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About Online Programs

Since 1979 CTY has served the needs of academically advanced students worldwide by providing challenging programs matched to their abilities. CTY's online courses offer eligible students opportunities to accelerate and enrich their learning at home or at school. Students can take advanced math, for example, without having to take a bus to a high school or college and without having to miss other classes at their local school. Online Programs offers gifted students in grades pre K-12 challenging academic course work throughout the year. We bring together the best resources for each course, which may include multimedia resources, interactive virtual classrooms, texts, student guides, and CD-ROMs. Each student works with a qualified CTY instructor who provides guidance, feedback, encouragement, and evaluation. CTY Online Programs courses are available year-round. 

Students Use CTY Online Programs Courses Many Ways

  • Some students use the courses to enrich and supplement the curriculum during the school year or to advance academic goals during the summer.
  • CTY's online courses are important components of the curriculum for many home schoolers.
  • Many students arrange to take online courses for credit as replacements for classes at school. For information, visit Earning Credit and Placement.
  • Many take courses for the love of learning or to build confidence in the subject matter.

Distance Education Is Effective

  • A New York Times article by Steve Lohr discusses a  U.S. Department of Education report "Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning: A meta-analysis and review of online learning studies" that concludes: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” Lohr, S. (2009, August 19). Study finds that online education beats the classroom [Review of U.S. Department of Education report retrieved from]. New York Times. Retrieved from
  • A U.S. Department of Education report profiles CTY. U.S. Department of Education. (2007, December).Innovations in Education: Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online. Retrieved from
  • Miller, K.A., Adams, C., & Olszewski-Kubilius, P. (2006). Distance learning and gifted students. In J.L. Van Tassel-Baska (Ed.), Serving gifted learners beyond the traditional classroom (pp.168-188). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Lee, S.Y. (2004). Gifted adolescents' talent development through distance learning. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 28, 7-35.
  • Wallace, P. (2005). Distance education for gifted students: Leveraging technology to expand academic options. High Ability Studies, 16(1), 77-86.
  • Wallace, P. (2009). Distance learning for gifted students: Outcomes for elementary, middle, and high school aged students. Journal For The Education Of The Gifted, 32(3), 295-320.

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