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WAVU (Grades 7-10)

WAVU at a Glance

New to WAVU or coming back for more? Join us for the next Weekend at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. We’re excited to share our next course offerings with you, so be sure to check out your lab choices for spring! 

Gifted students typically begin thinking about college and career paths earlier than their age peers and may not know what types of opportunities beyond the mainstream careers of doctor or lawyer are available to them. Making WAVU more easily accessible will broaden the base of students we can serve, while continuing to let us provide advanced content through the lens of career and talent development in specific domains.

WAVU as an all-day Saturday lab experience is designed with this early career exploration in mind. Our October date saw terrific numbers of students and families in attendance, a presentation by Peabody’s very own Dean Camilla Benbow and Professor David Lubinski, and open houses for each professional discipline. This format allows families to take part in the day, while providing students with an inside look at what it means to be an expert as well as a glimpse into the everyday lives of scientists, engineers, writers, and other professionals in their fields.

As with previous years, our students will continue to enjoy hands-on laboratory experiences, conversations with Vanderbilt faculty, content experts and graduate students, and of course, interaction with other students of similar interests and career aspirations.

Mark your calendar for our application priority window: noon December 1noon December 2. We hope you’ll join us on March 4th for another day of academic and professional immersion.

For more details on WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays, please read the overview posted below, and feel free to call Rosie Forrest, who oversees both WAVU and Vanderbilt Summer Academy: 615.322.1181.

 WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays

What? A Saturday intensive that provides qualifying students with an in-depth look at contemporary careers in math, science, engineering, and humanities. Held for one full Saturday each fall and spring, WAVU incorporates accelerated laboratory courses led by professionals in their field, and an opportunity for in-depth career exploration along with support and resources for families.

Who? Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University is designed for motivated and advanced learners in grades 7 through 10 who typically test at the 85th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays is also for parents. We invite families to attend a welcome session that speaks to the resources available to high ability students and the families who support them.

See our Eligibility section below for more information on how students can qualify.

When? Spring WAVU is Saturday, March 4th, 2017. The full day will span approximately 10-12 hours with lunch and dinner provided for the student.

Where? Most courses are held on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University, but depending on the area of interest, some students may experience their laboratory on Main Campus. Registration will take place at the Wyatt Center on the Peabody Campus.

Eligibility: We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests. These include but are not limited to: CogAT, RIAS, TCAP, ITBS, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock-Johnson, and WISC-IV. In addition, we also accept PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores that represent an 85th percentile or above in one or more testing areas.

Returning WAVU students or recent SAVY participants do not need to resubmit test scores unless the scores are more than three years old. See this page for more information about eligibility.

How Much? In addition to a nonrefundable $35 application fee, the cost is $179.00 per student.

Spring 2017 Timeline

November 9, 2016: WAVU Courses/Laboratories Announced

Noon December 1Noon December 2, 2016: 24-hour Application Priority Window (best chance for placement in top choice course)

Noon December 2 – February 17, 2017: Applications continue to be accepted and are processed in the order received.

February 17, 2017: Tuition Due/Last Day to Withdraw with Full Tuition Refund (less application fee)

February 24, 2017: Welcome Paperwork Due

March 4, 2017: WAVU Saturday Program