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Enroll now in West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Summer Gifted Program

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – For gifted students in grades 5-12, the Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program is an experience they will never forget. The only program of its kind in the state, this STEM program provides gifted students with the academic and social stimulation they need.

Since its inception in 1983, the program has been held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. The program offers advanced classes in physics, math, computer programming, environmental science, creative arts, and creative writing. These classes are all taught by college professors who delight in working with these young, gifted students.

Campers room in a dormitory, eat together in the cafeteria, attend classes, and are given the chance to participate in fun, exciting activities every day. These students are supervised by college-age counselors who serve as guides and mentors. Many participants have such a great time they return year after year. Some even go on to become counselors at the camp or students at Wesleyan.

Besides academics, the program offers the College’s extensive facilities for the students to use – swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a walking trail, the library, music practice rooms, and outdoor rec equipment. Activities include movies, a planetarium show, guest speakers, games, and a talent show on the last night. On the weekend they go downtown to experience a Festival Friday and visit the shops in town.

The program is directed by Dr. Tracey DeLaney, professor of physics at WVWC.

“This program is a boon to kids who never really felt like they fit in anywhere,” says Dr. DeLaney. “We are proud to be able to support these students academically and provide them with the opportunity to be around others with similar abilities.”

To be eligible for the program, students in rising grades 5-12 must be identified as gifted through their school or through testing. This summer’s program runs from June 16 to 29 and is limited to 50 students. The program will be taking enrollments through June 9.

Interested parents, students, or teachers can view our offerings, learn about the professors and courses, and enroll online at For more information you can call Tracey DeLaney at 304-473-8330 or email us at

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