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Teaching for our Programs

Proposing a Class for PTY

All potential instructors should apply using our 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. If you have not taught with Programs for Talented Youth before, you will need to upload a PDF of 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 are accepting course proposals starting September 6 and will begin reviewing submissions on a rolling basis toward the end of September. Please send any questions to Emilie Hall and David J. Dunn.

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.

Summer Student Programs

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young  Our summer SAVY program is for students going into grades 1-7. Different session options are offered to all grades throughout June and July. Students will sign up for one or more sessions depending on their schedules and interests. In general, sessions are a week long, and classes lasts from 9:00AM – 4:00PM on weekdays. In the fall and spring, SAVY meets for six consecutive Saturdays from about 9:00AM – 12:00PM.


20160628AR628Vanderbilt Summer Academy — VSA  is a residential program for students going into grades 8-12. Sessions are divided by grade. Rising 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.

Click here to learn more about our student programs.