New Family Application Form


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To submit a New Family Member Application, please click here.  This will open up the online application form.

Please note: This is a Family Application. You need to submit only one application per family. Families for whom at least one child meets the profile are accepted into PGR.

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How We Review Applications

PG Retreat is a unique experience for profoundly gifted children and their families.  Identification of profoundly gifted children can be difficult due to the limited number of testing instruments able to accurately measure cognitive abilities in the profoundly gifted range. Experts have categorized giftedness according to the number of standard deviations above the average ability score (IQ) on nationally normed ability tests. Individuals identified as profoundly gifted, or PG, fall into the range of scores that are at least 5 standard deviations above the average IQ score of 100. Individuals with IQ scores of 175 and higher are considered to be profoundly gifted (PG). Due to the difficulty with modern test instrument ceilings, the increased likelihood of individuals with advanced IQ scores having concurrent disabilities, and the rarity of opportunities for assessing these individuals within a general psychological practice, there is often a misunderstanding or miscommunication about what constitutes profoundly gifted.

There are many organizations that offer support and services to all gifted individuals. However, the level and degree of support and services required by profoundly gifted individuals can best be met by an organization that provides opportunities for profoundly gifted individuals and their families to meet and gather within their own community. Due to the difficulty in correct identification of profoundly gifted children, PG Retreat’s Application Review Team looks at a combination of ability test scores, performance, recommendations by professionals experienced in identifying PG individuals, and other evidence of demonstration of exceptionally advanced ability in more than one area.

There is a general absence of training within the psychological and medical community regarding giftedness and exceptionally/profoundly gifted individuals. When this lack of training is combined with the rarity of these individuals (less than 1 % of the general population), many psychologists have never had the opportunity to test a profoundly gifted child and may therefore mislabel a highly gifted child as exceptionally or profoundly gifted due to the general misuse of those terms. Profoundly gifted individuals may also have a concurrent learning disability that makes it difficult for a person without extensive experience in working with PG children to assess an accurate intelligence level. The Application Review Team recognizes that this is a complex process and therefore welcomes applicants to review our general criteria for admittance but does not limit admittance to a child having met a cut off IQ score.

Ideally, applicants to PGR have FSIQ, GAI, or Verbal Comprehension scores of at least 160. In the absence of ability test scores, a combination of performance and demonstration of exceptional ability in more than one area can also qualify an individual for membership. In many cases, a PG child with a concurrent disability can have depressed test scores. Professionals with experience testing these children are able to recognize and document that the child’s test scores are an underestimate and provide valid causes. Such recommendations are carefully considered along with other evidence of exceptional ability.

Profound giftedness is a unique way of existing within and perceiving the world without, and no one instrument or checklist can accurately assess all gifted individuals. PG Retreat is a very limited resource, and so the Application Review Team works diligently to provide the opportunity for membership to all applicants who are able to provide evidence of exceptionally advanced abilities.

The Application Review Team recognizes both the time to complete the application as well as the sensitivity of the information provided, and carefully protects all applicant information. Personal information is destroyed after an application process is completed.

Additional application information:

Families with a profoundly gifted child currently under the age of 18 are invited to complete an application. Older children may also attend the event with the family if the family is accepted, but the application is based on a child or children under the age of 18.

Providing more more information in the application, especially when IQ test scores are not available or below the PG range, better enables our reviewers to determine whether the applicant family would be a good fit with our organization. A complete application often contains about 1,000 words. Our reviewers are members of PG Retreat who have significant training and professional experience in identifying profoundly gifted children.

Although an IQ test is the easiest way to demonstrate a child’s level of cognitive abilities, other tests such as achievement tests or SAT/ACT can also help demonstrate that a child’s cognitive abilities are far above grade level/same age peers. Additional helpful information can include narratives that provide insight into the child’s advanced cognitive abilities, work samples, or a referral by a professional who personally knows the child and has experience in identification of profoundly gifted children.

Membership in other organizations such as Davidson Young Scholars, Mensa, John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, etc. does not qualify an applicant family for membership in PG Retreat since those organizations have different membership criteria, and their members do not have to demonstrate criteria for profound giftedness.

Questions about the application or the application process can be directed to the PG Retreat Application Review Team at

Application review can take 2-6 weeks depending on whether additional information is requested.

About the Reviewers

Lisa Hancock, Ph.D., MBA Lisa earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a registered Psychological Assistant at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional individuals, those who are gifted and also have learning or processing challenges, as well as with those who are highly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a SMPG Master Facilitator and Trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at local, state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops.

Dr. Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in private practice in Pasadena, California with over 28 years of experience. She works with gifted individuals and their families to help them understand, navigate and embrace the joys and challenges of giftedness. In addition to working with parents and individuals, Dr. Haase partners with schools and districts to educate teachers and administrators on how to better support gifted and talented students. She is a regular presenter at State and National conferences on various topics about giftedness. In her private practice, Dr. Haase also helps individuals with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. She is the President and Co-Founder of the California Gifted Network(CGN), an on-line forum which provides a user-friendly place for the California gifted community to find resources, information and support.

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