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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Is my child eligible for summer programs without participating in the CTY Talent Search?

Yes. Any child who earns qualifying scores on one of the required tests is eligible for CTY courses. Students may submit scores from the SAT or ACT suite of assessments even if they took them outside of CTY’s Talent Search. Some tests are available only through CTY’s Talent Search.

Once my child is eligible, do they have to retest?

No. Once eligible, students will have course options through the end of high school; the options will depend on test scores, grade, and age. Review eligibility requirements for CTY.

Although retesting is not required, some students choose to retest. Many are interested in tracking their academic progress or in qualifying for classes for which they are not currently eligible. In addition, higher scores will place a student higher in the ranking used for course assignments.

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Course Assignments

My child had a change of heart about course preferences after submitting the application. What can I do?

If your child is not yet assigned a course, you may re-rank the preferences on the application through your MyCTY account. If your child has been assigned a course, you may request different courses through your MyCTY account. You may include both open and closed courses. Your child’s updated application will be included in the next regular weekly course assignments. When changing course preferences, keep in mind the following:

  • Placement in a different course is not guaranteed. The number of students requesting a course could exceed the space available.
  • Once you update the course preferences, your child’s course assignment will change when any course on the requested course list is available, as long as registration is open. See How to Enroll for details.

How does the waitlist work?

The waitlist works the same way as our regular course assignment process. It is not first come, first served. Learn more about How Courses are Assigned.

Can my child attend both sessions?

At most sites, yes. We delay registration for two sessions in order to accommodate all students who wish to enroll in summer programs. Learn more about attending more than one session.

Should my child sign up for additional courses if they only want their first choice?

No. Each course you request represents a commitment on your part. If your child will only attend CTY if they get their first choice, then request only that course.

What is the site information packet, and where can I get it?

The site information packet includes detailed information about the site, including directions, a packing list, and a tentative opening- and closing-day schedule. It also contains instructions for submitting required forms and student services requests. The site information packet will be available in your MyCTY account as a PDF within two weeks of receiving your course assignment.

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Classes

Who teaches at CTY?

Outstanding teachers from public and private schools and universities, graduate students, and professionals teach at CTY. Undergraduate students with subject expertise assist with instruction.

How large are the classes?

The typical class has fewer than 18 students. Each class has an instructional assistant as well as an instructor, so the student/teacher ratio in all classes is low.

How much work will be expected?

CTY students spend at least 100 hours in class between Sunday evening and Friday afternoon over the course of the session. They work hard. Our students enjoy academic challenge and rigor, and we design our course work to engage and inspire them. All academic work is limited to instructional times so students may also enjoy the social experience of attending CTY. If students feel overwhelmed, our staff are available to provide support.

Is homework assigned?

Students at our residential sites do all of their work within the academic day. No homework is assigned.

Because students at day sites have less time in class than their residential peers, they are asked to set aside 30–60 minutes, five days a week, for homework. Internet access may be required to complete some assignments.

Does my child receive school credit for completing CTY courses?

CTY does not offer credit for its courses, but schools may decide to grant credit or placement based on their own criteria. Requesting credit and/or placement through your school requires advance planning. Use CTY's Parents' Guide to Requesting Credit to facilitate these discussions between families and schools.

What will my child receive upon completion of the course?

CTY instructors write one-page evaluations of each student’s work. These evaluations include examples of students’ participation, areas for growth, and suggestions for further study. A course evaluation and certificate will be mailed to your child in August.

Does my child need a computer for class?

No, except as noted in course descriptions. Students are welcome to bring a laptop, though they assume all responsibility if it is damaged or stolen. If a student has a documented disability that requires the use of a computer or word processor in class, parents must contact CTY staff at 410-735-6215 or email us to discuss possible accommodations.

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Student Life

My child has a disability, special need, or mental/physical health concern. Where can I find information about possible accommodations?

Please see “Students with Learning, Physical, or Medical Needs” in Information for Parents or visit Summer Programs Disability Service.

My child has food allergies and/or requires a special diet. Are special meal plans available?

If your child needs dietary arrangements due to severe food allergies or other medical issues, you must note this when you complete the medical form. You must also contact the site program manager as soon as possible after receiving your course assignment packet. If residential or other accommodations are needed in addition to safe meal choices, you must contact 410-735-6215 or email us by May 15. For more information, please visit the Allergy Management page.

A wide selection of foods is offered at every meal. All sites can accommodate vegetarian diets. Many campuses offer vegan and gluten-free options. Most sites provide commercial frozen kosher meals for an added charge. If availability of a particular meal plan will determine your choice of site, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu or call 410-735-6277 for more information prior to submitting your application. If you have further questions about special diets, contact your site’s program manager after receiving a course assignment.

Who supervises students outside of class?

Resident Assistants (RAs) supervise students and are available for questions or concerns students have outside of class. Each RA lives with and supervises 12–15 students in a residence hall group. RAs also plan students’ weekday and weekend activities. Students are expected to wake themselves, maintain personal hygiene, and keep track of their belongings. RAs may assist in providing some structure and direction with these tasks; however, students are expected to take responsibility for themselves.

During breaks and activities outside of class, students at day sites are supervised by Program Assistants (PAs). PAs also supervise students during recess. Instructors supervise students during lunch.

Do CTY students ever have time for fun?

Yes! In addition to their engaging classes, all students participate in scheduled daily and weekend activities and enjoy a vibrant social atmosphere. Weekday activities span a variety of offerings, from arts and crafts to sports and everything in between.

What do students do on the weekends?

Weekends are spent on campus, and activities may include socials, talent shows, carnival days, movie showings, sports tournaments, and water days. Weekends also include time when students can rest, do laundry, bond with others in their residence hall, and/or attend religious services.

How are rooms in student residences assigned? Are single rooms available? May I make a specific roommate request?

We assign students to rooms according to age and course. Whenever possible, roommates—and the hall as a whole—are similar in age and academic interest.

Most students live in double rooms, but some may be in singles or triples. We cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement.

We discourage roommate requests because we find that students benefit from the opportunity to make new friends. Further, because of the variety of factors involved in making room assignments, we can rarely honor roommate requests.

May my child bring electronics to the program? Will my child have access to Wi-Fi?

Students may bring laptops, tablets, and smartphones; however, students are solely responsible for their belongings. CTY and the host institution cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. Students should not expect to access the host institution’s Wi-Fi network. Please review CTY’s Honor Code with your child and discuss how they will meet these expectations with respect to their use of technology.

Will my child have time to complete outside coursework during the session?

No. CTY students enjoy a structured day of learning and recreational activities, all of which are required. We cannot accommodate requests for students to work on other courses while attending our program.

Do all sites have air conditioning?

Many of the classrooms CTY uses on site are air conditioned and, to a lesser extent, so are the dorm rooms. For specific information concerning air-conditioned facilities on site, please refer to the site descriptions in the online catalog. For questions, please email us or call 410-735-6277.

Can my child attend religious services?

We welcome students of all faiths. At each site, we provide opportunities for interested students to attend worship services on or off campus. We cannot always guarantee that a specific type of service will be available at a given site. CTY staff escort students to services and provide supervision.

We live in the same town as a residential program site. May my child attend as a commuter?

Residential life is an important part of the summer residential program, and we urge all students to live on campus. The residence halls are a place where students have the opportunity to form close bonds and build a community with their peers. While commuter students have successfully attended the residential sites, they tend to feel more as if they are observers of the community rather than full participants. In fact, it has been our experience that students who begin as commuters often change their minds after the first few days and ask to switch to residential status.

At the same time, we recognize that in certain circumstances, commuter attendance is an appropriate option. In order to attend as commuters, students must participate in the full range of activities at the site, including the afternoon class session, which usually ends at 5:30 p.m. (schedules vary slightly from site to site). So long as students can make this commitment, they may attend as commuters. Lunch and dinner are provided as part of the commuter tuition.

Note: The Los Angeles (Loyola Marymount University) sites cannot accommodate commuters in its Young Students program.

Note: Sometimes students apply as commuters because they are anxious about living away from home for the first time. If this is a concern, we recommend that you talk to your child about starting the program as a residential student, then changing to commuter status if needed. Switching from residential to commuter status can always be accommodated (the reverse is not always possible), and we will provide a prorated refund of the room and meals portion of the tuition.

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Medical Issues

What are the arrangements for my child to take medication?

All medications are stored in the health office and dispensed by CTY health staff. Students may only keep emergency-use medications such as rescue inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors with them. Get more information about medical care at CTY.

What medical forms or medical information do I need to submit for my child to participate at CTY?

Upon receiving a course assignment, you will receive instructions for completing and submitting CTY’s medical form. You will need to provide emergency contact information, consent to treat, immunization records, medical history, physical examination results, TB screening and test results (if applicable), allergies and adverse reactions, medical and prescription insurance information (if available), consent for CTY staff to distribute non-prescription medications, and a list of any medications your child needs to take while at CTY. The completed form must be signed by your child’s physician. Parents and physicians must approve of all medications to be administered and fill out the appropriate portions of the form. Get more CTY medical care information.

My child has food allergies and/or requires a special diet. Are special meal plans available?

If your child needs dietary arrangements due to severe food allergies or other medical issues, you must note this when you complete the medical form. You must also contact the site program manager as soon as possible after receiving your course assignment packet. If residential or other accommodations are needed in addition to safe meal choices, you must contact 410-735-6215 or email us by May 15. For more information, please visit the Allergy Management page.

A wide selection of foods is offered at every meal. All sites can accommodate vegetarian diets. Many campuses offer vegan and gluten-free options. Most sites provide commercial frozen kosher meals for an added charge. If availability of a particular meal plan will determine your choice of site, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu or call 410-735-6277 for more information prior to submitting your application. If you have further questions about special diets, contact your site’s program manager after receiving a course assignment.

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Traveling to and from the Site

How do students traveling without an adult get to the site?

Each CTY site offers a staff-guided shuttle service from specific airports and/or train stations. Available times and logistics vary between sites; therefore, please review the shuttle information in your site information packet before booking your child’s transportation, or consult the CTY Travel Guide.

Is it possible for my child to arrive a day early or depart a day late?

We grant permission for students to arrive one day early or depart one day late only in the most extenuating circumstances. Additionally, no student attending session two or a site that only runs one session may depart late. In all cases, the permission of the site’s program manager is required. When available, there is an additional charge of $75 for this service.

If you have difficulty arranging transportation for your child or questions about arrival or departure, contact the site program manager to discuss your situation before you confirm reservations or purchase nonrefundable tickets. You may reach the program manager by calling 410-735-6185 or emailing the address provided in the site information packet.

My child lives in and is a citizen of a foreign country. Where can I find visa information?

Non-U.S. citizens will receive information about visa and travel insurance requirements in the course assignment packet. Additional details are available on our International Students Resources page.

My child will attend both sessions at a residential program. Is it possible to stay on campus between sessions?

We recommend that students spend the weekend between sessions with family or friends in the area if possible. If your child needs to stay with us, however, we will provide a room, meals, and supervision for a fee of $75 per night. Contact your site program manager to request this service.

I want to arrange a carpool. Can I get the names of other families in our area?

You may opt in to sharing your contact information with families of other students enrolled for the same site and session on CTY’s Family Connect board, available in MyCTY.

My child is attending a day site. If needed, can we drop them off before 8:45 a.m. and/or pick them up after 4 p.m.?

Yes, for an additional charge. At day sites, PAs provide before- and after-program care for students, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. More information will be provided in the course assignment packet.

My child is attending a day site, but we do not live in the area. Can CTY arrange housing for us?

No, but we provide a list of resources in the site information packet to help you find local extended accommodations.

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