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Student Program Eligibility

PTY Online Academy (Grades 3-11) | Mentor Immersion at PTY (Grades 10-12)

SAVY (Grades K-6) | WAVU (Grades 7-12) | VSA (Rising Grades 7-12)

PTY Online Academy: Grades 3-11

Students who test around the 85th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test will find PTY Online Academy to be a good fit. While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that PTY Online Academy 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. We, at PTY, understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework.

Do I need to submit qualifying documents as part of my application?

Select from the options below to determine whether or not you will need to submit qualifying documents as part of your child’s PTY Online Academy application:

My child has never applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, VSA, or PTY Online Academy
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. Scores should be no more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments. Please see the section below for more information if you do not have test scores for your student.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, VSA, or PTY Online Academy within the last 12 months
No, you will not need to submit qualifying documents. Previously submitted qualifying documents can be used as part of your child’s application. If you would like to update your child’s testing or revisit your child’s eligibility for certain subjects, you may upload new documents as part of the application, but this is not required.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, VSA, or PTY Online Academy but NOT within the last 12 months
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. You may submit the scores you previously submitted to determine eligibility as long as the scores are no more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments. 

What if I do not have test scores for my student?

While PTY Online Academy accepts scores from a wide variety of assessments, we realize that test scores may not always be available. We understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework. Please contact our office for more information about eligibility and alternative documentation options.

Mentor Immersion at PTY: Grades 10-12

PTY’s Mentorship Immersion program is a rigorous program that requires a substantial and sustained time commitment of approximately six months with an independent project component. Because of this, admission to the program is selective based on eligibility with our most popular mentorships involving a competitive selection process. In order to determine if PTY’s mentorship program is a good fit, all students are required to submit an application to the specific mentorship experience(s) they are interested in applying to. The review process for selecting students for the program involves a thorough review of a student’s qualifying test scores, transcript, resume, and thoughtful essay response.

The following are components of the application that are reviewed together to determine fit and placement. We will consider all components of the application when making a determination about admission into the program. Please note, if PTY receives more applications than we have spaces available in a particular mentorship, placement will become a competitive selection process for that mentorship. In this instance, PTY will employ a holistic, context-aware review process to determine which students will be placed in the experience. Therefore, PTY recommends that students are thoughtful with their resume and essay submission regardless of the mentorship that they are applying to.

The following are components of the application that are reviewed together to determine fit:

  • Test Scores: Scores in the 90th percentile and above for their age group in one or more sections on an advanced achievement assessment (ACT, SAT, PSAT, or AP scores within the content area of the mentorship) or any other nationally normed standardized assessment (such as state testing, if advanced achievement assessment scores are not available) typically suggest that this program is a good fit, academically, for a student. However, PTY does not have cutoffs for standardized test scores in order to apply to the program. When reviewing mentorship applications, we evaluate students’ test scores as one component of the application in addition to a student’s transcript, resume, and essay. Our mentorship program is designed for students who have performed well based on the opportunities and experiences that are available to them. Also, please note that scores above the 90th percentile to do not automatically guarantee admission into the program.
  • Transcript: All students are required to submit a current transcript. Grades of mostly As and Bs suggest that the mentorship program would be a good academic fit. Also, please make sure your transcript reflects particular required prerequisites for certain mentorships. Through the transcript review process, PTY is looking for students who are highly motivated as the mentorship program is rigorous and requires independent work outside of the weekly meetings. PTY also understands that extenuating circumstances might impact a student’s grades. Please make sure you provide additional information if you believe your grades do not accurately demonstrate your ability or commitment to academics.
  • Resume: We want to know more about you! Submit a one-page resume as part of your application so we have a better understanding of your interests and extracurricular activities. Knowing more about you helps PTY determine if this program is a good fit. The resume should include extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, awards and honors, etc.
  • Essay: Since PTY’s mentorship program is an intensive academic experience, we want to hear more about why you want to make this commitment as well as why you are interested in the particular mentorship that you have selected as your first choice. Please limit your essay to under 600 words.

International Students: Vanderbilt considers you an international student if you are a citizen of any nation other than the United States of America. You are not considered an international student if you are a dual U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, refugee/asylee, or a U.S. citizen living abroad.

If you are an international student, in addition to the other qualification documents, you will be prompted to submit documents showing demonstrated proficiency in English.

SAVY: Grades K-6

Students who test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test typically find SAVY to be a good fit. 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. We, at PTY, understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework.

Eligibility requirements for Career Connections at SAVY, the summer day-program option for current 6th grade students, 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.

Do I need to submit qualifying documents as part of my application?

Select from the options below to determine whether or not you will need to submit qualifying documents as part of your child’s SAVY application:

My child has never applied to or attended SAVY
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. Scores should be no more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments. Please see the section below for more information if you do not have test scores for your student.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY within the last 12 months
No, you will not need to submit qualifying documents. Previously submitted qualifying documents can be used as part of your child’s application. If you would like to update your child’s testing or revisit your child’s eligibility for certain subjects, you may upload new documents as part of the application, but this is not required.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY but NOT within the last 12 months
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. You may submit the scores you previously submitted to determine eligibility as long as the scores are no more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments. 

What if I do not have test scores for my student?

While SAVY accepts scores from a wide variety of assessments, we realize that test scores may not always be available. We understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework. Please contact our office for more information about eligibility and alternative documentation options.

Can I check my child’s eligibility for SAVY before applying?

Not sure if your child’s test scores meet our eligibility requirements or are from an assessment that we typically accept? Get a jump start on your application and submit your test scores for review ahead of the application priority window!

Test scores for summer program applications can be reviewed in advance from September 1 until December 31 of the previous calendar year (e.g. scores for Summer 2020 applications reviewed in advance until December 31, 2019). Scores for fall and spring applications can be reviewed in advance from June 1 to December 31 (e.g. scores for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 applications reviewed in advance from June 1-December 31, 2020). After these dates, scores will need to be submitted as part of an official SAVY application for review. SAVY is unable to review work samples or other portfolio components in advance.

Please note: SAVY will not maintain the files of test scores submitted in advance for review. Applicants will need to upload scores as part of the application when officially applying to SAVY.

Submit my Child’s Scores for SAVY Review

Still have questions about SAVY eligibility? Contact our office at 615-322-8261.

WAVU: Grades 7-12

Students who test at the 85th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or ability test typically find WAVU to be good fit. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV/V. We also accept a variety of state achievement tests. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g., ACT, SAT) are also accepted and have different scoring criteria.

While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that WAVU 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 we at PTY understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework. Returning SAVY, WAVU, or VSA students do not need to resubmit test scores unless scores have changed significantly since submitting them to PTY or as requested by PTY staff. 

Do I need to submit qualifying documents as part of my application?

My child has never applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, or VSA
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. Scores should be no more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments. Please see the section below for more information if you do not have test scores for your student.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, or VSA within the last 12 months
No, you will not need to submit qualifying documents. Previously submitted qualifying documents can be used as part of your child’s application. If you would like to update your child’s testing or revisit your child’s eligibility for certain subjects, you may upload new documents as part of the application, but this is not required.
My child has applied to or attended SAVY, WAVU, or VSA but NOT within the last 12 months
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, state standardized testing, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, and WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. You may submit the scores you previously submitted to determine eligibility as long as the scores are no more than three years old.Students without test scores should work with their school to obtain documentation of their assessments.

What if I do not have test scores for my student?

While WAVU accepts scores from a wide variety of assessments, we realize that test scores may not always be available. We understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework. Please contact our office for more information about eligibility and alternative documentation options.

Can I check my Child’s Eligibility for WAVU before applying?

Not sure if your child’s test scores meet our eligibility requirements or are from an assessment that we typically accept? Get a jump start on your application and submit your test scores for review ahead of the application priority window!

Test scores for fall and spring WAVU applications can be reviewed in advance from June 1 to December 31 (e.g. scores for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 applications reviewed in advance from June 1-December 31, 2020). After this date, scores will need to be submitted as part of an official WAVU application for review. WAVU is unable to review work samples or other portfolio components in advance.

Please note: WAVU will not maintain the files of test scores submitted in advance for review. Applicants will need to upload scores as part of the application when officially applying to WAVU.

Submit my Child’s Scores for WAVU Review

Still have questions about WAVU eligibility? Contact our office at 615-322-8261.

VSA: Rising Grades 7-12

In order to determine if VSA’s accelerated courses are a good fit, all students are required to submit qualifying documentation as part of their application. There are two ways to qualify for VSA, (1) with test scores or (2) with a portfolio. No preference is given for one method over the other.

Do I need to submit qualifying documents as part of my application?

Select from the options below to determine whether or not you will need to submit qualifying documents as part of your VSA application:

I have not applied to or attended VSA before
Yes, you will need to submit qualifying documents (i.e. test scores or a portfolio) as part of your VSA application. Please see the sections below for more information about the ways to qualify for VSA.
I have applied to or attended VSA within the last 12 months
No, you will not need to submit qualifying documents as part of your VSA application at this time. Previously submitted qualifying documents may be applied. If you would like to update your testing or revisit your eligibility for certain subjects, you may upload new documents as part of the application, but this is not necessarily required. VSA will contact you if more information is needed.
I have applied to or attended VSA but NOT within the last 12 months
You may need to submit qualifying documents (i.e. test scores or a portfolio) as part of your VSA application. Please contact our office for more information.

Please Note: Some VSA Session 3 courses may have additional eligibility requirements which will be listed in the course descriptions. These documents should be submitted as part of the official VSA application and cannot be reviewed in advance of the priority window.

How Can I Qualify for VSA?

(1) Qualifying with Test Scores

Students who test around the 95th percentile and above for their age group in one or both sections on an advanced achievement assessment (ACT, SAT, or PSAT) may submit copies of their scores along with their application. Scores should be no more than 3 years old. Submitted test scores can be high-resolution photographs or scanned copies from the official assessment, evaluation, or testing website (e.g. CollegeBoard) and must clearly show student name and date of test.

GradeACTSATSAT
7th20M and/or R26M and/or 27R500M or CR
8th22M and/or R28M and/or 30R550M or CR
9th25M and/or R30M and/or 32R590M or CR
10th27M and/or R32M and/or 33R630M or CR
11th29M and/or R35M and/or 35R670M or CR

ACT/SAT scores that were achieved through Talent Search programs, such as the Johns Hopkins (CTY), Northwestern University (CTD), Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), among others, are accepted, but you are not required to participate in a Talent Search in order to apply to Vanderbilt Summer Academy.

(2) Qualifying with a Portfolio

Students who do not have scores from the SAT/ACT/PSAT available at the time of application may submit a portfolio of materials as alternative documentation to determine eligibility. To apply via portfolio, students will complete the VSA application and statement of interest and submit the following items:

  • Test scores from a cognitive ability or standardized achievement test (i.e. WISC, Stanford-Binet, Woodcock Johnson, WIAT, ERB, state standardized testing, etc.) that are no more than 3 years old
  • Two teacher recommendations – Online Form or PDF
  • One academic work sample related to the subject or course a student wishes to study at VSA
  • A copy of a recent school transcript

Are There Additional Requirements for International Applicants?

VSA welcomes students from across the globe to apply for and participate in our summer residential program. Vanderbilt considers you an international student if you are a citizen of any nation other than the United States of America. You are not considered an international student if you are a dual U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, refugee/asylee, or a U.S. citizen living abroad.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for international students, please visit the VSA International Student webpage.

Can I check my Eligibility for VSA 2020 before applying?

Not sure if your test scores meet our eligibility requirements or are from an assessment that we typically accept? Get a jump start on your application and submit your test scores for review ahead of the application priority window! Test scores for summer program applications can be reviewed in advance from September 1 until December 31 of the previous calendar year (e.g. scores for Summer 2020 applications reviewed in advance until December 31, 2019). After this date, scores will need to be submitted as part of an official VSA application for review. VSA is unable to review work samples or other portfolio components in advance.

Please note: VSA will not maintain the files of test scores submitted in advance for review. Applicants will need to upload scores as part of the application when officially applying to VSA.

Submit my Scores for VSA Review

Still have questions about VSA eligibility? Contact our office at 615-322-8261.