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WCATY at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to be a part the Wisconsin Idea and all it entails. The Wisconsin Idea is the principle that the university should improve peoples' lives beyond the classroom. It spans University of Wisconsin-Madison's teaching, research, outreach and public service. We believe that WCATY's various summer camps, online classes, and professional learning opportunities capture a part of this noble idea. As part of UW-Madison's Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships we offer a wide variety of programming to meet the needs of the gifted and talented community.

Project Academy (Grades 5-8), 4-Week Online Program
In a Project Academy four week mission, students are project managers in charge of selecting, planning, revising and reflecting upon their plan of work. In week one, students jump into action selecting a problem from a range of inquiry options. Once selected, students make a plan of work, join an interest group, and add to the class-wide discussion about overarching issues. After four weeks of researching their problem and crafting a product, students use group and instructor feedback to prepare their project to be displayed in the school-wide showcase. Throughout the experience, instructors provide regular, personalized feedback focused on documenting growth.

Online Academy (Grades 5-8), 9-Week Blended Program
WCATY’s Academy provides online classes that replace a quarter of language arts, history, science or math curriculum in over 75 districts. The integrated curriculum begins with complex, real world problems that students dig into by discussing big questions; reading fiction and non-fiction texts; writing persuasive, informative, and creative works; and interacting with other eager minds. Students also participate in face-to-face meetings where they build community and participate in hands-on explorations. Students typically spend eight to ten hours in each class per week and instructors provide regular, personalized feedback. Our assessment system focuses on documenting growth and helping students reflect upon their own learning.

Growing Early Minds (Grades 2-4), Commuter Saturday and Summer Program
The Growing Early Minds (GEM) program is designed to challenge and engage advanced learners in grades two through four. Students will be exposed to multidisciplinary concepts and themes that feed their curious minds. Each class is small and designed to enrich learning and introduce new areas of interest, helping students expand their knowledge about the world and discover how much there truly is to learn. Social and emotional curriculum components will focus on fostering autonomy, encouraging development of growth mindset, and fostering effective collaboration skills.

Young Student Summer Program (Grades 4-6), 1-Week Residential Summer Program
Young Students Summer Program (YSSP) classes are fast-paced and cover a great amount of material. Our philosophy is that students completing grades 4-6 need to learn about the many different avenues open to their curious minds. Each class is small and designed to enrich learning and introduce new disciplines, helping students expand their knowledge about the world and discover how much there truly is to learn. As students adjust to the summer camp atmosphere, they gain personal independence and connect with other bright students on a deeper level.

Pre-College Academic Campus Experience (Grades 5-8), 1-Week Commuter Summer Program
The Pre-College Academic Campus Experience (PACE) gives current 5th through 8th grade students in the Greater Dane County community an opportunity to explore their current interests and passions with like-minded peers in a college setting. Students will spend one week taking one accelerated course designed specifically for middle school advanced learners on the UW-Madison campus. This program is designed to engage, intellectually challenge, and inspire young minds. Not only will you explore the area of study in your class, you will have the opportunity to spark your curiosity during on-campus field trips during the week.

Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (Grades 7-8), 2-Week Residential Summer Program
The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) gives an opportunity for students, who are finishing
grades 7-8, to spend two weeks on a college campus studying one accelerated course. STEP is designed to engage, intellectually challenge, and inspire. It offers a learning atmosphere that nurtures students` talents and abilities, enriches social life, and encourages creativity. WCATY strives to balance the academic and recreational sides of camp. This program is for those who are ready for above grade level challenge and are serious about having fun in and outside of the classroom with peers who share similar aspirations and interests.

Accelerated Learning Program (Grades 9-12), 3-Week Residential Summer Program
The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) gives gifted high school students the chance to learn and live alongside each other on the beautiful UW-Madison campus. ALP is an intense, three-week summer camp designed to push students to the next academic level while housing them in an intimate learning environment. Students enroll in a single course for an in-depth experience not possible in crowded high school schedules. Students gain insight from instructors who are experts in their fields. Above all, ALP students are carefully selected to cultivate an optimal learning environment where gifted students can
interact, learn, and grow with each other.

For additional information on any of these programs please visit or reach us at 608-890-3260,