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Mission & History

The CTY Vision

CTY will be a world leader in the education of all pre-collegiate students of high academic ability.


To recognize and develop the world’s brightest minds.


The Center for Talented Youth began with a seventh grade boy from Baltimore who had exhausted all the options for math courses he could take at school by the time he was thirteen. Julian Stanley, a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins, worked with this boy to arrange access to challenging math courses so the boy could develop his academic talents. In 1979 Dr. Stanley and Johns Hopkins founded The Center for Talented Youth in response to the national need to recognize and develop the world’s brightest young minds.

Today, CTY is accredited for grades K through 12 by the Middle States Association of College and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The CTY Summer Programs served over 9,450 students in 2012, and courses through CTY Online Programs counted over 13,000 annual enrollments. CTY students hail from all neighborhoods and many nations, and our alumni include the cofounder of Google, the CEO of Facebook, and leaders in the sciences, arts, government, and all professions.

Since 1979, CTY has expanded to offer a wide range of gifted and talented academic opportunities. CTY’s focus is to be a leader in the education of advanced learners worldwide, to open access to CTY’s opportunities for top students from all backgrounds, and to originate and communicate research on recognizing and developing the talents of students of great academic promise.