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Student Life at Day Sites

The following information applies to students attending our Young Students day sites:

For Students Attending Day Sites

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.

Daily Schedule

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.

Afternoon Activities

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).

Student Site Information Packet

Once students are assigned to their sites and classes, families are given access to an information packet for their assigned site. The packet is available on the main summer programs page of your MyCTY account.

July 4th

Classes at day sites do not meet on the July 4th holiday. 

Getting to the Site

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, a list of families attending the same site, along with their contact information, will be available in MyCTY later in the spring. 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.

At our Sandy Spring site, we have morning and afternoon bus service available from selected stops at an additional cost. Bus stops are finalized based on need and ridership. Buses pick up between 7:40 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and drop off between 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. Bus service is not available for students who need before- or after-care. You will receive more information on bus service in your Site Information Packet.

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Expectations for Student Conduct

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:

  • Strive to do the best academic work possible.
  • Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities, and national origins.
  • Behave in a friendly, cooperative, safe, and responsible manner toward all persons in the program community and in the larger school and local communities.
  • Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings.
  • Take responsibility for their own work and actions.
  • Cooperate with adult supervision.
  • Observe all rules for student conduct.

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:

  • Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner.
  • Cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty.
  • Being in restricted areas of campus, or leaving campus, unaccompanied by a staff member.
  • Stealing or vandalizing property.
  • Keeping prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession (for limited exceptions see Medical Information).
  • Possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, or related paraphernalia.
  • Engaging in bullying, hazing, or harassing behavior.
  • Sending inappropriate or pornographic messages or images to members of the CTY community, and other violations of the JHU/CTY Information Technology Use Policy
  • Not cooperating with adult supervision.
  • Undermining the safety or well-being of self or others (including threats).

No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement is added to the student’s account balance.

Prohibited Items

The following items must not be brought to the sites:

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, martial arts devices, and toys resembling weapons).
  • Any flame-producing devices (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers).
  • High energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and Amp.
  • Pets of any kind.
  • Televisions or video game equipment.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, skates, scooters, or shoes with wheels.
  • Free weights.
  • Water guns.
  • Halogen lamps, refrigerators, or cooking devices.
  • Staff lanyards from current or previous summers.

In addition to the list above, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, or that pose undue risk to property or to the safety and well-being of people.

Technology at the Site

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.

For academic purposes, CTY ensures that students have computer access when necessary. In most cases, our instructors expect handwritten work.

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