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How to Apply for SAVY

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, we regretfully announce that PTY has cancelled all Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY) and Career Connections at SAVY courses for summer 2020.

Review PTY’s Statement Concerning COVID-19 and Summer 2020 Programs

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Summer 2020 Application

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young is a day program for gifted students entering grades 1-6. Classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Rising 7th 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 graders.

There will be two application options for SAVY and Career Connections:

Current 6th Grade Students: Eligibility requirements for Career Connections at SAVY are the same as those for SAVY. The summer application priority window dates for Career Connections will also be the same as for SAVY. However, there will be a separate online application for students interested in Career Connections, which will be available on this page starting January 8.

01. Complete the SAVY or Career Connections application online. 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 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. Please contact SAVY ( for the sibling discount code if you are planning to submit applications for multiple children.

02. Complete the PDF application for the appropriate program and send to PTY via mail. Include a check or money order, made payable to Vanderbilt University-PTY, for the $50 nonrefundable application fee. If PTY does not have your child’s test scores on file, please also include a copy with the application.

Faxed and emailed applications are not accepted at this time.


Students who 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 many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, 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 95th percentile are typically a strong indication that SAVY 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.

Visit the Student Eligibility Page for more information about eligibility for SAVY.

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

Want to learn more about how to prepare for a summer application?

Admissions Process

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

Summer 2020:

Summer 2020 courses will be posted on the SAVY Course Page on December 3. On Wednesday, January 8, at noon central time, the application for Summer 2020 SAVY sessions will be posted on the PTY website. There will be a 7 day application priority window, which will end Wednesday, January 15, at noon central time. Students may apply for multiple summer sessions with one application and one $50 non-refundable application fee.

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 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 session (fall, spring, or summer). Applications of siblings will be reviewed and placed simultaneously, space permitting. Applications received after the application priority window will be time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed in order of receipt.

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

SAVY families will be notified of admissions decisions via email within three weeks of PTY receiving the application. If everything is complete, you will receive communication about placement. If materials are missing, PTY will notify you as soon as possible with a request for more information and with accompanying deadlines. The admissions notice will include the tuition statement and balance owed. For families who have applied for financial aid, financial
 aid information may be included in the admissions notice if financial aid materials have already been submitted.


SAVY maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The status of each course (Full- waiting list closed, Full- accepting applications for waitlist, available- limited space, available) can be seen on our Summer course page. Course availability will be first updated on our website within 3 weeks following the close of the application priority window for that session.

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 these 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 his or her status, please contact PTY at 615-322-8261.

Required Forms

Before the start date of the program, admitted students will receive access to a packet of required forms which must be completed 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.

Equal Opportunity
In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department, Baker Building, PMB 401809, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-1809. Telephone (615) 322-4705 (V/TDD); Fax (615) 343-4969.