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Teaching for our Programs

Summer Student Programs

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young  Summer SAVY is a day program for students going into grades 1-7. Different course options are offered to all students in June and July. Each course is designed to be a week long so that students may delve deep into the content. Students sign up for one or more weeks depending on their schedules and interests. Classes last from 8:45 AM – 3:45PM on weekdays. Instructors may teach one or multiple weeks. If an instructor teaches multiple weeks, the instructor will teach different classes and/or different
grade levels. Learn more about SAVY here.


Vanderbilt Summer Academy — VSA is a residential program for students going into grades 7-12. Sessions are divided by grade. Rising 7-8th graders stay for one week in June, followed by the 9-10th graders for the next two weeks. Our oldest students (grades 11-12) stay for three weeks in July. Classes meet weekdays from about 9:00AM – 4:00PM. Our second and third sessions also require a 10:00AM – 12:00PM Saturday commitment. Learn more about VSA here.


PTY Classes

PTY offers classes to gifted students in grades K-12. Our students typically rank in the 95th percentile or higher on a nationally normed ability or achievement assessment, out-of-level assessment, or college entrance exam. Thus our courses are…

  • Accelerated: Students take one course while they are with us, learning in depth material at a faster pace and more advanced level (about 3 grades) than in a typical classroom.
  • Collegial: Instructors serve the role of scholar-mentor to a class of about 16 gifted students, teaching not only the material they need to know, but the methods, habits, and practices of a scholar in that field.
  • Focused: Courses strive for depth of content rather than a broad outline of information.
  • Unique: Courses should not be like what students could otherwise take at school.


Proposing a Class for PTY

The online submission form for 2019 courses is available here. All potential instructors should apply using the online submission form.

For each course you would like to teach, prepare a title and a 50-75 word description. You may propose up to three courses, but only one course is required. You will need to upload a PDF of a cover letter and your vitae to the submission form.

It is preferred that applicants have, or be working toward, a terminal degree (e.g. Ph.D.). Compensation is competitive based on qualifications and experience. We will begin reviewing submissions on a rolling basis toward the end of September. Please send any questions to Emilie Hall and Sarah DeLisle.