In the day program, students have a program assistant (PA) instead of a teaching assistant and a resident assistant. PAs are typically college students who are selected on the basis of academic record, related work or volunteer experience, recommendations, and performance in an interview. Their role in the classroom is to assist their instructors and provide support to students. Outside the classroom, they plan and implement the activities program. PAs are also responsible for supervising students’ free time and enforcing rules.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. This includes four hours of class, short morning and afternoon breaks, a lunch break, and about an hour of recreational activity time. Students must also set aside an hour each evening, Sunday through Thursday, to complete homework.
Before- and after-care is available at an additional charge for students who need to arrive before 8:45 a.m. or depart after 4 p.m. Students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay until 5:30 p.m.
When students are not in class, they attend activities planned and supervised by the program assistants. CTY offers a variety of activities so all students can find something they enjoy doing each day. Activities range from the standard fare of board games, athletics, and arts and crafts to the more unusual (e.g., Pirate Olympics and Dinosaur Dig).
Classes at day sites do not meet on the July 4th holiday.
Families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from sites daily. Many parents choose to arrange carpools with other families. To assist with this planning, parents may sign up for the Family Connect Board in MyCTY, once their child has been assigned to a course. Instructions on how to be included on this list are available in the site information packet. This service is available only for day site participants.
In order to maximize community engagement and to minimize distractions, CTY limits the use of computers, tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Our sites have very limited computer access for students. CTY cannot guarantee access to the internet.
We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal conduct and in dedication to academic pursuits. To this end, students must adhere to the Center for Talented Youth Honor Code, which requires them to uphold personal and academic integrity, respect the ideas and property of others, and ensure that those around them do the same. In addition, students are expected to:
We cannot accommodate students who are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations. At each site, students learn about our standards for behavior, including site rules. While specific rules vary somewhat from site to site, community standards throughout our programs are basic and consistent.
Students may be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:
No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement will be added to the student’s account balance.
The following items must not be brought to the sites: