June 25 - July 1, 2017  

A Residential Camp for Talented and Highly Able Students in grades 5-8

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Academy is a week-long experience allowing talented and highly motivated students in grades 5-8 to explore a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural events, and recreational activities. Academy is entering its thirty-seventh year, and has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest. Students selected for each residential session on the SOU campus in Ashland interact with peers, and are challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities.

The week begins with check-in on Sunday evening, and classes occurring Monday through Friday. The daily schedule includes four one-hour classes, plus special presentations built around the years theme. Academy students select course offerings from humanities, mathematics, science, social studies, and fine and performing arts. After-class programs are coordinated with in-class activities to provide supervised recreation, as well as academic challenges. Students also attend an evening theatrical production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Academy concludes on Saturday morning with the presentation of certificates and a closing ceremony for students and their families.

Administrative and residential staff carefully supervise the 12-person living groups. Students develop close friendships with fellow students from around the country.

Criteria

To be considered for Academy, students must be highly motivated with a love of learning. Generally, Academy students exhibit the ability to quickly explore topics in great depth and often require services behond those provided by the regular school system. Students often demonstrate at least one of the following: 

  • Measured intelligence above average
  • Proven leadership ability
  • A special talent
  • Exceptional ability in the visual and performing arts
  • Unusual creative or productive thinking ability


For further information please contact:
Rachel Jones,
Director, Pre-College/Youth Programs
(541) 552-6326
jonesr4@sou.edu

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