For students in grades 2-8, the first step is CTY’s 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 suite of assessments or ACT even if they took those tests outside CTY’s Talent Search. Some tests are available only through CTY’s Talent Search.
Please keep in mind that when we assign students to courses, we assign returning students first, then Talent Search participants, and then other applicants.
Once my child is eligible, do they have to retest?
Retesting is not necessary. Once eligible, students will have course options through the end of high school. Which courses will depend upon test scores, grade, and age. Review eligibility requirements for CTY.
Although retesting is not required, some students do 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.
We use a computerized ranking system based on test scores and previous participation in our programs to assign courses. Learn how courses are assigned in Admissions Information.
MyCTY is the portal on our website through which parents and students can make payments, update program applications and contact information, view course registrations and enrollment history, and request an Official Academic Record showing a student’s CTY participation. Students and their families are given a MyCTY login name and password upon registering for the first time with CTY, whether for the Talent Search or a particular program. If you do not have your MyCTY account information, you may obtain it using the links provided on MyCTY’s login page.
If your child is not yet assigned a course, you may re-rank the preferences on his 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:
The waitlist works the same way as our regular course assignment process. It does not work on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see "How Courses are Assigned" on the Admissions page.
No. Each course you request represents a commitment on your part. If your child would rather not come to the program than attend a course other than the first choice, then request the first choice only.
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 file within two weeks of receiving your course assignment notification.
Please contact email@example.com or call 410-735-6277.
Our instructional staff bring expertise in their disciplines to our courses. Outstanding teachers from public and private schools and universities, graduate students, and professionals teach at CTY. Advanced undergraduate students with subject expertise assist with instruction.
Fifteen students is the usual class size. Each class typically has a teaching assistant as well as an instructor.
CTY students spend seven hours a day, five days a week, in class and evening sessions. 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 are feeling overwhelmed, our staff are available to provide support.
CTY itself does not offer credit for its courses, but schools may decide to grant credit based upon their own criteria. The process of requesting credit and/or placement through your school requires advance planning. CTY has developed a Parents’ Guide to Requesting Credit and/or Placement for Your Child’s Course Work (PDF) to facilitate these discussions between families and schools.
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 of participation will be mailed to your child beginning in August.
No, excepted as noted in course descriptions. If needed, instructors take students to a computer lab on campus to complete specific assignments. Students are welcome to a 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 word processor in class, parents must contact summer programs staff at 410-735-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss appropriate documentation and possible accommodations.
The cost of books per course averages $75 but can be as high as $300. You will receive a list of required books and course materials on arrival day. To minimize expenses, bring basic school supplies from home. Common items include pens, pencils, crayons or colored pencils, notebooks, three-ring binders, loose leaf paper, USB drives, and/or rulers. For math and science courses, consider bringing a scientific calculator, protractor, and/or compass.
Please see "Students with Learning, Physical, or Medical Needs" in the Information for Parents section.
The dining services at Dickinson College offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and menus are varied enough to accommodate vegetarian and other diets. Commercial frozen kosher meals are not available.
Resident Assistants (RAs) supervise students and are available for questions or concerns students have outside of class. Each RA lives with and supervises about 15 students in a residence hall group. RAs also plan students’ weekday and weekend activities. Students are expected to wake themselves, maintain personal hygiene with minimal reminders, 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 and their belongings.
Instructional and residential staff are extremely busy during their time at CTY between supervising students and preparing for class and activities. Because of this, parents communicate directly with the administrative staff on site about any concerns or questions. On opening and closing days, parents may meet with students’ instructors, teaching assistants, and resident assistants. If, before the program has begun, there are extenuating circumstances in which you feel more direct communication with the student’s instructor, TA, and/or RA is needed, this should be discussed with the site program manager. If this need is related to a learning, medical, physical, or other disability, please contact CTY Disability Services at email@example.com or 410-735-6215. If direct communication is needed during the program, it can best be arranged through site administrators.
Yes! In addition to their engaging classes, students participate in scheduled daily and weekend activities and enjoy a vibrant social atmosphere.
Weekend field trips to Philadelphia and Baltimore are a unique component of this program. Weekends also include time when students can rest, do laundry, bond with others on their residence hall, and/or attend religious services.
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 befriend new people. Further, because of the variety of factors involved in making room assignments, we can rarely honor roommate requests.
Students may bring laptops, tablets, and smart phones; however, students are solely responsible for their belongings. CTY and the host institution cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. Please review CTY’s technology policy with your child and discuss together how they will meet these expectations.
Dickinson University provides guest wireless internet access for students.
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.
The residence halls are air conditioned, as are the classrooms.
We welcome students of all religious beliefs. 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. CTY staff escort students to services and provide supervision.
Residential life is an important part of the 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. They learn to take responsibility for their daily schedules, to manage their time, and to get along with people from different backgrounds. Most importantly, it is our mission to develop a community of learners at CTY. While commuter students have successfully attended the program, 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, including an evening class session which ends at 9 p.m. As long as students can make this commitment, they may attend as commuters. Lunch and dinner are provided as part of the commuter tuition.
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 try to persuade your child to start the program as a residential student, then switch 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.
All medications are stored in the site health office and dispensed by CTY health staff. The only medications students may keep with them are some emergency-use medications such as rescue inhalers and EpiPens®. Review Carlisle Medical Information for more details.
Upon receiving a course assignment, you will receive instructions on completing and submitting medical forms. In general, CTY medical records must include emergency contact information, immunization records, physical examination results, medical insurance information (not required), medical history, allergies and adverse reactions, and a list of any medications your child needs to take while at CTY. The forms must also include consent for CTY staff to distribute non-prescription medication. Parents and physicians must approve of all medications to be administered and fill out the appropriate portions of each form. Please review "Medical Information" for more information on medical care.
No. Only immunization records, physical exam results, and TB testing results may be replaced by equivalent and current documentation signed by a physician. All other sections of the forms must be completed and signed as indicated using the forms provided by CTY.
The medical form must be signed by your child’s examining physician within the year prior to the start of the program. The physical exam must have taken place within two years of the start of the program. Ask your physician whether another visit is necessary.
Just note this when you fill out the Medical Information Form. You should also contact CTY staff at 410-735-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15 in order to discuss reasonable accommodations in the context of the CTY program and site your child is attending. For dietary arrangements requests unrelated to severe allergies or medical issues, contact email@example.com. For information about food allergy management at CTY, please review Allergy Information.
CTY offers a shuttle service from Harrisburg International Airport and the Amtrak Station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Shuttle service may be requested and paid for through MyCTY. Shuttle service costs $100 (one way or round trip) and may only be used by students traveling alone.
On arrival day, a staff member wearing a CTY t-shirt will be waiting for students outside of their gates’ security checkpoint, unless otherwise directed by airline or airport policies. For students arriving via train, the staff member will meet them at the station. The staff member will greet students, help them with their luggage, and escort them to the site. You will receive more detailed information for making arrangements in the site information packet.
We can grant permission for early arrival only in the most extenuating circumstances (generally international travel). To arrive one day early, students must request permission from the site’s program manager and, if the request is approved, pay a fee of $75 per night. If you have difficulty with transportation schedules, contact the site program manager to discuss your situation before you confirm any reservations or purchase non-refundable tickets. Students may not depart late.
Non-US citizens will receive information about visa and travel insurance requirements in the course assignment packet.
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.
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The balance of tuition and fees will be invoiced at the time of your course assignment. Payment is then due in accordance with the invoice, unless you are enrolled in the Installment Payment Plan.
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth
P.O. Box 64434
Baltimore, MD 21264-4434
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth
5801 Smith Avenue, Ste. 400
Baltimore, MD 21209-3652