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About SEP

The Summer Enrichment Program was founded under the direction of Dr. Robert Sloat in 1978, and grew and thrived under the leadership of Dr. George Betts from 1979-2012 and Dr. Stuart Omdal from 2013-2017. The Summer Enrichment Program provides a unique learning experience that addresses the intellectual and affective needs of learners who are gifted, talented, and/or creative. A triad of programs is offered each summer under the umbrella of SEP. The Young Child Program (YCSEP) serves children ages 4 and 5 and those entering grades 1-4. The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a residential program designed for students entering 5th through 10th grade. The Leadership Enrichment Program (LEP) is also a residential program for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. All three programs nurture the whole gifted child. This is, in part, accomplished through what former SEP Director, Dr. Stuart Omdal, refers to as a “culture of acceptance.” As one former participant shared, “At SEP I was accepted for exactly who I was.” The Summer Enrichment Program will continue this tradition of acceptance under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Ritchotte and Dr. Amy Graefe, professors of Gifted Education at UNC, who have a combined 20 years of experience at SEP.

co-directors

Co-Directors

Dr. Jennifer Ritchotte and Dr. Amy Graefe are professors of Gifted Education at UNC and have a combined 20 years of experience at SEP.

Stuart Omdal

Dr. Stuart Omdal

Dr. Stuart Omdal was involved in different roles at SEP for 23 years and recently retired as the director of the Summer Enrichment Program.

Dr. George Betts

Dr. George Betts 

Dr. George Betts was directly involved in SEP during its first year in 1978 and was named Director of the program in 1979. For over three decades, he helped fulfill SEP's mission of providing a unique learning experience that addresses both the cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners. 

2017 National Award Recipient

The SEP received one of two Global Awareness Annemarie Roeper Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children. The program was recognized during the NAGC's annual convention in North Carolina this November.

More about the Annemarie Roeper Award