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One-Week Courses

Overview

CTY is proud to once again offer a one-week program for second, third, and fourth grade students. Taking place at CTY’s day locations in Alexandria, Baltimore, La Jolla, and Sandy Spring, this program runs alongside our traditional program and provides an introduction to the CTY experience.

Students take a course specifically developed for the one-week model, engaging in academic enrichment activities surrounding the course’s theme. Although these courses are not intended to provide the depth or rigor of CTY’s three-week courses, each day is built with hands-on, inquiry-based projects that sharpen students’ academic skills and promote a love of learning. Students end the week with an appreciation that learning for learning’s sake can be fun and rewarding and a better understanding of areas of academic inquiry that might interest them.

The one-week courses are an excellent option for first-time participants. Students follow the traditional CTY daily schedule. They eat lunch, have recess, and participate in activities with students from CTY’s traditional program. While the goals of the one-week program are distinct, students get an excellent sense of what it would be like to attend a three-week course.

Courses and Eligibility

Courses/Eligibility

Each course will have a maximum of 14 students. While the small class size has significant academic benefits, it also means that enrollment is limited. Placement in one-week courses will follow our regular course assignment process.

Complete information about both one-week courses being introduced this year follows.

Toyology

Grades: Students who have completed grades two or three.

Eligibility: Students who are eligible for math/science courses OR humanities/writing courses may participate.

Did you ever wonder what makes Silly Putty™ stretch and bounce, or why shaking erases an Etch-A-Sketch™? Who was the Rubik behind the cube, and why are teddy bears celebrated in story and song? From the first games found in Egyptian tombs to the pocket-sized digital gadgets of today, toys help tell the story of our society and the way we learn about the world.

Toys aren’t just for fun—they’re also teachers of many important topics, from physics to sociology to neuroscience. This interdisciplinary one-week course will examine objects of play, looking at their construction, composition, history, and impact on society. Each student will assume the research role of a “toyologist” as he or she investigates and analyzes toys as artifacts through hands-on experiments and engaging projects. By the end of the week, students will have learned about the math, science, history, and cultural significance behind some of the world’s most beloved toys. Moreover, they will have discovered that everything has something to teach them—even their favorite teddy bear.

Offered at the following locations: Alexandria, (July 23 – July 27), Baltimore (July 9- July 13), Sandy Spring (July 30 – August 3)

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Space: To Infinity and Beyond

Grades: Students who have completed grades three or four.

Eligibility: Students who are eligible for math/science courses OR humanities/writing courses may participate.

Will the sun ever become a black hole, and what would happen to the earth if it does?  How long would it take to travel to another planet, and how would you know you can live there?

This course introduces students to the scope and scale of our solar system and how it fits into the universe. As students explore the moon, planets, and stars, they discuss how advances in math, science, and philosophy have shaped our understanding of the physical universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Students craft their own creation stories; think critically about what items would be most useful if they were stranded on the moon; and discuss evolution, genetics, and Fermi estimation problems as they consider the likelihood of alien life.  Students leave this one-week course with answers to many of their questions about space and an appreciation for the history, math, and physics concepts behind those answers.

Offered at the following locations: Alexandria (July 30 – August 3), Baltimore (July 16 – July 20), La Jolla (July 9 – July 13), Sandy Spring (July 23 – July 27)

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Science Spoilers

Grades: Students who have completed grades three or four.

Eligibility: Students who are eligible for math/science courses may participate.

Is there any truth to the five-second rule? What is the best way to treat a jellyfish sting? What happens when you swallow gum? Do you catch more flies with honey or vinegar? On a hot day, can you fry an egg on the sidewalk? Is yawning contagious? Is it dangerous to talk on your cellphone during a lightning storm? Could a laboratory accident give you super powers?

Using scientific processes, students in this course determine the plausibility of myths like these and uncover the circumstances in which they could be true. For example, students might culture bacteria and determine which household items are truly dirtier than a toilet seat. To gauge the dangers of killer quicksand, students experiment with buoyancy and states of matter. While honing their scientific inquiry skills through these and other laboratory activities, students also discover the origins of these ideas and discuss why they may persist in our society despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

Offered at the following locations: Alexandria (August 6 – August 10), Baltimore (July 9 – July 13; July 16 – July 20), La Jolla (July 16 – July 20), Sandy Spring (July 23 – July 27)

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Sites

Sites/Dates

Please see the end of each course description to see the dates for each course at the following sites:

Alexandria, VA
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, a college-preparatory, co-educational, Episcopal day school, was created by the 1991 merger of St. Stephen’s School (1944) and St. Agnes School (1924). Its Upper School campus is located in a quiet residential area and includes a library, air-conditioned classrooms, a computer lab, science labs, and athletic facilities.

Classes meet between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Before- and after-program care is available at an additional cost. Students should expect to do between 30 and 60 minutes of homework each weeknight. Approximately 300 students and 60 staff are expected to attend.

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School is located approximately four miles inside the Washington Beltway near the intersection of Seminary Road and Quaker Lane in Alexandria.

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Baltimore, MD
Gilman School

Founded in 1897 as the first country day school in the U.S., Gilman School is a K-12 college preparatory school for boys. Gilman’s 68-acre campus, located in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore, features libraries, air-conditioned classrooms, science labs with state of the art technology, art studios, maker spaces, and indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

Classes meet between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before- and after-program care is available at an additional cost Students should expect to do between 30 and 60 minutes of homework each weeknight. Approximately 200 students and 45 staff are expected to attend.

Gilman School is located in northern Baltimore City, minutes from Interstate 83 and 695.

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La Jolla, CA
La Jolla Country Day School

Founded originally as The Balmer School in 1926, La Jolla Country Day School is a co-educational, college-preparatory day school enrolling students in pre-K through 12th grade. Facilities on the 24-acre campus include a library, outdoor amphitheater, double gymnasium, state-of-the-art theater, fine arts building, science labs, and playing fields.

Classes meet Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Before- and after-program care is available at an additional cost. Students should expect to do between 30 and 60 minutes of homework each week night. Approximately 120 students and 25 staff are expected to attend.

La Jolla Country Day School is located in San Diego, near UCSD and the University Towne Center.

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Sandy Spring, MD
Sandy Spring Friend's School

Sandy Spring Friends School, founded in 1961, is part of a long history of Quaker dating back more than 325 years. Quiet meadows and farmlands surround the environmentally conscious campus. Facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, science labs, a dining hall in which students participate in composting, a computer lab, indoor and outdoor facilities for activities, and nature trails.

Classes meet between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Before- and after-program care is available at an additional cost. Students should expect to do between 30 and 60 minutes of homework each week night. Approximately 180 students and 35 staff are expected to attend each session.

Sandy Spring Friends School is located in Sandy Spring, between Columbia and Rockville, ten miles north of the Washington Beltway.

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Schedule

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This includes four hours of class, short morning and afternoon breaks, a lunch break, and about an hour of recreational activity time. For homework, students may be asked to read a short article or reflect on the day’s lesson; however, they are not assigned more involved homework in one-week courses.

Before- and after-care is available at an additional $50 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.

Activities

When students are not in class, they attend activities planned and supervised by the program assistants. CTY offers a variety of activities so that 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 Check-In

Student check-in will be held from 8:00-8:45 am the Monday morning the one-week session begins. Students who need to attend before-care the first morning of the program will be accommodated beginning at 7:30. Additional information, including the check-in location, will be sent via email before the program starts.

Final Day

A Parent Open House is held on the Friday of the course from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee and Tuition

The tuition for one-week courses is $905. Payment of the tuition is due upon application.

There is an application fee of $50. All lab fees and other associated course fees (books, etc.) are included in the tuition. Families are responsible for purchasing general school supplies such as paper, pens, binders, and notebooks.

All past due balances (for any CTY program) must be paid prior to registration. Payments are applied to oldest balances first. Applications received with insufficient funds to cover the tuition are not processed until full payment is remitted.

Before- and After-Care

The fee for before- and after-care is $50. This is a flat rate for the use of either or both services during the week. Details will be included in the course assignment packet.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Information about financial assistance is available through CTY’s Financial Aid department.

Payment Methods

By Direct Online Payment
E-check payments may be made through the MyCTY link at cty.jhu.edu. Your bank account and routing numbers are required for this method. These numbers are found at the bottom of your personal checks.

By Credit Card
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Deposits can be paid with credit cards either with your online application, or by filling out the payment information on a downloaded paper application. Go to cty.jhu.edu/summer to complete your online application.

Subsequent payments by e-check and credit card
Students will receive a MyCTY login ID, password, and instructions with their course assignment. All subsequent e-check and credit card payments should be processed through MyCTY.

By Check or Money Order
Payments by check or money order should be mailed to:   

Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth

P.O. Box 64434
Baltimore, MD 21264-4434

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Refund Policies

To withdraw your child from the program for any reason before arriving on site, you must notify the CTY Registrar in writing. Once on site, you must notify the site director. Refunds may take up to five days to process for electronic payment. Paper check refunds may take two to four weeks to process from the time that the withdrawal notification is received by the CTY Registrar. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment used for the initial payment to CTY. Refunds are sent to the original payer’s address. Please refer to the chart below for more information regarding CTY’s refund policies.

Before course assignments are made

Tuition and non-application fees paid will be refunded in full.

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

    

After course assignments but before session begins

January

Tuition and non-application fees paid will be refunded in full

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

February*

Tuition and non-application fees paid, less 25% of the deposit, will be refunded

March*

Tuition and non-application fees paid, less 50% of the deposit, will be refunded

April*

Tuition and non-application fees paid, less 75% of deposit, will be refunded

May thru July*

Tuition and non-application fees paid, less 100% of deposit, will be refunded

*Full tuition and non-application fees paid are fully refundable after January only in the following circumstances: if a student withdraws for a medical reason and provides us with appropriate documentation from a physician; the student is not awarded adequate financial aid; the student is not assigned to any of the courses requested; or all the requested courses are canceled.

After session begins**

Week 1

No refund

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

**If a student withdraws due to a medical reason and appropriate documentation from a physician is provided, a refund will be given on a prorated basis.

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Policies and Additional Information

Policies

Below are links to additional information and policies to which all CTY families and students agree to comply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?

Yes, need-based financial aid is available. Information about financial assistance is available through CTY’s Financial Aid department.

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Will students interact with other CTY students?

Yes, students share break time, lunch, recess, and afternoon activities with participants from the traditional CTY program.

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Will students have homework?

Students may be asked to read a short article or reflect on the day’s lesson; however, they are not assigned more involved homework in the one week program.

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Who teaches the courses?

All instructors have expertise in their disciplines and come from a range of professional backgrounds. They include outstanding teachers from public and private schools and universities, graduate students, and professionals in the field.

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Do students need to purchase additional books and supplies?

Students are not expected to purchase a textbook for the one-week courses. General school supplies such as paper, pens, binders, and notebooks are expected and should be brought to the first day of the program.

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Are meals included?

Lunch is provided and includes a variety of hot options and a salad bar. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Students are welcome to bring a snack from home to eat during the morning and/or afternoon class break.

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Is there before and after-care?

Yes. Students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. for before-care and stay as late as 5:30 for after-care. A snack is included for after-care. The cost of this service for the one- week program is $50.

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