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Programs for Students Grades 3-8

Advanced enrichment and accelerated, credit-bearing programs to build knowledge and develop skills in emerging talent areas.

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Talent Development in the Middle Grades

The primary and middle school years are when young people need to build their skills and expand their knowledge in their talent areas. At CTD, programming at this stage includes courses that delve deeply into subjects that advance and accelerate learning. At the same time, students are supported and guided by expert educators and program staff. Learn about our programs for grades 3-8.

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Understand Your Abilities. Find Your Strengths. Chart Your Own Path.

Not every student knows their strengths or the level and pace at which they are ready to learn new content. For students looking to discover and nurture their talents, there are many ways CTD can help. For over 40 years, CTD has utilized above-grade-level testing as a tool for identifying academic ability, measuring growth, and connecting academically advanced students with resources and opportunities. But, above-grade-level testing is just one tool CTD offers to inform your talent development journey. Once your strengths are identified, CTD has tools to help you set goals and identify courses that will support your talent development. 

  • Above-Grade-Level assessment (Grades 3 - 10)
  • Talent development pathways consulting

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"Thank you so much for everything. We love Northwestern CTD and have only great things to say about the teachers and support. It has been an amazing experience."

- CTD Parent

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars

Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Grade 7

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. 

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When you have found the program and course for your student, we’d love for you to apply. Learn more about the application and admissions process for our various courses. 



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Dozens of subjects. Hundreds of courses. Countless experiences. Find the perfect course to help your student advance academically and discover the joy of learning.

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