Summer Programs for Gifted and Talented Kids

It’s almost that time of year again… No. it not the holidays,  it’s almost summer time…  and that means finding camps to entertain and perhaps educate your child.

Did you know that there are special camps for gifted and talented children?

The Center for Talented Youth began with a seventh grade boy from Baltimore who had exhausted all the options for math courses he could take at school by the time he was thirteen. Julian Stanley, a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University and the founder of the Center for Talented Youth, worked with this boy and his family to arrange access to challenging college math courses so the boy could continue to develop his academic talents and pursue his passion.

Today, CTY is accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, and its summer programs serve thousands of students each year. CTY students come from all fifty states and dozens of countries around the world. They come from all walks of life and a variety of educational backgrounds. While the scope of these gifted and talented programs has grown immensely, the goal remains the same: to allow highly able students to immerse themselves in their academic passions, to meet others like themselves, and to grow both intellectually and personally.

CTY’s gifted and talented summer programs offer bright students the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program.

Summer 2018
Session 1:
June 24 – July 13 (all residential sites, except Santa Cruz and Seattle)
July 1 – July 20 (all domestic day sites, and the Santa Cruz and Seattle residential sites)
July 8 – July 27 (Hong Kong sites)
Session 2:
July 15 – August 3 (all residential sites except Santa Cruz and Seattle)
July 22 – August 10 (all domestic day sites, and the Santa Cruz and Seattle residential sites)
Summer 2018 Hong Kong sites
One session only:
July 8 – July 27
CTY’s 25 residential and day sites in the U.S. and Hong Kong serve thousands of students each year from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world. Qualifying students come from all walks of life and a variety of educational backgrounds to spend three weeks immersing themselves in their academic passions, meeting others like themselves, and growing intellectually and personally. Class size is 12-18 students, and each class has a highly skilled instructor and a teaching assistant. Outside of class, students participate in a full and fun social program at all locations, from sports and games to talent shows and band practice.

How to apply?

Students who are interested in our gifted and talented summer programs must take the SCAT test to establish eligibility for the Young Students Program for students in grades 2-6.

Check the CTY website for test dates and summer camp application process:

*Source: CTY website



SCAT practice test ebook

Lot’s of activity on our blog by parents looking for SCAT Test information and sample questions.  Here’s a new ebook that just came out on Amazon – in our opinion one of the cheapest full length tests out there:

SCAT® Test Prep: School and College Ability Tests – Elementary Series

We believe that a child should have an understanding of what is expected of him or her on a test.  So for all the parents out there we can’t stress enough to just get all the information that you can get about your GAT test and give your child a chance to review the test format.   Usually workbooks are the best practice materials.  But most tests are actually administered on the computer.  So an e-book workbook might be a great option for practicing test questions.

Please see the sample questions offered on Amazon book preview.

Sample SCAT Test analogy practice questions

Analogies are a common test topic on many standardized placement tests.  And it turns out that analogies are not  just found in the SAT and ACT tests.  Your child will be tested on the topic of analogies as early as elementary school or even pre-school, if you are preparing for a kindergarten placement program.   It is never too early to get your child acquainted with analogies.  Try out these sample analogy questions, and check out some of the books available from our authors.

1.       blue : sky ::

A.    green :grass

B.    pink : color

C.    cat : pet

D.    cane : walk 

2.    straw : drink ::

A.    food : kitchen

B.    spoon : eat

C.    fork : knife

D.    ear : music  

3.    morning : breakfast ::

A.    juice : milk

B.    coat : hat

C.    evening : dinner

D.    lunch : taco

 4.    brother : boy ::

A.    family : happy

B.    sister : girl

C.    people : planet

D.    glasses : face  

5.    apple : fruit ::

A.    carrot : vegetable

B.    cloud : rain

C.    cold : hot

D.    strawberry : red  

6.    bird : feather ::

A.    finger : hand

B.    coat : hanger

C.    fish : scale

D.    man : face  

7.    large : small ::

A.    truck : bus

B.    coat : thread

C.    boat : water

D.    full : empty  

8.    all : none ::

A.    many : few

B.    one : two

C.    letter : number

D.    all : many  

9.    open : closed ::

A.    awake : asleep

B.    silly : smart

C.    sad : depressed

D.    happy : smile  

10.          bright : dark ::

A.    open : lid

B.    warm : hot

C.    rich : poor

D.    sky : sun



A lot of the parents are starting to search the internet for any information that would help them decipher the test results that are hitting the mail.  Today’s post is dedicated to the SCAT test.  SCAT is used by the John Hopkins Center for the Talented Youth to screen applicants for the GAT offerings.

CTY uses three levels of the SCAT.  Below is the information on understanding your child’s score and how it compares to the peer population.

Students in grades 2-3 take the Elementary SCAT designed for students in grades 4-5.
Students in grades 4-5 take the Intermediate SCAT designed for students in grades 6-8.
Students in grades 6 and above take the Advanced SCAT designed for students in grades 9-12.

Because this is an above-grade-level test, after the test, you’ll receive information that shows how your child’s score compares to that of students in the higher grades for whom the test questions were originally designed.

SCAT Scaled Scores range from 401 to 514 depending on the level the student takes. Here are the ranges:

Elementary Level
Verbal Range = 401-471
Quantitative Range = 412-475

Intermediate Level
Verbal Range = 405-482
Quantitative Range = 419-506

Advanced Level
Verbal Range = 410-494
Quantitative Range = 424-514

This scaled score is based on the number of questions the student answers correctly out of the 50 scored questions in each section.

SCAT percentiles are used to compare students to the older population to whom the student will be compared. For example, Grade 2 students are compared to a general population of 4th graders and so on, as detailed below.

Grade 2 is compared to Grade 4
Grade 3 to Grade 5
Grade 4 to Grade 6
Grade 5 to Grade 8
Grade 6 to Grade 9
Grade 7 to Grade 12
Grade 8 to Grade 12

Check out Smarty Buddy SCAT Workbook on Amazon and the accompanying Smarty Buddy App.

Smarty Buddy SCAT Practice
Smarty Buddy SCAT Practice

Check out our App Demo for some of the questions in the Sequences Test:

Get your child ready for SCAT Test!!!

Smarty Buddy on Apple Itunes

Smarty Buddy on Google Play

Smarty Buddy on Kindle Devices

Earth Day Time Game

Earth Day Game
Earth Day Game

Check out this Earth Day time matching game.  All you need are tokens and dice.  See how fast you can match the digital time to the clock!


Inview Test Sample Problems


The InView is an assessment which measures the skills and abilities most directly related to academic success.  A reliable Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) is derived from five sub-tests that assess the following cognitive areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning—Words
  • Verbal Reasoning—Context
  • Sequences
  • Analogies
  • Quantitative Reasoning

The tests present students with questions that assess skills such as understanding verbal and quantitative concepts and analyzing and comprehending relationships between verbal and nonverbal stimuli.  The InView was standardized to include students with disabilities and to provide age- and grade-appropriate normative data.

Sample Test Questions

Verbal Reasoning—Words Sample


Verbal Reasoning—Context Sample

InView 2

Sequences Sample

InView 3

Analogies Sample


Quantitative Reasoning Sample


Need more practice? Check out the Smarty Buddy Inview Workbooks on Amazon and Smarty Buddy App on all App Stores!

Check out our App Demo for some of the questions in the Sequences Test:

Get your child ready for Inview!!!

Smarty Buddy on Apple Itunes

Smarty Buddy on Google Play

Smarty Buddy on Kindle Devices

Brain Teasers

Nothing to do on this cold Saturday morning?  Check out these fun, kids brain teasers to train the brain.


Fractions Number Puzzle

Engage kids with a variety of Fraction Number Puzzles that provide practice with equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and placing fractions on a number line. These Fraction Number Puzzles are a great way to practice learning fractions. They are a perfect tool for math stations or math centers and can be used all year long.

Smarty Buddy Multiplication App
Smarty Buddy Multiplication App

What are the Fraction Number Puzzles?  There are six different Fraction Number Puzzles.  Each focuses on a slightly different aspect of partitioning fractions, comparing fractions, identifying equivalent fractions, and placing fractions on a number line.


Gifted Child Humor

Laughing and smiling relieve stress and make your happier.  Where would we be without a little humor in our lives?  Here’s a funny comic I have come across in one of the gifted and talented kids forums:

Gifted Child
Gifted Child