This page provides links to and descriptions of resources for gifted and twice-exceptional children and adolescents and their families, as well as teachers and counselors. I do not endorse or promote any of these resources specifically, but have attempted to compile a list of resources that are recognized by families, researchers, and educators in the field of gifted education. I welcome any suggestions for additions or adjustments to this list.
Residential Academies for Gifted Adolescents
Math and Science
Alabama School for Mathematics and Science - Mobile, Alabama - "The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is our state’s only fully public and residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. Tuition, room, and board are FREE. Nestled in Mobile’s beautiful Old Dauphin Way Historic District, ASMS was founded by the Alabama State Legislature in 1989 to better prepare Alabama’s future leaders."
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts - Hot Springs, Arkansas - "One of fifteen public, residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of gifted and talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science. ASMSA is unique in its mission and service to education. Created in 1991 by an act of the Arkansas Legislature, we have the distinction of being one of the nation’s top secondary schools for superior students. ASMSA instructors hold masters degrees and 27% have PhDs."
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities - Muncie, Indiana - "Established by the Indiana legislature in 1988, the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is operated by Ball State University as a school devoted to the education of students who demonstrate extraordinary intellectual ability and a commitment to scholarship. The philosophy of the Indiana Academy originates from the proposition that a society in which justice is a prime concern ordinarily tries to provide educational opportunities appropriate to the expressed ability and potential development of as many sorts of citizens as possible."
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts - Natchitoches, Louisiana - "The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated students. Students apply during either their freshman or sophomore year for the opportunity to attend the Louisiana School for their final two or three years of high school. Consideration is also given to students who apply only to attend LSMSA for their senior year. As a public school, there is no tuition and only a nominal room and board fee that can be reduced or waived (Fee Waiver Reduction Form). Established by the Louisiana state legislature in 1982, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts belongs to an expanding group of state-supported, residential high schools founded to serve the academic, artistic, and creative needs of many of the state's best students."
Maine School of Science and Mathematics - Limestone, Maine - "The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) helps Maine’s most academically motivated high schools students become innovative, well-rounded scholars with the ability to develop, investigate, and communicate critical ideas that advance the human condition and benefit the State of Maine. MSSM extends its mission by fostering a statewide community of learners that includes Maine’s students, educators, and the general public."
Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science - Columbus, Mississippi - "MSMS is the state of Mississippi's only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the Magnolia State's most academically gifted students. Each year, MSMS graduates are offered millions of dollars in scholarships."
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics - Durham, North Carolina - "The mission of the NCSSM, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and collaborative community, is to educate academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, advance public education in North Carolina, and inspire innovation for the betterment of humankind, through challenging residential and virtual programs driven by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery."
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - "Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature. The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year."
South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics - Hartsville, South Carolina - "The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is an innovative high school for academically motivated juniors and seniors pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math—one of only 12 specialized, residential high schools in the nation."
Arts and Humanities
Alabama School of Fine Arts - Birmingham, Alabama - "A public school with the entire state as its district, ASFA admits students through application and audition, providing tuition-free instruction in six specialty areas: creative writing, dance, math & science, music, theatre, visual arts, plus a full college preparatory curriculum. Located in the heart of Birmingham's downtown cultural district, ASFA provides a dormitory for students living beyond commuting distance."
Mississippi School of the Arts - Brookhaven, Mississippi - "The Mississippi School of the Arts is a residential school that provides advanced programs of study in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, literary arts, and media arts for artistically gifted eleventh and twelfth grade students from districts across the state. Curriculum at MSA focuses on the arts and humanities. Comprehensive residential and academic curricula will prepare high school students for further study or the pursuit of employment."
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities - Greenville, South Carolina - "The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school for emerging artists. The school gives artistically talented high school students from across the state the opportunity to study their art in a supportive environment of artistic and academic excellence. Arts concentrations include Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Dancers can attend the residential high school from tenth through twelfth grade. All other art areas are two-year programs for eleventh and twelfth grade students."
Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities - Beaumont, Texas - "The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities is a residential honors program for gifted and talented Texas high school-aged students who seek to develop their full potential as citizens and who show special interest and aptitude for study in the Humanities. TALH objectives are to provide an enriched college academic environment for gifted and talented high school - aged students, and to provide opportunities for leadership development through volunteerism, organizational participation, tutoring, and other forms of campus and community service."
University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Academic Program - Winston-Salem, North Carolina - "The Council on Accreditation and School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the high school program. Students receive concentrated training in dance, drama, music, or the visual arts while taking a full complement of academic courses to fulfill the high school diploma requirements set by the High School Academic Program of the University of North Caroline School of the Arts. The Dance and Music programs may being at grade 9. The Visual Arts Program begins at grade 11, but students may enter in the 12th grade. The High School Drama Program is a 12th-grade program only. The Drama and Visual Arts Programs are primarily open to North Carolina residents with limited space for out-of-state students. An audition/interview and, where appropriate, a review of the applicant's portfolio are required for admission to all arts programs. A policy of the UNCSA Board of Trustees requires that all high school students, beginning in the 9th grade, live on campus in the School's residence halls or with parents and/or legal guardians."
early college entrance - residential
Advanced Academy of Georgia - Carrollton, Georgia - "The Advanced Academy of Georgia is a residential, early entrance to college program for high ability high school-aged students who are interested in accelerating their academic careers. One of only a few programs in the country that offers students the opportunity to earn concurrent high school and college credit in a residential setting, the Academy provides a supportive environment among like-minded peers who value academic achievement. Many of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, law, engineering or liberal arts."
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science - Bowling Green, Kentucky - "Western Kentucky University houses The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The mission is to offer a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our junior and senior years are spent at Western Kentucky University taking college classes in math, science, and lots of other subjects. We don't have an 8 a.m. bell or homeroom, but we'll finish high school with over 60 hours of college credit. Our home on campus is Schneider Hall, an awesome place to live and learn with friends. Best of all, as a student at the Gatton Academy, tuition, housing, and meals come at no cost to us or our families."
Georgia Academy of Aviation, Mathematics, Engineering, and Science -Macon, Georgia - "The Georgia Academy of Aviation, Mathematics, Engineering and Science (G.A.M.E.S.) is designed so that scholastic students can earn both a high school diploma, from their home high school, and an associate degree from Middle Georgia State College simultaneously. Students may also choose to remain at MGA after high school graduation to earn their bachelor's degree."
Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing - Maryville, Missouri - "We are an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential school, located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Qualified students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of all college coursework taught by professors at Northwest Missouri State University. Upon successful completion, students earn an Associate of Science degree as well as a high school diploma. This is an opportunity for high performing and exceptional students to live, socialize and study in a living/learning community of peers."
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science - Denton, Texas - "The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a unique residential program for high school-aged Texas students who are high achievers and interested in mathematics and science. While living in McConnell Hall, students in this two-year program complete a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework at the University of North Texas (UNT). Instruction is by regular university faculty. There are no high school courses taught, but students enjoy many of the activities of high school and the company of age mates who are intellectual peers."
early college entrance - residential and non-residential
Colleges for Exceptionally Gifted Students - with early entrance opportunities
For models of residential programs, see Cross, T. L., & Miller, K. A. (2007). An overview of three models of publicly funded residential academies for gifted adolescents. In J. L. VanTassel-Baska (Ed.), Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services (pp. 81-104). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.