Any child who earns the required qualifying scores on the SCAT, SAT, ACT, or PSAT is eligible for CTY. Keep in mind, though, that when we assign students to courses, we assign returning students first, then Talent Search participants, and then other applicants.
At the CTY Hong Kong program several tests may be used to qualify:
Students who qualified with the SCAT before sixth grade must retest if they are now in grade seven or above. For students who have qualified with the SAT, ACT or PSAT, once students establish eligibility for CTY courses for seventh grade and above, they remain eligible until they go to university, even if they choose not to attend the program immediately.
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 computer ranking used for course assignments.
If students have qualified for CTY programs taking the SCAT in grades 2-5, they must retest with the SAT, ACT, or PSAT. If your child qualified as a sixth grader, they do not need to retesting is not required.
Courses will be assigned on a rolling basis beginning January 19. For course assignment purposes, applications received on or before January 17 will all be considered to have arrived on the same date. If on January 19 there are more applications than space available, CTY will use an additional selection process giving preference to students who have participated in CTY programs in the past.
MyCTY is the portal on CTY’s 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 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:
The waitlist works the same way as our regular course assignment process. It is not first come, first served. See the admissions page for more information.
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 contract firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Eighteen students is the normal class size for students in grades 7 through 10, although some may have as many as twenty. For students in grades 5 and 6 the class size is 15 students. 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 sessions. They work hard. Our students enjoy academic challenge and rigor, and we design our course work to engage and inspire them. If students feel overwhelmed, our staff are available to provide support.
Computer access is available to students at 3 computer barns. Computers are equipped with MS Office software, email, and an Internet browser. However, computer access is shared with full-time students and students from other programs on campus, and availability cannot be guaranteed during peak hours of the day. While instructors do not expect or require typed work, we do allow students to bring laptop computers to the CTY-Hong Kong location. There will be opportunities for all students to email home.
If a student has a documented disability that requires the use of a word processor in class, parents must contact summer programs staff at email@example.com to discuss appropriate documentation and possible accommodations.
Please see "Students with Learning, Physical, or Medical Needs" in the Information for Parents section.
The dining service at HKU is self-service and includes a selection of entrees and side dishes. Students will select their own dishes. If your student has food allergies or special food needs, please contact the program manager after your student has registered. Contact information will be in your child’s site information packet.
Yes! In addition to their engaging classes, students participate in scheduled daily and weekend activities and enjoy a vibrant social atmosphere. At HKU students spend the bulk of their time on campus, but may go out for class-related field trips during the week and on excursions during the weekends.
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. Students should not expect to access the host institution’s Wi-Fi network. Please review CTY’s technology policy with your child and discuss together how they will meet these expectations.
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.
Students are advised to keep all daily medication (including prescribed and over-the-counter medication) they need with them at all times. In case students need medical consultation, the on-campus clinic is open during office hours from Monday to Friday and is available to students on a pay-per-visit basis. For emergencies, 24/7 medical consultation is available at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) ward of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
Students are advised to have their own medical insurance which covers medical consultation and hospitalization, as public hospitals in Hong Kong charge a significantly higher rate for foreign passport holders for both A&E service and hospitalization.
Our administrative staff will secure and dispense over-the-counter medication and provide first aid attention should students need it.
Upon receiving a course assignment, you will receive instructions on completing and submitting the medical form. 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 will need to take while at CTY. The form 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 the form. Please see 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 form provided by CTY.
The CTY medical form must be signed by your child’s examining physician within the year prior to attending 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.
CTY offers a shuttle service from Hong Kong’s airport (HKG); the site information packet will contain more information. 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. The staff member will greet students, help them with their luggage, and escort them to the site.
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.You will receive more detailed information for making arrangements in the Course Assignment Packet
We regret that CTY cannot accommodate students outside of the program dates.
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We have very limited need-based financial aid available only to students attending certain local schools. For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Please see Tuition and Fees for more information.
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