UVA Saturday and Summer Enrichment Programs

posted May 2, 2013, 6:08 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 8:07 PM ]

UVA runs both a Saturday Enrichment Program for students in grades K-5, and a Summer Enrichment Program, which is residential, that serves students in grades 5 - 12.
Click here for additional details on both programs - the summer application deadline is
February 15, 2015.

·        The University of Virginia is offering a summer academic enrichment camp.  The camp is a 12-day residential experience. Students live on-grounds at UVA and attend classes at a nearby private school and take a variety of courses, including mathematics, biology, history, physics, architecture and more.  The deadline to get your application in is February 15th.  There is an application fee and tuition.  For more information and to get an application, please see Mrs. Blackburn or Mr. Kendall.

The direct link to the UVA Summer Enrichment Program website is:

"Open House" Sessions with Mr. Kendall

posted Aug 18, 2012, 11:43 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Sep 26, 2012, 5:49 AM ]

PowerPoint Presentations for Mr. Kendall's "OPEN HOUSE" sessions with parents are available below:
Click here for PowerPoint
Waddell -  Click here for PowerPoint

If you could not attend either of these sessions but would like to speak with Mr. Kendall please e-mail him
or call 463-5353 ext 3129 to set an appointment.

Teaching with Technology Blog

posted Jul 27, 2012, 8:26 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Jul 27, 2012, 9:11 AM ]

I have started a blog on teaching with technology with local teachers who participated in my Summer Teaching Institute Class at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.  If you are interested in joining our discussion click the link below:

Documents and Presentations

posted Jul 24, 2012, 3:34 AM by Kevin Kendall

To access Documents and Presentations related to gifted education that I have created please click here.

UVA Summer Enrichment Program

posted Feb 8, 2012, 7:25 AM by Kevin Kendall

Residential for students currently in Grades 4-10

Applications will be due on February 15th, 2012. If you are not familiar with our Summer Program, we serve students in rising fifth grade to rising eleventh grades in residential summer camp, offered in three consecutive blocks.

·        Session 1 is June 17th – 28th ,

·        Session 2 is July 1st – 12th, and

·        Session 3 is July 15th – 26th, 2012.

Students attend only one session each summer. We offer quality learning experiences designed to cultivate interest and potential in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Students thrive on the fast-paced environment of the classes and the stimulating fun offered by the residential counselors. Qualifying students should be identified as gifted or show high potential in academic fields or intellectual, creative, artistic and/or leadership capacities.

Tuition for the 2012 summer is $1200 with a $25 application fee. Limited financial aid is available based on need. The financial aid form should be submitted no later than March 1, 2012. The selection process is blind to both previous attendance and request for financial assistance.


Our summer courses are taught by specialists in gifted educations and experts in fields ranging from engineering and economics to linguistics and philosophy. During each twelve day session, students stay in dorms, in suites of 8 campers to one counselor, and enjoy the on Grounds experience at Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia. This coming summer will be our 34th season. SEP is very popular and students usually try to attend all seven summer of their eligibility.  We accept between 800 and 950 students every summer, depending on the size of the dormitory buildings we are able to secure. We typically receive 300 – 400 more applications than we can accept. The most competitive group is found in girls rising into the 7th - 9th grades, though last year we finally saw the numbers of applications from boys rising again, which was very good news!

Students should ideally apply online through our website at, though paper applications are also accepted. Candidates must submit responses to two writing prompts and request a recommendation from one teacher.


posted Feb 8, 2012, 7:21 AM by Kevin Kendall

Residential - for students in Grades 4-7

The following program has been recommended by several Lexington parents:

Ferrum College has a week-long summer enrichment camp for students currently in grades 4-7.  Students may attend one of two sessions:  July 15th -21st or July 22nd – 28th.  Some of the classes offered are Adobe Photoshop, Crime Scene Investigators, Chess, Theatre and GPS.  Contact Mr. Kendall ( or Mrs. Blackburn ( for more information or visit this web site for course descriptions and frequently asked questions:

Week 1 • July 15-21, 2012
Week 2 • July 22-28, 2012

Cost: $655.00 includes room and board, supplies for classes, and FCSEC T-shirt.

Gifted Curriculum - K-8 for Coordinators

posted Sep 27, 2010, 1:35 PM by Kevin Kendall

Virginia Consortium for Gifted Education Administrators: 

See attachments for my presentation and Carol Horn's presentation about Fairfax County's curriculum model.

Let me know if you have any difficulty with the attachments.

Kevin Kendall (

Gifted Education Coordinator
Lexington City Schools

UVA Saturday Enrichment Program - K-5 students

posted Oct 26, 2009, 10:19 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 10:39 AM ]

In coordination with the Curry School of Education, the Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. Modeling best practices in curriculum and instruction, the SEP staff works as a community to maximize potential in each student and foster a passion for lifelong learning.

The Saturday program serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade  (the Summer residential program hosts students in rising fifth through eleventh grade). Please click on following link for further program and application information:

APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE OCT. 15, 2011 and will be due Dec. 1, 2011.

NOTES FROM Mr. Kendall:

The program usually runs January - March.  Check web site for this year's dates after Oct. 15.  Classes fill fast in this program, so apply early.  I am happy to do a recommendation for your child.  Give me a week to complete the form please.

 If you decide to enroll your child and want to see what other parents are enrolling their children to work out car pools let me know and I will help you get in touch with one another.

Volunteers Needed

posted Aug 13, 2009, 7:56 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Sep 26, 2009, 7:44 PM by Kevin Kendall ]

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer to assist students in the gifted education program.  These opportunities can be one-time events (e.g. guest speaker on historical time period, current event, etc.; lead a science experiment in your area of expertise;  or teach students a unique skill), weekly work during the school day with a group of students in math, reading, writing, or technology, or special after school clubs or events.

Please e-mail Mr. Kendall ( or call 463-5353 ext 3129.

For a description of volunteer opportunities please see the September 2009 issue of Gifted Education Monthly.


posted Aug 13, 2009, 7:54 AM by Kevin Kendall   [ updated Aug 13, 2009, 8:04 AM ]

Welcome to the home page for the gifted education program of Lexington City Schools.  Please e-mail comments for making this web site more useful to Kevin Kendall, Gifted Education Coordinator at

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