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VSA (Rising Grades 7-12)

Our VSA residential programs will not be taking place during Summer 2021.

We will continue to offer virtual programs this summer through PTY Online Academy (rising 3rd-12th grade), Rising Expert: Mini Immersion (rising 9th-10th grade) and Mentor Immersion (rising 11th-12th grade). Applications are currently being accepted.

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Vanderbilt Summer Academy

Who? VSA serves gifted and high-achieving students in rising grades 7-12 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. See "Eligibility" section below for more information on student qualification.

What? VSA is a residential academic program that offers accelerated courses, dynamic recreational activities, and the opportunity for academically gifted students to learn from content experts and each other within a supportive environment. As a VSA student, you will take accelerated courses with instructors drawn from the wealth of talented faculty and scholars here in the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Outside the classroom, students participate in a variety of evening activities, explore extracurricular enrichment activities and have free time to make new friends.

When? Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level.

Vanderbilt Summer Academy 

Session 1: Rising 7th-8th Graders
A one week experience
Session 2: Rising 9th-10th Graders
A two week experiene
Session 3: Rising 11th-12th Graders
A three week experience

Where? During their stay, VSA students will reside in a residential hall on The Ingram Commons, where first-year Vanderbilt students live during the academic school year. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus, with the majority of courses taking place on the Peabody Campus. Students eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the residence hall.

Eligibility: Students applying to Vanderbilt Summer Academy must submit qualifying documentation at the time of application. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. In lieu of the above mentioned test scores, students may prefer to submit a portfolio for further assessment and review. For more details about eligible scores and portfolio materials, please see the VSA How To Apply page.

Rising 7th Grade Student? Students who have recently completed 6th grade have the option to attend VSA Session I, where they will spend 5 days and 5 nights living and learning on the Vanderbilt campus.If you are looking for an immersive non-residential option, PTY also offers Career Connections, a day program for rising 7th graders at SAVY. Learn more about Career Connections at SAVY. Rising 7th grade students can attend both the residential VSA and day Career Connections program. Call the PTY office at 615-322-8261 for more information on how to apply for one or both programs.