The Center for Talent Development's Summer Program
CTD's Summer Program
Summer Program

Download our 2015 Summer Program Catalog!

The Center for Talent Development Summer Program has gained global recognition as a premiere learning and life-changing experience for gifted students.

Through our Leapfrog, Spark, Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum, Equinox and Civic Leadership Institute course series, we serve outstanding students from PreK through grade 12, facilitate high achievement and instill self-confidence and a love of learning among all of our participants.

We have programs for students who wish to be residents or commuters. Program sessions last one to three weeks.  Students can apply for one, two or three sessions, depending on the program. Programs are held in Evanston, Elmhurst, Skokie, Palatine, Naperville, Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois (locations vary by program).
Please refer to the chart below for program dates and locations.

Please go to MyCTD to apply now.

 ** Please note: If you completed an application through the form available January 15-20, 2015,
our staff will create an account for you in MyCTD, and will email you a login and password.
Summer Program 2015 Dates & Locations
CH Chicago     LF Lake Forest NU Evanston     SK Skokie
EC Elmhurst     NP Naperville PA Palatine        

Program Grade
Session Dates Location Commuter/
Leapfrog & Spark Pre-K-4 June 22-26 SK, LF, EC Commuter Only
June 29-July 3 CH, NP, EC
July 6-July 10 CH, LF, SK, EC, NP, PA
July 13–July 17 CH, LF, SK, EC, NP, PA
July 20–July 24 CH, LF, SK, NP, PA
Solstice 4-6 June 22–July 3 EC Commuter
July 6–July 17
June 28–July 10 NU Both
July12–July 24
July 26–August 7
Apogee 4-6 June 28–July 17 NU Both
July 19–August 7
Spectrum 7-8 June 28–July 17 NU Both
July 19–August 7
Equinox 9-12 June 28–July 17 NU Both
July 19–August 7
June 28–July 31 (AP® Science)
9-12 July 5–July 24 CH Residential

For information on grades 4-12, visit
the 2015 At a Glance page.

Leapfrog - grades preK-3 Leapfrog
Engages bright students in PreK through grade 3 in the joy of learning through hands-on activities designed to nurture curious young minds
Encourages academically gifted students completing grades 3 & 4 to challenge themselves by taking exciting, hands-on enrichment courses in a college campus setting with like-minded peers
gifted and talented students completing grades 4 through 6 to higher achievement levels in a safe, nurturing environment while developing long-lasting social relationships and solid academic skills through engaging, innovative courses
 Apogee - grades 4-6 Apogee
Inspires outstanding students completing grades 4 through 6 to realize their full potential through in-depth immersion in a topic of interest while forming friendships among classmates with shared passions and abilities
 Spectrum - grades 7,8 Spectrum
Prepares gifted students completing grades 7 and 8 for rigorous college preparatory curricula through intensive, accelerated courses integrated with fun campus and cultural opportunities
 Equinox- grades 9-12 Equinox
Challenges academically talented students completing grades 9 through 12 to stretch themselves academically and socially in preparation for collegiate and career success

Civic Leadership Institute
Empowers motivated students completing grades 9 through 12 to learn, serve and explore complex challenges that affect communities and develop leadership skills to make a positive impact on society


  • Check out the CTD blog or find us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the buttons below:

    Link to CTD's blog Find us on Facebook. Find CTD on Twitter

  • Click on the YouTube logo to see a video about the Summer Program.
    Youtube logo
    Youtube logo

Events: [view all Events]