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How to Apply


Students who test at the 95th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or ability test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC. 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, feel free to contact the PTY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria. 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 PTY at 615-322-8261.

Choosing a Course

SAVY classes are designed to provide in-depth study on interesting topics, and to teach students higher-order thinking skills, and to encourage development of conceptual frameworks for understanding new knowledge. Much of our curriculum has been designed by Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students, the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, and the University of Connecticut. SAVY courses are accelerated and specifically designed for academically gifted students. The best way to help your child select appropriate courses is to consider your student’s area(s) of strength and interest. If your child is interested in taking more than one course, please rank them in order of his or her preference. Ranking courses increases your child’s chance of admission to the SAVY program. But remember: your child could be placed in any class that you rank. Classes fill very quickly, so we often have to place students in their second or third choice classes. Thus, only rank a class if your child is willing to take it.

Application Checklist

  • Application (online or hard copy)
  • Test scores (if applicable – see Eligibility above)
  • Application fee of $35
  • Financial aid application (if applicable)

Admissions Process

Our admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in a course of interest.

On Tuesday, January 10, at noon CT, the application for Summer SAVY 2017 sessions will be posted on the PTY website. There will be a 24-hour application priority window, which will end Wednesday, January 11, at noon CT.

All applications received during the 24-hour priority window will be considered part of the primary applicant pool regardless of the specific time submitted. All complete and qualifying applications submitted during the application priority window have the same chance for placement. Upon the close of the window, all applications received will be randomly assigned a number determining their order in the review queue. Applications of siblings will be reviewed and placed simultaneously, space permitting. Applications received after the application priority window will be time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed in order of receipt.

Applying during the 24-hour priority window does not guarantee admission, but it increases your child’s chances. We strongly recommend applying during this window. If space in a course remains after the 24-hour priority window, courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served system, based on availability and eligibility. A waitlist will be maintained for full courses.

SAVY families will be notified of admissions decisions via email within three weeks of receiving the application. If everything is complete, you will receive communication about placement. If materials are missing, PTY will notify you as soon as possible with a request for more information and with accompanying deadlines. You will have five business 
days after notification to provide the necessary materials or your spot will be given away. The admissions notice will include the tuition statement and balance owed. 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.

Admissions Policies


In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department, Baker Building, PMB 401809, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-1809. Telephone (615) 322-4705 (V/TDD); Fax (615) 343-4969.


SAVY maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The waiting list status of each course 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 in addition to their second-choice (or third-choice, etc.) course enrollment. We move students into their higher-ranked courses 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.

Required Paperwork

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