Saturday Enrichment Program


In conjunction with the Curry School of Education and Human Development Gifted Education Department, the University of Virginia announces the 38th 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 will be available below on October 15, 2019. Please read the application instructions carefully before applying. . 

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

2020 Program Dates:

January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (with February 22 as a snow make-up day).

2020 Program Location and Cost:

  • Charlottesville - On Grounds at the University of Virginia. There is a NON- REFUNDABLE application fee of $25, and tuition for the 2020 Saturday Enrichment Progam is $195. (If weather conditions cause the cancellation of any class, refunds will not be given.)  Tuition is non-refundable after January 11, 2020.
  • 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 in children -- who are or have the potential to be gifted -- intellectual curiosity and a love of learning in a wide variety of fields and disciplines.  Curriculum and instruction are designed to intellectually challenge and engage your child in authentic inquiries into major concepts and big 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 students in our classes.  Our classes are taught by doctoral students at both the Curry School of Education and Human Development and other departments across Grounds, as well as local specialists in these fields.  As a whole, our staff is dynamic, enthusiastic, and excited about working with these young scholars.

2020 Course descriptions:


Grades K-1

What Kind of Scientist Will You Become?

Global Perspectives!

Busting Myths with Science  

Crime Scene Investigations

Grades 2-3

Once Upon a Fairytale: The Art of Playwriting

Cartoons, Movies, and Music

Extra! Extra! Get Your Free Energy!

Math Around the World

Game Theory

Life Is Simple With Machines

So You Want To Be An Inventor?

Linguistic Mysteries

Grades 4-5

Elementary Engineering

Microbiology Basics

What Does A Doctor Do?

Solving the Unsolvable with Design Thinking

Our Remarkable Bones

BioChem Lab Kids

Bells and Boomwackers

Travel Back in Time to the Ancient Roman Forum!



The deadline for completed applications has been extended to December 6, 2019. Consideration will be given to applications made after that date if there are spaces remaining in the courses.  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.

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All elements of your application must be received on or before December 6, 2019 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 and the application fee. There will be a green check mark 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. Application decisions will be made by December 20, 2019.

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.

Scholarships are available for students who are eligible for their school's free and reduced-price lunch. 

The 2020 Parent Handbook will be available upon acceptance to the program.  If your child has been accepted to the program, this handbook will answer some questions you may have about program logistics.