Western Kentucky University Houses Gifted Program

Western Kentucky University has long been home to The Center for Gifted Studies, which gives advanced students in grades 1-8 the opportunity to participate in challenging classroom programs at WKU.

By
Nan Bauroth
On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:19

Although Western Kentucky University is a college campus, a lot of elementary, middle and high school students enroll in programs there as well.

The university in Bowling Green has long been home to The Center for Gifted Studies, which gives advanced students in grades 1-8 the opportunity to participate in challenging classroom programs at WKU. Students accepted into the program participate in challenging academic sessions during a block of four consecutive Saturdays throughout the year.

In addition, a two-week academic camp, as well as a three-week camp, are offered each summer to advanced students in grades 6-11.

“We make sure students have opportunities to be both creative and advanced in their learning, and a lot of our focus is preparing them to be a part of future economic development in Kentucky,” says Julia Link Roberts, executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies.

The center is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, and to date, more than 28,000 young people from all 50 states and 33 countries have attended the CGS summer and Saturday programs. Each Saturday session can accommodate 620 students, while the summer camps can accept 225.

“The center believes that when gifted young people meet their extraordinary potential, our communities, our state, our nation – even our world – become a better place,” Roberts says.

WKU Campus Is Busy

Also housed on the WKU campus is the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The academy allows advanced high school juniors and seniors to stay on campus during an academic year for the purpose of completing their high school academic requirements while earning college credit.

“And now for the next five years, the WKU campus will also be home to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children international headquarters, which establishes the guidelines for gifted studies programs globally,” Roberts says. “Advocating gifted education is what we are all about.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Nan Bauroth started her career as Director of Advertising and Promotion for Doubleday Publishing.