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PTY Online Academy

A new session of PTY Online Academy (Session 5: March 22-April 18) has just been announced!

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We will continue to offer virtual programs this summer through PTY Online Academy (rising 3rd through 12th grades). We will be announcing summer PTY Online Academy classes and schedules the week of March 15 with applications going live shortly after. 

PTY Online Academy is an online learning opportunity that offers synchronous and asynchronous experiences for the academically advanced student in your life. Students enroll in one class that meets live and online for approximately one and a half hours twice a week, or once a week for three hours, for approximately four weeks. Outside of class students complete asynchronous assignments and meet during office hours with their instructor or teaching assistant for additional help. PTY Online Academy offers a variety of course and meeting time options to fit unique schedules.

PTY Online Academy is not the same as our on-campus programs and we do not presume in any way that this will replace the in-person experience. However, our online courses still serve an important purpose in our mission of developing talent and expertise in young students. Our online experience offers students the opportunity to interact with content experts, engage with like-minded peers, and continue learning something new in an area of interest.

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Schedule of Program


There will be four sessions of PTY Online Academy courses offered during the 2020-2021 school year. Each session will run for approximately four weeks and the specific days and times of the courses will vary. Similar to our in-person learning experiences (SAVY, WAVU, or VSA), students will choose a course from their grade level offerings to take for the session. Students may sign up for multiple sessions as well as multiple courses within each session as long as course times do not conflict with one another. Course descriptions, and the meeting times and days of the week for each class, have been posted on the PTY Online Academy Courses page:

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Session 1: October 12 - November 8
Session 3: January 11 - February 7
Session 2: November 9 - December 13*
Session 4: February 8 - March 7
*no class the week of November 23-29
Session 5: March 22 - April 18

Online, synchronous learning sessions will be live with the instructor, teaching assistant, and other students enrolled in the course. Each class will be capped at approximately 14-16 students for 3rd-6th grade and 18-20 students for 7th-11th grades. Each PTY Online Academy course will meet live and online twice weekly for 75-90 minutes or once weekly for approximately 3 hours. The time of the online synchronous learning period differs by course in order to accommodate a variety of student and instructor schedules. The time for the live, online class time is consistent across the session and will be noted alongside the course description. Afternoon, evening, and Saturday meeting times will be available. Outside of the online meeting times, students will be asked to complete assignments to advance their knowledge of the topic. The instructor and teaching assistant will also set a time for weekly office hours, different from the course meeting times, during which students can ask additional questions and seek support for their asynchronous activities.

Course Options and Meeting Times
Course descriptions, as well as course meeting times and days, have been posted on the PTY Online Courses page. Visit the course page to view our exciting virtual course offerings for fall and winter!

Program Timeline

September 15Courses and Schedule Announced
September 22Online Application Opens and processing of applications begins. Rolling admissions until January 25, 2021.
October 5Required forms and tuition due for Session 1
October 12Session 1 begins
October 26Required forms and tuition due for Session 2
November 9Session 2 begins
November 23-29No classes - Thanksgiving break
December 18Required forms and tuition due for Session 3
January 11Session 3 begins
January 25Required forms and tuition due for Session 4
February 8Session 4 begins
March 8Required forms and tuition due for Session 5
March 22Session 5 begins

Tuition and Fees

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application.

Students applying for multiple sessions of PTY Online Academy for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 will complete individual applications. However, if you apply for multiple Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 sessions for PTY Online Academy, you will only submit one $35 nonrefundable application fee per student. You will receive a tuition statement via email if your student is placed in a ranked course. If you applied to multiple sessions, you will receive individual admissions emails for each session. PTY does not collect full tuition until after your student has been admitted to a session.

The tuition cost for PTY Online Academy will be $250 per course. Tuition deadlines vary by session. Tuition payments may be made online or by check. Need-based financial assistance may be available.


Students who test around the 85th percentile or above on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in a PTY Online Academy course in their area(s) of strength. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: PSAT, SAT, ACT, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC, state-standardized testing. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that PTY Online Academy is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the PTY office ( for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their advanced learning potential.

How to Apply

Admissions Process & Placement 

PTY Online Academy accepts applications as part of a rolling admissions window once applications are released. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis based on the date in which they are received. Applications are also accepted/placed on an ongoing basis, and students may apply for classes that are currently full. We encourage students to visit the PTY Online Academy Course page before applying to check course availability, as the application fee is nonrefundable regardless of whether a student is placed in a course. Please note that while we try to keep our website as up-to-date as possible concerning course availability, sometimes our availability changes quickly during peak application times. Make sure to check the date published on the website of when the course availability page was last updated. Many of our courses fill quickly, so we recommend that students apply as early as possible for the best chance of receiving their top choice course.

Applications for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 programs will be released on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at noon CDT. Please visit the Apply Now webpage for a link to the PTY Online Academy application starting September 22.

Course Placement 

In your application, you should rank your course choices in order of preference, with 1 indicating your first choice. You may rank as many choices as you like. We will make every effort to place you in your first choice. However, courses fill very quickly, and we will place you into your highest-ranked course based on seat availability at the time we review your application. Thus, rank only courses you are willing to take. Once you are placed in a course you ranked, you will be notified and your spot will be held with your tuition payment. If you are placed in a lower-ranked course, you will remain on the waiting list for any higher-ranked courses regardless of whether you pay the tuition balance to secure your spot in a lower-ranked course.

Admission Notification 

Once a completed application has been submitted, a student can typically expect an admission notification via email within two to three weeks. If the student is admitted, the admission notice will also include the tuition statement. For families who have applied for financial aid, financial aid information may be included in the admission notice if financial aid materials have already been submitted. The tuition balance for financial aid applicants will not be due until the financial aid materials have been processed and the award communicated to the family. Only complete applications are fully processed, so, if any items are missing (e.g., application fee, qualifying documents, etc.), PTY will contact you to alert you to the incomplete status.

Waiting List

A waiting list notification is due to space availability only and is no indication of student ability or merit. At the time of your application review, if no openings remain in your first choice course, we will look to see if a seat is available in your second choice course, and so on. Even if we place you in a lower-ranked course (due to availability), you will remain on the waiting list(s) for your higher-ranked course(s). If a seat becomes available in a higher-ranked course, we move the first student on the waiting list into that seat. Waiting lists are held until close to the start of the program session. No tuition payment will be owed until you are placed in a course that you ranked in your application. The application fee, however, is nonrefundable.

If your student has been waitlisted, and you have questions about their status, please contact PTY at 615.322.8261 or

Required Forms 

Upon admission into the program, families will receive instructions concerning required forms. Required forms includes emergency contact information, participant permission, media release, etc. All students who participate in programs through Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) must have current required forms for the 2020-2021 school year on file with PTY.

Cancellation Policy 

The application fee is nonrefundable for all applicants. No tuition refunds will be granted after the refund deadline for the session. Please see the Tuition and Fees section above for a list of tuition deadlines. No tuition refunds will be provided after the tuition deadline for a session.

Financial Assistance 

PTY is committed to making programs available to academically advanced students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, need-based financial aid is available based on income. The PTY application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status. Applying for financial aid will not negatively impact a student’s application. If you plan to apply for financial aid at the time of application submission, you may do this as part of the online application process. You may apply for financial aid at any point in the application and admission process. If you choose to apply for financial aid after submitting your application, please contact the PTY office (615.322.8261) to discuss submission options.

Your student may be offered admission to the program before receiving a financial aid award. You are not obligated to officially enroll your student until you receive a financial aid quote. When your financial aid quote is received, you may accept or decline the amount and placement in a course. In addition to providing need-based financial assistance options, PTY also offers all families the option to set up a monthly payment plan for their student’s tuition. A student does not have to apply for financial assistance in order to set up a payment plan option. After receiving an admission notification, families interested in setting up a payment plan can do so in their SchoolDoc account. Please see the PTY webpage for more information about setting up a payment plan. Please contact 615.322.8261 if you have additional questions about financial aid or setting up a payment plan.

Technology and Materials Requirements

Internet speed: Many online video conferencing platforms, which will be utilized for live classroom experiences, have specific bandwidth requirements. Typically, an internet speed of 1.5 megabits per second (mbps), for both upload and download speeds, is needed on these platforms. If you would like to test your internet speed, you can visit:

Device: It is recommended that students have uninterrupted access during live class times to a laptop computer, desktop computer, iPad, or tablet for classroom experiences. Students should not use a mobile device. Windows, Mac and Chrome OS Operating Systems are compatible with all courses.

Class Materials: In addition to a computer, most class materials required will be typical classroom supplies (e.g. pencil/pen, notebook, graph paper, ruler, calculator) and are provided by the student. Any specific materials (e.g. book, downloadable documents) will be provided by PTY. Some classes may also require free software to be downloaded. This information will be provided before the course begins or as soon as possible. Any required texts will be sent to a student’s home address as listed in their SchoolDoc account. Please make sure your SchoolDoc profile is up-to-date with the correct mailing address information.