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Eligibility and Age

Our program’s goal is to develop students’ identified strengths. Students may be eligible for humanities and writing courses, math and science courses, or both based on required test scores (see our eligibility page). Within these areas, students are eligible for particular sites and courses based on what grades they have completed in school. Students completing grades five or six are eligible for residential or day sites. Students completing grades two, three, or four are eligible for day sites only and for particular courses at those sites. Most courses are for grades two and three, or three and four; a few are for grades four and five. Please help your child by pointing out the courses for which he or she is eligible.

Interest in the Subject

As your child reads through the course descriptions, some may immediately sound interesting. Others may be unfamiliar. One of the benefits of CTY is the opportunity for children to discover new interests. If your child would like to know more about a particular course, you can:

  • Download a sample syllabus from the course pages. Online syllabi are located at the top of each course description. Please note that the sample syllabi are meant to provide an idea of the level of the course and whether or not the content area interests you. CTY instructors are given guidelines within which they each develop their own syllabi. Choice and sequencing of topics within the content area, as well as specific activities, labs, and assignments, will vary.
  • Help your child look at the sample texts. Though the texts vary by instructor and may change every year, the samples will help you gauge the level of the course and your child’s interest in the subject.
  • If you have more detailed questions about a course, please email us or call 410-735-6277 and ask to speak to the summer programs staff member responsible for that course.

CTY and School Course Work

For most students, CTY courses provide a challenging and satisfying experience and help them to develop strong academic skills. Because most CTY courses are quite different from standard elementary and middle school courses, they do not directly affect the courses students take at school.

A Student's Grade at School and CTY Courses

The grade designation on Young Students courses sometimes causes confusion. The designation does not correlate to the level of content compared to a standard school curriculum. For example, a course for second and third graders at CTY offers content that is well above their school grade level but in a way that is appropriate for the students’ social and motor skills, as well as academic development. Motor skill development is particularly significant in the science courses.

Note to Parents

In our Young Students Catalog and Resources you will find a variety of courses. Academically talented students should be encouraged from an early age to be involved in decisions about their education, and choosing their CTY courses can be a good place to start. Have your child take as much responsibility as possible for reading the course descriptions and deciding which courses to request.

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