Welcome to College for Kids, A Summer Exploration, Inc. 2023! For 35 years, College for Kids has provided gifted children in Missouri and outlining states with an opportunity for educational and social growth during the summers, now located on the campus of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. College for Kids, Inc. is delighted to have the opportunity to share this beautiful and safe college environment for the summer of 2023.
2023 brings exciting classes and activities to College for Kids. When filling out the class selection of the application, please remember, to select both morning and afternoon classes indicating your top four choices for each, using one through four (one as your first choice, four as your last choice). College for Kids provides accelerated learning experiences specifically for academically talented students completing grades 3 - 9. College for Kids combines rigorous academic experiences with fun and exciting social opportunities. CK classes address contemporary issues and problems using a higher level of integrative, analytical, and critical thinking. Class curriculum encourages awareness of and respect for divergence in thought among academic peers. The CK experience also allows students to explore different academic content and methodologies in various disciplines.
College for Kids also addresses the physical needs of students today. Everyday CK takes time for physical exercise, in various classes, evening activities and during Recreation time. Exercise and physical fitness are necessary to fully realize one’s potential. Please be sure to bring comfortable, loose fitting clothing, tennis shoes that lace/Velcro and SOCKS!
College for Kids provides an excellent opportunity for gifted students to learn and socialize with their intellectual peers. Rather than being singled out and labeled as the “smart kid” in a regular classroom, students are surrounded by peers who share their interests and abilities. It is the friendships, just as much as the learning, that make kids want to return to College for Kids year after year.
This booklet contains all the information you need to enroll in College for Kids 2023. If you have any questions or need additional forms (you have CK’s permission to print registration, health and certification forms for enrollment purposes), write, call or FAX your inquiries. Please remember it is important to get your application in early, classes and dormitory facilities often fill quickly. Early registration can also save you money.
Please be sure to read the information on this site. The College for Kids staff and I look forward to a unique and challenging experience for the summer of 2023; as we join for a week releasing stored potential energy, propel into a world of hurling objects, learning, building, creating, and finding our power within (hint: for evening activity!).
College for Kids
A Summer Exploration, Inc
“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the
deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.”
E. Merrill Root
Thirty-six years ago, a group of thoughtful gifted educators came together with a vision for a
summer experience for very bright learners. The first College for Kids experience came to be.
College for Kids, a Summer Exploration has evolved into an intense, fast paced,
academic and social experience
for each camper. A generation later, over 11,400 students have been a part
of this summer exploration. Former and current “CKers” are now changing the world; each in
his/her own unique way. I look forward to getting back to the traditions of CK as we come
together in 2023 on the campus of Columbia College, for a week of learning and challenges.
During CK 2023 students will participate in weeklong intensive courses in the areas of
philosophy, psychology, world cultures, mock trial, debate, art, painting, music, building,
cooking, engineering, broadcasting, chemistry, fitness, Veterinary medicine, games, Harry
Potter, history, or mathematics… and this is just some of our classes. In each class you have
opportunities to learn with academic peers under the mentorship of dynamic teachers.
Explore paradoxes, create puzzles, debate ideas, and create from inspiration, as you learn
about topics of interest to you. After classes are over you will continue to be engaged in
favorite CK traditions and evening activities under the direction of Residential Advisors.
Residential advisors live in the halls with CK students, one RA per 10-12 students. CK RAs are
hand-picked CK alumni and attend school in various states during the school year. They come
together to bring enthusiasm and traditions to create an environment where learning is cool.
We hope they become your friends and mentors and that you jump into all activities with
zeal. Ready your voice, don your crown, sharpen your swords, shine your armor, and practice
your jokes, as you prepare to join in the fun.
Join us for a week of fun-packed academic challenges, in a dynamic learning environment,
surrounded by like-minded friends.
See you soon!
Director of Residential Life
College for Kids
A Summer Exploration, Inc.
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