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SAVY (Grades K-6 Academic Year, Rising 1-7 Summer)

 SAVY at a Glance

2018 Summer SAVY Application

2018 Career Connections Application

 Summer 2018 Financial Aid

*To view our course descriptions for summer 2018, click here.

Who? Gifted and high-achieving students in Kindergarten and grades 1–6 during the academic year (Summer, rising 1-6) who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized test. Each summer, students in rising 7th grade 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. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification for SAVY or Career Connections.

What? Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 (grades 1-3 in the summer) and 16 students for grades 3-6 (grades 4-7 in the summer). Summer SAVY 2018 will offer six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session. Click here to see the courses for our upcoming sessions!

When? Fall 2018 classes are held for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with lunch provided. Spring 2019 classes are held for six consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Summer classes are week-long sessions during June and July, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students may register for one or more sessions.


Fall 2018 SAVY Spring 2019 SAVY
Saturday, September 29 – October 13 Saturday, January 26 – March 2
9:00AM – 2:45PM 9:00AM – 11:45AM
 Tuition: $425 (pizza lunch included)  Tuition: $425


Where? On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test around the 95th percentile and above on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement 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 IV. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g. Explore, SCAT) 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 SAVY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. 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.

Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young 2018-2019

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young 2019

August 7: Fall and Spring courses Announced  Information Coming Soon!
August 14 noon – August 16 noon:
application priority window for Fall AND Spring SAVY
September 7: Fall Tuition Deadline
September 14: Fall Refund Deadline
(for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Fall SAVY; no refunds given after this time)
September 29 to October: Fall SAVY
(three extended Saturdays; 9AM to 2:45PM)

December 7: Spring Tuition Deadline
December 21: Spring Refund Deadline
(withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Spring SAVY; no refunds given after this time)
January 26-March 3: Spring SAVY
(six Saturdays; 9AM to 11:45AM)


** Applying during the priority window does not guarantee admission, but it increases your child’s chances. 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 all full courses. Please check the SAVY course page, here, for current availability.