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.

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Educational Programs

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.

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Safety and peace of mind

We know safety is your No. 1 concern when choosing a summer program for your child—and it’s ours, too. We're committed to the highest safety standards for students and staff, and we are implementing a thorough COVID-19 safety plan for our on-campus programs.

We know fun is important to you, too, and students who attend our on-campus programs this summer will have lots of opportunities to have fun together, play outside, and be kids.

Online Programs

Grades 2–12

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


On-Campus Summer Programs

Grades 2-12

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


Talent Search and Testing

Extraordinary academic skill can sometimes be hard to identify, so we offer a variety of above-grade level assessments for bright minds in grades 2–12. You may also submit existing test scores to qualify.

  • Unique assessment outside of mandated testing
  • Eligibility for our educational programs
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Every child’s talents are unique—identifying those talents is the first step toward unlocking their potential. We offer a range of programming for all kinds of young minds, as well as support and advice for families looking to nurture them. Help is also available for choosing courses and securing school credit.

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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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