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2020 Virtual Summer Programs – ALL Sessions

Please visit our NEW STAFF PAGE for information about the teachers for each class in our summer line-up!

All Programs for the summer of 2020 have been moved to a virtual format. Programs will essentially fall within the same dates as listed below. However, live sessions with teachers will be staggered by age group when appropriate to allow siblings to participate without conflict.

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 Virtual Program: $175.00
  • 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 Virtual Program: $400.00
  • 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.

Grades 4-5

Heartbeat! . Mignon Lefebvre

Can you feel the beat?  Your heart is at the center of the cardiovascular system and helps you stay active.  But how can we keep it doing its best?  Cardiology is a fascinating field that continues to generate innovation and technological improvements.  Join us to discover just how the heart keeps us moving and grooving.

SpyMaster101: Tradecraft Basics . Yolanda Banks

Don’t blow your cover! Explore the history and science of the exciting world of the Intelligence community. Cryptography and code breaking are just the beginning of understanding how to develop your alter ego. Learn from the mistakes of master spies such as Benedict Arnold and Aldrich Ames. The world of espionage continues to develop new techniques to overcome even the sneakiest of spies. Could you catch them?

Grades 5-7

Creature Comforts: Animals in Film . Katelyn Ladner

Yet again, this fifth through seventh grade course will focus on the fascinating world of cinematography.  But this year, we will have some help from our furry friends!  Come learn how animals have played a huge part in some of the best movies.  From training, to animation, to special effects, the animal kingdom is ready for the movies!

Grades 6-8

Minute Minder . Mollie Culpepper

Do you ever think about time?  How did we ever come up with the idea of hours and minutes anyway?  Come explore time with us this summer and learn about the wondrous inventions that help us know where we are in it.  Get creative and outdo H.G. Wells or even Steven Spielberg as you dream of the world yet to come!

Taking Stock . Megan Pierce

The stock market crash of 1929 is one of the most influential events in the history of the United States of America.  What caused us to lose our cool over money?  Fiscal policy is one way that we continue to judge the health of our country and ourselves.  Come see if you’ve got what it takes to make the most of an investment portfolio and send your net worth soaring!

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 Virtual Program: $400.00
  • 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 Virtual Program: $1700.00
  • 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.

PPsolution . John Perry

People use Android apps on phones, tablets, and watches. Have you ever wondered how that’s done? This course will show you how to write Android apps, while simultaneously acquiring skills in Kotlin, a modern, well-designed programming language that is now the preferred language for Android development! We will work in an Integrated Development Environment, design interfaces, study simple apps, learn how “modules” combine to make more sophisticated apps, and by the end you will design, implement, and install your own simple app to a device.

Piecing Together the Past . Elizabeth Greer

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the ancient world? Why did they bury their leaders with goods for the afterlife? Why was a Chinese emperor buried with a clay army? Why did the Greeks invent the yoyo? Our distant past is full of fascinating stories and lessons to help us understand the world we live in today. In this class, students will take an explosive journey to three of the most important civilizations in our world’s story. Through the study of Mesopotamia, Greece and Persia, and China, history will come alive, and students will have the chance to gain knowledge about the cultures and conduct independent research under the guidance of a trained historian. Students will gain a full understanding about these civilizations through the lenses of history, geography, math, science, literature, and the arts. Come take a trip to the distant past!

Judicial Triforce . Rachelle Steinhauer

As long as there has been civilization, there has been law.  But have you ever wondered just how much the concepts of law affect our lives?  In this three week study, you will take an intensive, hands on look at the importance of the law and legal concepts in the areas of literature, society and the environment in which we live.  Each of the three topics will all be taught through the lens of various areas of study including social studies, English language arts, and science and technology.  We will not only analyze famous works, newspaper articles, personal accounts, court documents and the like, but we will also hold debates, design works of art, produce original poetry, and conduct simple experiments in order to further understand the means in which the concept of law holds together the world we know today.

Maths in Motion . Tammy Sealy

Encompassing the range of math courses typically available in high school from Algebra I through Calculus and Statistics, the goal of this course is for each student to master as many mathematics concepts as their individual potential allows. Most students will complete at least one mathematics subject during the course. Diagnostic testing and individualized instruction allow students to work at their own pace and focus on material they have not previously mastered. Students must enjoy mathematics and be able to work independently to gain the most benefit from the class.

Psychology Double Header . Faith Brown & Kendal Smith

In this course, students will experience the study of psychology from two distinct perspectives, taught by two instructors with considerable experience in each area.

  • Psychology of Meaning: What makes life meaningful and how do we achieve those things? A variety of factors that cause people to see their lives as important and worthwhile will be covered in this course. The purpose of this course is to answer four predominant questions. 1) What are some of the main factors that make life meaningful? 2) What are the benefits of seeing life as meaningful? 3) What happens if people do not find meaning in a part of their lives? 4) Since meaning is so important in people’s lives, how might they strive to gain a sense of meaning?
  • Research in Animal Behavior: Wouldn’t you agree that animals do some amazing things? We will explore the intersection of biology, psychology, development, and environmental sciences to delve into the observation, measurement, and explanation of non-human species. Discussions and demonstrations from animal trainers and zookeepers from the local area, including the Award Winning Hattiesburg Zoo, will aide in our study and provide motivation and career inspiration. Practical application of research methods will take place with our feral populations here on campus.


  • 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.