In CTD Online Family Program courses, students work on guided explorations that can be completed with their parents. The program offers a mix of learning experiences, both online and offline, that relate to course topics.

  • For our youngest students, imaginary play and creativity are cornerstones of early skill development, in-depth learning and critical thinking. 
  • For our older students, courses integrate skill development, critical thinking and creative approaches to problem-solving.  


Application Process

There are no test scores or further documentation required for participation in the Online Family Program.   

The Online Family Program is a member of our Amber Tier open enrollment option.  Successful completion of the class does not qualify students to enroll in future classes outside of the Amber Tier

The best criterion to ensure success is that the child has an interest in the topic. It is required that at least one adult caregiver has time to work with the student.

Requests for Grade Advancement/Acceleration: CTD course content is advanced or grade-level accelerated, as reflected in course descriptions and the standard admission requirements. Though course content is advanced, students can engage with intellectual peers who are also age- or grade-level peers. Therefore, most students should apply for courses aligned to the grade-level in which they are currently enrolled. Still, for some students demonstrating a need for an even higher level of instruction than CTD’s advanced and accelerated courses already provide, further acceleration may be an option. Visit the Requesting and Accelerated Placement web page for more information about the process, timeline, and required materials.

Fees, Withdrawals and Financial Aid


  • $150 per 4 week program.


Withdrawal Policy

  • Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing before the course begins. E-mail requests should be sent to
  • Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60.
  • No refunds will be made for withdrawal requests received after the course start date.
  • Refunds may take up to eight weeks to appear in the account from which they were paid depending on the type of account and the billing cycle.

Financial Aid

  • We are not able to provide financial assistance for the Online Family Program.

Course Environment

Students will work with parent(s) or an adult caregiver on engaging course activities. Courses feature: 
  • 3-6 hours of coursework and activities per week, depending on student age and interest. 
  • Flexibility - content is available any time of day, any day of the week. There are no live video sessions with the instructor.
  • Individualized guidance from instructors through posted feedback on the work that students share during the course.
  • Opportunities to engage with families from across the globe through assignment and discussion posts.
  • A variety of activities, including extension projects for students who wish to engage with a particular topic beyond the established course activities.
  • Parent/caregiver participation - courses for younger students typically involve more parent participation than courses for older students.
  • Content specifically for parents and caregivers.

Technical Requirements

  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Online Family Program students access Schoology, the learning management system where CTD houses all of its online courses. Please view Schoology's article on system requirements and trouble-shooting tips if you have are unsure of your device and/or browser compatibility.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop. Please refer to individual course descriptions for specific requirements. 

Enrollment and Course Information

  • Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.  
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system, Schoology, which houses Online Family Program courses.  
  • Course access begins on the official start date.
  • Syllabi, assignments, timelines, discussion boards, links and more are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system.  
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