Day of Sharing for Teachers

We are excited to bring back the Fall Day of Sharing for Teachers! If you teach gifted students in ANY classroom, this day is for you.

  • Where: The Hattiesburg Campus of The University of Southern Miss
  • When: Saturday, September 10, 2022
  • What time:
    • Registration begins 7:30 AM
    • Program begins 8:00 AM
    • Dismissal 4:00 PM
  • How Much: $30.00 per person
  • Is Lunch provided? Yes
  • Are CEUs included? Yes (0.5 – 1.0 CEUs available)

Click Here to Register!

Thank you for a wonderful Summer Session!

What wonderful experiences we have had in Young Gifted Students, Summer In the Middle, Summer Gifted Studies, and SPATY this summer! So many young people participated and joined the Karnes Center Family this year. We hope that you valued your time with us and are looking forward for the next sessions.

Look for more in-person activities throughout the 2022-2023 School Year as well as the addition of a variety of new offerings. Please help us share the news about our programs – Let’s make this family grow.

We ended our summer with an excursion to a fireworks display – the beauty of the night sky and the colorful explosions are such symbols of the growth and excitement we have seen in each of you this summer. We can’t wait to see you again!!!

CEUs for Teachers of the Gifted

This year, The Karnes Center is proud to support the University of Southern Mississippi School of Education and Southern Regional Education Service Agency (SRESA)’s Making Connections Conference that will take place June 8 – 10 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.

There will be a Gifted Strand at the Connections Conference this year that is taking the place of our Spring Day of Sharing. More information will be provided soon regarding the topics to be covered in that strand. We are excited to be part of this amazing conference and can’t wait to hear Keynote Speaker, Coach Ken Carter!!!

Attending the Connections Conference can provide up to 1.5 CEUs including the gifted strand as well as other sessions that will help you collaborate with a variety of teachers in your school or district.

Save These Dates

Tentative Dates for Summer Programming at the Karnes Center for 2022

1/2 Day Programs

Young Gifted Students Program

  • Students who have finished PK through students who have finished 3rd Grade
  • June 6-10, 2022
  • 9:00 AM – Noon each day

Summer In the Middle

  • Students who have finished 4th Grade through students who have finished 6th Grade
  • June 13-17, 2022
  • 9:00 AM – Noon each day

Residential Programs

Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

  • Students who have finished 7th Grade through rising high-school seniors
  • June 20- July 2, 2022

Summer Gifted Studies Program

  • Students who have finished 4th Grade through Students who have finished 8th Grade
  • June 20-25, 2022

Leadership Studies Program

  • Students who have finished 6th Grade through rising high-school seniors
  • June 27-July 2, 2022

Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to applications being made available. More details coming soon!


A new offering for parents will be available on Mondays in March. We know that you have questions and we strive to answer them. Please visit our Resources for Parents Page to register for our upcoming virtual workshops for Parents.

The lunch-and-learn format allows parents to check in during their lunch hours on Mondays throughout the month of March 2022 – so we are calling it:


(We know – it’s clever – we’re quite proud of our alliteration skills.)

Beginning on March 7 and continuing through March 28, the series will cover a variety of topics relevant to raising children who have gifts and talents and those who are twice exceptional. Visit the Resources for Parents Page

now for a schedule of topics and to register. The sessions are free, but registration is required in order to provide zoom links.

Program Announcements: Date Changes to Residential Programs

Please note that we have had to make changes to the dates of the Leadership Program and the Summer Program for Academically Talented Students. The changes are as follows:

  • Leadership I, II, and III will all be held during the week of July 12-17.
  • SPATY will now be held during the week of July 12-17 for ONE WEEK ONLY with a matching reduction in cost. The new cost of the adjusted one-week SPATY program will be $700.00. Additionally, we will no longer be offering the Aerospace course due to an unforeseeable change to our teaching staff.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Please email any questions to our Director, Dr. Heather Houston, at

Deadline Approaching!

Registration for the following programs will be closing on May 15, 2021:

  • Day Program for Young Gifted Children
  • Summer in the Middle
  • Leadership I & Leadership II

Please visit our Programs page for course descriptions or follow this link to the application:

We can’t wait to see you in just a couple of weeks!

The deadline for these July programs is just around the corner on June 15

  • Leadership III
  • Summer Gifted Studies
  • Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

Reserve your child’s space today!

Proudly Announcing: LIVE! And In Person!

We are so excited to bring to you the 2021 line up of Programs! The wait has been far too long and we know you are ready to start your child’s journey back into civilization and engaged learning opportunities! You are welcome to start the applications, but please be advised that our online store is experiencing some delays and is still reflecting the costs for our virtual programs from 2020. The application fee is still the same and you ARE able to enter that into the store right away to get the ball rolling! Space is still limited due to social distancing, and we appreciate your understanding as we verify that we will be able to make room for everyone. As always, PLEASE wait to pay the balance of the program tuition until you hear from us regarding acceptance. Course descriptions are available on our PK-12 Programs page. The New Student Handbook will be released soon – so be on the lookout. We can’t wait to see you this summer!