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ADVANCE Promotional (4 minutes)            Dates for the upcoming program:  July 5 - 25, 2020   

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The ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars, a residential program for gifted or talented youth, is a collaborative program with Duke University's Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana assumes full responsibility for the instruction, administration, and outcomes of the program. 


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ADVANCE, now celebrating its 31st year, is a three-week residential program that offers a challenging and rewarding curriculum for gifted or talented students who are currently in grades 7 through 11. Students enroll in one course for three weeks of intense and demanding study. Courses have approximately 15 students and are taught by a diverse and talented group of highly qualified Instructor-Teaching Assistant (TA) teams. These teaching teams are committed to challenging their students and to providing an exceptional educational experience. The classrooms and laboratories utilized are located on the Northwestern State campus.

While the academic program at ADVANCE is top-notch, the residential program sets ADVANCE apart from other similar summer programs. The residential life portion of ADANCE is vital to the program, offering balanced recreational and social activities to complement the intensive academic curriculum. ADVANCE has built up a host of traditions and a strong community of staff and students that keep ADVANCErs returning year after year. In short, the ADVANCE Program provides everything gifted or talented students could want in a summer experience: an intellectually challenging curriculum that stretches their academic capabilities; the chance to live and interact with peers of similar abilities and interests; and the opportunity to just have fun with other kids during summer break.

ADVANCErs consistently state that program participation changes their lives in many positive ways and that friendships made while at ADVANCE are long-lasting and important. Students often refer to ADVANCE as their second home and their peers as extended family. We are proud to offer a program where students feel comfortable, accepted, and academically challenged!