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For courses in writing, critical reading, grammar, or visual fluency, students must achieve qualifying scores on the verbal portion of the appropriate above-grade level test.
For courses in math, science, or computer science and technology, students must achieve qualifying scores on the math portion of the appropriate above-grade level test. A chart based on the student's previous course work can help students choose an appropriate math course.
CTY Online Programs courses are offered in two different formats:
Most courses have prerequisites listed in each course description that must be satisfied before a student can enroll. Review course descriptions for eligibility and prerequisite information prior to enrolling. Learn how academically talented students are admitted to programs and become eligible to take courses.
When a student enrolls in an Online Programs course, course materials are delivered electronically. A separate materials purchase may be required; see course descriptions for more details. Course materials may include online courseware, texts, workbooks, and even chemistry kits for doing hands-on experiments. A highly qualified CTY instructor is assigned to introduce the student to the course and provide instructions, encouragement, and guidance. Students interact extensively with their instructors using e-mail, telephone, and online virtual classrooms. Many courses also include interaction with other CTY students in virtual classroom settings.
Although many of our students have never taken an online course before they enroll with Online Programs, they learn quickly that the courses are demanding but fun and very engaging. Working with their instructors, they dive into challenging and advanced course material appropriate to their level of ability, typically well above their grade level. For more information about what is expected of Online Programs students and the Student Code of Conduct, visit Online Programs expectations of students.
Parents or guardians are vital components to a child's success. They play a key role by both seeing that work is submitted on time and encouraging regular communication with instructors to ensure that students maintain an acceptable rate of progress.
First-time students may feel unsure about taking an Online Programs course. Both the nature of the program and the absence of a physical classroom may be new to students. Many initially anxious students have expressed gratitude to their parents for encouraging them to enroll. Nevertheless, no matter how enthusiastic a parent may be about the program, we do not recommend enrolling a strongly reluctant child.