Growing Early Minds (GEM)

Provided by
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth

The Growing Early Minds classes are designed to challenge and engage advanced and curious learners in grades one through four. Students will be exposed to advanced concepts and themes that feed their curious minds. Each class is small and designed to enrich learning and introduce new areas of interest, helping students expand their knowledge about the world and discover how much there truly is to learn. Social and emotional curriculum components will focus on fostering autonomy, encouraging development of growth mindset, and developing effective collaboration skills. 

* Exploration program for 1st through 4th grade students
* Winter and Summer Sessions
* Focus on concepts to enhance curiosity and imagination
* 12+ hours of in-person instruction 
* Incorporation of social/emotional elements

For more information about specific class offerings and dates, please visit our program website: 

• Application Fee: $30 (Non-Refundable) • Cost: $350 per class session • Financial Aid Available
Families have the ability to apply for financial assistance using the GEM Financial Aid Application. If you are not eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch at school, you just need to complete Section 1 of the form. If you are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch through your school, please also complete Section 2 of the form. You will need to talk with a school administrator and have the school sign section 2. Forms may be found on our website at:
Please register on our website: New students will need to submit ONE of the following: grade report, teacher recommendation, standardized test scores or student work sample along with the $30 non-refundable application fee.
Buildings at UW- Madison are ADA accessible


  • UW- Madison Campus, 225 N. Mills Street, Madison, WI 53706



Denise Ksioszk
(608) 890-3260
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Grade 1 (ages 6 to 7)Grade 2 (ages 7 to 8)Grade 3 (ages 8 to 9)Grade 4 (ages 9 to 10)
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Last updated: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:18am