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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What is academic acceleration?

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From the Mind Matters podcast, an interview with Haley Taylor Schlitz, a 17-year-old first-year law student who began college at age 13. Listen here.

Video Stories

The following videos are interviews with current and former students at The University of Iowa. In the videos, the students discuss their experiences with acceleration.

Madisen & Keisha, Bucksbaum Academy students

Early entrance to college

Mason Carter

Grade acceleration, Subject-matter acceleration

Henry & Phuc, Bucksbaum Academy students

Early entrance to college

Kayla Olson, NAASE student

Subject-matter acceleration, online AP classes, early high school graduation/early entrance to college

Cody Shafer, NAASE student

Subject-matter acceleration in math, science, and social studies (elementary school), early high school graduation/early entrance to college

Sharaine Conner, ITP student

AP classes

Bucksbaum Academy

The Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy empowers high-achieving students to begin full-time on-campus study at the University of Iowa after their sophomore year of high school. Students from any state can participate.


The National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (NAASE) is an opportunity for high-achieving students to enroll at The University of Iowa after their junior year in high school. Now called the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy.


The Belin-Blank Center and the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids school districts collaborate through the Iowa Talent Project (ITP) to identify underrepresented talented and gifted students who are taking upper-level or advanced courses as they progress through secondary school. The project's goal is to help students recognize their potential and take advantage of rigorous courses of study that challenge them.


The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) has been established to deliver Advanced Placement (APĀ®) courses to high school students across the State of Iowa utilizing Apex Learning on-line technology and the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). AP gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while still in high school. The focus of IOAPA is on accredited rural and small schools in Iowa.

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