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Qatar Foundation Gifted Enrichment Programs

Special programs designed to identify and support the needs of bright, young students, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.



Gifted children are those who perform, or have the capability to perform, at higher levels compared to other children of the same age, experience, and environment. At Qatar Foundation, we ensure these talented children are provided ample opportunities to unlock their full potential.

The Qatar Foundation Gifted Enrichment Programs aim to cultivate, lead, and inspire world-class, innovative thinkers and expert communicators by providing challenging, meaningful, and engaging opportunities for gifted students in Qatar.

When provided with the appropriate educational environment, gifted children have the capacity to learn at a pace that far surpasses their grade and age peers. Because of their unique ability, they require modifications to their educational experiences to realize their potential and educators who fully understand what it means to be gifted.

Student who are identified as gifted:

  • Come from all racial, ethnic, and cultural populations, as well as all economic backgrounds.
  • Require sufficient and frequent access to appropriate learning opportunities.
  • May not achieve in a traditional school environment due to the lack of educational experiences that consistently challenge them and trained gifted educators that understand their unique needs.
  • Need support and guidance by trained gifted educators to develop socially and emotionally, as well as in their areas of giftedness.
  • Require enriching opportunities that challenge their areas of strength and capitalize on their areas of interest.

Gifted Talent Search


To qualify for any of the QF Gifted Enrichment Programs, you need to join the Gifted Talent Search. Through this specialized gifted ability testing, we will help you discover your child’s strengths and whether our advanced academic enrichment courses are right for your child. 

Registration for the Qatar Foundation Gifted Enrichment Summer Programs opens on 18 April 2021. Only children who have qualified through our Talent Search will be eligible to register for the programs.

To register for the Talent Search, click here.

About our cognitive abilities testing
Our cognitive abilities test measures the development of reasoning abilities in three key areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and general reasoning.

Most children score in the average (25th - 75th percentile) or above average (76th - 89th percentile) range, while only five to ten percent will score in the academically gifted (90th percentile and above) range. The percentile rank provides a comparison of your child’s performance to that of a large, international sample of students of the same age and in the same grade.

All children have relative strengths; the area in which your child scores the highest on our cognitive abilities test will indicate their relative strength. Some students may have a relative strength in multiple areas.

  • Verbal reasoning

    Verbal reasoning is the ability to reason with words. A strength in verbal reasoning is important for success in virtually all school subjects. Children with a verbal reasoning strength generally do best when they are encouraged to talk and/or write about what they are attempting to learn. These children often have remarkably good memories for sequences of sounds, letters, words, and events. They typically are above average in spelling, grammar, and in their ability to learn other languages.

  • Quantitative reasoning

    Quantitative reasoning is the ability to reason with abstract symbols. A strength in quantitative reasoning is important in mathematics, logical thinking, and the sciences. Children with a quantitative reasoning strength are capable of abstract thinking and, at the lower grades, in the computational aspects of mathematics. Children who display high levels of quantitative reasoning abilities typically excel in identifying patterns, puzzles and complex thinking games or challenges. These children often learn computer skills more readily than their peers including the ability to reason through computer programming.

  • General reasoning

    General reasoning is the ability to classify, categorize, and analyze shapes and figures. A strength in general reasoning is important in artistic fields such as sculpting, drawing, and other visual arts. It is also important for engineering, architecture, and other creative fields that require abstract and creative problem-solving skills. Children with a general reasoning strength prefer visual models when solving problems. They prefer graphics and maps to text directions. Learning is easiest for these children when they can readily connect each new concept or relationship with a mental or physical model. These children learn easiest with real world or visual examples.

Summer Program 2021


In collaboration with the global leader in gifted education, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Qatar Foundation is offering CTY’s Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (L.I.V.E) summer courses from June to July 2021.

These engaging enrichment courses, developed and delivered by CTY and Qatar Foundation expert instructors, are for identified gifted students only. L.I.V.E. courses offer a blend of online instruction and in-person workshops that include discussions, class projects, and interactive hands-on experiences designed to foster community and deeper learning. The courses focus on a range of engaging topics taught by instructors who specialize in teaching gifted students.

The courses will take place from 29 June to 18 July 2021. In-person sessions will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm at the Qatar Academic for Science and Technology (QAST) in Education City, while the online sessions will take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7-8 pm.

  • Science in a Bucket (Grade 3-4)

    Eligibility: Talent Search quantitative or verbal score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: STEM Fanatics

    What can a bucket of water or lounging beneath a shade tree teach you about science? Archimedes discovered the principle of buoyancy in a bathtub, and Newton allegedly discovered gravity while sitting under an apple tree. While these tales of discovery may be more myth than fact, many significant scientific discoveries were made in non-laboratory settings. Investigate scientific principles utilizing only common household containers, covering the basics of chemistry, physical science, biology, and ecology through these vessels. Examine buoyancy, wave formation, and soil suspensions and learn the principles behind lifting water with a screw and making a water clock. Simultaneously, learn about the scientific method, writing and following procedures, and how to effectively communicate your findings to others.  

  • Microbiology (Grade 4-5)

    Eligibility: Talent Search quantitative score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: STEM Fanatics, Future Doctors

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is about 100nm in size but has caused a global pandemic. How can something so small cause so much damage? Explore different types of viruses and bacteria, learning how pathogens have cohabitated with human beings throughout history. Discover why some microorganisms are helpful, how others infect their hosts to cause trouble, and why many are so difficult to understand. As part of your coursework to master this content, you participate in short at-home activities such as making a coronavirus model out of household items or using glitter to better understand germ transmission. You will also select a microorganism to research and present to your peers, gaining a foundational knowledge of microbiology and a better understanding of the tiny organisms all around us. 

  • Through the Lens (Grade 4-5)

    Eligibility: Talent Search verbal score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: World Adventurers, Bookworms

    When you look at a photograph, what do you see? You find photographs everywhere—in journalism, art, family albums, and social media. What stories do they tell? Explore the ways that photographs can amuse, educate, and persuade us—and sometimes even change the world. In the early 1900s, for example, sociologist Lewis Hine published photographs of children working in mills, factories, fields, mines, and city streets. His photographs helped lead to the reform of U.S. child labor laws, but why did these photos make such a difference? Through group discussions and assignments, consider what makes photos so meaningful as you sharpen your observation and analysis skills. Embark on photo essay projects of your own, including a day-in-the-life narrative using only selfies and a how-to guide using photos and captions. 

  • Coasters & Corkscrews: Amusement Park Physics (Grade 5-6)

    Eligibility: Talent Search quantitative score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: STEM Fanatics

    Have you ever wondered why you slide into your friend when you're on the Tilt-A-Whirl, or why you don't fly out of a rollercoaster even when you're traveling upside down? Examine the physics of our everyday lives and how these forces work in popular amusement parks. Explore key concepts such as acceleration, gravity, and potential and kinetic energy as you investigate how rides are engineered to utilize these concepts for thrilling results. Using virtual lab spaces and simple building products, design your own amusement park rides, employing Newtonian mechanics to maximize your results. 

  • Mission to Mars: Robotics in Space (Grade 5-6)

    Eligibility: Talent Search quantitative score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: STEM Fanatics, Skilled Gamers

    Sojourner, Spirit, and Opportunity—robots sent by NASA to explore Mars—each outlasted their missions but were ultimately bested by the planet’s harsh conditions. Sojourner lost its base station, Spirit became stuck in its soil, and Opportunity fell prey to a dust storm. With Curiosity still sending selfies from Mars—and Perseverance set to land there in 2021—human space knowledge is benefiting immensely from the scientific work of robots. But how does one design a robot to survive the red planet and gather helpful information? Focus on answering this very question as you explore programming concepts such as the use of conditionals, variables, functional, decomposition, abstraction, and flow control. Applying this knowledge, construct and program a robot to complete Mars-specific challenges like autonomous maneuvering for retrieving objects, thereby gaining firsthand insight into robotics in space. 

  • Diagnosis: Be the Doctor (Grade 7-10)

    Eligibility: Talent Search quantitative score of 90th percentile or above
    Ideal for: STEM Fanatics, Future Doctors

    Doctors often have to make quick decisions based on their knowledge, experience, and a short list of symptoms—it’s not so easy to always get it right, and lives are often on the line. Drawing upon basic biological and chemical concepts, explore the intricate anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying human function. Outside of class meetings, use your new knowledge and additional research to write case studies about situations gone wrong. You must ask and answer questions, diagnose root causes, run tests, and order treatments that will help your patients recover. You might, for example, apply your understanding of the respiratory and circulatory systems to an injured hockey player who took a hit during a game, or to the nervous system of a child who has had a series of seizures. 

Contact Us


For any more information about the Qatar Foundation Gifted Enrichment Programs, email Cynthia Bolton, Head of Gifted Education at Qatar Foundation.