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UCLA Middle School Gifted

Los Angeles, California

Get InfoApply NowRenzulli residential and commuter programs for middle school students3 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $3,299 - $6,799For students completing grades 6, 7, 8 (ages 12-14)Photo Gallery
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  • 3 Weeks6/24 - 7/13Residential$6,799
  • 3 Weeks6/25 - 7/14Commuter$3,299

Requirements: Grade of A/A- in area of interest, teacher recommendation, Renzulli Profiler

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing in UCLA Residence Hall, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, meals on campus, use of UCLA athletic and recreation facilities, activities, trips, and excursions per catalog, transportation to and from all included activities

Not included: $100 application fee (non-refundable); $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers, books/class materials and course supplements, meals off campus, laundry, shopping, spending money, medical expenses

Commuter student tuition includes: Academic program, lunch in Hedrick dining hall Monday-Thursday, Friday trips, daily afternoon activity, and access to Hedrick Hall lounges. Overnight stays are not permitted.

Why you'll love our Renzulli Discovery UCLA Summer Program

Summer Discovery is proud to offer Renzulli Discovery at UCLA, a unique, 3 week educational research experience for gifted and talented students. The Renzulli model places a greater emphasis on creative learning and investigative research, based on students’ passion, learning style, and gifted potential. UCLA is recognized worldwide for excellence in academics and is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 25 universities. UCLA is the perfect setting for summer middle school program.

How it works

After applying, students take the Renzulli Profiler designed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli to identify areas of giftedness. The results are shared with students and parents to help choose one of the following “Enrichment Clusters” or subject areas of focus:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • STEM Studies
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Social Action

Students brainstorm with like-minded students and create a “Research Project Management Plan” to keep them on track as they explore real-life issues and propose solutions. Students conduct investigative research individually and collaboratively while being guided by their research mentors, who are facilitators that support the students through every step of their learning journey.

The program culminates in a presentation to the class and parents and is recorded for viewing and available online.

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A day in the life

  • 8:30am   Roll out of bed and head to Rieber dining hall where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9:15am   Meeting time. Hear about the day’s exciting activities, world news and sports highlights, and today’s weather.
  • 9:30am   Grab your notebook and pen (or your laptop) and don’t be late for your morning enrichment cluster.
  • 12:30pm  Enjoy lunch with friends, relax in the lounge, and prepare for your afternoon classroom time.
  • 1:30pm    Head back to class for your afternoon enrichment cluster
  • 4:30pm   Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from beaches, sports, arts & crafts, museums, and more.
  • 6:00pm   Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at Rieber dining hall. UCLA has some of the best food of any college campus.
  • 7:00pm   Movie premiers. Karaoke Night. Rock-n-Bowl. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends in LA.
  • 10:00pm  Enjoy some snacks, watch a movie, or play ping pong in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

*Schedule/times are approximate samples and vary on each campus.

Arrival and Departure Days

You must arrive on the specified arrival day of June 24 and departure day of July 13 only. If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program.


Booking Travel

Our travel agency, Musiker Travel, makes all flight arrangements for students from North America upon request. If you live outside of North America, you will receive instructions for making your own flight arrangements. Students who are being driven to campus will receive directions in the spring.

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers from/to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for $75 each way. We will meet you at either the baggage claim area or outside customs for international flights to assist with your arrival. For departures, our staff will assist you with check-in and accompany you to security.

Join our program as a commuter student

Students who live in the Los Angeles area can participate in our program as a commuter student. Live at home and take part in our program Monday-Friday. Join the Renzulli Discovery in the classroom and for afternoon activities Monday-Thursday. On Friday, you’re invited to participate in our all-group day trip. We go to Manhattan Beach, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and other fun attractions.

Drop-off and pick-up times for Jr. UCLA

Commuter students are dropped off at 8:30am and picked up at 5:15pm, Monday-Thursday. Friday’s drop-off time is 9:00am and pick-up time varies from 6:00-11:00pm.

What’s included?

Commuter student tuition includes the academic program, lunch in the Hedrick dining hall Monday-Thursday, daily afternoon activities, and Friday trips. Commuter students are not permitted to stay overnight at UCLA. Weekend activities are not available to commuter students.

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