Gifted and Talented Resources


Acceleration Talk - MDE Presentation

Resources for Gifted and Advanced Learners
Prufrock Press offers award-winning products focused on gifted education, gifted children, and advanced academic education

GATE/AP Teachers Chatboard
Latest buzz on the Gifted/Talented Teachers Chatboard


2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletters
Newsletter that focuses on the intersection of giftedness and learning difficulties

Roeper Review
A review of thought-provoking, informative articles that deal with research, observation, experience, theory and practice as they relate to the growth, emotions, and education of gifted and talented learners and to the cultures in which they live

Lesson Plans

Resources for Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
Lesson plans for gifted and talented learners

Local University Programs and Camps

Michigan State University

Gifted and Talented Programs at Michigan State University
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs promote differentiated educational programs for students in grade school, middle school and high school

MSU -PAN ( Physics of Atomic Nuclei) Program
A program for middle and high school physical science, chemistry and physics students  Contact:
Dr R Zegers
Phone: (517) 333-6473

Northwestern University

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
Northwestern's center for serving gifted students and their families

Hope College 

PATH Program
PATH, the Program for Academically Talented at Hope College, is a cooperative project of Hope College, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, and local school districts. It offers fast-paced, accelerated instruction in writing and mathematics to academically talented seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students

Hope College Summer Science Programs
Hope College offers exciting opportunities for children K-12 to explore the wonderful world of science

Grand Valley State University

STEPS Summer Camp for Girls at Grand Valley State University
A one-week day camp introduction to the world of science, technology, and engineering.

University of Michigan

Summer Institute for the Gifted at University of Michigan
Residential program for students grades 4-11. Variety of subject which to choose.

Oakland University

Summer Mathematics Institute at Oakland University
College level mathematics. Open to all elite mathematics students

Calvin College

Calvin College A.C.E- Academic Camps of Excellence
Summer camps for gifted middle school students in math, science, literature, computer science and economics.

Student Online Options-Virtual School Programs

Virtual High School-Maynard, Maryland
VHS recognizes that many middle school students are academically ready for high school courses and their chronological age sometimes keeps them from experiencing the challenges they need to stay motivated and excited about school. General, AP, and College Credits offered.

Michigan Virtual Schools-Lansing, Michigan
The Michigan Virtual School (MVS) is an online resource that enables Michigan high schools and middle schools to provide courses (all taught by certified teachers) and other learning tools that students wouldn't otherwise have access to. AP courses and summer camps offered.

North Dakota Division of Independent Study
Access to a challenging, diverse curriculum that has been developed by top-notch, highly qualified instructors.AP courses offered in many areas

Apex Learning-Seattle, Washington
Deliver proven online learning solutions that increase educational opportunities for all students
AP courses offered

Lincoln Interactive
Lincoln Interactive (LI) Curriculum, developed by experienced educators, is a carefully crafted curriculum to meet national standards. Each self-paced semester course offers not only flexibility in scheduling but also the best textbooks and up-to-date technology. Elementary Enrichment offered.

This program provides enhanced learning opportunities for Michigan high school and middle school students. AP courses offered.

Allendale Public Schools

Allendale Public Schools Explorers Program takes a multi-level educational approach to meet the unique needs of our high-achieving learners. Through the Explorers Program, our high-achieving learners have the opportunity to receive modifications to their educational plan such as pull-out classes, subject and grade level acceleration, and flexible grouping in the classroom.

Holland Public Schools

Holland Public Schools recognizes academic talent within its student population. The district acknowledges that gifted students need support, encouragement, and innovative strategies that motivate them to achieve at their personal best. HPS provides challenging opportunities for children in grades 3rd - 7th to excel in a Gifted/Talented program serving the academic, social, and unique learning needs of highly intelligent youth.

Hudsonville Public Schools

This year we have hired two full-time GT Consultants for the district. Our primary focus is on helping teachers better differentiate within their classrooms to provide meaningful learning opportunities for our gifted and talented population. We assist teachers in identifying students, assist in differentiation strategies, provide enrichment materials and programming for advanced students and communicate the special needs of these students from grade level to grade level. Our focus topic for this year is elementary math.

Jenison Public Schools

Jenison Public Schools offers a pull-out program for high-achieving learners in grades 3-6 through its ACT (Academically Talented) Program. Jenison also provides s a strong accelerated mathematics program beginning in the elementary grades and successfully competes in LEGO Robotics, Science Olympiad, Continental Mathematics, and Michigan Mathematics League

Saugatuck Public Schools

At Saugatuck Public Schools, we are dedicated to the idea that every student has the right to an education that provides opportunities for the maximum development of his/her potential. We believe we can best meet our students' educational needs by offering a continuum of gifted and talented services. Through differentiated instruction in the classroom and a wide-range enrichment opportunities we are able to provide the rigor high ability students need to excel academically. For more information, please contact Michaelle Gust, District Learning Coordinator, at 857-2133 Ext. 131 or email:

West Ottawa

West Ottawa's SAIL (Students Accelerating in Learning) Program is a gifted and talented learning opportunity available for students excelling in English Language Arts. Qualifying students from second through fifth grade receive daily language arts instruction in the SAIL classroom. Instruction is focused on comprehensive studies of reading and writing through genres. Advanced skills are taught and mastered within these studies.F or more information please call (616)786-1300.  

Zeeland Public Schools

A gifted and talented program is available for Zeeland fourth and fifth graders. Approximately 50 students from our four elementary schools qualified for the program, which takes place in two classrooms at Woodbridge Elementary School. Students must be tested and qualify in order to attend the gifted and talented classrooms. For more information, contact Woodbridge Elementary School at 616-748-3400.

Zeeland Christian Schools

Zeeland Christian School recognizes that there are students who are highly capable in the classroom. These academically talented students are identified and then provided with appropriate opportunities and services, which may include:

  • Classroom enrichment
  • Small group exploration
  • Subject differentiation and/or acceleration
  • Long distance learning experiences

The resource room coordinates services and supports general education teachers who are seeking to provide appropriate instruction for their highly capable students. Zeeland Christian School