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Center for Gifted Summer Program

Parents we are excited to partner with the NIU Center for Gifted and offer the Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Summer Programs at Thorp. Please register early as spots fill up quickly.

Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder programs are designed for bright, motivated young learners who welcome dynamic opportunities to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment. These innovative summer programs meet on weekdays for one or two weeks at various locations throughout the Chicago area.

AM Program: 9:00-11:40 PM Program: 12:30-3:00 Full Day: 9:00-3:00

The development of problem-solving skills, creativity, and critical thinking is inherent in the framework for all courses and programs. Projects and activities evoke active, hands-on participation.


Bright, motivated students entering PK – 8th grade in fall 2015, from any educational setting—whether public, private, parochial, or home school—may apply.

New students, who never have attended a CFG program, should be recommended by a teacher. A completed and signed recommendation form (available at may be submitted with application or mailed, faxed, or emailed separately. In cases where a teacher recommendation is not available, applicants may submit a copy of their most recent grade report for consideration.

Applicants need not be enrolled in advanced programming at their schools; test scores are not the sole criterion for our programs. Although our students generally rank at or above the 95th percentile in many areas, we recognize and discern the great variety of talents and abilities that young people express. If uncertain about their child’s eligibility, parents are encouraged to request a conference with the CFG Director.

Returning students (those who have successfully attended any previous CFG program) do not require a teacher recommendation. They are eligible upon our timely receipt of their applications.


Applications are accepted online at; by mail to The Center for Gifted, Box 364, Wilmette, IL 60091; by fax to 847-901- 0179; by email to; or in person at 1926 Waukegan Road in Glenview. There are no application deadlines.

A deposit of $80 per program is required with application and will be credited to tuition. The balance of tuition and lab fees (if any) is due in full two weeks before the program begins. Payments are accepted by check or money order payable to The Center for Gifted, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, e-check, and cash.

Need-based financial assistance is available. To apply, a financial assistance form  and accompanying documents must be submitted.



Thorp Academy, 6024 W. Warwick Ave. June 22-July 2

Mornings Only: $355; Afternoons Only: $335; Full Day $610


World Class Explorers (PreK-K) Chess Club (1-8)
Coding, Electronics, and Microcontrollers (6-8) Creating Games from Scratch

I and II (3-8)
Dr. Seuss on the Loose! (1-3) Graphic Novel (3-8)
Lego Mindstorms Robotics I and II (3-8)

Lego WeDo Robotics (1-3) Microbiology (3-8)
Snap! Crackle! Pop! (1-3) Theater Club (1-8)


Amazing Dinosaurs (PreK-K) Art Adventures (1-8)
Creating Games from Scratch I and II (3-8)

Creative Writing (1-8) Crime Lab Chemistry (3-8) Detective Science (1-2) Lego Mindstorms Robotics I and II (3-8)

Lego WeDo Robotics (1-3)