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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- Moravian College is hosting the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth program for the seventh consecutive year this summer. Attending the summer camp are students from sixth to tenth grade - nation and worldwide who are taking courses at Moravian. The camp is held on Moravian’s Main Street Campus in two three-week sessions. The first session, held from June 29-July 18 will hold its closing ceremony on Friday afternoon, July 18. The second session will run from July 20-August 8.
Approximately 240 students will attend each session. A faculty and staff of 70 will teach eighteen 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 variety of courses such as “Colonial America,” “Engineering Design,” “Animal Science” and “Math and Music” to attract kids of all backgrounds and interest. Some of the more traditional courses offered include algebra, geometry and writing.
“The JHU program offers a unique opportunity for gifted and highly motivated students to expand their academic horizons during the summer months,” said Dick Claussen, Director of Academic Camps at Moravian. “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-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 23rd year of the JHU program. Moravian was chosen to join the program in 1997. Other schools such as Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and Stanford University in California are also involved. The Chesapeake Bay plays host to a “living classroom” where students mostly study marine life.