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Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) Joins the Summer Discovery Family

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) Joins the Summer Discovery Family

During these extraordinary times, it is more important than ever to support the academic needs and growth of students of all ages. That is why Summer Discovery is proud to announce it has acquired Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG). The addition of SIG to the Summer Discovery product portfolio will allow Summer Discovery to expand its offerings, university partnerships, and the age range of students served.  

“Our goal has always been helping students achieve their academic potential,” said Adriane Thorpe, Managing Director for Summer Discovery. “This arrangement allows us to serve a whole new demographic of students as young as age five who are gifted, academically talented, and creative students looking to connect and grow with like-minded peers and a supportive community.” 

Both companies have been leaders in the educational industry for decades. Since 1955 and 1984, respectively, Summer Discovery and SIG have made lasting impacts on the lives of families who want to provide their children with enriching academic opportunities. With these two companies under single management, families will have pathways from elementary to high school to help their students’ academic and extracurricular pursuits.  

“This acquisition is bringing two powerhouse brands in the educational space under one roof. It means families have more options, and both companies can share opportunities to build quality gifted and pre-college programs in the market for the students we serve,” said Caroline Daniel, Director of Academics for SIG.  

As part of the Summer Discovery company, SIG will continue to operate under its well-known name. “Summer Institute for the Gifted has strong brand recognition and is a reputable partner with universities and families. We want to preserve this legacy as we expand our offerings and brands,” said Adriane Thorpe. 

Under single ownership, both companies are planning for on-campus (residential and commuter) and online programs for summer 2021. Families and partners can expect the same level of academic quality and customer service throughout the transition.  

About Summer Discovery 
Summer Discovery has more than 55 years in the summer experience industry and has provided superior pre-college programs for 40+ years. Today, we’re the leading pre-college experience provider for middle and high school students. In partnership with prestigious universities across the US, UK, and Singapore, we deliver on-campus experiences and online learning opportunities. We offer 300+ pre-college courses, including college credit and non-credit enrichment, taught exclusively by university instructors. Popular programs include UCLA, Michigan, Georgetown, Cambridge, and University of Pennsylvania.

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About SIG 
As a leader in gifted education since 1984, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) provides academic summer programs for academically talented children ages 5-17. SIG works to advance the development of gifted, academically talented, and creative students in the United States and abroad through exemplary enrichment programs and advocacy. SIG employs dynamic and innovative approaches to challenge students. With a focus on programming for the whole person through academic and social opportunities, students strengthen their creative problem-solving skills to pursue their passions and prepare for college and professional careers. 

Learn more at:

Liz Ringel, Chief Marketing Officer, Summer Discovery  
(516) 621-3939  


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