We at the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted recognize that our bright and accomplished students need and deserve an appropriate living environment. For more than two decades, we have been providing supervision and support while giving our students enough freedom to develop skills to live independently.
All PEG freshmen live in the PEG Center, a residence hall that was built specifically for our program in 2003. This $6.7 million state-of-the-art center is bright, spacious, and ideally situated between Grafton Library and Pearce Science Center, just steps from classrooms, computer and language labs, and Hunt Dining Hall. Designed to meet students’ academic and social needs, the building features a study room, lounge, laundry, and small kitchen on each of its three residence floors. Student rooms are arranged in clusters, each supervised by a live-in residence staff member. Fully wired for Internet, phone, and cable services, the center provides a comfortable home away from home for our students. Here they can socialize with friends, study in peace during quiet hours, attend extra-curricular events in the evenings and on weekends, and always find a staff member for assistance or support.
The PEG staff provides supervision, programming, and emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Apart from the full-time day staff in our office available for the girls from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on week days, we have six live-in staff members who are on duty during nights and weekends. Trained in meeting the needs of gifted girls, these young adults lead evening activities, weekend trips, provide transportation, and are available to help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. Once a week our residence life coordinators hold Goal Setting and Feedback (GSF) meetings where students can share ideas and concerns in a small group setting. A monthly community meeting attended by all students and staff allows us to conduct business, address issues, celebrate birthdays, and strengthen our relationships.
PEG students live in the PEG Center at least one year and sometimes for as many as three years, before moving into traditional college residence halls. A move is made when the student is at least 16 years old and the staff, student, and student’s family agree that she is equipped to make that transition. Once out of the building, students remain an important part of the program, participating in and often organizing events and activities. The staff welcomes visits and involvement from our older students and continues to provide support as needed.