The Center for Talent Development's Summer Program
CTD's Summer Program
Apply for the Summer Program's Leapfrog, Apogee, Spectrum or Equinox programs

The Summer Program’s Equinox courses provide rigorous acceleration opportunities for academically gifted and talented students completing grades 9 through 12.  Equinox offers courses in English and writing, humanities, mathematics, science, design and technology. During each three-week session, students take a single course that meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., five days a week. All Equinox courses are taught at the high school honors, Advanced Placement, and college levels by highly qualified instructors.  Each course carries one or two semesters of high school credit upon successful completion. 

For more information about Equinox program specifics, and to apply, please use the menu to the left.

PLEASE NOTE: Our application period has closed, and the CTD Summer Program is no longer accepting applications for summer 2014. Applications for 2015 will be available in January 2015.
are found on our 2014 At a Glance page!

NEW FOR 2014!

Exciting Partnership Courses offer career-focused explorations taught by the original content creators!
  • A new partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden offers students enrolled in Conservation Science and Geospatial Technology a chance to rethink life on Earth.
  • Shah Research Group opens the doors of their downtown Chicago Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing Lab to Equinox students enrolled in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
  • The Starter League returns to offer an HTML/CSS training intensive for aspiring programmers and web designers.  Located in 1871, the hub of Chicago's entrepreneur community, The Starter League offers students the day-to-day journey of a typical Chicago computer programmer.
  • Northwestern University's own Segal Design Institute returns to offer a course in Engineering Design at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.  Built in 2005, this state-of-the-art facility offers students the chance to work in the multi-million dollar design shop with Northwestern faculty and staff while experiencing a college level engineering and design curriculum.
Beautifully Rehabilitated Northwestern University Chemistry Labs for students taking Chemistry Honors and AP Chemistry.

New Courses for Summer 2014
  • Students enrolled in Gender Studies examine the construction, performance, and politics of gender in this provocative new course.
  • Digital Journalism and Media Honors explores the present and future information marketplace.
  • Students can get a head start on their first million by earning a Mini MBA this summer.
  • Aspiring fiction writers can get their genre on in a college-level workshop setting by taking Advanced Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Mystery Writing Honors.
Extended Session Course Offering for AP
  • AP Chemistry and NEW for 2014 AP Biology require a five-week commitment.  In order to fully comply with College Board revisions, allow students to spend more time in the lab, and in response to student and family feedback regarding the time necessary to sufficiently prepare for the AP exam in our accelerated format, we have extended the conventional three weeks to five.
Intersession Stay-Over Option Retained for Summer 2014
  • Students taking two courses over the summer may stay in the Equinox residence hall over the intersession weekend of July 18-20 for a nominal additional fee.  More information regarding this option will be made available to accepted students.

Equinox participants…
  • maximize their potential by studying one topic in depth at an accelerated pace.
  • prepare for Advanced Placement exams and college-level courses.
  • earn academic credit and study subjects not always offered in their schools.
  • thrive under enthusiastic instructors who recognize talent and encourage achievement.
  • develop self-awareness, self-confidence and self-directed learning and critical thinking skills.
  • experience a college campus, learning and making friends with intellectual peers from all over the world.