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Farewell from SIG

Farewell Note on a Typewriter | Summer Institute for the Gifted

After 36 seasons, Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) will close its doors for good, after the end of its 2020 summer online programs. The inability to operate our 2020 campus programs within COVID-19 precautions created a consequential pandemic impact on our organization. 

We are extremely sad to say goodbye to our students, as well as our staff, our campuses, our families, and everyone else who has supported SIG since 1984. We are heartened by our belief that all of us together have made a difference in thousands of young people’s lives and that these young people are better equipped to deal with their futures than they would have been otherwise. All of us at SIG remain committed to our mission to nurture gifted and talented youth around the globe, and each of us will carry on that mission in our own individual ways. 

With great appreciation for the past and present, all of us at Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) send to all our constituents wishes for future success, happiness, health, and prosperity in all you endeavor!

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Summer Institute for the Gifted

A leader in gifted education since 1984, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) provides academic summer programs for academically talented children ages 5-17.

Through more than 30 years of experience, SIG has crafted a 3-week program that combines challenging academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities that enrich children’s natural talents and abilities, as well as nurture their social development.


Syndette Fabello June 12, 2020 - 4:49 pm

It is sad. I wish you and your staff new beginnings. All the best to your future endeavors.

Morgan Einbinder June 12, 2020 - 6:35 pm

As a second summer at Blair camper and a first year camper at George and later a counselor, I am saddened by the end of this era.

Adam Shain June 12, 2020 - 8:01 pm

So sad to hear the end of an era!

Samantha Schlossberg June 12, 2020 - 8:53 pm

Hard to imagine I was there the summer it all began.

Kelly Van Houten June 13, 2020 - 10:17 am

I had so much fun here as a camper and counselor. I have lifelong friends from camp.

Robert Boyle June 13, 2020 - 12:52 pm

This is terrible news. I started in 1986 at Blair and I attended every summer. It was the only thing in my life that helped me see a better future and literally saved my life. Middle school was hell and SIG was heaven. I made lifelong friends, had my first girlfriend, and learned that being smart and quirky could be cool. I was introduced to amazing new music, subjects, and fields of study I didn’t know existed. I was able to be myself for the first time and actually be accepted. SIG was a magical place and the world will be a poorer place with its demise. Is there anything that we can do as alumni to help save it? I would pledge money to support the organization to save it for my children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, I can’t save it by myself, but I think other alumni who have the wherewithal probably feel the same. I will create a group for discussion of how we can help save this vital valuable one-of-a-kind institution.

Lygia Bulle June 15, 2020 - 11:52 am

Please include me in this group.

Kimberly Schiller June 24, 2020 - 10:17 am

Yes, pls include me too

Giovanni Di Crescenzo June 24, 2020 - 10:34 am

Please include me as well. Thank you.

Ryan Weaver June 14, 2020 - 9:09 am

This is sad, some of my best memories from college we’re working as a counselor. It was and is a special place.

Lygia Bulle June 15, 2020 - 11:51 am

Extremely sad news. SIG was a life changing experience for my kid and Id love to do something to save it, I make ROBERT BOYLE words my own ones -.

Ed travalia June 16, 2020 - 10:43 pm

This camp changed my life. I would love to help somehow. As a camper in 85 and 86 I found ‘my tribe’ of weird people like me, and that gave me the confidence to return to high school as a different person. As a counselor in 90 and 91, I found a love of teaching and found lifelong friends. Iwas hoping to send my kids next year…

Brinda June 27, 2020 - 9:36 pm

I’m saddened by this too, especially reading all of these testimonies. We have no gifted programs in Boston and I was very excited by this program. If there is a meaningful way to contribute, I’m happy to help too. I think parents need to know and can try and help.

Stephanie Ripley Weber July 16, 2020 - 9:11 pm

This is absolutely heartbreaking. I was a student at Denison in 2002, Vassar in 2007, and a counselor at Emory in 2009 and 2010. I am still friends with people I met at all four sessions, and my time with SIG has had a lasting impact on my life. It breaks my heart that other students and staffers will no longer get to have this experience. The world is a better place because of SIG and all that made these programs possible. <3

Robin T September 27, 2020 - 9:57 am

This is so awful and I hope that there is a way to only pause but not suspend indefinitely.  My daughter attended SIG at the age of 5 and has maintained an interest in aerospace engineering with plans to be an astronaut since taking the Expanding the Universe course. We traveled to multiple NASA installations across the country including attending NASA Space Camp as a result of interest from that once course many years ago. My daughter attended 3 of the younger SIG camps then we took a break and intended to return last summer where we had a full plan to cover multiple campuses at UCLA, Princeton, and Yale over the next few years.  SIG was an amazing experience for her and I will be hopeful that you guys will return.!!!  


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