Why take an online course?
CTY Online Programs offers students in grades PreK-12 challenging academic coursework throughout the year. Some students use the courses to enrich and supplement their curriculum during the school year. Other students enroll to advance academic goals during the summer. CTY Online Programs courses are important components of the curriculum for many home schoolers as well. Many students arrange with their schools to take courses for credit, as more advanced replacements for regular classes at school. Others take courses for the love of learning, to build up confidence in a subject, or to prepare for an AP, ACT, or SAT test.
How is CTY Online Programs different from other online programs, many of which are free or very low cost?
A key factor is CTY Online Programs' extraordinary instructors. Our instructors guide your bright student through the course, tailoring it to his or her needs. CTY instructors spend time interacting with students -- by email, phone, or live sessions in virtual classrooms -- and make sure each student remains engaged and motivated.
CTY Online Programs’ instructors are an exceptional group of experienced teachers with expertise both in their understanding of the needs of academically advanced students and in methods of teaching in an online environment. Learn more about our instructors.
How do students qualify for CTY Online Programs?
CTY Online Programs admits students who demonstrate outstanding academic ability. Students must establish eligibility to enroll. Learn more about CTY eligibility.
How do I arrange for my child to test?
How do I send qualifying test scores to CTY?
Parents will have the opportunity to upload a copy of their child's qualifying scores when completing the online program application.
Students who wish to establish eligibility with the SAT or ACT should select "Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth" and/or CEEB code "5334" when selecting reporting options in order for test scores to be sent to CTY.
Can my child still take a course even if they've never tested?
CTY Online Programs may offer provisional admission allowing new students to take one online course if they are unable to test in time (in cases where there is a session-based course application deadline, for example) and can demonstrate outstanding academic abilities through standardized tests. Visit CTY Online Programs’ provisional admission information page for more details and instructions on how to apply.
How much does it cost? Are there additional fees?
Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for more detailed information.
Do I pay everything all at once?
Full payment of tuition and fees must accompany the application. Students may enroll only after all past due balances are paid (including balances from other CTY programs). Payments are applied to oldest balances first and then to current application requirements.
What is the refund policy?
Please see the Tuition and Fees page to review CTY Online Programs’ refund policy.
Does CTY offer financial assistance or scholarships?
Financial aid is available to students whose families demonstrate financial need. Please refer to our Financial Aid section for information on financial aid eligibility and instructions on how to apply.
CTY Special Scholarships are based on a combination of need and merit, from individuals and foundations dedicated to supporting CTY.
Which courses is my child eligible to take?
Is placement testing available?
Yes - CTY Online Programs offers a free, online placement testing service for qualified students.
When do courses begin and end?
CTY Online Programs' math, most computer science and technology, and most science courses are individually paced, and students can request to start at any time of the year.
Students enroll for a period of time (3, 6, or 9 months) and can work at their own speed under the guidance of their instructor. If students complete a course with at least 5 days enrollment time remaining, they can advance to the next course to finish their enrollment period. If students do not complete the course within the initial 3, 6, or 9 month enrollment, they can re-enroll and purchase additional time.
Courses in writing, grammar, critical reading, world languages, visual fluency, engineering, forensics, NCAA-approved math, NCAA-approved science, and AP courses are session-based, with specific start and end dates. See the Course Calendar for start and end dates, and application deadlines.
How soon can my child begin?
Session-based courses have specific start and end dates; review the Course Calendar for more information.
You will need to allow two weeks for application processing when registering for an individually paced course. During our peak summer season, this processing time may be unavoidable. However, we realize that this is a hardship for many of our CTY Online Programs students so we have an administrative procedure that may allow some students to move ahead their start dates once they have everything they need to get started in the course. Students must have their course assignment email and any required materials for the course before electing to request a start date change.
Can my child start the same day they have registered?
It takes at least several business days to process payment, assign an instructor, and add a student into a course, so it is not possible to begin an individually paced course the same date a student submits an application to CTY. We thank you in advance for your patience.
What materials will my child need?
Some courses require the purchase of textbooks, lab kits, or other materials. See course descriptions for details. Be sure to acquire any required materials before the start of the course.
What are the system requirements?
How do we access the course?
Students can access their active courses by logging in through the CTY Online Programs Course Access page with the access codes provided in the course assignment email.
Note: Students will not be able to login until the course start date.
Does my child need to be online at a specific time?
Students do not need to be online at a specific time, with the exception of students enrolled in NCAA-approved math, NCAA-approved science, or world language courses. Virtual classroom meeting times will be provided to families at the start of the session; if there is a scheduling conflict, please notify the instructor immediately.
What is MyCTY?
MyCTY is the portal on our website through which parents can apply for CTY Online Programs courses and any other CTY program such as Talent Search, Family Academic Programs, and Summer Programs. You can also use MyCTY to:
Can students take a break in the course?
Students who are unable to work on an individually paced course because of a vacation, illness, or other reasons can pause their enrollment for breaks of seven days or longer, up to one year cumulatively per course. Review instructions on how to pause an individually paced course.
Note: Session-based courses cannot be paused.
Can students extend the enrollment?
Note: Session-based courses cannot be extended.
How long will I have access to the course materials?
Students will only have access to the online course materials while their course is active, with the exception of session-based AP courses. Students will be able to access their session-based AP courses for review until the next AP test dates.
Once a course has been completed or an enrollment period has expired, students will no longer have access.
CTY will not retain student content beyond one year after a course has been completed or one year after the enrollment end date of a course that has not been completed. Students who wish to save copies of their work and of their instructor’s feedback should download and save the materials to their own computer during the course.
Do we receive documentation when we complete the course?
CTY acknowledges successful completion of each course by issuing a course completion document and certificate. Students typically receive their course completion document and certificate within 2-3 weeks after the course end date. International students should allow extra time for delivery.
Students who need documentation sooner can print out their unofficial academic record via MyCTY.
How do I obtain a record of my CTY Online Programs participation?
CTY offers an Official Academic Record that indicates all of the student's participation within CTY.
Can I get credit for my course?
Is CTY accredited?
CTY is proud of the fact we're accredited for K-12th grade by The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
CTY Online Programs courses for 9th to 12th graders may also be used in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initial eligibility certification process. Our NCAA High School code is 975334.
What does this mean? The academic rigor of our program is high enough for schools to be comfortable giving credit or placement to students who successfully complete CTY's Summer or CTY Online Programs courses. They can even incorporate our courses in the classroom!
We encourage schools to consider the advantages CTY's accreditation offers their teachers and students. To find out more, you can contact us by email, or phone (410) 735-6278.