroll now in the 2014-15 Talent Search.
The CTY Talent Search is open to students in grades 2 to 8. It operates much like the Duke TIP talent search you may already be familiar with. (In fact, CTY was the regional talent search program that Duke TIP was modeled after.) Your child will need qualifying scores on a standardized test to enter the program. Once admitted to the CTY talent search, a student is able to take above-grade testing that provides greater insight into his or her academic standing. With qualifying scores on the above-grade testing, a child becomes eligible for CTY’s summer programs and online courses.
Both the talent search program and the above-grade testing have associated fees.
I just received a message from the team creating the High Museum of Art’s upcoming Reel Riot Film Festival, a showcase of films made by high-school students.
They’re accepting submissions from teen filmmakers through July 7, 2014. (I’m thinking that doesn’t leave enough time to create a new film, but if your budding director has something in the can, here’s a chance for them to be seen by a wider audience.)
Each entrant can submit up to three pieces.
The selected films will be shown at the High on July 31 at 9 p.m. The festival will be free and open to the public.
The Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia will host its 25th annual summer day camp, July 7-18, 2014, in downtown Atlanta.
A typical camp day includes musical instruction / rehearsal, lunch, a bit of free time, and occasionally a guest lecturer or performer. The camp is designed for strings players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) of all levels, and for advanced students in other orchestral instruments (woodwinds, brass, percussion).
You can request an application package through the web site and register now by mail, or bring your child’s registration and payment on the first day of camp.
Sinfo-Nia Arts has music programs throughout the school year as well.
East Point Tech offers a computer programming program for teens ages 13 to 16, starting next month.
Saturday Coding School is a four-week course which teaches HTML, CSS and front- and back-end web development. No previous coding experience is needed. The teens also get an introduction to a bit of entrepreneurial training, with a look at how to market their own design business.
Classes are limited to ten students each.
The Intro to Web Development course begins July 12.
Tellus Museum in Cartersville has two upcoming events for kids:
The annual RockFest rock and mineral show will come to Tellus June 14-15, 2014. Visitors will see a range of minerals, gems and fossils. If your child has a special rock find they haven’t been able to identify, take it along and let experts have a look. The museum will also offer activities for the kids. Admission to RockFest is part of the general ticket price.
Then, on June 25, the museum brings back past guest Joe Turner for his lunchtime “Magic of Science” show. If you want to pre-order lunch (and have a reserved seat), call (770) 606-5700, ext. 431 by June 18.