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REACH Parent Resources

Family Resources

PBS Learning Media

Online resources for teachers and students in myriad subjects and through various mediums. An example video resource is Pi and the Fibonacci sequence.


The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

An Emmy-nominated web series and site from PBS's NOVA. Learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, as well as the lives of the people doing that work.

March 6, 2018 REACH Info Session


The REACH subcommittee of the Elmhurst Public Schools PTA provides encouragement and support for parents through networking and special presentations. Further information is available by contacting a school's PTA representative.

The REACH Parent Group website contains newsletters and information for parents.


Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Society for Science & the Public offers promising high school students a prestigious science and math competition, receiving more than $1 million in awards from Intel Corporation.

BioGENEius Challenge

High school students can be entered into a competition for the most original biotechnology research. State winners are invited to compete nationally.

Discovery 3M Young Scientists Challenge

Students in Grades 6-8 can upload a short video on a science topic of their choice for a chance to win $25,000. With a deep background covering many STEM subjects, Science Olympiad students are particularly encouraged to enter.

Scholarship Opportunities

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program nurtures exceptionally high performing students across the country who have demonstrated they have the potential to excel. The Foundation provides a variety of internships, summer programs, distance learning courses, personal tutors, and access to technology, as needed, as students progress through their secondary academic career. In addition to financial support, scholars receive mentoring from a skilled educational adviser who works with the student and his or her family to construct a tailored individualized educational program. Students must be in seventh grade (rising eight graders) and need to submit an application to be considered. The Foundation seeks to provide high performing students who have financial need with the one of the most generous scholarships currently available.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program application opens each year in February and closes in mid-April.

Supplementary Programs

Center for Gifted: Worlds of Wisdom & Wonder

  • Weekend Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Contests

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University

  • Talent Search
  • Weekend Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Online Programs
  • Scholarship Programs
  • Parent & Educator Programs

Summer Gifted & Talented Program at Dominican University

  • Summer Program

Summer Institute for the Gifted at the University of Chicago

  • Summer Programs

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy

  • Summer Enrichment Programs
  • Virtual Programs

Youth Academy at College of DuPage

  • Talent Search
  • Enrichment Programs


Please note that the programs listed above are provided as resources and not promoted by Elmhurst District 205. Participation in REACH may not qualify students for the above programs, nor does participation in outside programs qualify students for Elmhurst District 205 REACH services.

Organizations & Resources