Discover, experience, and achieve with CTY

The Center for Talented Youth, a nonprofit academic center of Johns Hopkins University, delivers academic excellence and transformational experiences to advanced learners in grades 2-12.

Founded in 1979, CTY fosters intellectual growth in exceptional students from all backgrounds and communities. As a world leader in gifted education, advocacy, and research, CTY provides:

  • Accredited, advanced online and on-campus courses often not found in school
  • Personalized instruction
  • An inclusive community of peers who share a passion for learning

Advanced students thrive when they accelerate their learning, challenge themselves, and follow their curiosity in a safe, supportive environment. So, whether you’re looking to get ahead in your studies, progress in a subject you love, or find a community where you can be yourself, there’s a CTY experience to help you meet your goals. Learn more about our mission and join us today.

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Take charge of your learning online, or immerse yourself in summer academics. Our programs deliver rigorous and exciting coursework led by attentive, world-class educators.

Online Programs

Grades 2–12

Find real-time, self-paced, session-based, and individually paced courses that fit your learning style and schedule.

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On-Campus Summer Programs

Grades 2-12

Join a community of young scholars tackling exciting and challenging subjects.

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Talent Search and Testing

Grades 2-12

Identify the extraordinary academic skills of your young scholar through CTY's variety of above-grade level assessments.

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Latest at CTY

Joshua Ringel Memorial Poetry Reading

The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund honors CTY (Center for Talented Youth) alumnus and avid poetry lover Joshua Ringel and his parents, Mel and Barbara. The fund supports the arts in Baltimore by bringing a distinguished poet to the city each year for a free public poetry reading. This year's reading welcomes Richard Blanco, recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the youngest, first Latinx, LGBTQ+ immigrant to serve as a presidential inaugural poet. 

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Research

Our dedication to supporting young scholars goes far beyond the classroom. Since CTY first began in 1979, we’ve been at the forefront of research in gifted education—equipping educators to better identify, serve, and challenge their most advanced students.

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Support for Educators

Interested in working with us? We provide a variety of resources and assistance for educators and institutions alike: identifying exceptional students, integrating CTY coursework, offering professional development, and much more.

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