Academic Organizations, Competitions and Events
Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program (MSP)
The MESA Program assists students at middle schools and high schools to excel in math and science and become competitively eligible for academically rigorous colleges and universities. MESA partners with teachers, administrators, school district officials, schools and industry representatives to provide quality academic enrichment. Student selection and services are implemented through a collaboration involving teachers at participating schools and personnel from local MESA centers. Check with you school or Chapman University MESA to learn if your school is participating in MESA.
Orange County History Day
The Orange County Department of Education proudly hosts National History Day - Orange County (NHD-OC) each spring for students in grades 4-12, to showcase their scholarly accomplishments and to advance young historians to NHD-California State Finals and National History Day. This year's theme is Leadership & Legacy.
History Day link
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
At CTY, bright kids discover just how much they can shine with advanced academic summer programs, online courses, awards, and more. Since 1979, CTY has gathered the brightest students in the world for programs and courses in the US and abroad.
CTY Talent Search (grades 2-8) - Testing, qualification, recognition and awards
CTY Family Programs (grades 2-12) - Day, weekend, and world-wide travel programs focus on family participation
CTY Summer (grades 2-12) - Day and residential 3-week summer courses for qualified students in CA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, & WA
CTYOnline (grades K-12) - Multimedia courses for qualified students offered online anytime, anywhere
The Davidson Institute
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students. Free services include:
Annual Get Togethers
Gifted Students Network (GSN)
GSN is teaming up with Amuseum and Newport Sea Base. Amuseum is a local educational outfitter that promotes, produces and leads special adventures in education, specializing in experiences for the gifted.
Saturday Academy link
University of California Irvine, Summer Session
UC Irvine Summer Session will debut a new pre-collegiate program this summer for academically-minded high school juniors who will be entering their senior year in fall 2012---the High School Summer Scholar Program.
This innovative, experiential program helps students formulate meaningful post-secondary school goals. By previewing “freshman year” through a variety of course subject areas and co-curricular activities, students understand first-hand the intense and unique demands of a college career both inside and outside of the classroom, all during five short weeks in the summer.
Summer Session link
University of Missouri High School (MU)
MU offers on-line courses for Gifted and Talented Students. Students can take courses while attending traditional high school to explore topics not typically offered in the classroom. On-line offerings can either be self-paced or traditional semester to fit a variety of learning styles.
Academic Talent Search (ATS)
The ATS is a testing program for students in grades 6-10. It identifies students with extraordinary mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities, and offers an opportunity to sharpen test taking skills in preparation for the PSAT and SAT Reasoning test well in advance of their junior and senior years in high school.
Phillips Exeter Academy's five week summer program of academic study, athletics, and exploration provides innovative and challenging academic programs .
Phillips Exeter Academy link
Professional Organizations & Educational Resources