Each summer, thousands of students in grades 2-12 attend CTY's Summer Programs offered at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. The programs are three weeks long and students take only one of the rigorous courses at a time. This intense immersion in a subject has proven to be both challenging and stimulating for students of high ability. All courses are taught well above grade level. Teachers emphasize active learning and encourage students to use knowledge in independent and creative ways.
Summer Program courses are extensively evaluated, and student outcomes have been the focus of numerous research studies over the years. With the help of a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, CTY's Research Department was able to identify, collate, organize, integrate, and analyze over 30 years of research findings, evaluation data, alumni surveys, interviews, and unsolicited letters/e-mails from students and families regarding the benefits and outcomes of participation in CTY's Summer Programs. This document summarizes the findings that emerged including: