Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth

World of Wonder 2015

A Program for Gifted and Talented Youth

For session dates and other information please visit the World of Wonder Website.  

Times: Various according to your preferences
Cost: $99 per class; $29 per week of recreation (optional)
Location: Bradley University, Baker Hall


Since 1983, the Bradley University Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth and its predecessor, the Peoria County Foreign Language Immersion Program, have offered summer educational program opportunities for Central Illinois youth. The Institute's summer program, World of Wonder (WOW), features a broad array of one-week courses, which enables first through eighth grade students to explore and expand their interests and abilities in a university environment. 


All children entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in the fall of 2014 are eligible for World of Wonder. We will determine students' eligibility for the 4th-8th grade program based on objective measures and professional judgment. The selection procedure is intended to be inclusive, not exclusive, and the guidelines listed on the eligibility form (found on the World of Wonder Website) have been established as an aid for parents and teachers in deciding if students should apply.

In determining eligibility, Institute personnel consider these questions: "Will this student benefit from the classes offered?" and "Is this student described by the following definition of gifted and talented children?"

Gifted and talented children are those children whose mental development is accelerated beyond the average or who have demonstrated a specific aptitude or talent. They have demonstrated exceptional ability in academic subjects, high level thought processes, divergent thinking, or creativity. Children who are gifted or talented may display some or all of the following traits: learn easily, show initiative, enjoy learning, work independently, offer unusual insights, develop many interests, communicate effectively, or solve problems creatively.


Scholarships are available for families to assist with tuition payments. Scholarship assistance is available only to families who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. For a scholarship application, click here or call (309) 677-2374. Due to limited resources, we may not be able to grant a scholarship to every child.