NSU: ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will host the 25th summer session of the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars June 9-29. ADVANCE is the only residential program for gifted youth in the state of Louisiana that is affiliated with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP).

ADVANCE is a three-week residential program that offers a demanding and exciting curriculum for gifted and talented students entering grades 8 through 12 next fall. ADVANCE provides a unique learning environment designed to motivate and challenge academically gifted students and set them on a path toward a lifetime of high academic achievement. Students enroll in a single course for three weeks of in-depth study. They attend 105 hours of class during the program and cover an entire year’s worth of high school material or a semester of college level material.

Minimum ACT or SAT scores must be met for the various courses which include the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences with
laboratory components and computer science. There is also an alternate admission process for students who have not taken an ACT or SAT.

The residential life portion of ADVANCE is vital to the program, offering balanced leisure and cultural activities to complement the intensive academic curriculum. ADVANCE has built up a host of traditions and a strong community of staff and students that keep students returning year after year. The truly motivated student will enjoy a stimulating environment and a community of peers unlike any she or he has ever experienced, according to Dr. David Wood, director of ADVANCE.

“The ADVANCE Program offers a challenging and rewarding curriculum designed to broaden the horizons of the best students in the state and region,” said Wood. “We combine the desire to expand one’s intellect with the desire to spend summer break in the traditional way—having fun.  Our high rate of returning students each summer reflects their success in both learning and having fun.”

Applications are now being accepted for qualified students. For further information visit advance.nsula.edu<http://advance.nsula.edu> or call (318) 357-4500.