Growing Early Minds (GEM)

Provided by
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth

GEM classes are designed to challenge and engage advanced learners finishing grades 1 through 4. Students will be exposed to advanced concepts and themes that feed their curious minds. Social and emotional curriculum components focus on fostering autonomy, encouraging development of growth mindset, and developing effective collaboration skills.

GEM At-A-Glance
Grade Level - Grades 1-4 
Instructional Hours - 12 

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

• Application Fee: $30 (Non-Refundable) • Cost: Winter and Summer Half-day - $270 Summer Full Day - $380 • 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:
COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all WCATY summer programs have been cancelled. 2021 information will be updated in the fall. Please register on our website:
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