Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth

World of Wonder 2016

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, has offered summer educational opportunities for Central Illinois youth. The Institute's summer program, World of Wonder (WOW), features a broad array of one-week classes which enables first through eighth grade students to explore and expand their interests and abilities in a university environment.  Now in its 33rd year, World of Wonder remains a high quality, thriving program for area youth.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades

All children entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in the fall of 2016 are eligible for World of Wonder.  The selection procedure is intended to be inclusive, not exclusive, and the guidelines have been established as an aid for parents and teachers in deciding if students should apply.

In determining eligibility, WOW staff 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.


For students entering 4th - 8th grade in fall of 2016, these eligibility criteria are used:

  • Enrollment in a gifted or talented program within the current academic year.
  • Achievement test score of one grade level above current grade level, according to national norms. 
  • IQ score of 120 or above.
  • Exemplary classroom performance as indicated by the most recent report card and a recommendation from a teacher or principal.

A student who does not meet any of the guidelines should submit an application form.  WOW staff will review the application and determine if the student will benefit from participation.  Home schoolers may submit an essay detailing why they would like to attend.


Scholarships are available to assist with tuition for families who qualify for free or reduced price school meals. 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.