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Center for Talent Development Expands to Palatine

The Center for Talent Development will partner with Quest Academy, which serves more than 300 pre-school through eighth grade students.

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March 19, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. ---The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University – the University's accredited learning center serving gifted students and their families -- will expand its summer program for students completing pre-kindergarten through third grade to Palatine.

CTD will partner with Palatine's Quest Academy, which serves more than 300 pre-school through eighth grade students with a challenging program that emphasizes creativity and imagination.

"Leapfrog is our fastest growing program," said CTD Director Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. "Quest Academy is a perfect partner for us given their mission and exceptional facilities."

Leapfrog provides summer course choices in mathematics, science and language arts, all of which are designed to help gifted children acquire and practice new concepts in a variety of challenging and hands-on ways.

CTD will hold three one-week sessions, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, at Quest Academy starting July 13, July 20 and July 27. Students can attend one or multiple sessions. On the final Friday of each of the three weeks, students and instructors will show family and friends what they have learned.

"Our partnership with CTD is further validation of Quest Academy's impact in advancing knowledge in the field of gifted education and of the successes enjoyed by our alumni," said Quest Academy Head of School Benjamin Hebebrand. "We are pleased to partner with the Center and deliver the Leapfrog program to gifted children throughout the region."

Specific information about the Center for Talent Development's summer program can be found at http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu. Summer staff can be contacted directly at (847) 491-3782 ext. 2 or at summer@ctd.northwestern.edu. For more information about Quest Academy, visit www.questacademy.org.

For further information, contact Susie Stephenson at the Center for Talent Development at (847) 467-2736 or sstephenson@northwestern.edu

The Center for Talent Development is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students, their families and educators. CTD has been providing summer program options to academically talented students and their families since 1983, with more than 3,300 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve attending last summer alone.
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