The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is recognizing 10 schools and academic programs in the United States, Hong Kong, and China for their extraordinary commitment to educating academically advanced young people.

Out of all of the schools and academic programs in the world whose students participated in the CTY Talent Search, these 10 institutions have the highest number of students being honored at CTY awards ceremonies this year. These bright students will be recognized at CTY award ceremonies around the world this spring for achieving an exceptionally high score on a rigorous, above-grade-level test. 

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). 

More than 30,000 students from 60-plus countries participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2015 and February 2016. Only about 30 percent of Talent Search participants earned an awards-ceremony invitation. Most of these students also qualified for CTY’s summer and online courses.

“We are thrilled to celebrate these students for their hard work and academic achievements,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “We’d also like to recognize the parents and educators who saw the academic talent in these students and provided them with opportunities to develop it further.” 

This spring, more than 8,000 CTY Talent Search honorees were invited to CTY award ceremonies across the U.S. and in China and Hong Kong.

The 10 schools and academic programs with the most students who were recognized for their performance as part of the 2016 CTY Talent Search include:

Russian School of Mathematics, San Jose, Calif. (81 students)
Russian School of Mathematics, Newton, Mass. (74 students)
The Harker School, San Jose, Calif. (42 students)
Middlesex Middle School, Darien, Conn. (40 students)
The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, Beijing, China (39 students)
Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong S.A.R. (36 students)
Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton, Calif. (36 students)
Southwest Junior High School, San Luis, Ariz. (33 students)
Hunter College High School, New York, N.Y. (28 students)
Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Va. (28 students)

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