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College For Kids

Barry McNamara
03/01/2011
This summer, Monmouth College will host its popular student enrichment program, College For Kids (CFK), for the 31st year.

The annual summer program, which will run on weekdays from June 13-24, is open to students who have completed second through eighth grade. Tuition is $145, and registrations are being accepted through April 22.

College For Kids participants take three classes, choosing from selections in such areas as theater, science, art, writing, music, foreign languages, mathematics and social studies. The classes begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and students move on their own from building to building and classroom to classroom. In lieu of final exams, the last day of class is reserved for project-ending activities. Course titles include such offerings as “Oh, Gee – It’s Glee” and “Want to Be a Millionaire?”

“The program challenges students with collegiate experiences that are different from a regular classroom,” explained CFK director Kathy Mainz, who noted that 75 percent of the CFK teachers are Monmouth College faculty or staff. “Instructors use teaching methods appropriate to a college classroom, including discussion, inquiry, laboratory and hands-on activities.”

To be eligible for College For Kids, students need to meet one of the following criteria: currently enrolled in a gifted/talented or enrichment program; scored at 85th percentile or better on standardized tests or “exceeds standard” on ISAT; scored at least 115 on cognitive abilities test; submitted a portfolio of six fine arts works for assessment; or enrolled in CFK in a previous year. Additionally, said Mainz, a student will be accepted if a parent or teacher fills out a gifted characteristics matrix and the student receives a sufficient score.

For more information about College For Kids, contact Mainz at 309-457-2361. Mainz, who also serves as the college’s science lab manager, has more than 20 years’ experience working with gifted/talented students, and has directed Monmouth’s College For Kids program since 2008.