Monmouth / About the College / News / Full Story

MC's College For Kids to be held June 10-21

This summer, Monmouth College will host its popular student enrichment program, College For Kids (CFK), for the 33rd year.
The annual program, which will be held weekdays from June 10-21, is open to qualifying students who have completed second through eighth grade. Tuition is $150, and registrations are being accepted through April 29, due to overwhelming response.
Each participant takes three classes, choosing from 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 and an open house for parents. Course titles include such offerings as “Oh, Gee – It’s Glee” and “Want to Be a Millionaire?”
“We are excited this year to offer 23 new classes, including ones on geocaching and dissection,” said CFK director Kathy Mainz, who noted that the majority of the CFK teachers are Monmouth College faculty or staff. “We are also thrilled that the college’s new Center for Science and Business will be part of our classroom space this year. We’ll be in it even before Monmouth’s students are this fall.”
The College For Kids program challenges students with collegiate experiences that are different from a regular classroom, explained Mainz.
“Instructors use teaching methods appropriate to a college classroom, including discussion, inquiry, laboratory and hands-on activities,” she said.
To be eligible for College For Kids, students need to meet one of the following criteria: be currently enrolled in a gifted/talented or enrichment program; have scored at 85th percentile or better on standardized tests or “exceeds standard” on ISAT; have scored at least 115 on cognitive abilities test; have submitted a portfolio of fine arts works for assessment; or have 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 for which the student receives a sufficient score.
For more information, contact Mainz at 309-457-2361 or or visit 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.