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

Although we cannot gather together on campus this fall and winter for Saturday experiences, PTY is committed to planning quality and accelerated classes for students.

If you are interested in academic programs this fall and winter, check out our online opportunities. Opportunities include one month accelerated class for 3rd through 11th grade students as well as intensive 6-month mentorship experiences for students in 10-12 grade.

PTY has also already started making initial plans for Summer 2021. We plan on offering a variety of online opportunities and experiences this upcoming summer for PTY students. PTY will have more information about on-campus day experiences for SAVY students during Summer 2021 by mid-January. At that time, the website will be updated with important information and key dates.

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 summer 2021 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.