Gifted Institute

For Gifted Students entering 5th-9th Grades

Tentatively scheduled for July 7-13, 2019

The 2019 Gifted Institute information will be posted in 2019.

Purpose of the Institute

Founded in 1984, the Carroll College Summer Gifted Institute is a one-week residential program that serves a diverse range of gifted fifth through ninth grade students. The classes and activities with adults and peers will enhance students’ cognitive and social development.

Who Can Participate?

Gifted students entering fifth grade through ninth grade are eligible to apply. Each applicant must complete online registration.  If you are new to the Gifted Institute, you are required to provide two recommendation forms filled out by school personnel.  Previous Institute participants need not obtain recommendations.  Please have the completed forms mailed to:  Carroll College Gifted Institute, 1601 N Benton Ave., Helena, MT 59625 or you can upload them using the side menu option.  

Payment Information

Enrollment is limited, so please complete your application materials as early as possible.   A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with all the application materials.   No classes will be reserved without this deposit.   All payments made by credit/debit cards will be processed through Marketplace, a third party provider.  The full cost for the camp is $595.  Payment in full is due before July 1st.  

Housing and Meals

Because the benefits of the Institute rely on heavily on the interaction of students with peers and supervisors, the students are required to stay in Guadalupe Hall, which is located on Carroll's Campus.  The students will be chaperoned by qualified college students and adults.  Students will need to provide their own bedding and towels.  Detailed lists of other necessary materials will be sent to each applicant.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served by Sodexho in the Carroll College Campus Center.

How is the Carroll College Summer Gifted Institute Structured?

  • Students select four courses from a wide variety of offerings.

  • Classes meet Monday-Friday. Each course is divided into five 90-minute periods.

  • Afternoon and Evening activities are included each day, which may include outdoor games, team-building exercises, relaxation, and creative games.


Each participant is responsible for transportation to and from the Gifted Institute.  Participants may not operate automobiles on Carroll's campus.  Transportation for field trips will be provided by a professional charter bus company.  

Financial Aid

Limited tuition assistance may be available to those who demonstrate a financial need (based upon the federal government’s free hot lunch income guidelines). The information you provide for limited tuition assistance will be treated confidentially and will be used only for eligibility determination and verification of data. Contact Allison Sever at for more information.