Vanderbilt University: PTY Online Academy

    Vanderbilt University: PTY Online Academy


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Gifted
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
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    PTY Online Academy is an online learning opportunity that offers synchronous and asynchronous experiences for the academically advanced student in your life. Students enroll in classes that meet live and online. PTY Online Academy offers a variety of course and meeting time options to fit unique schedules. Session meeting times and dates are posted with each course description.

    PTY Online Academy is not the same as our on-campus programs and we do not presume in any way that this will replace the in-person experience. However, our online courses still serve an important purpose in our mission of developing talent and expertise in young students. Our online experience offers students the opportunity to interact with content experts, engage with like-minded peers, and continue learning something new in an area of interest.

    Similar to our in-person learning experiences (SAVY, WAVU, or VSA), students will choose a course from their grade level offerings and sessions. Specific course times and dates are typically listed with the course descriptions. Students may sign up for multiple classes/sessions. When a session is announced the course descriptions and the meeting times and days of the week for each class will be posted on the PTY Online Academy Courses page.

    Students who test around the 85th percentile or above on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in a PTY Online Academy course in their area(s) of strength. We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests including, but not limited to, the following: PSAT, SAT, ACT, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC, state-standardized testing. Out-of-level standardized assessments are also accepted. While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that PTY Online Academy is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the PTY office (pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu) for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their advanced learning potential.