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SAVY Student Life

We are planning for our on-campus K-6 grade experience to resume on campus in Spring 2022. We are also currently planning for Summer 2022 on-campus experiences. Continue to monitor our website for the most up-to-date information.

Fall and Spring SAVY

SAVY Saturday classes are designed to provide students access to interesting topics, to teach student higher-order thinking skills, and to encourage development of conceptual frameworks for understanding new knowledge. We encourage students to enroll in classes that sound interesting to them. The short sessions provide students the opportunity to enroll in a class they already know they will love or take an intellectual risk and sign up for a class they have little experience so they can explore a possible new area of interest!

Session Structure

Fall and Spring Programs typically meet for three consecutive Saturdays. Students enroll in the session and attend all three Saturdays, taking the same class each day of the session. Classes meet from 9AM to 2:30.

For Spring 2022, PTY is piloting a new opportunity and is offering one day experiences. Students may attend one or more of the Saturday experiences.Classes meet from 9AM to 3:30.

Sample Schedule for Spring 2022

8:45-9:00am Arrival
9:00-11:30am SAVY Accelerated Courses (all SAVY students)
11:30-Noon Lunch (Each class has 30-minute lunch)
Noon-2:30pm Students continue SAVY Accelerated Courses
3:30-3:45pm Dismissal

Lunch

Students will be provided a box lunch for each SAVY day. Lunch is included as part of the tuition fee. Dietary restrictions will be collected after admission into the program. Feel free to contact our office for additional questions or concerns (savy.pty@vanderbilt.edu).

COVID-19 Policies

In an effort to protect all members of our community, Vanderbilt has put in place COVID-19 policies for student programs. The following list includes some of our current policies related to SAVY. More comprehensive information will be provided at a later date to enrolled families. As always, policies are subject to change.

  • In order to protect the safety of our community, masks will be required for all students and staff in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks will be required at all drop-off and pick-up location due to physical distancing constraints.
  • Students will be physically distanced in classrooms (3 feet) and will be physically distanced at snack and meal times when masks are removed (6 feet).
  • If students are able to physically distance outside, masks are not required.
  • Academic Buildings are not open to the public. All students will be welcomed and will depart the program through a car rider line.
  • We ask that parents monitor their child’s heath daily leading to each drop off each SAVY Saturday, which may include specific steps outlined closer to the start of SAVY. Parents should not send their child to the program if they are exhibiting signs of illness. We also ask that a student does not attend the program until a quarantine/isolation period has fully ended.**
  • Vanderbilt will follow CDC and TN Department of Health guidance regarding contact tracing protocol when any positive COVID test is communicated to the program leadership.

**SAVY administration will try to accommodate a necessary change of program plans for any family who is unable to attend for a documented COVID-19 related reason. This may include applying previously paid tuition to a future program or attempting to reschedule the student in another Saturday session.

Summer SAVY

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. Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students, Programs for Talented Youth, the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, and the University of Connecticut have designed some of SAVY’s curriculum. Many of the published units used at SAVY have won the Outstanding Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, have been well researched, and have been shown to be effective with this unique population of learners.

Sample Schedule

8:30-8:45am Arrival
8:45-11:45am SAVY Accelerated Courses (all SAVY students)
11:45am-12:45pm Organized Recreational Activities and Lunch (students bring from home)
12:45-3:45pm Students continue SAVY Accelerated Course
3:45-4:00pm
Dismissal

Session Structure

Students gain experience in a rigorous and engaging environment by participating in an academic course taught by Vanderbilt scholars, graduate students, content experts, or educators.

These full-day courses provide an in-depth look into a discipline and expose students to the habits of scholars. Students participate in one course for the entire week. Courses are also designed to be fun!

Lunch

Students should plan to bring a lunch and snacks for the day from home.

Organized Recreational Activities (ORA)

All SAVY students have a 25–30 minute period of structured recess that is built into each SAVY day. Led by trained PE teachers from local schools, ORA gives SAVY students a chance to engage socially with grade-level peers in a fun, non-academic setting. ORA typically takes place outdoors on Peabody campus, weather permitting.

COVID-19 Policies

Click here for our most up-to-date COVID-19 statement for Summer 2022.

Career Connections at SAVY

Similar to SAVY, Career Connections courses offer accelerated opportunities where students explore a topic in depth with like-ability peers. Different from SAVY classes, these courses have a particular focus on how content knowledge is applied in unique ways in different fields or industries. Students will gain a better understanding of the importance of knowledge application as they begin to envision possible careers in content areas that most interest them.

Sample Schedule

8:30-8:45am Arrival
8:45-11:45am Accelerated Course
11:45am-12:15pm Lunch in the Commons Dining Hall
12:15-1:30pm Accelerated Course Continues
1:30-2:00pm Break/Organized Recreational Activities
2:00-3:45pm Accelerated Course Continues
3:45-4:00pm Dismissal

Lunch Options

Career Connections at SAVY Students have the option to eat in the Commons Dining Hall, just like college students at Vanderbilt. There are two meal options for students. Students may bring lunch from home to eat in the dining hall or may pre-purchase lunch for the week from the dining hall. Pre-purchase options will be sent to families after admission into the program.

Organized Recreational Activities (ORA)

All Career Connections at SAVY students have a 25–30 minute period of structured recess that is built into each day. Led by trained PE teachers from local schools, ORA gives students a chance to engage socially with grade-level peers in a fun, non-academic setting. ORA typically takes place outdoors on Peabody campus, weather permitting.

COVID-19 Policies

Click here for our most up-to-date COVID-19 statement for Summer 2022.