CTD supports families throughout their child’s academic journey by offering seminars, annual family events, robust online communities, and tools that help monitor growth and celebrate milestones. These resources, which promote interactions with both experts and other families of academically talented students from around the world, provide the guidance and support necessary for children to develop their talents fully.
Participate in CTD's events to get the most current information about gifted education, talent development, and other important issues that affect your family.
This annual family event features stimulating workshops and presentations designed to help academically talented students and their parents plan for the future.
A CTD Pathfinders membership provides the resources necessary for students to set meaningful learning goals, make informed decisions, track progress, and connect with others with similar interests and experiences. Membership includes the following:
Knowing what your child knows, understands, and is ready to learn next are important first steps in the talent development process. The right assessment will provide data you can use to apply for courses that meet your child's needs and plan for the future.
Program Name: Young Student Assessment
Overview: CTD uses child-friendly tests that help determine a child’s readiness for CTD’s advanced enrichment classes and provides insights into emerging academic strengths.
Program Name: Above-Grade-Level Assessment
Overview: Through Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), students take the PSATTM, SAT(R) or ACT(R) several years early to identify areas of exceptional academic talent and pinpoint what they are ready to learn. When applying for CTD accelerated courses, above-grade-level assessment is the preferred tool for determining eligibility.
The Young Scholars Program, from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is a selective five-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing middle school students with financial need, It is the largest scholarship of its kind in the nation. Young Scholars receive individualized academic advising, financial support, and a have an opportunity to apply to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship.
If you would like to work with a CTD staff member to discuss your child’s strengths, interests, or talent development pathway, consider setting up a consultation.
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