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Saturday Enrichment Program

In conjunction with the Curry School of Education Gifted Education Department, the University of Virginia announces the 35th year of the Saturday Enrichment Program. This program serves gifted and/or high ability students who are in K-5th grade. Applications for this program are available below. Please read the application instructions carefully before applying. . 

Teachers: download a Saturday Enrichment Program flyer for your students.


2017 Program Dates:

January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18 (with February 25 as a snow make-up day).

2017 Program Location and Cost:

  • Charlottesville - On Grounds at the University of Virginia. The cost is $175.
    Two sessions of classes are held each Saturday: 9:00-11:00 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 


In this program, our goal is to foster interest and a love of learning in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Curriculum and instruction is designed to engage your child in authentic inquiries into major concepts and ideas of a field through critical, creative, and problem-based thinking/learning. At SEP, we recognize that each student is an individual. To that end, our staff is dedicated to meeting the varying readiness levels, learning preferences, and interests of our students in class. Our classes are taught by doctoral students at both the Curry School of Education and other departments across Grounds as well as local specialists in various disciplines. As a whole, our staff is dynamic, enthusiastic, and excited about working with these young scholars.


The deadline for completed applications is December 1, 2015. Acceptance decisions will be posted on your child's account on or before December 20.  We will send an e-mail to you when those decisions are posted. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if there are open spots.

To apply, please follow this link:  APPLY NOW

NOTE: Links open in the same window. Use your back arrow button to return to this screen after opening each link.


Create Family Account.

If anyone in your family attended SEP in recent years, you already have an account. Please sign in using your primary e-mail address and the password you established, or request a password recovery (link found on the login screen.) If you have not attended SEP recently, you will need to create a new Family Account. Once you have created the account, you can sign in at any time under “Family Sign In.” Please provide an e-mail address which we can use to communicate with the parent or guardian of the child or children who will be applying to SEP. Establish a password. Please make a note of this password, and the primary e-mail address you submitted so that you will be able to access this account whenever you need to. After you have created the Family Account, you will have the opportunity to add one or more children to this account.

Family Demographics.

Add the parents' or guardians’ names and address to the next screen. With this new program, you will only need to type this information once. As you add children to your account, you will not have to retype any demographic information. You will be able to edit demographic information later if you either made a mistake or you have a change of address or phone numbers/e-mail addresses.

Add One or More Children.

Add one child at a time, with their name, nickname if they have one, their date of birth, and gender. Especially important if the child's parents or guardians live in two separate addresses, please Indicate which address is the child’s primary home address for purposes of this application.

Family Home.

This page will list the children you have added to your account, and you can continue to add children from this page by clicking “Add Child.” When the child’s name has been added, click on the program that the child is applying to. We have two programs: Saturday and Summer. Chose Saturday, and you’ll be taken to the “Saturday Student Home” page.

Saturday Student Home.

Here you will see two icons:

  1. The Application

  2. The Teacher Recommendation

Teacher Recommendation.

In many cases, your child’s teacher is the one who suggested that you consider SEP for your child. If this is the case, they already know about the program and you can simply type their name and e-mail address into our online form and we will take care of contacting them for the recommendation. If not, it is a good idea to speak to the teacher in advance to ask if they are willing to provide the recommendation and to verify their correct/preferred e-mail address. Once they have agreed, you can enter their name and e-mail address into the online form and we will contact them for the recommendation. Please request ONLY ONE RECOMMENDATION. The system cannot accept more than one. Subsequent teachers will get an error message if they attempt to provide a recommendation.


Open the Application itself. It will ask:

  • The name of the child’s school (please use the full name of the school)

  • The grade the child is currently in.

  • Medical conditions your child may have that we should know about, such as asthma.

  • Allergies that your child may have that we should know about, such as peanut allergy.

  • Indicate whether or not your child’s immunizations are up to date.

  • Indicate whether your child qualifies for free or reduced price lunch through their school.

  • Choose between the early session (9:00 am - 11:00 am) or the late session (11:30 am - 1:30 pm.)  Once you have selected the grade and time slot, the course titles for that grade level will appear on the page.

  • Rank the courses offered according to how interested your child would be in that course. We try to place each child in their first or second choice of class. However, if certain courses are popular, or if we have to cancel a course for any reason, we may offer them admission to a class that is not their first or second choice. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline the offer, or request to be on a waiting list for the first or second choice class. Leave the words 'Not Interested' next to any course you would not be willing to send your child to. This will let us know not to offer your child a space in this course under any circumstance.

  • The descriptions of the courses are listed here: (these are samples of last year's courses. Courses for 2017 will be here on October 15)

2017 Course Descriptions for K-1

2017 Course Descriptions for 2-3

2017 Course Descriptions for 4-5


  • Fill out the short questionnaire about this child. Please draw upon your knowledge of your child and determine the degree to which you agree or disagree with the statements in that section

  • You can SAVE the Application page at anytime, and come back to it later, after the student has completed decided which classes they want to take. When the entire application is complete, press the SUBMIT APPLICATION button. You will no longer have have access to the application to make any changes, but you can update your address and phone number at any time.

To apply, please follow this link:  APPLY NOW


All elements of your application must be received on or before December 1, 2016 at midnight. Check back on the Saturday Student Home page for each child to see that we have received the teacher’s recommendation required for a completed application. There will be a message next to each item that we have received or we have not received that item. Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us at any point during this process with questions or concerns.

If you have any questions about this application procedure or experience any difficulties, please call our office at (434)924-3182.

To check the status of an existing application,  click on the "Saturday Application" link and sign in with your userid (your primary e-mail address) and the password you established. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the link to request a password recovery be sent to your e-mail address, or please e-mail us at or call us at (434) 924-3182 and we can help you.

$75 financial scholarships are available for students who are eligible for their school's free and reduced-price lunch. This could reduce your child's tuition to $100.

The 2017 Parent Handbook will be available here on October 15.  If your child has been accepted to the program, this handbook will answer some questions you may have about program logistics.

How to Apply on Paper:

We are also very happy to accept applications on paper if you prefer.   Applications are available here: SATURDAY PROGRAM PAPER APPLICATION

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