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SAVY (Grades K-6/Rising Grades 1-8)

Saturday/Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)


SAVY serves gifted and high-achieving students in kindergarten through grade 6 during the academic year (summer, rising 1-7 grade). During the summer, students who have completed 6th or 7th grade (rising 7th or 8th) 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 qualifications for SAVY or Career Connections. Learn more about summer options for rising 7th and 8th grade students.


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.


Fall and Spring classes are typically held for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00AM. to 2:45PM. Please visit the “How to Apply” page for more information.

Summer classes are week-long sessions during June and July, Monday through Friday from 8:45AM to 3:45PM. Students may register for one or more sessions. Summer SAVY typically offers six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session.

Where does SAVY take place?

SAVY is held on Peabody Campus at Vanderbilt University.

How do students qualify?

Students who typically test around the 90th 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 90th 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.