Northwestern University CTD Program Launches Leapfrog Summer Program Site at Lake Forest Country Day School

Northwestern University CTD's Leapfrog Program, designed for children age four through third grade who demonstrate strong math or verbal ability, will be offered at LFCDS this summer.

Leapfrog Summer Program Expands to Lake Forest
Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development Launches Summer Program Site at Lake Forest Country Day School

For decades, The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University has operated renowned summer programs for academically talented children on its Evanston Campus and other sites throughout Chicagoland. This year the center is expanding with a brand new site in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The Leapfrog Program, designed for children age four through third grade who demonstrate strong math or verbal ability, will be offered during two weeks in July 2013 at Lake Forest Country Day School. The program allows young students to delve into a subject of interest, build upon their strengths, connect with a community of peers and enjoy a healthy dose of fun.

The Lake Forest site will offer two weeklong, morning sessions from July 8–12 and July 15–19, 2013. Applications are currently being accepted online at www.ctd.northwestern.edu/summer.

“CTD’s summer program is constantly evolving to offer cutting-edge learning opportunities for bright students age four through grade 12,” says Susan Corwith, Associate Director, Center for Talent Development. “Encouraging children’s interest and desire to learn at an early age has many benefits, particularly when they can build upon the experience with return visits every summer. Kids embark on challenging and engaging pathways that help them develop personally and socially.”

In recent years the Leapfrog Program has grown in content, participation and reach. Lake Forest brings the total number of sites to six and provides convenient access for families in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

“Lake Forest Country Day School has a long history of differentiating instruction and helping highly-motivated students fulfill their full potential. Connecting with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development provides additional opportunities for students to pursue their passions,” says Judith Arnstein, Associate Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Lake Forest Country Day School.

The CTD Summer Program continues to offer residential and commuter options at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus and six other sites throughout Chicagoland. Sessions range from one to five weeks. New courses in 2013 include an innovative series for high-school students that features collaboration with various Northwestern University departments and business organizations.

Complete information, course descriptions and the online application can be accessed on the CTD website at www.ctd.northwestern.edu/summer. The center can be reached by phone at 847-491-3782, extension #2 or by e-mail at summer@ctd.northwestern.edu. 

A sampling of course selections at the Lake Forest Leapfrog site include:

“If I Ran the Zoo” (Age 4/PreK & Kindergarten) Young zookeepers conduct research, design habitats and discuss issues to learn how to keep animals healthy and happy.

“Inch by Inch: Math in Art & Stories” (Age 4/PreK & Kindergarten) Students explore relationships between stories, visual art and math measurements through hands-on studio projects.

“Blocks & Blueprints” (Kindergarten & Grade 1) Students create models of buildings and spaces, then apply geometry to draw blueprints and scaled diagrams of their creations.

“On Safari” (Kindergarten & Grade 1) As photographers on a fictional safari in Kenya, students imagine their own game reserve, map it, research the local culture, and create a safari guidebook.

“Dinosaur Discovery: Paleontology Unearthed” (Grades 1 & 2) Future paleontologists dig deep into the fossil record to unravel the mysteries of how dinosaurs lived.

“News Flash! Online Journalism” (Grades 2 & 3) Aspiring journalists are challenged to think critically and work to become expert producers and consumers of online media.

“3-D Construction” (Grades 2 & 3) Applying the magic of angles and shapes, budding engineers work intriguing geometric properties into paper constructions.

“Rocket Science” (Grades 2 & 3) Junior rocket scientists investigate the basic principles behind Newton’s laws of motion.

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