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Fall and Spring SAVY

SAVY Saturday classes are designed to provide students access to interesting topics, to teach students 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!

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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 9 AM to 2:30 PM.

Sample Schedule for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

8:45-9:00 AM Arrival
9:00-11:30 AM SAVY Accelerated Courses (all SAVY students)
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Lunch (Each class has 30-minute lunch)
12:00-2:30 PM Students continue SAVY Accelerated Courses
2:45-3:00 PM Dismissal

Lunch

Students will be provided a box lunch or pizza 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 Statement

Programs for Talented Youth’s on-campus experiences are designed to provide students with the opportunity to take part in a unique community of learners. Our policies uphold the university’s mission and values and are grounded in decisions in science, expert advice, and protecting our community members. 

The policies outlined below remain subject to change. Deposit and tuition payments for PTY programs are nonrefundable after the communicated deadlines regardless of any changes in COVID-19 policies.  

After admission into the program, individual COVID-19 vaccination status reporting is optional as part of the PTY health forms and paperwork needed for program participation. Vaccination reporting is not required for students or staff and will not be used during admission consideration. 

What is your policy on masking and distancing?  

The university continues to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on Davidson’s County’s COVID community level. PTY participants are encouraged to follow CDC guidance based on Davidson’s County’s COVID community level.  

At this time, our programs do not require masking or physical distancing indoors. “Mask optional” means it is an individual’s choice whether to wear a mask or not. PTY students and staff have the option of bringing and wearing a mask, including in classrooms, dining spaces, and community spaces. PTY will continue to support those who want to wear a mask at any time for any reason and expects all community members to respect one another as well. There are currently no physical distancing requirements, whether an individual is masking or not.  

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while in a PTY program? 

As your child’s health and the health of others at PTY programs are our priority, parents will be contacted if their child shows signs of illness during a program. PTY requires parents, guardian, or authorized individuals to pick up a student within two hours if a student is symptomatic.  

If a student tests positive before a PTY program day, the student may attend the next PTY program day 5 days after their symptoms started or they received their positive test result, whichever is earlier, if the student has improving symptoms and no fever. Upon returning to a PTY program, students who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 are required to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for 5 additional days.  

Please note, we understand that COVID-19 may impact a student’s ability to attend a program. Regardless, the application fee and tuition are nonrefundable after the tuition due date. 

Does PTY contact trace?  

PTY does not contact trace and/or communicate close contacts to students, families, and staff.  

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

8:30-8:45 AM Arrival
8:45-11:45 AM SAVY Accelerated Courses (all SAVY students)
11:45 AM to 12:45 PM Organized Recreational Activities/Lunch (students bring from home)
12:45-3:45 PM Students continue SAVY Accelerated Course
3:45-4:00 PM
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 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, 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

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

Lunch Options

Career Connections at SAVY Students have the option to eat in the Commons Dining Hall when it is open, 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.