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May 30, 2001

GIFTED STUDENTS TO TAKE COLLEGE CLASSES THIS SUMMER

DALLAS (SMU) -- Gifted middle and high school students can get a sneak preview of life on a university campus through two programs offered by Southern Methodist University's Gifted Students Institute.

In the College Experience (CE) program, a small group of academically talented and motivated high school students earn six hours of credit during a five-week program. Students live together in a campus residence facility supervised by university staff. In the mornings, CE students attend a regular SMU course in mathematics, philosophy, foreign language, literature, political science, history, psychology, arts and humanities, sciences or rhetoric. In the afternoon, students study together in a seminar setting led by outstanding university faculty. The seminars provide the opportunity for in-depth study that integrates academic discipline with reading, writing, discussion and learning skills. An intensive academic program, CE also offers plenty of free time for fun and relaxation. College Experience will meet from July 1 through August 3.

Applicants must have finished the 10th or 11th grade, provide a high school transcript, PSAT, SAT or ACT scores, sign a behavior contract and write an essay.

Tuition for the College Experience program is approximately $1,542, with a separate room and board fee of approximately $1,250. A limited number of scholarships are available. All qualified students, regardless of financial resources, are encouraged to apply.

The Talented and Gifted (TAG) program is a three-week residential program for students who have completed grades seven through nine and have demonstrated academic abilities. Designed to stretch thinking and learning, the TAG program stimulates academically superior students into new adventures in learning. Applicants must provide recommendations, transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, as well as several short essays. SAT/ACT tests are offered to seventh graders through the Duke University Talent Search.

TAG students participate in freshman-level college-credit courses and/or non-credit courses. TAG teachers are from university faculty, public and private schools, and community professionals.

Students live in a centrally located residence hall with dining facilities nearby. The staff supervises a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities in the evenings and on weekends, which in the past have included Dallas summer musicals, Texas Ranger baseball games and events such as pizza parties, talent shows, sports events, pool parties and dances. The TAG program will be from July 8 to July 27.

Cost for the TAG program is approximately $2,240. A limited number of scholarships are available. All qualified students, regardless of financial resources, are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact (214) 768-5437.


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