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SAVY (Grades K-6/Rising Grades 1-7)

PTY staff missed seeing students on campus during the Summer 2020 program year. We have already started making initial plans for Summer 2021 in the hope that we will all be back together on campus again soon!

Continue to visit this page and join our mailing list for the most up-to-date information involving our Summer 2021 experiences as well as program dates. If you are interested in academic programs this fall and spring, check out our online opportunities this fall.

Saturday/Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young

Who? SAVY serves gifted and high-achieving students in Kindergarten through grade 6 during the academic year (summer, rising 1-7 grade) who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test. During the summer, students who have completed 6th grade (rising 7th grade students) are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a day program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. See the “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification for SAVY or Career Connections. Learn more about summer options for rising 7th graders.

What? Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students in a variety of course topics that change each session. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 and 16 students for grades 3-6.

When? Fall and Spring classes are held for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with lunch provided. Summer classes are week-long sessions during June and July, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students may register for one or more sessions. Summer SAVY typically offers six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session.

We are currently in the planning stages of determining fall 2020 programming while keeping the health and safety of our SAVY students, families, and staff in mind. Please continue to visit our website for updates or contact us at

Where? On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g. Explore, SCAT) are also accepted. While scores around the 95th percentile are typically a strong indication that SAVY is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the SAVY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. Returning SAVY students do not need to resubmit test scores unless their scores are more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their assessments.

Visit the Student Program Eligibility page for more information about eligibility for all PTY student programs.

Important Dates

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
Career Connections at SAVY
Summer 2020

December 3:Summer courses announced
January 8 noon - January 15 noon:Application Priority Window for Summer SAVY and Career Connections**
March 1 - May 15: Tuition and Refund Deadlines are rolling and based on when a student is admitted into a course.
See the Summer 2020 Tuition and Refund Deadlines on our Tuition page for more information
May 1:Required Forms Deadline
June 1:Summer Payment Plan Tuition Deadline

** While applying during the priority window does not guarantee admission, it increases your child’s chances of being admitted. After the priority window has ended, applications continue to be accepted and are processed in the order they are received. If space in a course remains after the application priority window has ended, courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served system, based on availability and eligibility. A waitlist will be maintained for all full courses. Please check the SAVY course page for the session you are interested in to view our current availability.