Since 1979, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) has served the needs of academically gifted students in the United States and worldwide, providing challenging programs matched to their abilities. CTY offers online courses through CTYOnline, and also commuter and residential summer programs, family academic programs, diagnostic and counseling services, and Talent Search.
CTYOnline provides thousands of qualified students (Grades PreK-12) with year-round opportunities to join their intellectual peers online to accelerate and enrich learning through faculty-led distance education courses. During the school year, students supplement their school curriculum with these advanced and engaging courses. Summertime offers even more flexibility, as students blend fast-paced online study with summer fun.
Subjects include math, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, writing, language arts, music, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, and more. Courses offer both acceleration for subjects offered in school, and enrichment in topics such as cryptography, competitive mathematics, web design, fiction writing, and more. Course materials may include lively multimedia online presentations, web resources, texts, workbooks, and DVDs.
All courses are led by experienced CTY faculty, well qualified in the subjects they teach, who guide and encourage each student. Most hold advanced degrees, including the Ph.D., and all hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Following best practices for distance education with gifted students, they work with each student, tailoring the course and the feedback to individual needs, and they also keep parents informed about the student’s academic progress as appropriate. They interact with students using in-course messaging, web-based discussion forums, email, phone, interactive whiteboards, and virtual classrooms.
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL COURSES, Grades Pre-K to 8
Students in grades PreK-8 adapt extremely well to distance learning, guided by CTY faculty. Young students who enjoy math, science, or computer science make rapid progress in these core subjects, and can also enrich their learning with problem solving, cryptography, web design, or competitive math. Children with outstanding reading skills in grade 2 and up can join their intellectual peers to read and analyze books well above grade level.
HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSES, Grades 9-12
High school students can advance in math, science, computer science, foreign language, or creative writing. In summer, fall, and spring, they can also take a College Board approved Advanced Placement course, preparing for the AP or SAT II test the following May.
CTY is accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for grades 5-12.
Math, computer science, and science courses (below the AP level) are individually paced, and students progress at a pace that fits their schedules and matches their abilities. Eligible students can enroll at any time and start the course in about two weeks. Individually paced courses are highly flexible, allowing students to easily blend the advanced course work with other activities.
Writing, language arts, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Advanced Placement courses (except AP Calculus) are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions, with application deadlines, specific start and end dates, and assignment due dates. Music and some writing courses are also offered in a flexi-pace format, which provides more flexibility to students whose schedules make it difficult for them to keep up with a fast moving class.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION
CTYOnline admits students who demonstrate outstanding academic abilities. Students in grades 2-8 are usually admitted by applying to the CTY Talent Search, arranging to take an above grade level test at a nearby testing center, and earning qualifying scores. For students in other grades, other indicators are accepted. Provisional admission may be offered to students who demonstrate high academic ability and are eligible to enter the Talent Search, but are unable to test before starting the course.
WHEN TO APPLY
Math, science, and computer science courses are individually paced with rolling enrollment all year long. Students can apply anytime and start their course in about two weeks. Students interested in writing, language arts, foreign language, or AP courses should apply by May 11, 2013 for the summer sessions.
TUITION and FINANCIAL AID
Tuition varies depending on course and course format, and financial aid is available. Apply early if you are interested in financial aid.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline for more information about courses, prerequisites, application procedures, and more.