SAVY Frequently Asked Questions
Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young – offers programs for qualifying gifted children in grades K–6. This program meets for three (Fall) or six (Spring) consecutive Saturdays and is offered in the fall and spring of each year.
Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young – offers programs for qualifying rising 1st-6th grade gifted students. Summer SAVY is a weekday program that offers a variety of courses throughout six different sessions. All sessions are one week-long and students take only one course for the week. Students may register for multiple weeks.
Career Connections at SAVY – offers programs for qualifying rising 7th grade gifted students. Career Connections is a weekday program that offers a variety of courses throughout three different sessions during the month of July. All sessions are one week-long and students take only one course for the week. Students may register for multiple weeks.
SAVY maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The status of each course (full- waiting list closed; full- waiting list only; available- limited space; available) can be seen on our course pages. Students who have not been placed in their first-choice course are automatically placed on the waiting list for that class. Students may then be placed in a second-choice (or third-choice) course within their age group, if ranked on the application, or may be placed on the waiting list if these course options are also full. We move students into courses they ranked higher on their application if space becomes available; however, there is no guarantee that spots will open in a class. If space becomes available, or if PTY determines that the program can no longer accept additional students from the waiting list, we will communicate with families via email. The application fee is not refundable to families of students who are not admitted from the waiting list. If your student has been waitlisted, and you have questions about his or her status, please contact PTY at 615-322-8261.
No, SAVY instructors do not give grades. We want to stretch your child’s intellectual capacity without fear of failure. Your child’s instructor will evaluate student progress, and you will receive a course evaluation report from your child’s instructor after SAVY concludes. The report will detail your child’s progress on a variety of factors and aims to give you a broad picture of your child’s academic growth in the course.
SAVY typically offers parents the opportunity to attend one complimentary Parent chat during the Fall/Spring sessions. Parents can also get involved by enrolling in PTY’s parent support groups, when available, which are offered during the Fall and Spring sessions. If offered, Parent Support Group meetings take place on three consecutive Saturdays on Vanderbilt’s Peabody campus during the Fall and Spring SAVY sessions. Parents may learn more about support options in the For Parents section of our website. Additionally parents can stay in the loop by reading our SAVY blog or following us on Facebook (Vanderbilt SAVY and Vanderbilt PTY), Instagram (@vanderbiltpty), or Twitter (@vanderbiltpty).