*PK-12 Student Programs* Registration for Summer Programs Opens Soon

To Register for Current Programs, please go to app.campdoc.com/register/fakcgs

Day Program for Young Gifted Students

3rd Graders during Sheep Brain Dissection Lab

Important Information About the Day Program:

  • Dates: June 29-July 3, 2020
  • Application Fee: $30.00
  • Tuition: $200.00
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon daily
  • Location: The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus (Exact classroom locations are provided only to registered families.)

We are excited to announce that the courses listed below will be available during the Day Program this summer. Please select courses based on the grade your child is CURRENTLY in this school year (2019-2020). Registration is not yet open. A separate announcement will be made when it is time to register.

PreK/K: (4-yrs old – Kindergarten )

Light Bright,  Night Night

Preschoolers will learn about the properties of light and shadow through the use of mirrors, magnifying glasses, and prisms. During the second half of the day students will learn about the habits and characteristics of nocturnal animals.

1st and 2nd Grades (Choose One)

Great Waters: This class will sail the seven seas and dive deep as they learn about submersible technologies.  What animals and treasures await you on your journey?

 Oh Captain, My Captain!:  What does it mean to be a leader?  Who would you consider a leader in your life?  Come learn the habits and responsibilities of leadership as you find the leader in yourself.

3rd Grade (Choose One)

Record Breaker:  Explore the Guinness Book of World Records and find out WHY people do such crazy things!  What makes the record holders unique and what qualities do you share that can help you set your own interesting records?

Healthy Me!:  Grrr! Was that a wild animal or just my stomach?  Have you ever wondered what all those grumbles and twinges are about?  Learn about the digestive system and the way it fuels the rest of your body.  Develop the habits of mind and body that will make you strong.

Summer Gifted Studies Program

STAT! Students Explore History of Infectious Diseases

Important Information About the Summer Gifted Studies Program:

  • Dates: July 6-11, 2020
  • Application Fee: $30.00
  • Tuition: $675.00
  • Location: The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus (Exact dorm and classroom locations are provided only to registered families.)

Offered annually, this one-week residential program takes students on a journey through a deep investigation of a course of their choosing.  Courses all incorporate elements of STEAM and are taught through an integrated structure exposing students to a wide variety of educational opportunities.  Campus and community mentors are available for each course.  Past courses focuses and mentors include: Natural Disasters/MEMA representative from Hurricane Katrina task force, Medical Innovations/Graduate Nursing Lab instructors, Forensics/Mississippi Crime Lab instructors.  Recreational activities, room, and board are included.

Leadership Studies Program

Leadership Banquet Student Presenters with Teachers and Counselors, and Dr. Houston

Important Information About the Leadership Studies Program:

  • Dates: July 13-18, 2020
  • Application Fee: $30.00
  • Tuition: $675.00
  • Location: The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus (Exact dorm classroom locations are provided only to registered families.)

Offered annually, this one-week residential program invites students to assess their own leadership potential, gain individualized instruction on growing in that potential, and provides each student the opportunity to develop a platform for community development.  Students may return for three years for additional growth and mentorship opportunities.  Community investors provide mentorship and guidance during afternoon sessions and cheer students on during our Annual Leadership Banquet.   During the Banquet students present their platforms, impassioned speeches, or research on past leaders of their choosing to numerous community leaders.  Students in recent years have raised more than $5000.00 for their various causes once they have returned home to execute their plans.  Recreation, room, and board are included.

Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

Biology Studies Conduct Porcine Kidney Dissection

Important Information About the SPATY Program:

  • Dates: July 6-25, 2020
  • Application Fee: $30.00
  • Tuition: $2700.00
  • Location: The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Campus (Exact dorm and classroom locations are provided only to registered families.)

Offered in July, this three-week residential program brings together the talents of engaging professors and instructors from across the Southern Miss Campus and Community with highly able students who desire to try their hand at accelerated course work.  Students spend three weeks diving into topics such as Secrets and Codes, Scribbles on Paper, Advanced Debate, Chemistry Mysteries, and Advanced Mathematics.  These courses are designed to give students the experience of studying at their own rapid pace and gaining a sense of the world of the university.  Students have opportunities to visit the USM arm of the Mississippi Crime Lab, Polymer Science Labs, Nursing Simulation Labs,  Art Galleries, Musical performances, Rock Wall Climbing, and personalized time with the Honors College Admissions team.  Recreation, room, and board are included.


  • Grades: All
  • Offered: Year-Round
  • Location: on-line
  • Cost: Free

Open to all school-age populations, this online experience is our pilot program engaging students in on-line learning activities suitable for independent exploration or those “what do I do now?” moments in their general education classroom.  Kaleidoscope is multifaceted and invites students to participate in on-line competitions as well.  Each month, new competitions are available and new lessons are uploaded weekly.  Competition winners will be featured on the Kaleidoscope Blog, mail outs, and will receive an invitation to join us in the spring for our Celebration of Gifts on the Hattiesburg Campus.

Current Kaleidoscope Activities may be accessed by

  • logging on to classflow.com
  • creating a student account
  • use the class code QXVL6

Current Kaleidoscope Competition:

Saturday Gifted Studies Program

1st Graders Experimenting During Saturday Program
  • Ages: 3 years – 8th Grade
  • Offered: Annually on Five consecutive Saturdays in January and February
  • Location: Hattiesburg, MS
  • Cost: $230.00
  • Eligibility: Students who have been identified as intellectually, or academically gifted, or those who show development potential.

Offered each January/February, this five-week program is thoughtfully designed to provide your child with the most innovative content and engaging learning methods available in gifted education today. Students in elementary grades participate in one math/science based course and one humanities based course throughout the program.  Students in Middle Grades choose from a variety of offerings and dive deeply into topics of interest.  Campus mentors often visit classes or welcome students into their labs to see a variety of future opportunities.