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In the Leadership Intensive series, students examine traits and practices of leadership, assess their personal strengths and style, and learn from leaders across professional fields. Courses promote skill-building and socially responsible leadership where students put their strengths into action.
Why Choose an Online Leadership Intensive Course?
Students will engage in a blend of weekly online synchronous class sessions and independent course work designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and build collaboration and communication with their peers. Explore ideas, challenge your thinking, and come away with a deeper understanding of your strengths and talents to reach your full potential!
- A pre-college level asset-based curriculum that promotes self-reflection and goal-setting
- Opportunities to build community and collaborate with other bright young leaders through live online class meetings
- Flexible sessions to fit your schedule (6-week Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions, 2-week Summer sessions)
In addition to Online Leadership Intensive courses, CTD offers a diverse range of online program options; view a full list here. Explore Summer Leadership Intensive at Northwestern in-person course options here.
Through the Leadership Intensive series, courses can be taken individually, or students can use the Leadership Intensive course overview to create their own course pathway to fully cultivate their leadership development.
The Civic Education Project at CTD welcomes applications from Pre-qualified applicants as well as New Scores and Portfolio applicants. Before beginning the online application, determine which type of applicant you are based on the descriptions below.
Pre-qualified Review Applicant
You are a pre-qualified review applicant if you are in grade 7 through 10 and you meet the following criteria:
- You have successfully completed a CTD course with a verbal/reading qualifying area through the Civic Education Project, Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program or Online Program at the Emerald Tier, or a tier with a higher score requirement, within the previous twenty-four months.
New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you are grade 7 through 10 and you meet any one of the following criteria:
- You have never attended any CTD program and you have qualifying reading/verbal grade-level test scores that are no more than two years old; OR
- You have previously attended a math qualifying course with the Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program, or CTD Online Program, but you are now applying with qualifying reading/verbal grade-level test scores; OR
- You have participated in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 5 or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7, 8 or 9 (Above-Grade-Level Assessment).
New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 7 through 10 and you do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:
- never taken a nationally normed standardized achievement test, OR
- taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.
An admission portfolio includes the following documents:
- Required: one teacher recommendation form (available once you have submitted your application) indicating that the student is performing 1½ to 2 years above grade level in English Language Arts or Humanities/Social Studies
- Required: transcript or most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying;
- If available: most recent standardized testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP) or results of a state grade-level assessment.
|Season & Session||Application Deadline|
|Winter||January 26, 2024|
|Spring||April 20, 2024|
To qualify for Emerald tier Civic Education Project (CEP) Courses, students must be in grade 7 through 10 and must also provide one of the following:
- Qualifying score of 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal/reading for CEP courses) for the desired course; OR
- Successful completion of a CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area within the past two years; OR
- Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation (available after submitting the application) and the student’s transcript or most recent report card, demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area; OR
- Participation in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 5 or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7, 8 or 9 (Above-Grade-Level Assessment)
- Fall, Winter, Spring courses: $635
- Summer courses: $TBD
- Tuition increases by $25 after the Early Bird Rate Deadline, 10 days before the session start date.
Please see our withdrawal information for policies specific to this program.
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 is approximately two weeks prior to the course start date, specific to each session.
- 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 2022-2023 academic year for CTD, you must still attach the 2023-2024 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.
Courses in the Leadership Intensive series focus on skill-building, exploring concepts within the practice and study of leadership, and a deep dive into subject-area specific topics. View sample syllabi to learn more.
Leadership Intensive Curriculum Components
Examine course themes and concepts through academic research and topic-focused presentations designed to build your skills. Dialogue with peers to identify diverse viewpoints and consider new ideas in your leadership development.
Independent Course Work
Dig into theories, models and current events that help you consider new ideas and ways of approaching your leadership development. Apply course material through guided questions and engaging assignments that broaden your perspective and build critical thinking skills.
Meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders at the top of their fields to hear their experiences and paths to socially responsible leadership.
Build communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills with classmates through instructor-led activities.
Our Leadership Intensive courses draw from a diverse student body, and our inclusive class communities honor multiple perspectives and interpretations of leadership. Courses are appropriate for students at various comfort and skill levels, and instruction will be tailored to meet students of diverse backgrounds and talents.
Our online courses are designed to allow each student to explore their strengths and potential as an engaged and creative leader through:
- Weekly live, online 105-minute class sessions, 7 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. CST (Fall, Winter, & Spring courses)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday live, online 2-hour class sessions, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT, unless otherwise noted (Summer courses)
- Flexibly-paced assignments, lessons, and reflections
- Guest speakers and online meetings with community organizations
Students will be engaged in pre-college level academically stimulating and engaging activities designed to develop higher-level thinking skills. To be successful in these courses, a student should have a keen interest in the subject, be eager to work through academic challenges, and have a desire to learn in an online environment.
Outside of live class sessions, students should expect to spend 2-3 hours (Fall, Winter, and Spring 6-week courses) and 6-7 hours (Summer 2-week courses) per week engaged in independent course work. Our dedicated instructors will initiate and guide online lessons and discussions. Students should possess effective communication skills, including proficient reading and writing skills, and feel comfortable asking questions to guide their learning. The course syllabi will guide pacing, and instructional staff office hours are available to help students process content and stay on track.
Online class sessions will occur at a consistent time throughout the course; see course listings for class times. When attendance is not possible, students can access recordings of real-time class sessions any time after they occur.
After each live class session, students will have the opportunity to provide short feedback so instructional staff and program administrators can monitor student progress and adjust teaching methods accordingly to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Schoology, the learning management system used by CTD, is a user-friendly platform designed specifically for K-12 online learners, and is COPPA compliant.
Students will receive login information to Schoology via e-mail 24-48 hours before the course start date.
With their login information, students will receive information about a live, online orientation for all new Online Program students. (Returning students are also welcome to repeat the orientation.) The orientation will be recorded for students to view at a later time, if desired.
Access to course material begins on the course start date.
All students receive a detailed evaluation after completion of the program. The evaluation provides feedback on the student’s achievements during the course and outlines areas for further growth. Evaluations are sent via e-mail and able to be accessed via MyCTD.
All course work and communication (including instructor contact information, the course syllabus, and assignments) take place within the Schoology course site. Schoology can be accessed on a desktop or laptop computer, or with the Schoology mobile app for iOS or Android tablets and phones. While tablets may be sufficient for most course work, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer.
Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
Participation in “live” course activities or multimedia recordings may require a computer web camera, microphone or headset.
- For questions regarding CEP Program admissions and financial aid, please contact:
- For questions regarding current CEP Program enrollments, please contact:
- For questions about school partnerships with CEP Programs, please contact: