Program Detail:

Project EXCITE


Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University


617 Dartmouth St
Evanston, Illinois 60208-0866


Project EXCITE
Phone: 847-491-3781, ext. 8
Fax: 847-491-3394


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Project EXCITE is an outreach program spanning greades 3-12 that provides an array of supports and services designed to address the acheivement gap that exists between minority and non-minority students in mathematics and science.

Students participate in a range of enrichment classes after school, on weekends, and during the summer. Students participate in CTD programs including the Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP), Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), and the Summer Program. Students also have access to academic tutoring throughout the year, standardized test preperation, and academic and college counseling in high school at no additional cost.

Families also have access to educational conferences and workshops at no additional cost.

Courses Offered

Various CTD programs.


Each October, applicants take reading and math tests from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills Survey Battery, as well as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test to determine placement; 25 students are admitted each year.

Acceptance into the program is based upon careful consideration of a student's letter of recommendation as well as academic and assessment performance.

Eligible Students

Grade 3 from five partner elementary schools in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 art invited to apply.

School/Program Type

Academic Year Supplemental Program

Subject Areas

All Academics




Financial Aid available? Yes
Housing Options: Commuter only

At the start of each school year, Project EXCITE invites all underrepresented students in grade 3 at five participating District 65 schools - Kingsley, Lincoln, King Lab, Lincolnwood, and Bessie Rhodes Magnet - to participate in the selection process by sending invitations to students' parents. In October of the same year, applicants take reading and math test from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills Survey Battery, as well as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test. Students enroll in Project EXCITE in late November or early December and begin attending after-school enrichment classes in math and science at Evanston Township High School. Project EXCITE learning activities continue for six years through the summer after students complete grade 8.

Application deadline: September/October annually