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At Weekends at Vanderbilt University, high-achieving students in grades 7-12 explore unique and exciting new subjects in a fast-paced and challenging laboratory environment. There are no grades, which encourages students to begin thinking like professionals in their field, posing in-depth questions, and taking intellectual risks. 


Most of our instructors are experienced professionals within their content area, including Vanderbilt professors and Ph.D. students. Every class also has a Teaching Assistant. This fosters a collaborative environment, with instructional staff acting as scholar-mentors to small groups of students.


WAVU does not give grades or award credit. We want students to stretch their intellectual capacity without fear of failure. Parents are encouraged to attend the open house for their student’s course prior to check-out, during which the instructors and teaching assistants will present a brief summary of the course and its objectives and be available to answer parent questions.