DeKalb Serendipity summer program for gifted students

May 16, 2017 1 comment

Registration is now open for DeKalb County School District’s summer program for gifted students. Serendipity is a four-day enrichment program open to gifted-identified students who are currently in grades 1-6, and who attended a DeKalb County public school in the 2016-17 school year. (If your child qualifies for the program, their school should send a flyer home with them about it, but “should” is the operative word here.)

This year’s Serendipity program will take place June 12-15 at Stone Mountain Middle School, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Cost is $200 per student. You can find additional details and a link to the online registration form in the 2017 Serendipity Flyer for Registration (PDF).

Registration closes May 31, 2017.

Categories: DeKalb, Summer programs

The LIFE School progressive high school in Atlanta

April 12, 2017 6 comments

For kids who are looking for something boldly different from the typical high-school experience, The LIFE School offers a highly personalized, integrated curriculum that is tailored to each student’s passions and life goals.

Located in southwest Atlanta, this progressive, private high school is ideal for a student who is independent and self-reliant. Students learn through a series of self-directed interdisciplinary projects, as well as through required internships.

The Life School is in its first year of operation. The school is pursuing accreditation through SACS/AdvancEd.

Categories: In the schools

Exploration Expo is this Saturday

March 22, 2017 Leave a comment

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It’s time again for Exploration Expo, the annual, free event offering hundreds of interactive science activities for children and families.

The 2017 Expo will be Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. Dozens of companies and schools will offer fun, educational activities.

Exploration Expo is part of the Atlanta Science Festival, a joint effort among Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Categories: Enrichment

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir seeks young singers

March 1, 2017 Leave a comment

spivey hall CCThe Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will hold auditions for young singers on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Auditions are open to girls and boys ages 10 to 13. No prior musical experience is necessary. Students selected for the program may remain in the choir until they complete high school.

Founded in 1994 and affiliated with Clayton State University, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir consists of three groups: the Young Artists Choir, where most new singers are placed; the Children’s Choir, a larger ensemble that includes children through age 18; and the Tour Choir, a traveling group that has performed in locations across America and overseas.

To register for an audition, you can either download a mail-in application or complete an online application. (For the online application, the link takes you to the Spivey Hall ticketing page. Scroll down until you see the item called “2017 Spivey Hall Childrens [sic] Choir Audition Applicat.”)

Categories: Enrichment

New AICL summer camps for grades 6-12

February 23, 2017 Leave a comment

AICL-LogoThe Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning invites rising middle- and high-school students to its residential summer camps at Mars Hill University, near Asheville, N.C.

AICL celebrates imagination and creativity. My kids have attended this camp, and I taught there one summer. The class content is highly engaging for creative kids, but just as important is AICL’s nurturing, accepting environment for kids who think differently, have unusual interests, and don’t like to be forced into a mold of conformity.

Spaces are available in two of AICL’s programs:

  • Week 0, for rising 9th through 12th graders. This is an intense academic program — still fun, but more demanding than AICL’s traditional enrichment camps.
  • Week T -1, for rising 6th through 8th graders, promises hands-on labs, Socratic discussions, and intensive art classes.

In addition to class time during the day, both camps offer social and recreational time in the afternoons and evenings.

Categories: Summer programs

Emory summer program for high schoolers who love math

February 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Emory logoHigh-school students interested in complex math are invited to apply for the QuanTM summer program at Emory University.

This four-week, residential program, operated by Emory’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, delves into college-level topics such as combinatorics, number theory, probability, statistics, game theory and more. Students spend the first three weeks learning through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. In the fourth week, they complete a research project in an area of interest to them.

Students who apply before Feb. 28 will receive a $300 discount.

(Note: Although this program is called “QuanTM Math Circle,” it is not affiliated with the Math Circle program offered by Emory University’s Department of Math and Computer Science during the school year.)

Categories: Summer programs

Be a citizen scientist in Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend

February 13, 2017 Leave a comment

gbbcIt’s time again for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which begins this Friday.

Every year, the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the bird count, conducted by bird watchers of all ages across the country. The bird watch helps scientists understand how many birds are in different locations and how bird populations are changing. It’s a project your child can do at home, at school, at a local park, or in any other location. Last year, more than 160,000 birdwatchers in more than 130 countries took part.

To participate, you’ll spend a minimum of 15 minutes observing one location, on one or more days between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 2017. Tally how many birds of different varieties you see. Then submit your count through the web site. You can do just 15 minutes on one day and stop, or you can do lots more observations at different times of day and even different locations.

If your gifted child really enjoys birding, they can continue to make observations and submit them for scientific use all year long through eBird, another program of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Categories: Enrichment