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Gifted and Talented Educational Programs

The mission of the Gifted and Talented Education office is to provide educational experiences that allow gifted students to develop intellectually, cultivate social relationships, and expand their understanding of the world. Programs include:

  • CHAMP (Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program) provides classroom instruction for qualified mathematically gifted students in grades 7-10. CHAMP is designed so that the participating students will learn the content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE)-aligned four-year high school mathematics curriculum in two years.

    CHAMP Partners: Michigan State University’s Department of Mathematics. CHAMP also exists as an outreach program with the MSU Tollgate Center in Novi, and at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills.
     
  • ISHALL (Intensive Studies in Humanities, Arts, Language, and Literature) is designed so that the participating students will learn the content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE)-aligned four-year high school English curriculum and national core curriculum standards in two years.

    ISHALL Partners: Michigan State University’s Departments of English and Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. The faculty from both of these departments have assisted in developing the curriculum, and many continue to teach in the programs. ISHALL also exists as an outreach program with the MSU Tollgate Center in Novi, and at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills.
     
  • LEAF (Cours de Langue pour Étudiants Avancés de Français) provides classroom instruction for qualified students in grades 7-11 who have advanced skills in language arts/French. LEAF is designed so that the participating students can learn the content usually assigned to the traditional four-year high school French language curriculum in two years. Every semester of the LEAF program corresponds to one year of high school French.

    LEAF Partner: Michigan State University’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
     
  • ALL (Latin) – Amo Linguam Latinam (I Love Latin!) is a two-year program offering class activities that provide students with a conceptual and theoretical framework for the mastery of the goal areas for classical language learning: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. Discussions of language are anchored in topics of Roman and medieval culture, as well as in conversations about linguistics and the role of Latin in shaping English as a language. Students will take the National Latin Exam at the end of each year, and may elect to take the AP Latin exam at the end of their second year.

    ALL (Latin) Partner: Michigan State University’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures.
     
  • GUPPY (Gifted University for Parents and Precocious Youth) is designed to allow young gifted and talented students to spend a weekend at Michigan State University, attending classes taught by MSU faculty and staff. This GATE program offers young gifted students a variety of accelerated exploratory educational presentations and hands-on experiences in MSU’s laboratories and classrooms. Each student participates in a track that has a variety of STEAM-based classes. This program is available to students in grades 3-6.

    GUPPY Partners: Michigan State University’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, NSCL-National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, College of Human Medicine, and College of Osteopathic Medicine.
     
  • MST@MSU (Math, Science and Technology at Michigan State University) is a one-week summer program for academically talented students who are currently in grades 7, 8, and 9. The program has been designed to stimulate students to learn about new developments in mathematics, science, and technology, and to explore related career fields.

    MST@MSU Partners: MST@MSU currently employees faculty from MSU Colleges of Engineering, Natural Science, Human Medicine, and Arts and Letters, as well as the NSCL-National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, MSU Community Music School, and Culinary Services.
     
  • MSTL (Math, Science, Technology, and Leadershipis a two-week summer program for academically talented students who are currently in grades 9 and 10. The program has been designed to stimulate students to learn about new developments in mathematics, science, and technology, and to explore related career fields. Students also take one leadership workshop which will introduce them to concepts and skills required to be a leader in STEM fields.

    MSTL Partners: MSTL currently employees faculty from MSU Colleges of Engineering, Natural Science, Human Medicine, Arts and Letters, and the NSCL-National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
     
  • Intensive Studies for Gifted and Talented (IS4GT) is a one-week advanced program in a specific concentrated curriculum for gifted and talented students. Classes focus on one main topic for the week for 6 hours, with one hour of computer-lab research time built into the end of the day for the students to conduct research assigned in class. Intensives are offered in the following subjects:
    • Intensive Study in Forensic Science
    • Intensive Study in Number Theory
    • Intensive Study in Aircraft Piloting Course
    • Intensive Study in PRE-MED ED
    • Intensive Study in Behavioral Mathematics in Artificial Intelligence
    • Intensive Study in Remote Drone Piloting Course
    • Intensive Study in Lab Research in Microbiology
       

IS4GT Partners: Michigan State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Microbiology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Human Medicine, as well as Crosswinds Aviation.

  • Dual Enrollment allows a high school student to take at least one course at his or her high school while taking one or more college courses at MSU. In 2012, new legislation was passed allowing for more students to take advantage of dual enrollment while in high school. Students should check with their local school districts for additional information on qualifying tests. Students are limited to ten dual enrollment courses during their high school years. They also must be enrolled in at least one class at their home high school.

    Dual Enrollment Partners: Michigan Department of Education and Michigan State University’s Admissions Office.

     

 


Funders: MSU tuition paid in part by the local school district and/or parent.


People:

Susan L. Sheth

Director, Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and Talented Education