Saturday Enrichment Program

In conjunction with the School of Education and Human Development Gifted Education Department, the University of Virginia announces the 40th year of the Saturday Enrichment Program. Traditionally, this program serves gifted and/or high ability students who are in K-5th grade. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Saturday Enrichment Program is adapting the program to serve all interested students in Grades 5-10.  The program will be offered remotely.  Applications for this program will be available on or about September 1, 2020. Please read the application instructions carefully before applying. APPLICATIONS REMAIN OPEN AND ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN A SPACE IN THE PROGRAM.

Teachers: download a Saturday Enrichment Program flyer for your students (flyer is for the traditional program).

2020 FALL Program Dates:

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7.

2020 FALL Program Location and Cost:

  • The program will be offered online. There is a NON- REFUNDABLE application fee of $25, and tuition for the 2020 Saturday Enrichment Progam is $275. Tuition is non-refundable after September 20, 2020.
  • Most classes will be held for six Saturdays starting October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. 


In this program, our goal is to foster in children 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 School of Education and Human Development and other departments across Grounds, as well as experts and specialists in these fields.  As a whole, our staff is dynamic, enthusiastic, and excited about working with these young scholars.

Saturday Enrichment Program Descriptions

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How to Apply

Applications will be available no later than September 1, 2020. The deadline for completed applications is September 11, 2020. Consideration will be given to applications made after that date if there are spaces remaining in the courses.  Course assignments will be posted on your child's account on or before September 18.  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 September 11, 2020 at midnight. In the application, students will rank their courses.  While we do our best to assign students to a course they have ranked high, we cannot guarantee any course choice.  Check back on the Saturday Student Home page for each child to see that we have received the  completed application and the non-refundable application fee. There will be a green check mark next to each item that we have received. Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us at any point during this process with questions or concerns. Application decisions and course assignments will be made by September 18.

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 [email protected] or call us at (434) 924-3182 and we can help you.

Full or partial scholarships are available for students who are eligible for their school's free and reduced-price lunch, or if other extraordinary circumstances are identified. 

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

We thank you for your support of SEP, which is a nonprofit organization which relies entirely on student tuition for its operation.