Who? Students completing 9th-12th grades
What? Academic summer camp for residential and commuter students
Where? University of Wisconsin-Madison
When? June 23 - July 13, 2013
Why? Intellectual challenge, rigorous curriculum, dedicated teachers, lasting friendships with academic peers
The Accelerated Learning Program gives gifted high school students the chance to learn and live alongside each other on the beautiful UW-Madison campus. While the campus is big, ALP is limited to 100 students and centers around an engaged and intimate learning environment. As WCATY’s flagship program, it is an intense, three-week summer camp designed to push students to the next academic level. Students enroll in just one class during the three-week period for an in-depth focus not possible in crowded high school schedules. Students gain insights from instructors who are experts in their field and additionally trained in the unique needs and talents of gifted youth. In our unique, supportive environment, the classes are small (no more than sixteen students) and both the pace and level of instruction are adapted to meet each student’s needs. Above all, ALP students are carefully selected to cultivate an optimal learning environment where gifted students can interact, learn, and grow with each other.
While the academics are rigorous at ALP, they account for only a portion of the camp experience. A wide variety of organized activities and ample free time allow for students to explore new interests and make lasting friendships with other students who share their enthusiasm and gift for learning.
Truly a dynamic experience, ALP encourages students to explore, belong, and excel.
"Through WCATY I have learned to love and appreciate the smaller things, atoms notably, that I previously took for granted." - ALP Student