2022 High Ability Program

GSU Summer High Ability Program - Jun. 30 - Jul. 31, 2022

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 High Ability Program at Grambling State University. Due to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, Grambling State University has made changes to accommodate student safety. Please visit our website for future updates and announcements about the Summer 2022 High Ability Program

Please consider applying to the 2022 High Ability Program!


The High Ability (HA) Program at Grambling State University is a partnership between the Office of Academic Affairs and School of Social Work. High Ability offers an accelerated program for high school juniors who have exemplified outstanding academic achievement. 

High Ability gives students a commanding lead toward independence, responsibility, and scholarship opportunities. Participants will earn a total of six (6) credit hours during the summer. Courses taken by HA students include, but are not limited, to English, mathematics, science, and history. Other courses are selected based on interests and fields of study. Throughout the program, participants will also able to connect with college students and professors to discuss their interests and possible college majors. 

High Ability students will participate in a science-based field trip to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement and Water Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas as well as culturally based field trips. The High Ability Program at Grambling State University strives to provide a superb educational experience and promote individual growth and development.


The Summer High Ability Program is a five-week session. High Ability will begin on Monday, June 27, 2022. Registration as well as parent and student orientation will be held on June 27, 2022. Classes will begin on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The High Ability program ends at the close of Summer Session II on Friday, July 29, 2022.


High Ability participants will not stay in the residence hall this summer. High Ability will be a day program. Parents/documented guardians are responsible for transporting students to campus each morning and picking them up each evening. Specific times and sign in and out procedures will be discussed during orientation and strictly enforced.

High Ability students will eat at the university cafeteria, McCall Dining Hall and special programs and events will be catered by Sodexo Campus Dining. While on campus during the day students will be closely supervised by approved GSU students, counselors, and faculty. Students will be provided a safe on-campus experience that promotes interaction within the college community. Respect for individuals will be fostered and good citizenship will be encouraged.


The university does not provide transportation to and from campus. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation for program participants during the duration of the 5-week session. The University will provide/contract transportation for off campus activities.


To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

  • High school junior (rising senior) classification
  • GPA 3.3 or greater (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 20 or greater or a score of 940 on SAT Verbal (also called Critical Reading) and Math combined (ACT Math 19/ SAT Math 460)

REQUIRED FORMS/DOCUMENTS (Please return all completed forms to socialwork@gram.edu )

The following forms/documents must be completed and submitted prior to the application deadline:


  1. The cost of the Summer High Ability Program is $150.  A maximum of 25 students will be accepted into the program at this rate.  The following two (2) payment options are available:
  • Option 1: Pay the full amount of $150;
  • Option 2: Payment plan of 2 installments of $75.00

Final payment must be received by May 31, 2022.

Application open Monday, March 14, 2022 

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2022

If you have applied or plan to apply to this year's High Ability Program, please contact Professor Xavier Henson at  hensonx@gram.edu or Dr. Jacqueline Garrison at garrisonj@gram.edu.
Please leave your name, number, and date of application. 

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Professor Xavier Henson
BSW Director, School of Social Work
Email: hensonx@gram.edu
Phone: (318) 274-3306
Fax: (318) 274-3254
Grambling State University
College of Professional Studies
School of Social Work
GSU Box 4274
Grambling, LA 71245

Dr. Jacqueline Garrison
Associate Dean, School of Social Work
Email:  garrisonj@gram.edu 
Phone: (318) 274-3300
Fax: (318) 274-3254
Grambling State University
College of Professional Studies
School of Social Work
GSU Box 4274
Grambling, LA 71245


Thank you for your interest in the 2022 High Ability Program at Grambling State University.