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In addition to their course work, CTY students enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom. All students in 2nd-6th grade will be commuting students, and the class day will go from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The majority of students in 7th – 10th grade will be residential students. Grade 7 to 10 commuting students' class day will go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to give commuting students the full experience of a CTY site.

Most importantly, all students get to know other students like themselves—students whose interests are diverse and who share their exceptional academic abilities and love of learning. Lasting friendships develop as students learn from each other both in and out of the classroom. Throughout the program, we focus on ensuring that students have a good time in a safe, supervised environment.

Although helping students have a positive social experience is important to us, prospective students should know that their primary goal while enrolled in the program is to succeed in their academic endeavors. Students unable to make academics their first priority should not attend the program.


While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, administrative, instructional, and residential staff all work together to provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Outside class, students are supervised by Program Assistants (PAs) or Residential Assistants (RAs), who are typically college students selected on the basis of academic record, related work or volunteer experience, recommendations, and performance in an interview. At HKU, RAs live with students in the residence halls, provide support and encouragement, enforce rules, and plan and conduct the recreational program. At ISF, PAs lead activity periods and assist instructors in classrooms. The RAs, as well as instructors, teaching assistants, and administrators, are prepared to help students adjust to the academic demands of CTY and to the experience of being away from home.

Housing at HKU

Students live in halls with single-sex floors with their RAs and are not permitted to visit opposite-gender floors. Students on the same floor share a bathroom on each of the two wings. Students will not have phone access in their rooms, but will need to use their own cell phones or the hall phone with a phone card for international calls. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but we cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement. Whenever possible, students are assigned roommates of a similar age who are studying a related subject. We are usually unable to accommodate roommate requests.

Each RA group has approximately 12 students. The RA group is an important part of the residential experience, as it provides students with a sense of identity and belonging within the larger CTY community.

Afternoon/Evening Activities

When students are not in class, they attend activities planned and supervised by the program assistants or resident assistants. The program’s goal is to offer a variety of activities so that all students can find something they enjoy doing each day. Activities include the standard fare of board games, athletics, and arts and crafts.

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Facilities at HKU

At HKU students will have access to the gymnasium, tennis courts, and outdoor fields. These facilities are shared with other programs and are supervised by our staff only during scheduled activity periods. For these reasons, individual training programs and practice schedules cannot be accommodated. Students also are not permitted to use campus weight rooms.

Technology at the Sites

In order to maximize community engagement and to minimize distractions, CTY limits the use of computers, tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Computer access cannot be guaranteed during peak hours of the day. CTY does not provide students with access to the internet.

Weekends at HKU

Classes do not meet on weekends at either site. Instead, residential students at HKU participate in a full schedule of recreational and social activities, which are supervised by the RAs and administrative staff. In addition to sports and games, weekend activities include special events such as carnivals, dances, movies, and a talent show. Some students choose to attend religious services. Students also have down time in the mornings to catch up on laundry or just relax and talk with friends.

Commuting Students at HKU will NOT be able to participate in weekend activities.

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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 or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities, and national origins.
  • Behave in a friendly, cooperative, safe, and responsible manner toward all persons in the CTY community and in the larger campus 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 more about our standards for behavior on the first day. While specific rules vary somewhat from site to site, community standards throughout our summer 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;
  • Being on an opposite-gender hall;
  • Leaving their halls after lights-out;
  • Stealing or vandalizing property;
  • Keeping prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession (for limited exceptions, see Medical Information);
  • Possessing or using tobacco, e-cigarettes, 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 CTY Student Policy on Appropriate Use of Technology;
  • Not cooperating with adult supervision;
  • Undermining the safety or wellbeing 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).
  • Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and Amp.
  • Pets of any kind.
  • Televisions or video game equipment.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, 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 above list, 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 wellbeing of people.

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