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Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offers accelerated courses for gifted and high-achieving students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Courses are designed for academically talented and motivated learners. PTY strives to offer courses led by Vanderbilt faculty, graduate students, and content experts that focus on:

  • Exposure to a variety of accelerated content areas in which students have documented potential and interest
  • Efficacy in one’s ability to perform rigorous tasks in a content area and development of social-emotional habits of a scholar
  • Expertise and in-depth learning in an area of interest and talent

On-campus programs are hosted on Saturdays during the academic year and on weekdays during the summer months.

Academic Year ProgramsSummer Programs
Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
Grades K-6
Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
Rising Grades 1-6
The Saturday Academy provides a dynamic, fast-paced curriculum experience to qualifying advanced students in grades K-6. Content experts and master teachers trained in gifted education implement an accelerated curriculum for all SAVY courses. This program meets for three consecutive Saturdays in the fall and spring of each academic year.Summer SAVY offers qualifying gifted students entering grades 1-6 a fast-paced, accelerated curriculum taught by content experts. Summer SAVY is a weekday program in which parents can choose a variety of courses from six different one-week session options. Students sign up for one SAVY class per session to explore a topic in depth. Students may enroll in multiple sessions.
Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University
Grades 7-12
Career Connections at SAVY
Rising Grade 7
A Saturday intensive that provides qualifying students with an in-depth look at contemporary careers in math, science, engineering, and humanities. Held for one full Saturday each fall and spring, WAVU incorporates accelerated laboratory courses led by professionals in their field, and an opportunity for in-depth career exploration along with support and resources for families.Career Connections at SAVY is a program within Summer SAVY specifically designed for students who have recently completed 6th grade. Career Connections immerses students in a topic of study as they experience the application of advanced content in a unique field. Career Connections allows students to experience how expert knowledge and skills are applied in different fields, industries, and/or research.
Vanderbilt Summer Academy
Rising Grades 7-12
Students in this enriching residential program get a taste of life on a college campus. They engage in accelerated coursework taught by Vanderbilt faculty and scholars while living in a vibrant social community of intellectual peers. VSA convenes each June and July in one-, two-, and three-week sessions for qualifying gifted students and q variety of different subject offerings are available each session.