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Career Connections at SAVY (Rising Grade 7 and 8)

What is Career Connections?

Career Connections is a summer program within SAVY that is specifically designed for students who have completed 6th and 7th grade (rising 7th and rising 8th grade students). Classes within this program have been developed to immerse students in a topic of study where they experience the application of advanced content within a unique field.

Career Connections allows students to experience how expert knowledge and skills are applied in different fields, industries, and/or research. The courses are designed and taught by college professors, graduate students, and/or content experts.

When is Career Connections?

Classes typically meet at the same time as SAVY classes during select sessions in July. Students may register to attend one, two, or three weeks of courses. Each week offers two course options. Students will take one class for the week.

How is Career Connections at SAVY different from SAVY?

Career Connections is a program within SAVY. Similar to SAVY classes, Career Connections courses offer accelerated opportunities where students explore a topic in depth with peers that have similar ability levels.

Different from SAVY classes, these courses have a particular focus on how content knowledge is applied in various ways in various fields or industries. Students will gain a better understanding of the importance of knowledge application as they begin to envision possible careers related to content areas that most interest them.

Where can I see the course descriptions for Career Connections at SAVY?

Career Connections courses are listed with the SAVY course descriptions for the corresponding sessions. Click here to view the course offerings.

Are the application and eligibility requirements for Career Connections different from those for SAVY?

The application process and eligibility requirements for Career Connections are the same as those for SAVY. Career Connections at SAVY also has the same application priority window as Summer SAVY and financial aid awards are available. Although the process of applying to Career Connections is the same as that for SAVY, there is a separate application for Career Connections. The application will be available at the same time as the Summer SAVY application. Students may also apply online through PTY’s online application portal.

How do I apply to participate in Career Connections at SAVY?

Please visit the SAVY How to Apply page for more information about applying for upcoming sessions.

Does my 7th or 8th grade student have additional summer options at PTY other than Career Connections?

Yes! In addition to Career Connections at SAVY, rising 7th grade and 8th grade students may also choose to appy for Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA). VSA is the middle and high school residential program offered through Programs for Talented Youth. VSA hosts rising 7th and 8th grade students for a one-week experience in June. The application process and eligibility requirements for VSA are different than those for Career Connections. Also, the priority application window dates for VSA are slightly different than those for Career Connections at SAVY.

Rising 7th grade students may choose to attend Career Connections, VSA, or both programs. Students interested in attending both VSA and Career Connections at SAVY will need to complete two separate applications. PTY encourages students to apply during each program’s priority window to increase the likelihood of being admitted to a top choice course. For more information about VSA, visit the VSA website.