Prerequisites for Application

Is this program right for your child?

Admission to Summer Wonders is based on the following criteria:

• Expresses curiosity about many things

• Asks thoughtful and complex questions

• Has an extensive vocabulary and uses complex sentence structure

• Demonstrates abstract thought processes; thrives on complexity

• May be very intense or sensitive; shows strong feelings or opinions

• Is able to express herself / himself well

• Solves problems or organizes information in unique ways

• May be highly energetic

• Has an unusually good memory

• May exhibit unusual talent in art, music, or drama

• Has a unusually strong moral sense

• May be natural leaders

• Uses previously learned data in new contexts

• Quick to grasp relationships; draws inferences

• May see many solutions to a problem

• Is well able to order things in logical sequence

• Discusses and elaborates on ideas; gives complicated/detailed explanations

• Is a fast learner

• May be developmentally advanced

• May see ambiguity in factual information

• Works independently and uses initiative

• May prefer the company of older children and adults

• Exhibits a highly developed sense of humor

• May be perfectionistic, highly self-critical; likes to be the best in everything

• May have varied interests

• Has a sustained attention span; shows willingness to persist on challenging tasks (particularly in their area of interest)

• Is very observant

• Shows talent in making up and telling stories




1. AGE

Applicants must be entering grades pre-K-8 for the academic year.



Course pace and content will be geared to fit the needs of gifted students, so we strongly suggest that applicants provide evidence of one or more of the following:

• A test score ranking at the 95th percentile-or-above on a nationally normed test (no TAKS tests)

• An IQ of 130 or above, or proof of acceptance in a gifted school program

These are recommended but not required for admission to Summer Wonders.



Parental observations are important for eligibility. Please review the list of gifted characteristics.

Almost all of our students fit 80-90% of these descriptions. Gifted children are not only quite different intellectually, but also emotionally, socially, and spiritually from most kids. Many of the children in the program ask very high-level questions.

The list can also come in handy for parents of twice-exceptional children, that is, children who are gifted and have some other learning or social difficulty (i.e. dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, or sensory awareness difficulties). Quite often, these kids don’t make the cut for a GT program even though they are still gifted. We try to provide programs for ALL gifted students regardless of any other learning problem and focus on their strengths. The only student we cannot serve is one who is excessively disruptive to the other students in the class.



Feel free to confer with admissions regarding your child's specific circumstances. We allow exceptions, recognize multiple intelligences, and acknowledge that test scores and grades are not the only measures of intelligence.


Summer Wonders admits students regardless of ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, or sexual orientation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other sponsored programs.

Summer Wonders is proud to be a five-time winner of Best Summer Camp in the Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll

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