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

Leapfrog courses are designed for students in PreK through grade 3 on January 1, 2014 who demonstrate a keen, early interest in learning. Admission criteria vary by subject area and grade completed, as detailed below.

Admission Criteria

  New Students completing
PreK - grade 1
New Students completing
grade 2 or 3*
Returning Students
Leapfrog
Math
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 95th percentile or higher on the mathematics subtest 95th percentile or higher mathematics score or Admission portfolio indicating strength in mathematics



Returning  students have successfully completed a Leapfrog or Saturday Enrichment Program course through CTD. These students are automatically eligible to apply for courses in the subject area of their demonstrated strength. Returning students who wish to take a course in a subject different from that in which they initially qualified must submit new test scores or an Admission Portfolio.
Leapfrog
Science and Technology
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 95th percentile or higher on the mathematics or verbal subtest 95th percentile or higher mathematics or verbal score or
Admission Portfolio indicating strength in mathematics or verbal subject areas
Leapfrog
English & Writing
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 95th percentile or higher on the verbal subtest 95th percentile or higher verbal score or Admission Portfolio indicating strength in  verbal subject areas

*Students in grade 3 on January 1, 2014 who have taken the EXPLORE® test may submit their results for admission to Leapfrog. Students submitting the EXPLORE test do not have to score at the 95th percentile or above to qualify, as it is an above grade-level test.

New Scores Applicants
Your child is a New Scores applicant if s/he has either
  • Never attended a CTD course and has  qualifying test scores or
  • Successfully completed a previous CTD course, but is now applying for a course in a different subject area and has new qualifying test scores.

Returning Applicants
Your child is a returning applicant if s/he has either
  • Successfully completed a CTD Leapfrog or Saturday Enrichment course or
  • Previously submitted test scores or an Admission Portfolio that meets the criteria for his/her current course choice

Admission Portfolio Applicants
Your child is Admission Portfolio applicant if s/he is both
  • In grade 2 or 3 on January 1, 2014 and
  • Does not have qualifying test scores because s/he has either never taken a nationally normed standardized achievement test or did not receive a qualifying score on such a test

Portfolio Applications Include
  • CTD's two-part online application.
  • Current school grade report indicating strong academic performance in the academic area of the course(s) selected. Grade reports are uploaded in Part 2 of the Leapfrog application.
  • Two teacher recommendations indicating above-grade work in the academic area of the course(s) selected. A link to the online form for teacher recommendations is provided in Part 2 of the Leapfrog application.

International Students
Any accepted student who is not a U.S Citizen, U.S. permanent resident or in another visa category that allows for study, and is applying for more than one Leapfrog course (over 18 hours of study) requires sponsorship for a student visa. Failure to comply may negatively impact a student's ability to secure another non-immigrant visa in the future.
  • All non-U.S. citizens are required to have a passport to attend summer programs in the U.S. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months after the completion of the program.
  • Accepted students who require visa sponsorship may incur additional fees to cover processing and mailing costs.
  • CTD strongly recommends families who require visa sponsorship apply before April 1, 2014 as it may take 8 to 10 weeks to secure a student visa. Please note, the application for visas is typically offline in February. CTD strongly encourages families to apply for visas in January or March. 
Tests Accepted
  • CTD Evaluation (see below)
  • EXPLORE Test
  • Stanford Achievement Test
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) - Must show national percentile rank
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT)
  • Terra Nova Test
  • ERB Tests: Comprehensive Testing Program, Independent School Entrance Exam
  • Northwest Evaluation Association Tests (NWEA): Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), MAP for Primary Grades
  • Otis-Lennon Test
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA)
  • Wechsler Test: WPPSI, WISC, WIAT, WASI (generally verbal only)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Test - Achievement Battery
  • Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT)
  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) (verbal score only)
  • California Achievement Test
  • Any other achievement test with a national percentile rank (NPR)
  • Testing appointment scheduling: 847/491-3850 or e-mail ctd-testing@northwestern.edu
  • Testing fee: $125
  • Testing locations: Evanston, Chicago, Palatine, Lake Forest, Naperville, Elgin, Woodridge, Gurnee, Aurora and Oak Park.
  • Additional details are available on the Leapfrog Testing page.