Enjoy taking challenging courses, connecting with interesting classmates, and learning from inspirational teachers! Programs are offered to students in grades 2-12.
Our elementary, non-residential program, Blast! is an academic commuter program for members of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS). This program offers half-day classes at the University of Iowa and full-day classes in Ankeny (Des Moines area).
Middle school programs include the Blank Summer Institute (BSI), as well as the Junior Scholars Institute (JSI). BSI is a one-week residential summer program held at the University of Iowa for 120 of Iowa’s gifted students who are currently in grades 7 & 8. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth. JSI is a one-week residential summer academic program held at the University of Iowa for students in grades 6-8. JSI consists of nine classes and students may nominate themselves for a single advanced level course for the entire week.
Belin-Blank high school programs include the National Scholars Institute (NSI) and the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP). Students who are currently (academic year 2014-2015) in grades 9-11 may nominate themselves for NSI and will take a single advanced level course for the entire week. Students who are currently in grades 10-11 may nominate themselves for SSTP, a five-week residential summer research program during which students conduct scientific research in University laboratories under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students also produce a research project/paper as a part of the program.
Stop by belinblank.org/summer for more details!