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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.

MESA link

National History Day - Orange County

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. 

 History Day link


Special Programs

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.

ATS Flyer

Areteem Institutue

Summer Program designed for gifted and advanced students and hosted in prestigious universities. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


The Davidson Institute

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students. Free services include:

  • Consulting Services

  • On-line Community

  • Annual Get Togethers

  • Ambassador Program

  • Summer Stars


Davidson Academy Online:

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


Phone: 410-735-6278


Summer Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy's five week summer program of academic study, athletics, and exploration provides innovative and challenging academic programs . 

Phillips Exeter Academy link

THINK Summer 2021 Online

A gifted summer program for students ages 13 to 16

Our three-week residential gifted summer program is moving online in 2021! THINK​ is designed to meet the needs of intellectually curious students. We provide social connections with academically motivated peers, dynamic courses with the option to earn college credit, and virtual gatherings modeled after our in-person THINK experience. The application deadline is April 12, 2024. See more on THINK Summer 2021 Online 

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 2020---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.

MU Link


Professional Organizations & Educational Resources