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UGA Summer Academy camps for kids 11 and up

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The University of Georgia is now accepting applications for Summer Academy, a collection of camp experiences in topics ranging from game design to mini medical school. Other topics include engineering, robotics, public speaking, cartooning, digital photography and lots more.

Students can enroll in Summer Academy camps as day campers, if you live close enough to Athens to commute. Or if you prefer to have your child get a taste of campus life, most Summer Academy sessions are available as overnight camps.

Early bird discount applies if you register before March 23, 2012.

Categories: Summer programs

DeKalb sets dates for 2012 Serendipity summer program

March 9, 2012 6 comments

Information has been updated. See the latest post on 2012 Serendipity camp.

At a meeting this week with the heads of gifted programming of DeKalb, the dates for the 2012 Serendipity summer program were revealed:

  • June 4-8, 2012 for rising 2nd-4th graders
  • June 11-15, 2012 for rising 5th-7th graders

Serendipity camp is open to children who participated in the gifted program at a DeKalb County public school during the 2011-12 school year. In the past, there’s been no information online about the program. If you have a student in DeKalb’s gifted programs, you should receive a flyer from the school with more details. If history provides any clues, the information will probably be distributed in April.

You can expect the cost to be around $100.

I will let you know as soon as the information becomes generally available.

Categories: DeKalb, Summer programs

Open enrollment for school choice in DeKalb begins Monday

March 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s school choice season in the DeKalb County School District (the new name of the former DeKalb County School System). That means you need to register now to get your child into the lottery for magnet and theme schools, including DeKalb’s magnet schools for high achievers.

Dozens of elementary, middle and high schools are part of DeKalb’s school choice program. New for the 2012-13 school year are International Baccalaureate (IB) programs at Salem and Tucker middle schools. There’s also a new start-up charter school, DeKalb Preparatory Academy, which is so new there’s hardly any information about it. DeKalb’s school choice page connects you to a full list of the schools you can consider. Officials said the school choice catalog would be online today.

To enter the lottery, you’ll need to register on the school choice portal. Open enrollment is from March 12-30, but you can go ahead and set up your portal account now, as it takes a couple of business days to get your account authorized. School choice administrators, who met with parents on Wednesday, advised that you may see some error messages when you complete the online form, but as long as you see the status listed as “eligible,” everything is OK.

Parents need to understand that just because a school is listed in the school choice lottery system doesn’t mean there will actually be spaces open in that school for the 2012-13 year. Seats are always made available first to students living in the school’s attendance zone, if it has one. Only if the school is below capacity will seats be opened for school choice students.

Also note that DeKalb School of the Arts (the high school) does not conduct its admissions process through the online portal. You can obtain an application for the school online or at your home school. Deadline to apply is March 23.

Categories: DeKalb

Current 7th graders can apply for scholarship that will pay high-school tuition

March 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Parents of exceptional 7th graders: If you’re evaluating your high school options, consider applying for a scholarship that could pay tuition for the kind of school your gifted child needs.

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is a program of the Institute for Educational Advancement, aimed at helping elite students get the most out of their high-school experience.

Students who are selected as CDB Scholars are notified in the fall of their 8th grade year. Then, the organization provides guidance in applying to high schools that would help the scholars realize their intellectual potential. Finally, IEA pays for tuition for all four years of high school.

The application, which is rather involved, must be submitted by May 14, 2012. In order to be considered for this scholarship, a student must take the SAT. The last SAT date for this year is May 5, and you must register for that testing date by April 6.

Teen writers workshop at Sandy Springs library

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The Sandy Springs branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System will host a teen writer’s workshop this Saturday, March 10, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Middle-school and high-school students who write in any literary form, from short stories to poetry and everything in between. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Categories: Enrichment

Director of DeKalb gifted to speak Wednesday morning

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Pat Copeland, director of DeKalb County Schools’ gifted and theme programs, will speak at the Dunwoody-Chamblee Parents Council meeting this Wednesday, March 7, at Huntley Hills Elementary School, at 9:15 a.m. The topic is the county magnet and theme program, so I can’t say how much of her talk will focus on gifted students, per se, but if you’ve ever wanted to meet and hear from Ms. Copeland in person, this is one chance to do so.

Categories: DeKalb