Teaching students, not curriculum


Dear SIG Community,

Welcome to the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Yale University! We are so happy to have your child join our program this year.

With check-in day and our first full day of classes behind us, we are getting settled into our routines and getting to know each other. The first day of classes was filled with nervous energy and excitement as we embark on our academic adventure together. Instructors are assisting each student in setting their academic objectives for the session.

We are really thrilled to be eating in Silliman Dining Hall this year. Recently, It was voted the best food on Yale's campus for the 7th year in a row!!


It's been an amazing first couple of days. From investigating how courtrooms run to creating a dream log, students are engaging in critical thinking, analysis and group work. Already, students are determining their objectives for the session and are creating a detailed work plan of how to achieve them! It's quite thrilling to go into the classrooms and see such lively discussions, creative art work, and thoughtful writing. As you can see below, students are even enjoying their evening study tutorials.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali

Evening Programs

Even though we've only spent two nights at Yale, we have been busy. On Saturday night each counselor led a get-to-know you activity with their group. Some had a rock, paper, scissors world championship, some played name games and some enjoyed the cool evening air throwing around a football. But overall the main objective was met-- getting to know each other a little better. By midnight, almost everyone had checked in, even our travelers that flew in from across the world! We have students from so many places and it will make for a remarkable experience for us all.

Upcoming Events

Please note the following upcoming events and activities.

  • Parent Visitation Day - Sunday, July 14, 2013: 9-11 am Teacher Meet and Greet - Location TBA
  • Final Student Performance - Wednesday, July 17, 2013: 7:30-9:30 pm - SSS Auditorium
  • Closing Ceremony - Friday, July 19, 2013: 9-10:30 am - Shubert Theater


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are available for you. The campus office hours are 7:30 am - 11:00 pm, however we are closed daily for lunch (1-2) and dinner (6-7).

Office Phone Number: 203-441-0793

Director - Jennifer Davis:

Residential Dean - David Wright:

Academic Dean - Steven Muraski:

Student Activities Dean - Bethany Martin:

Nurse - Betsy Hall: or 203-432-0333

Office Manager - Shyla Hanlan:

Administrative Assistant - Liz King:

Billing or admin issues - SIG main office: 866-303-4744 or 203-399-5000

The Mailing address is:

(Your camper's name) (your counselor's name)

The Summer Institute for the Gifted

PO Box 206811

New Haven, CT 06520