Gifted Institute

Founded in 1984, the Carroll College Summer Gifted Institute is a one-week residential program that serves a diverse range of gifted 5th through 9th grade students.

Gifted Institute 2023 (Dates TBD)

The dates for the 2023 Gifted Institute are not yet determined.  We hope to post the dates by December 16. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Covid Update - June 7, 2022

Carroll College has resumed normal campus operations.  

  • There are no mask requirements in any area on campus.

  • Students, faculty, staff, camp attendees and visitors may choose and are welcome to personally wear masks for any reason and as a community we continue to respect each person’s choice and personal circumstances.

  • Anyone with symptoms, a positive COVID test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should follow the recommendations provided by their healthcare provider, the CDC(link is external) and/or local health authority, such as Lewis & Clark Public Health(link is external).

  • Practice common sense health and safety measures – wash your hands often, monitor your health, and stay home if sick.

 Contact Joe Helbling, Associate Professor - Education

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 online recommendation forms completed by school personnel.  Previous Institute participants need not obtain recommendations.   This online link can be sent to teachers you have requested to complete the recommendation.  All recommendations are due by June 1st to complete your registration.  The link to this form is on the right hand side menu.

Housing and Meals

Because the benefits of the Institute rely heavily on the interaction of campers with peers and supervisors, the campers are required to stay in Guadalupe Hall, which is located on Carroll's Campus.  The campers will be chaperoned by qualified college students and adults.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served by Sodexho in the Carroll College Campus Center.

Cost of the Institute

The total cost of the 2022 Gifted Institute is $845.  This includes a $50 non-refundable application fee and $795 tuition fee.  Tuition can be broken up into payments.  Upon acceptance, a $300 tuition deposit is required in order to select class preferences (refundable until June 1st).   Full tuition is due by July 1st. 

Tuition assistance may be available to those who qualify.  Please contact Joe Helbling, Associate Professor - Education

for more information.  

How is the Carroll College Summer Gifted Institute Structured?

  • Campers 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.

Contact Joe Helbling, Associate Professor - Education

for more information regarding the Gifted Institute.