The Gifted Child Society (TGCS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1957 by New Jersey parents to further the cause of gifted children.
TGCS Vision: To become the Center of Excellence for the overall well-being of gifted children and the essential resource for the families, educators, and other support groups who inspire them.
TGCS Mission: To inspire! The purpose of TGCS is to encourage and further the overall well-being of gifted children, through each stage of their development, and to provide them with the inspiration and means by which they will achieve their full potential.
To achieve its mission, TGCS is committed to providing the following:
•Superior programming and experiential opportunities for gifted children, to equip them with the means necessary to enjoy a full and productive life.
•Extraordinary support services and resources for families of gifted children, for all developmental stages.
•Cutting-edge professional training opportunities and support for educators and administrators, to ensure early identification and the best possible learning environments and opportunities within school districts, to meet the needs of these unique children.
•Conspicuous and dedicated advocacy of gifted children to ensure public recognition, acceptance and timely responsiveness to their unique needs.
Since 1957, the Society has served over 60,000 children and their families. The U.S. Department of Education has named it a national demonstration model.
TGCS' core programming for gifted children includes The Saturday Workshop and the Summer Super Stars day camp. TGCS operates these innovative programs in Allendale, New Jersey.
The Saturday Workshop
TGCS has pioneered The Saturday Workshop as an exceptional higher-learning program for gifted children ages three through eighth grade. This diverse, one-of-a-kind program consists of approximately 60 hour-long courses with a broad range of course topics from which TGCS Member students may choose. This program is offered every year via two ten-week sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Saturday Workshop courses challenge the unique learning needs and styles of gifted children, incorporating higher levels of thinking, creativity, problem-finding and problem-solving, and leadership.
Summer Super Stars Day Camp
Summer Super Stars is a six-week summer day camp uniquely tailored for gifted children aged four through eighth grade. TGCS' camp combines an academic morning with a recreational afternoon, designed to provide balanced enrichment activities for gifted participants. A variety of courses are offered each year that may include physical, chemical and biological sciences, math, logic and problem solving, literature, theatre, art, and culture. The recreational fun at camp includes private access to a neighboring lake, sand castle building contests, sports, and specialty clubs such as drama, rocketry, computer science, arts and crafts, set design, and more. Included in camp are unique field trips to expose campers to additional experiences that augment their academic learning and provide additional avenues for fun and creative learning.
Additional TGCS Programs & Services
TGCS offers additional programs and services to Member children and their families, including:
* TGCS Pre-Grad Program, for TGCS Members in 7th and 8th grades, offering SAT/ACT and other test preparation services, plus leadership training in preparation for high school years.
* TGCS Ambassador Program, for TGCS-graduated students in high school and college, providing work opportunities as program assistants and/or camp counselors at TGCS, in addition to leadership training opportunities and college preparation.
* TGCS Parent Connect Program, provides specialized seminars, lectures and other communications for parents and guardians with opportunities to connect with other families, to share best practices, socialize, and make life-long friends.
* TGCS G.E.T. Program (Gifted Educator Training), provides gifted education training opportunities for TGCS instructors and other educators in the public sector to earn teacher credits, in support of the TGCS mission (TGCS is an accredited organization). TGCS educator training includes participation with Confratute, a partnership with TGCS and the University of Connecticut, to teach educators practical strategies for gifted and enrichment learning. TGCS' UConn partnership program includes sponsoring qualified educators to attend more in-depth training with Confratute.