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SAVY Session Dates and Application Information

Summer 2024 dates will be announced this fall.

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Upcoming Sessions

Fall SAVY 2023 and Spring SAVY 2024

Fall SAVY and Spring SAVY is offered for three consecutive Saturdays. Students may apply for fall session only, spring session only, or both sessions. Each SAVY day runs from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM with lunch provided. Students must bring a nut-free snack with them. Tuition is $450 for each session. There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Students may apply for fall and spring with the $50 non-refundable application fee if applying for both sessions at the same time.

Take a look at the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Course Offerings

Fall SAVY 2023 Spring SAVY 2024
3 Consecutive Saturdays:
October 21
October 28
November 4
3 Consecutive Saturdays:
January 27
February 3
February 10
Arrival: 8:45 - 9:00
Dismissal: 2:45 - 3:00
Arrival: 8:45 - 9:00
Dismissal: 2:45 - 3:00
Tuition: $450 for the three Saturdays (box lunch or pizza lunch and materials included)Tuition: $450 for the three Saturdays (box lunch or pizza lunch and materials included)

Upcoming Session Timeline

Fall SAVY 2023

August 23Fall Courses Announced
August 30, noon - September 1, noon48-hour Application Priority Window for Fall SAVY*
After noon on September 1Applications Continue to Be Accepted with Admissions Notifications Sent 3-4 Weeks After Receipt
September 13Fall SAVY Admissions Notifications Sent for Those Applying During the Priority Window
September 27Fall Tuition and Required Forms Deadline**

Spring SAVY 2024 

August 23Spring Courses Announced
August 30, noon - September 1, noon48-hour Application Priority Window for Spring SAVY*
After noon on September 1Applications Continue to Be Accepted with Admissions Notifications Sent 3-4 Weeks After Receipt
September 13Spring SAVY Admissions Notifications Sent for Those Applying During the Priority Window
December 1Spring Tuition and Required Forms Deadline**

*See “Admissions Process” for more information about the priority window.
**Tuition and required forms due on a rolling basis (2-3 weeks after notification) for students admitted after the tuition deadline.

Application Information

SAVY is a day program for advanced students in kindergarten through 6th grade. The Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 programs run for 3 consecutive Saturdays. Students may apply for one or both of these experiences. The experience runs from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

In the summer, classes meet for weeklong sessions, Monday through Friday. Each SAVY day begins at 8:30 AM. The day concludes at 3:45 PM. Rising 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a day program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. Visit the Career Connections page for more information about this program and other summer opportunities for rising 7th grade and 8th grade students.

Current 6th and 7th Grade Students: Eligibility requirements for Career Connections are slight different than SAVY. The summer application priority window dates for Career Connections is the same as those for SAVY. However, there will be a separate online application for students interested in Career Connections.

When an application goes live for a program season, you will complete your SAVY application by visiting the “Apply Now” section of our website. Programs for Talented Youth uses SchoolDoc as the online application platform. If you have applied for other programs using SchoolDoc, you can use your previously created account to login and submit a SAVY application. With this option, you may upload test scores and select a preferred payment method for the $50 nonrefundable application fee for the program season (fall/spring or summer). For families submitting applications for multiple children, the application fee for the first child will be $50, and a $25 application fee discount is available for each subsequent child’s application for that season. Please contact SAVY ( for the sibling discount code if you are planning to submit applications for multiple children.

SAVY Eligibility

We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WIAT, WISC IV/V, ITBS, Iowa and MAP/NWEA. We also accept a variety of state achievement tests and select progress monitoring assessments (AIMSweb, STAR, Fastbridge testing) for provisional placement. 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 Eligibility Page for more information about eligibility for SAVY or Career Connections. Additional information about eligibility for Career Connections at SAVY can also be found on the Career Connections page.

Choosing a Course

SAVY classes are designed to provide in-depth study on interesting topics to teach students higher-order thinking skills and to encourage development of conceptual frameworks for understanding new knowledge. Much of our curriculum has been designed by Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students, the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, and the University of Connecticut.

SAVY courses are accelerated and specifically designed for academically gifted students. The best way to help your child select appropriate courses is to consider your student’s area(s) of strength and interest.

If your child is interested in taking more than one course, please rank them in order of their preference. Ranking courses increases your child’s chance of admission to the SAVY program, but remember, your child could be placed in any class that you rank. Classes fill very quickly, so we often have to place students in their second or third-choice classes. Thus, only rank a class if your child is willing to take it.

Application Checklist

  • Application (online)
  • Test scores (if applicable – see Eligibility below)
  • Application fee of $50
  • Financial aid application and documents (i.e.,1040 and W-2s, if applicable)

Please contact our office ( with questions about the application process.

Admissions Process

The admissions process is the same for SAVY and Career Connections at SAVY.

Our admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in a course of interest.

There is typically a 7-day application priority window for summer programs and a 48-hour window for fall and spring programs. Students may apply for multiple academic year experiences (fall and spring) or multiple summer experiences with one application and one $50 non-refundable application fee. A different application and $50 non-refundable application fee is needed for academic year Saturday programs and Summer SAVY.

Please Note: If you plan to submit applications for multiple children, you can add all applicants to the same account in SchoolDoc, the online application platform. However, a separate application will need to be submitted for each individual child. Please visit the SchoolDoc Help Page and scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about how to add multiple students to a single account.

All applications received during the priority window for a session/season will be considered part of the primary applicant pool regardless of the specific time within the window they were submitted. All complete and qualifying applications submitted during the application priority window have the same chance for placement.

Upon the close of the window, all applications received will be randomly assigned a number determining their order in the review queue for the season/session (fall, spring, or summer). Applications of siblings will be reviewed and placed simultaneously, space permitting.

Applying during the priority window does not guarantee admission, but it increases your child’s chances. We strongly recommend applying during this window.

Applications received after the application priority window will be time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed in order of receipt. If space in a course remains after the priority window has ended, courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served system based on availability and eligibility. Waitlists will be maintained for full courses.

Admissions Notification

Once a completed application has been submitted within the priority window, a student can typically expect an admission notification via email on or before the communicated date in the session timeline.

For students applying outside of the priority window, an admission notification will be sent within approximately 3-4 weeks after the application is received.

If the student is admitted, the admission notice will also include the tuition statement and next steps. 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 deposit 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, PTY will contact you to alert you to the incomplete status. Missing materials may delay review and impact placement.


SAVY maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The status of each course can be seen on the SAVY course page. Course availability is generally updated on our website within 3 weeks following the close of an application priority window for that session/season. Please contact our office ( if you have questions about availability.

Students who have not been placed in their first-choice course are automatically placed on the waiting list for that class. Students may then be placed in a second-choice (or third-choice) course, if ranked, as an option or may be placed on the waiting list in lower ranked courses if their higher ranked course options are also full.

Students will be moved into their higher-ranked courses if space becomes available; however, there is no guarantee that spots will open in a class. If space becomes available, or if PTY determines that the program can no longer accept additional students from the waiting list, we will communicate with families via email. The application fee is not refundable to families of students who are not admitted from the waiting list.

If your student has been waitlisted and you have questions about their status, please contact PTY at 615-322-2664.

Required Forms

Before the start date of the program, admitted students will receive access to an electronic packet of required forms which must be completed in their SchoolDoc portal by the required form due date. Required paperwork includes emergency contact information, medical information, and a media release. All students who participate in programs through Programs for Talented Youth must also have health insurance documentation on file with PTY.

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