This information was produced by the staff of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) at the University of Iowa ( The resources and information listed here are for informational purposes; there is no direct or implied endorsement by the B-BC. Services provided by the B-BC include programs for academically talented K-12 and college students, professional development for teachers, the Assessment and Counseling Clinic, the Acceleration Institute (, and graduate programs and research in gifted education.

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The purpose of the Acceleration Institute website is to inform parents, educators, researchers, and policymakers of the research and practices concerning academic acceleration. Our discussions of academic acceleration include grade skipping, early entrance to kindergarten or college, moving ahead in just one subject, and other ways of moving a student ahead to more challenging coursework.

Student Programs at the Belin-Blank Center

Enriching experiences for highly motivated students in:

  • Inventiveness
  • Art & Writing
  • Research
  • STEM
  • Leadership
  • Humanties

If you’re wondering if your child should skip a grade or move ahead in a particular subject area, this is a good place to start. Here are some highlights of the website that you should investigate: