Courses that Inspire Creativity and Exploration
CTD is pleased to offer a selection of exciting, in-person coursework for Summer 2021. Students can take courses in their subject area of strength, staffed by master instructors and well-qualified teaching assistants. The courses, available for students in grades 2-8, will be commuter-only.
Students in grades 2- 8 can apply for an in-person course through CTD’s Leapfrog-Spark, Solstice, and Spectrum programs. Please note that courses are filled on a rolling basis. Space is limited and class sizes will not exceed capacity under any circumstances.
Leapfrog-Spark (Grades 2-3)
The Leapfrog-Spark program introduces students to academically advanced concepts in fun, hands-on ways that encourage exploration, creativity, and problem-solving. In these week-long courses, experienced instructors build on students’ interests and strengths, developing knowledge and skills students take with them long after the course ends.
Solstice (Grades 4-6)
The Solstice program offers a unique array of advanced enrichment courses taught in a two-week timeframe perfect for extended study of a subject. Fun social opportunities encourage community building and the opportunity for students to connect with like-minded peers.
Spectrum (Grades 6-8)
The Spectrum program provides rigorous, high school-level coursework for students ready for the additional challenges in their area of strength. Over the course of three weeks, students develop critical and creative problem-solving skills through applied practice in subjects from math and science to writing and technology.
In-person Leapfrog-Spark Program
Summer 2021 in-person Leapfrog-Spark programming is Emerald Tier. Students are to apply based on the grade they were in for the 20-21 school year. Please do not apply based on the grade your student will be in for Fall 2021. Applying to the grade your student will be in for 2021 will include the need to go through CTD's Acceleration Request process. For more detailed information on the eligibility AND the application process, please see the Eligibility page.
In-person Solstice Program
Summer 2021 in-person Solstice programming is Emerald Tier. Students are to apply based on the grade they were in for the 20-21 school year. Please do not apply based on the grade your student will be in for Fall 2021. Applying to the grade your student will be in for 2021 will include the need to go through CTD's Acceleration Request process. For more detailed information on the eligibility AND application process, please see the Eligibility page.
In-person Spectrum Program
Summer 2021 in-person Spectrum programming is comprised of Magenta Tier enrichment and Indigo Tier accelerated programming. Students are to apply based on the grade they were in for the 20-21 school year. Please do not apply based on the grade your student will be in for Fall 2021. Applying to the grade your student will be in for 2021 will include the need to go through CTD's Acceleration Request process. For more detailed information on the eligibility AND the application process, please see the Eligibility page.
For tuition rates, please see our main Tuition Page.
For withdrawal policies, please see our main Withdrawals and Refund Page.
Withdrawals requested prior to two weeks before the start of class will be refunded in full, minus the $60 processing fee. Withdrawals requested between these dates and 5 pm on the second day of class will receive a 50% refund, minus the $60 processing fee. Withdrawals requested after the second day of class or student dismissal due to disciplinary concerns are not eligible for refunds.
Solstice and Spectrum courses will pivot to remote learning using Schoology and Zoom if on-site or public health conditions require. Leapfrog-Spark courses will pivot to remote learning using Zoom if on-site or public health conditions require it. There will be no refunds offered in this circumstance.
CTD offers need-based financial aid awarded as requests are received. Families are encouraged to apply early because the amount of aid available is limited. Please see the Financial Aid page for details.
- The deadline to complete a financial aid application for the Summer Program is May 31. However, funds are limited and historically our financial aid has been fully dispersed before the deadline date.
- Do NOT wait for your 2020 tax info to be completed. You can provide your 2019 info along with your 2020 W-2.
- You will receive the FACTS application link in your application confirmation email once the $60 dollar tuition deposit is paid and the application is submitted.
- It is imperative that you complete the financial aid application as soon as possible as it may take FACTS up to ten days to process your information.
- If you previously completed a FACTS application for the 2019-2020 academic year for CTD, you must still attach the 2020-2021 FACTS application to your FACTS account. You will be able to link your FACTS account to this new FACTS information. You may need to update financial information.
- If you experience difficulties with the FACTS process please call the FACTS helpline at 866/412-4637.
Many sessions are available. Students may participate in one or more sessions.
Leapfrog-Spark program (Grades 2 - 3)
June 21 - June 25
June 28 - July 2
July 5 - July 9
July 12 - July 16
July 19 - July 23
July 26 - July 30
Solstice program (Grades 4 - 6)
June 21 – July 2, 2021
July 5 – July 16, 2021
July 19 – July 30, 2021
Spectrum program (Grades 6 - 8)
June 21 – July 9, 2021
July 12 – July 30, 2021
You can learn more about Northwestern’s COVID response here. Program specific items are listed below.
Class Sizes, Room Capacities, and Building Use
Classes will run at reduced capacity to allow for spacing according to current CDC and IPDH guidelines. Maximum enrollment is carefully set to ensure an instructor, TA, and students can safely be in the room together. Because each classroom has a different capacity, enrollment maximums will vary by course.
Care is being taken to ensure CTD students are as separated from other courses and on-site programs as possible. To the extent it is feasible, each class will be a distinct “pod” of students and staff.
Families will provide lunch from home. Students will eat outside at pre-set locations with their classmates, separate from other classes. In the event of inclement weather only, lunch will be eaten in the classroom.
Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times, except while eating and drinking.
Classrooms and common areas are receiving additional daily cleaning, including surface disinfection using products labeled for neutralizing the COVID-19 virus.
Families will be required to confirm students are COVID-19 symptom free on a daily basis during the program via an online form. The mechanics of this process will be communicated in greater detail upon acceptance. Student temperature will be taken during drop-off each morning.
Parents and other guests will not be allowed to enter the building; there will be no Sunday orientation or final Friday “Expo” activities.
Leapfrog-Spark students will have supplies provided by CTD.
Solstice and Spectrum students should bring a laptop, notebook, and pen/pencil. Any additional materials will be provided by CTD.
Leapfrog-Spark courses will run from 8:30am - 11:30am (AM), 12:30a - 3:30pm (PM) or 8:30am - 3:30pm (All-Day).
Solstice and Spectrum courses will run from 8:30am - 3:30pm.
Full-day courses and students staying for both AM and PM courses will break for an hour lunch at staggered times. Lunch will be eaten outdoors whenever possible. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be eaten in classrooms. This will be the only time masks are allowed to be removed while inside.
Drop-off and pick-up will be held during the half-hour before and half-hour after class. Further details will be communicated prior to the start of each session.
Solstice and Spectrum students are required to bring a laptop or tablet with the ability to type/keyboard and the ability to connect to the Internet. Course materials are hosted in Schoology, a learning management system designed for K-12 students. Schoology is a web-based application, so no software is required.
All students who successfully complete their course receive an evaluation that includes comments on the student’s performance in class, grade and credits earned (if applicable) and recommendations for future study. These evaluations are available 6 weeks after the final class of the session.
- For questions regarding CTD admissions and financial aid, please contact:
- For questions about current CTD Leapfrog-Spark enrollments, please contact:
- For questions about current CTD Solstice and Spectrum enrollments, please contact:
- For questions about school partnerships, please contact: