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SAVY 2019 Application

Please read the following information carefully. If you are interested in applying for SAVY Session 5 or Session 6, please use the information at the bottom of this page to contact our office.

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young is a day program for gifted students entering grades 1-6. Classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the daily student experience at SAVY, visit our Student Life page.

Rising 7th grade students are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a day-program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. Click here for more information about Career Connections at SAVY and other summer opportunities for rising 7th graders.

Important Note:
In the case of siblings, you will need to log out completely after submitting the first child’s application. Once you have completely logged out, return to the main SAVY page, and then begin a new application for the next child. Each child must have their unique account with their own unique username.

Admissions Qualifications

Students who test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in courses in their areas of strength. We accept a variety of standardized achievement and ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV/V. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. While scores around the 95th percentile are typically a strong indication that SAVY is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, PTY recognizes that there are circumstances in which test scores are either unavailable or are not the best indicator of a student’s potential. For this reason, alternative indicators of performance may be accepted. Please contact the PTY office for questions about alternative options to determine eligibility. Returning SAVY students do not need to resubmit test scores unless their scores are more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their assessments.

For more information about assessment (including out-of-level), contact SAVY Program Coordinator, Emilie Hall, at (615) 322-8261 or

Fees & Tuition Costs

A $35 nonrefundable application fee should be included with this application. This $35 nonrefundable application fee may be submitted online at the time of application submission or with a check or money order made payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY. The application fee is nonrefundable regardless of a child’s placement or admittance in a course. You may apply for multiple summer sessions with the $35 application fee.

Only the application fee is due when applying. You will receive a tuition statement via email along with an admission notice if your child is placed in a ranked course. PTY does not collect tuition until after your child has been admitted. Tuition for the SAVY program is $550 per session.

Cancellation Policy

For admissions offers made prior to February 15, 2019– Full refunds, less the non-refundable application fee, are awarded for cancellations made by the tuition deadline (Summer: March 1, 2019). Cancellations made after the tuition deadline and before the refund deadline (Summer: April 1, 2019) will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be awarded for cancellations occurring after the refund deadline.

For admissions offers made after February 15, 2019– Full refunds, less the non-refundable application fee, are awarded for cancellations made by the tuition deadline as stated in your admissions email. Cancellations made within two weeks following the tuition deadline will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be awarded for cancellations occurring more than two weeks after the tuition due date.

Admissions Notification, Tuition Payment, & Required Paperwork

Families will be notified of admissions decisions via email within 3 weeks of PTY receiving the application. If everything is complete, you will receive communication about placement. If materials are missing, we will notify you as soon as possible with a request for more information and with accompanying deadlines. For families who have applied for financial aid, financial aid information may be included in the admissions notice if financial aid materials have already been submitted. The admissions notice will include the tuition statement. Summer tuition is due March 1, 2019 for all admissions offers made prior to February 15. For admissions offers made after February 15, the tuition due date will be communicated in your admissions email.

Before the start date of the program, families will receive a packet of required welcome paperwork. Required paperwork includes emergency contact information, participation permission, medical information, and a media release. All students who participate in programs through Programs for Talented Youth must have current health insurance documentation on file with PTY.

Financial Assistance

PTY is committed to making programs available to academically gifted students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, need-based financial aid is available based on income. The PTY application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status. If you plan to apply for financial aid, you may indicate this on your application. You can then access the financial aid application through the Admissions section of the online application or through this link. The financial aid application can also be found on our website. The financial aid application, along with a copy of your household’s most recent tax return and W2 forms, may be submitted via fax, mail, or email. Your student may be offered admission before receiving a financial aid award. You are not obligated to officially enroll your student until you receive a financial aid quote. When your financial aid quote is received, you may accept or decline the amount and placement in a course. Partial tuition scholarships and payment plans are available. Please contact SAVY Program Coordinator, Emilie Hall, at (615) 322-8261 or, if you have additional questions about financial aid or setting up a payment plan.


If you are interested in applying for SAVY Session 5 or Session 6, please contact our office here, as availability is extremely limited.