Plaque dedicating the Center
Students launching rockets
Saturday Gifted Studies
Pluto for Planet-hood!
Summer Gifted Studies Program
group at Leadership Breakfast
Leadership Studies Program
Students in Polymer Science
Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth
Plaque dedicating the Center
Students launching rockets
Pluto for Planet-hood!
group at Leadership Breakfast
Students in Polymer Science

What's New at The Center

Saturday Gifted Studies Course Descriptions and Applications are now available.


The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies welcomes Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell as the new Interim Director.



Coming Soon

EAGLE Saturday Gifted Studies Program

Dates: January 21-February 18, 2017 (5 weeks).

Cost: $200.00
Courses meet from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon each week:

PreK (3-4yrs.): Doorways to Discovery

K-1st grade: Folktale Techies and Touching Tales

2-3rd grade: Virtual Vet and Surfin' Safari

4-5th grade: Biomimicry Basics and Legos Engineering

6-8th grade: Utopia or Dystopia?



Professional Learning Seminars for Teachers

Seminar Topics

Embracing Digital Writing for the Gifted Classroom:

Dr. McKee-Waddell will provide tools, strategies, and skills for incorporating digital writing beyond those implemented in the traditional classroom for teachers of the gifted.

Advocating for Your Gifted Students - The Connection Network:

Dr. Heather Houston will provide insights into meeting the needs of gifted students in every classroom every day. This seminar aims to encourage greater levels of collaboration between teachers of the gifted and their traditional classroom colleagues.





 Dr. Heather Houston, Ms. Carol Paola, Dr. Suzanne McKee-Waddell

 A surprise visit to the Karnes Center from Ms. Carol Paola

We were delighted to welcome on Sept. 26, 2016, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Gifted Children, Ms. Carol Paola. She is well known throughout our state and works tirelessly for the advocacy of gifted education in many facets.

This is Ms. Paola’s 50th year in the classroom and she has been a gifted educator in our state for 37 years. Her passion for the classroom is evident and gifted education has always topped her list in its flexibility to develop and discover skills for “the rest of your lives!”

Ms. Paola, you are a great source of pride for us and we appreciate your leadership in the field of gifted education. Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of a visit.