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

Admission Criteria
Test score requirements are listed in our course descriptions. Please visit our At a Glance Page to download a copy of our brochure. These scores refer to SAT or ACT tests taken in grades 6 through 9, not in grades 10 to 12. Students without above-grade-level scores may certainly still apply, but must submit an admission portfolio application.
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Tests Accepted
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Most courses require that students complete prerequisites in order to qualify for admission. Prerequisites are listed at the beginning of each course description. Any student applying to a course with a prerequisite must submit a report card, letter or transcript showing that the prerequisite has been met prior to the start of the program. Any student applying to a writing-intensive course must submit a graded writing sample. See Equinox course descriptions for further information.
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Recent Participants
Students previously enrolled and successful in Center for Talent Development's (CTD) Spectrum or Equinox programs within the past two years are automatically eligible to re-enroll in the same subject area of demonstrated strength. Students who wish to take a class in a subject different from that which they initially qualified must submit new test scores or an admission portfolio.

Please note: Students moving from the Saturday Enrichment program or GLL to Equinox  may not apply as recent participants. Equinox is a compressed, accelerated program requiring specific test scores on above grade-level tests (ACT or SAT through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search or similar service) or submission of an admission portfolio. Previous courses taken in the Saturday Enrichment Program or the GLL program may be submitted as the prerequisite for the applied for course if appropriate.

Admission Portfolio
Students who do not have test scores to submit as part of their application, or whose scores do not meet the minimum requirement may still apply to the Equinox Program with an Admission Portfolio application.

An Admission Portfolio application includes:
  • Online application
  • Application fee and tuition deposit
  • Online statement of purpose and essay
  • Proof of prerequisite if applicable (Check course description)
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Writing sample, if required (Check course description)
  • Two teacher recommendations (Teacher recommendation forms can be found here.)
  • TOEFL/TOEFL Jr. scores or English Language Portfolio (see below) for students whose first language is not English (please see our 2015 At a Glance page for more information)
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Applications from International Students

CTD welcomes applications from international students (non-U.S. citizens). Please see our 2015 At a Glance page for process and procedures.