General Policies


Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

CTY Online Programs courses have the designation Supplementary Education Center/Program: Fully Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Questions about this accreditation can be directed to:

Accrediting Commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010

College Board® "AP®" Designation

All Online Programs Advanced Placement® courses have been reviewed and approved by the College Board® to use the "AP®" designation. To view a list of CTY courses that were reviewed by the Advanced Placement® Program Audit and are authorized to include the "AP®" designation, visit the AP® Course Ledger and type in "Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University" as the high school name.

If a student wishes to take an AP®-level Online Programs course prior to 9th grade and receive school credit, the student must obtain approval from their school prior to enrolling in the course. If the student’s school approves the student to take a CTY AP® course for school credit, please note that the student may not use AP® courses taken prior to 9th grade for college credit. Only AP® courses taken in 9th grade and beyond will be eligible for college advanced placement credit by the enrolling institution. With the exception of World Language course, the AP® label cannot be affixed to courses and school transcripts prior to ninth grade. 

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is accredited for grades K through 12 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association Approved Courses

Online Programs courses for 9th to 12th graders may be used in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initial eligibility certification process. To view the list of approved courses, visit the NCAA website and enter CTY's high school code 975334, then select "Show All Approved Courses."

University of California A-G Approved Courses

CTY is an approved A-G online publisher (view directory). Please note that California schools need to certify and self-report a CTY course in order for the course to be displayed in the A-G Course list. For California students seeking credit, it is critical that the family/student communicate with their school prior to enrolling in a CTY course to confirm your school’s agreement to provide credit via a CTY course.

Specific instructions for California schools can be found on the University of California A-G Policy Resource Guide.