William and Mary School of Education

Camp Launch

Born out of a desire to help gifted students from all socioeconomic levels, Camp Launch provides eligible 7th and 8th grade students with enrichment and academic opportunities. The  children are recruited from school districts around Virginia. They participate in a two week residential program with courses in STEM, writing, and personal development. Camp Launch is funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and is only the beginning of the Center for Gifted Education’s goal to bring educational equality to all gifted students.

Camp Launch has four goals:Camp Launch at William & Mary

  • To deliver advanced instruction in academic content such as STEM, writing, academic self-efficacy and personal development.
  • To provide enrichment opportunities in a wide variety of content areas.
  • To encourage the development of peer support networks.
  •  To develop in campers a future orientation that includes a college education, along with preparation that will help them take advantage of enabling opportunities to achieve that goal.

The school districts eligible for participation are: Charles City, Dinwiddie, Franklin, Hopewell, King and Queen, Williamsburg/James City County, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, Surry, and Sussex. For more information, please contact the gifted teacher/coordinator in your school or district.

If you would like to support Camp Launch or the Center for Gifted Education, please [[cfge, email us]] or call Laura Ionescu at (757) 221-2362.