The Center for Talent Development's Summer Program
CTD's Summer Program
Leapfrog & Spark Eligibility

Leapfrog & Spark courses are designed for students Age 4 through Grade 4 on January 1, 2015 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 2-4*
Returning Students
Leapfrog & Spark
Math
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 90th percentile or higher on the mathematics subtest 90th 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 with different qualifying subtest requirements may need to submit new test scores or an Admission Portfolio.
Leapfrog & Spark
Science, Computer Science & Technology and Design & Engineering
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 90th percentile or higher on the mathematics or verbal subtest 90th percentile or higher mathematics or verbal score or
Admission Portfolio indicating strength in mathematics or verbal subject areas
Leapfrog & Spark
English &
Language Arts
Courses
Center for Talent Development Testing or similar nationally normed testing showing performance at the 90th percentile or higher on the verbal subtest 90th percentile or higher verbal score or Admission Portfolio indicating strength in  verbal subject areas

*Students in grade 3 or 4 on January 1, 2015 who have taken the EXPLORE® test may submit their results for admission. Students submitting the EXPLORE test do not have to score at the 90th percentile or above to qualify, as it is an above grade-level test.

New Student or New Scores Applicant
Your child is a New Student or 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 with different eligibility criteria (eg. Math student applying for English & Language Arts course).

Recent Participant
Your child may apply as a recent participant 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, 3 or 4 on January 1, 2015 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 & Spark application.
  • A teacher recommendation 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 & Spark 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 an all-day course or more than one half-day 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, 2015 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 FAQs.