Sprout Programs

cropped-sprouticon1.pngSprout Gifted is designed to bring like-minded children together to interact socially, and to engage in enrichment activities that will feed their insatiable curiosity.

After School Classes

cropped-sprouticon1.pngWe begin each class by fostering the gifted child’s social and emotional development through engaging interactions and open-ended play with like-minded peers. Then, there is an introduction to the enrichment activity, where the children are encouraged to share his/her background knowledge about a particular topic as the “group expert.” Next, the children are absorbed in a hands-on project that peeks curiosities and provides challenges. Finally, there is an opportunity for the children to work on homework or participate in more social time.

Sprout Gifted’s goals are to nurture the gifted child’s social and emotional well being, to provide a safe place for gifted children to be themselves, and discover in an open minded environment. We strive to learn as much about the gifted child as we can, to expose gifted children to a wealth of experiences, and to guide gifted children to develop a love for lifelong learning.

Each class period is approximately two hours in length. The teachers are there with the children in a small group setting to stimulate their inquisitive minds and to inspire them to persevere through challenges. Sometimes the project might fail, however, they are encouraged to be receptive to new ideas, and keep investigating solutions. We want to set the gifted child up for life lessons that will take them beyond the classroom and into the real world. With our small group setting and low teacher to student ratio, the gifted child is sure to find his/her voice and explore to his/her fullest potential.

Early Childhood Program

cropped-sprouticon1.pngSprout Gifted offers an Early Childhood program that is designed to give the early learners a chance to see what Sprout is all about.  During our hour and a half class, the children will be involved in social time where the teachers will work with them on listening skills, taking turns, following directions, learning rules, problem-solving, and much more.  Then, they will be engaged in hands-on, higher order thinking activities that are of high interest and we will get to the bottom of those constant WHY! questions.  Finally, the class will wrap up with reflections from the day and team building activities.

Summer Sprout

 cropped-sprouticon1.pngSprout Summer Camp is a three-hour program (with options of extended care) focusing on social, emotional, and cognitive development of the gifted child for students entering K-5 and Middle School.

By providing ample opportunities and enriching projects based on the gifted student’s curiosities, you will soon see that your gifted child has found a group of peers that she/he can feel comfortable with and share their vast talents. Because of our passion for gifted education, we look at many fields of learning from art, growth mindset, science, drama, writing, math, and social studies. The possible areas that we study are endless. We provide opportunities for individual work and collaboration with peers. We give Sprout participants chances to share their work and even teach about topics that interest them.

Each day of camp will focus on inspiring, exploratory projects that are open-ended and involve critical thinking, growth mindset, collaboration, and the creative process.  Projects are inspired by the student’s interests and curiosities about how things work and evolve.

We offer a Counselors in Training program for our Middle School Students!  In the C.I.T. Program, we will work with the young adult to understand the planning process, engagement of the young students, and responsibility.  We will encourage the C.I.T’s to take a leadership role and share their voice and thoughts with the Sprout campers.  We will also encourage their own explorations and find their passions!

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We won’t put your child in a box. We give them a box and watch them create!

Admissions and Registration

cropped-sprouticon1.pngEnrollment is open to gifted students from all over the Chicagoland area. Many students from different schools enroll at both locations.  All gifted children are welcome to apply.

cropped-sprouticon1.pngSprout Gifted after school classes are available for students currently in grades K-5.  Middle School students (6-8) are encouraged to participate too as Junior Assistants and they will be allowed to pursue their own passion projects as well as teach classes that they have high expertise and interests.  The after school program offers three sessions Fall, Winter, and Spring.

cropped-sprouticon1.pngEarly Childhood Sprout Gifted classes are available for students ages 3-5. The E.C. classes are 1.5 hours in length. All preschool students must be potty trained and independent.

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cropped-sprouticon1.png Admissions Form – Please fill out the admissions form and Judy Wahl, Owner and Program Director will then contact you. 

Click here to see 2018-19 pricing 

cropped-sprouticon1.pngTeacher Observation/Recommendation Form – Please direct your child’s teacher to this Teacher observation/recommendation form

 cropped-sprouticon1.pngPlease send test results (if applicable) for full admission to judy@sproutgifted.org

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Please register for Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019 using the link below.

cropped-sprouticon1.pngLINCOLN SQUARE LOCATION: Please register here: 2018 Fall Sprout @ St. Matthias in Lincoln Square

Mondays 3:30-5:30, September 10-November 12 – 9 classes, $315 – NO Class Columbus Day

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30, September 12-November 14 – 10 classes, $350

  • Winter and Spring Sessions at St. Matthias will be available to you shortly.

cropped-sprouticon1.pngEVANSTON LOCATION:Please register here: 2018-2019 School Year Roycemore School in Evanston

Tuesdays 3:15-5:15

  • Fall Classes will be held September 11 – December 11, 13 classes, $455 No Class the week of Thanksgiving Break
  • Winter Classes will be held January 8 – March 21, 11 classes, $385
  • Spring Classes will be held April 9 – May 28, 8 classes, $280

Thursdays 3:15-5:15

  • Fall Classes will be held September 13 – December 13, 13 classes, $455 No Class the week of Thanksgiving Break
  • Winter Classes will be held January 10 – March 23, 11 classes, $385
  • Spring Classes will be held April 11 – May 30, 8 classes, $280

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cropped-sprouticon1.pngLINCOLN SQUARE LOCATION: Please register here: Early Childhood Admissions Form

cropped-sprouticon1.pngTeacher Observation/Recommendation Form – Please direct your child’s teacher to this Teacher observation/recommendation form

Judy Wahl, Owner and Program Director will be in contact with you once the admissions form is completed.

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Details to come in 2019!  

Sprout Summer camp serves students K-4 with an option for Middle School students to participate in the C.I.T. program.  Sprout Summer has been held at both locations from 9am-noon with options of extended day.

*Roycemore School offers an extended day option until 6pm.  Go to roycemoreschool.org/summer for more information

cropped-sprouticon1.pngOptions for full weeks or “drop-in” packages – summer pricing 2018

*pricing is subject to change for 2019 summer.

We take advantage of the outdoors and indoors.  There will be many creative and open-ended activities.  Please fill out the Student Interest Inventory so we can plan around your child’s interests.

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  • There are 3 sessions in a school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.  They are open for enrollment as many days per week as you wish; however, most students enroll one or two days per week.
  • The after-school classes are two hours in length offering ample time for socialization and projects that are inquiry-based, plus homework time if needed.
  • A trial class is available for interested students.  A $50 nonrefundable fee is required which will be applied towards to the full tuition if a student enrolls.
  • Drop in packages are available starting as low as $40/2 hour class.
  • Discounts are offered for FULL school year enrollment, as well as referrals, and sibling discounts.

Click here to see 2018-19 pricing 

Email judy@sproutgifted.org

Who We Are

Judy Wahl, Owner & Program Director


Judy is the Owner of Sprout Gifted Services. She is the Program Director of the After School and Summer classes.  She works with varying schools and families to advocate for the best possible educational pathways for children with a focus on gifted students.

As an educational consultant, she works with Roycemore School as their gifted coordinator.  She workshops with other schools in the Chicagoland area, providing Professional Development and Curriculum support. She presented on Gifted Education in the Early Childhood classroom at the IAGC conference.  She sits on the board for The Midwest Academy for Gifted Education.  She is a member of the IAGC and the CGCC.

In her 15 plus years as an educator, she taught in Early Childhood and Elementary classrooms, and was also an Academic Director at an EC academy.  In these positions, she had opportunities to interface with parents, provided curriculum support in the schools, and help develop enrichment programs for EC and elementary students.  She believes in hands on learning, design thinking, process over product, collaboration and individual work, developing social skills, and understanding each child’s emotional well-being.

Judy has always strived to understand the dynamic character of gifted children and has continued to educate herself on gifted education.  She is a proud mother of a gifted son who graduated from an RGC in Chicago.  Judy is excited about using her teaching experience, combined with her parenting, to work with the Sprout kids and continue to grow the program!


Judy is a SENG facilitator.  SENG is an amazing way to further understand your gifted child and meet other families that experience the same dynamics.  If you are interested in a SENG parent group, please contact Judy directly: judy@sproutgifted.org

Judy also offers private tutoring sessions for both academic support, acceleration, andcropped-sprouticon1.pngenrichment.  She is trained in the SQ Write program by Michael Gladstein and has ample experience working with the Wilson Reading System® and Fundations®.

Please contact Judy directly for tutoring needs: judy@sproutgifted.org

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DSC00455Korinne is a student of Loyola University Chicago, studying English and Secondary Education. After observing the different types of gifted children in her own life, she became involved with Sprout. She aims to ensure that every student, no matter what they struggle with, can find what they’re passionate about. Outside of Sprout, Korinne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming at the beach,  and reading as many books as she can. She is so thankful to be part of an organization that not only helps children understand themselves, but teaches her something new every class!

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Fannie, a graduate from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy with an emphasis on studying Human Development has taken leave from Sprout but we hope to never say good-bye!  She will be working in Spain for the 2018-2019 school year as she is a natural elementary school teacher.

Fannie is passionate about personalizing education as much as possible in order to help students learn best. Her time with Sprout has been truly remarkable because she felt that Sprout empowered kids to take an initiative of their own curiosity.  She was a true leader at Sprout and we wish her well on her adventures.  When she is ready we hope she will start her own chapter of Sprout wherever she may land!


We are always looking for more people to work with us!  Please email Judy@sproutgifted.org if you are currently looking for part-time work or would like to start your own Sprout Program in your area.


Locations and Times

sprouticonSprout Gifted After School and Summer Programs are offered for children currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade with an option for Middle School students to be Junior Assistants.

sprouticonEarly Childhood Classes are offered for children ages 4 and 5 years old.

After School Classes in Lincoln Square, Chicago

sprouticonSprout Classes are held at the St. Matthias Campus the following days:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30

sprouticonEnrollment for the 2018- 2019 School year is available now.  If you are new to the program, please fill out the admissions forms and we will call you.
Students from all over the Chicago area are welcome and attend classes at either site.

sprouticonEarly childhood classes are available for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you are in interested please fill out the admissions form for EC Sprout classes on our Early Childhood page.

After School Classes in Evanston

sprouticonSprout Classes are held at the Roycemore School Campus  the following days:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-5:15

sprouticonEnrollment for the 2018-2019 School year is available now If you are new to the program, please fill out the admissions forms first and we will call you.

Students from all over the Chicago/Suburban area are welcome and attend classes at either site.



As I research and learn more about my children and yours, I will share articles and books that I find helpful.  Let me know if you do too.

books in black wooden book shelf    Books I recommend:

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb


If anyone in the Chicago area has good recommendations, please comment below or email judy@sproutgifted.org.  Thank you!


Hoagies’ Gifted Education 

National Association for Gifted Education

Are you having power struggles with your child at home?  Here is a good resource to help you through that.  I really agree with the section on accountability.  You have to hold your child accountable for their actions.  It’s not your fault.  They are choosing their behavior.  You have taught them right from wrong, now it’s their turn to show that they understand that.  Also, I firmly believe that both parents need to be on the same page.  If you are not saying the same thing and following through then you are setting a poor example for expectations.  https://www.empoweringparents.com/

Yes!  This article about redefining failure is exactly what we try to do… we don’t tell the kids they are failures of course, however, letting them know that they SHOULD and WILL make mistakes is important.  Read for yourself and see what you think. Edutopia.org

I stumbled across this website, https://www.guidingbright.com/challenges, from the SENG resource page.  I love the way Tina talks about her own journey and the way she outlines challenges for gifted people.  So many parents that I come across want their children to fall under the gifted label and I am sorry to say, you don’t.  You want a BRIGHT, well-rounded child.  Gifted children will encounter social problems, low self-esteem, and uncontrollable feelings at times.  It is hard to parent the gifted!






I find this to be an interesting perspective from a gifted adult.   What is it that we are trying to communicate to our “abstract-intense” children?  We want them to feel included in the world, not excluded.  We want them to find a place where their strengths are celebrated and not ridiculed or brushed over.  We want our gifted children to be given the tools to take their abstract and intense ideas and share them with the world.

Is the traditional format of school the right format for our students?  And here I am not just talking about our gifted students.  Students need to learn the basics that’s for sure.  We need to teach them how to read.  Our goals are read independently, comprehend, and synthesize the information.  We want them to love to read and appreciate a variety of genres.  They need to know their math facts.  We want to show them real-world problems to apply these such as going to a grocery store, creating a play space, or hanging a picture on a wall! We should strive to teach them research techniques, to elaborate on their creative, passionate ideas and help them develop these.

How does your child’s program implement both a traditional curriculum and “real-world” ideas?

Subject Acceleration

This year, Illinois’ Accelerated Placement Act goes into effect, requiring schools to implement policies which provide opportunities for whole grade acceleration (also known as “grade skipping”), as well as subject acceleration, where a student who is highly advanced in one subject area but more age typical in another goes to a higher-level course for part of their school day.

What student qualities make a good candidate for subject acceleration?

  • Advanced academic ability in a subject area
  • High interest in the course topic
  • An intrepid attitude toward technology and learning in new ways
  • Above-average self-regulation and time management skills
  • A desire to connect with others who share their interests