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    Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University

    Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University


    • Listing Type: After-School Enrichment
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Program Delivery: Day, Online
    • Session Start: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Semester, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Writing, Arts, Career Exploration, Test Prep
    • Minimum Cost: < $500
    • Gender: Coed
    • Call: (847) 491-3782
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    Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University is dedicated to helping academically talented students, age 3 through grade 12, reach full potential. We provide research-based assessment, advanced programs, and resources to enhance a child’s schooling. Our programs include:

    CTD Assessment 

    Research-based assessments for grades 3-9  which: 

    • Identify exceptional academic ability and areas of strength
    • Monitor growth over time
    • Connect students to a community of peers and tailored programs and opportunities 
    • Set a course for a lifelong journey of achievement and fulfillment

    The PSAT™8/9 test, designated for students in grade 8, is administered to students in grades 3 though 6.  ACT® and SAT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9.

    Summer Program

    Rigorous, academic adventures, with life-changing impact, allow gifted students to:

    • Delve deep into a subject of intrigue
    • Build upon their already existing strengths
    • Connect with a community of peers from all over the globe
    • Gain a glimpse into college life through residential options 
    • Partner with real-world organizations, including various Northwestern University research and design departments and local technology firms
    • Access Chicago's array of cultural institutions
    • Earn high school or AP® credit

    Civic Education Project (CEP)

    Hands-on, real-life opportunities for bright, impassioned students to:

    • Engage in social issues first-hand
    • Combine service-learning with academic study and reflection
    • Develop the knowledge and leadership skills needed to change the world 

    CTD Online Programs

    Challenging online courses, which allow motivated students to: 

    • Access advanced subject matter, including honors and AP® level, credit-bearing options
    • Progress at the time, place and pace right for them
    • Enjoy one-on-one engagement with instructors
    • Connect with peers from all around the world

    CTD Weekend Enrichment Programs

    Wide variety of advanced and unique courses, which offer students: 

    • Career exploration with practicing professionals through Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE)
    • Opportunities to delve deeply into a subject area of interest through the Saturday and Sunday enrichment courses