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CTY Mission & History


As the world leader in gifted education, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. We serve bright learners and their families through our research, advocacy, and counseling, as well as our signature gifted summer, online, international, and family programs. 


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. 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, and government.

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.