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Summer SAVY

About SAVY Courses 

SAVY classes are designed to provide in-depth study on interesting topics, to teach students higher-order thinking skills, and to encourage development of conceptual frameworks for understanding newknowledge. Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students, Programs for Talented Youth, the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, and the University of Connecticut have designed much of SAVY’s curriculum. Many of the published units used at SAVY have won the Outstanding Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, have been well researched, and have been shown to be effective with this unique population of learners.

View SAVY courses and current availability for Summer 2019

Sample Schedule

8:30-8:45am Arrival
8:45-11:45am SAVY Accelerated Courses (all SAVY students)
11:45am-12:45pm Organized Recreational Activities and Lunch (students bring from home)
12:45-3:45pm Rising 3rd-6th grade students continue SAVY Accelerated Course
12:45-2:15pm Rising 1st/2nd grade students continue SAVY Accelerated Course
2:30-3:30pm Rising 1st/2nd grade students: Academic Class Enrichment
3:45-4:00pm Dismissal

Session Structure

Rising first- and second-grade students: Students participate in one course for the entire week from the offerings for the grade level. This course takes place in the morning and afternoon. In the afternoon, students will also participate in an hour-long Academic Class Enrichment (ACE) led by area educators.

This class is designed to extend learning and introduce students to a variety of other fun topics.

Students will receive more information about ACE before the start of Summer SAVY.

Rising third- to sixth-grade students:Students gain experience in a rigorous and engaging environment by participating in an academic course taught by Vanderbilt scholars, graduate students, content experts, or educators.

These full-day courses provide an in-depth look into a discipline and expose students to the habits of scholars. Students participate in one course for the entire week.

Organized Recreational Activities (ORA)

All SAVY students have a 25–30 minute period of structured recess that is built into each SAVY day. Led by trained PE teachers from local schools, ORA gives SAVY students a chance to engage socially with grade-level peers in a fun, non-academic setting. ORA typically takes place outdoors on Peabody campus, weather permitting.

Career Connections at SAVY

About Career Connections at SAVY Courses

Similar to SAVY classes, Career Connection courses offer accelerated opportunities where students explore a topic in depth with like-ability peers. Different from SAVY classes, these courses have a particular focus on how content knowledge is applied in unique ways in different fields or industries. Students will gain a better understanding of the importance of knowledge application as they begin to envision possible careers in content areas that most interest them.

View Career Connections at SAVY courses and current availability for Summer 2019

Sample Schedule

8:30-8:45am Arrival
8:45-11:45am Accelerated Course
11:45am-12:15pm Lunch in the Commons Dining Hall
12:15-1:30pm Accelerated Course Continues
1:30-2:00pm Break/Organized Recreational Activities
2:00-3:45pm Accelerated Course Continues
3:45-4:00pm Dismissal

Lunch Options

Career Connections at SAVY Students have the option to eat in the Commons Dining Hall, just like college students at Vanderbilt. There are two meal options for students. Students may bring lunch from home to eat in the dining hall or may

pre-purchase lunch for the week from the dining hall. Pre-purchase options will be sent to families after admission into the program.

Organized Recreational Activities (ORA)

All Career Connections at SAVY students have a 25–30 minute period of structured recess that is built into each day. Led by trained PE teachers from local schools, ORA gives students a chance to engage socially with grade-level peers in a fun, non-academic setting. ORA typically takes place outdoors on Peabody campus, weather permitting.