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Moravian College Hosting Johns Hopkins Camp for Academically Gifted Students
Fifth to tenth graders take advanced level courses at camp for talented youth
Bethlehem, Pa., June 22, 2012—Moravian College is hosting the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth program for the sixteenth consecutive year. The summer camp is attended by students ranging from fifth to tenth-grade who mainly come from the northeast and middle Atlantic regions and take challenging courses at Moravian.
Some students reside outside the region, including those traveling from countries as far away as Bermuda, Thailand and Korea. The camp is held on Moravian’s Main Street Campus in two three-week sessions. The first session is held from June 24 to July 13 and the second session from July 15 to August 3. A special closing ceremony is held on the last day of each session in the afternoon.
Approximately 150 students will attend each session. A faculty and staff of 50 will teach twelve different classes. To be accepted, younger students (those who have completed fifth or sixth grade) had to take a standardized assessment test. Acceptance of older students is based on their SAT scores and other factors. Each student in attendance is academically gifted.
“The JHU program offers a unique opportunity for gifted and highly motivated students to expand their academic horizons during the summer months,” said Christopher Hunt, director of housing and summer conferences at Moravian who helps coordinate summer programs at the College. “The kids want to learn, they have a real thirst for knowledge. They tell their parents they want to come here.”
Some courses run seven hours a day, Monday through Thursday and five hours on Friday. Each student is housed on campus. There is also a full program of recreational and enrichment activities outside of the classroom.
For many of the youngsters the camp is the first time they will leave home. This is the 32th year of the JHU program. Moravian was chosen to join the program in 1997. Other schools such as Princeton University in New Jersey, Stanford University in California and the European University of Madrid, Spain also host the program. In the eastern Pennsylvania region, Lafayette College became a host site in 2003.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.