Solstice Program

Solstice Program

Solstice (Grades 4-6)

Solstice combines rigorous enrichment courses with fun social opportunities. Pre-recorded social-emotional activities help students start the day before they engage in academic activities with their instructor and classmates. After class activities foster friendships with peers.

2-week course with daily live class sessions

Spectrum Program

Spectrum Program

Spectrum (Grades 6-8)

Spectrum's enrichment and honors-level, credit-bearing courses are taught using self-guided and sychronous activities. Pre-recorded social-emotional activities help students start the day before they engage in academic activities with their instructor and classmates. After class activities foster friendships with peers.

3-week course with daily live class sessions

Equinox Online Summer 2020

Equinox Online Summer 2020

Equinox (Grades 9-12)

Equinox provides rigorous, credit-bearing acceleration opportunities for academically advanced students. Courses are taught at the high school honors level, the Advanced Placement level, or the college level by master instructors using both self-guided and sychronous activities. Pre-recorded social-emotional activities help students start the day before they engage in academic activities with their instructor and classmates. After class activities foster friendships with peers.

3-week course with daily live class sessions

Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

 

Though we won't be on campus, we are still preparing a wide range of fun, creative social and recreational activities that will foster friendships with peers from around the world and cultivate personal interests and passions through on-going clubs and rotating physical activities. Join us!

Details

Application Process and Deadlines

 

Applications are submitted using MyCTD, the online course application system. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are completed.  Incomplete applications do not "hold a spot" in the desired course.  Once you have paid the tuition and submitted the application, you will receive an email with further instructions. You will then be able to return to the application and select View Application Details to upload any necessary documents and to obtain the teacher recommendation link if necessary.

Any student who completes their application but is not accepted will recieve a full refund.

The Online Summer Program welcomes applications from returning 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.

Recent Participant - Please read descriptions carefully. Applicants must make sure they are qualified to apply as a Recent Participant.

  • You have successfully completed a CTD course through the Summer Program or Online Program at the same or higher tier within the previous twenty-four months AND
  • You are now applying for a  Summer Program course with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) as a CTD course you previously completed.
  • NOTE: Students may NOT apply to Spectrum or Equinox courses as recent participants from the Solstice Summer, Weekend Enrichment or Online Core Essential or Online Enrichment Programs.

New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you meet either one of the following criteria:

  • You have not attended any CTD program for the past two years and you have qualifying test scores (Verbal, Math or Science) for your desired course that are no more than two years old.
  • You have previously attended a course with the Summer Program or CTD Online Program, but you are now applying for a course with a different qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) and you have qualifying test scores. 

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if the following is applicable to you:

  • You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:

             1) never taken the required grade-level assessment or above-grade-level test

OR

             2) taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.

 An Admission Portfolio includes the following documents:

  • Required: one teacher recommendation form, the link to which will be available in your MyCTD account once the application is submitted, indicating that the student is performing 1½ to 2 years above grade level in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying.
  • Required: 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 state testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP) or any results of a grade-level test.

Please note that students are to apply to the grade level that they were in as of January 2020 for Summer Program courses.  For the purposes of the Summer Program, students are considered to be in the grade they just completed and NOT the grade they will enter in the fall.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as courses do close. Due to the rolling enrollment nature of our program, courses that are listed as available may close before a student's application is complete and comes up for review.  We strongly suggest listing second and third choice courses on applications. Applications are processed and reviewed by Admissions staff when all necessary documentation has been provided through the applicant's MyCTD account. 

 

It can take up to a week for our staff to first review newly submitted applications as well as any documentation added to complete an application later. Until our staff has verified the documents it will not yet be reflected in what you see in MyCTD.  We kindly ask you to not call nor email our office to confirm receipt of documentation or application items within a week of submitting them.

It may take one week for an admissions decision to be made once the application is marked as complete.  You will recieve an email once an admissions decision has been made.

Deadlines 

The deadline to SUBMIT and COMPLETE an application for the Solstice, Spectrum and Equinox Summer 2020 Online program is 15 business days prior to the start of the session.

 

 

 
 

Eligibility

 

Eligibility criteria vary by program. If you have questions or concerns about being able to obtain or submit the materials requested to demonstrate course eligibility, please contact the Admissions, Advising, and Assessment office for assistance (ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu).

SOLSTICE

To qualify for Emerald Tier 4 to 6 grade Solstice Summer Program courses, students must be in grade 4, 5, or 6 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Achievement of a score of 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal or Math) for the desired course.
  • Successful completion of an Emerald Tier or higher CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area within the past two years.
  • Participated in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 3 through 6 (NUMATS).
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card, demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.

SPECTRUM

The Spectrum Summer Program is comprised of courses at both the Magenta and Indigo eligibility tiers. The qualifications for these two tiers are different due to the increased rigor of the Indigo-level accelerated, credit-bearing courses.  Please do make sure to thoroughly read the admissions requirements, including any prerequisites, in the individual course descriptions.

To qualify for Magenta Tier Spectrum Advanced Enrichment Courses students must be in grade 6, 7, or 8 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Achievement of a score of 95thpercentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) for the desired course.
  • Successful past completion of a CTD course at the Magenta or Indigo Tier, with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) within the past two years.
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.
  • Participation in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 4, 5, or 6, or the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS) within the last two years.
  • Students from India, UAE, Kuwait or Singapore who have tested with ASSET Talent Search may be able to apply as new students with qualifying test scores.

To qualify for Indigo Tier Spectrum Accelerated Courses students must be in grade 6, 7, or 8 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Qualifying score on an above grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) for the desired course. (Please see course descriptions for score details.)
  • Successful past completion of a CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science)  at the Indigo Tier within the past two years.
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.
  • Students from India, UAE, Kuwait or Singapore who have tested with ASSET Talent Search may be able to apply as new students with qualifying test scores.

EQUINOX

To qualify for Indigo Tier Equinox Courses students must be in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Qualifying score on an above grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) for the desired course. (Please see course descriptions for score details.)
  • Qualifying score on the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT or ACT taken on-level in grades 10 or 11. (Please see course descriptions for score details.)
  • Successful past completion of an Indigo Tier CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) within the past two years.
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.
  • Students from India, UAE, Kuwait or Singapore who have tested with ASSET Talent Search may be able to apply as new students with qualifying test scores if the scores are no more than twenty-four months old.

Prerequisites and Graded Writing Sample

Many Spectrum and Equinox courses require additional prerequisites for admission, listed at the beginning of the course description. Any student applying to a course with a prerequisite must submit documentation showing the prerequisite has been met unless CTD already has such information from previous applications, or if the prerequisite has been met via a CTD course.
 
Graded writing samples are required for Spectrum English Language Arts (ELA) courses and for both ELA and Humanities and Social Science classes in  Equinox.   Evidence that the writing sample has been assessed for academic purposes can be provided on the writing sample itself or by submitting an accompanying rubric or other metric that is clearly tied to the writing sample.  Providing an ungraded writing sample will result in a delay of the application being deemed complete and may cause an applicant to miss out on a class that fills to capacity.
 
 

Fees, Withdrawals and Financial Aid

 

Tuition 

  • One-week Solstice Global Leadership  $400
  • Two-week Solstice Program   $750
  • Three-week Spectrum and Equinox Programs  $1450

Withdrawal Policy

  • Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing two weeks prior to the start of the course to recieve a refund, minus a sixty dollar processing fee. E-mail requests should be sent to CTD-admissions@northwestern.edu.
  • Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60.
  • Withdrawal requests made after the deadline, and up through the second day of the course will receive a 50% refund, minus the sixty dollar processing fee.
  • Withdrawals after the second day of the course do not qualify for a refund.

Financial Aid

CTD is unable to provide financial assistance to new applicants for Summer 2020.

Payment Plan

 
 

The Online Learning Environment

 

Students will engage directly with their instructor and classmates for three synchronous hours each morning and will have access to their instructor through virtual “office hours” after lunch. TAs in their content area will be available on certain evenings for additional academic support (see "Daily Schedule" for more). All class materials and activities will be hosted through Schoology, our secure, online learning platform.

 
 

Course Details and What to Expect

 

Summer Program students enroll in one course per session and may attend multiple sessions each summer. Classes meet synchronously for three hours a day, five days a week, and all courses require daily homework. Students receive a final evaluation on achievement and performance in the course; areas in need of further development; and student work habits. Courses are generally limited to 18 students.

CTD is accredited through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and students who complete a credit-bearing course in Spectrum or Equinox with a C- or better are eligible for one or two semesters of high school credit. Students who wish to receive credit for a course should discuss their school’s policy concerning credit from outside institutions with an academic counselor or school administrator before applying. Solstice and Spectrum enrichment courses do not carry high school credit.

 
 

Social and Recreational Experiences

 

Summer Program staff are preparing a wide range of fun, creative social and recreational activities that will foster friendships with peers from around the world and cultivate personal interests and passions through on-going clubs and rotating physical activities. Pre-recorded social-emotional learning opportunities such as journaling and meditation will help students start their day before jumping into classwork.

 
 

Program Dates

 

Solstice

Session 1: June 29 - July 10

Session 2: July 13 - July 24

Session 3: July 27 - August 7

Global Leadership Intensive: July 13 - 17

Spectrum and Equinox

Session 1: June 29 - July 17

Session 2: July 20 - August 7

 
 

Course Chart

 

Please click here for our most recent course chart.

 
 

Daily Schedule

 

Academic Day Schedule

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Synchronous class day
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break for staff and students

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Instructors hold virtual office hours, optional for students
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Optional activity block one (all programs)
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Optional activity block two (Solstice and Spectrum only)

6:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.: TAs available for individual and small group tutoring by content area
Solstice & Spectrum: Tuesday & Thursday
Equinox: Monday - Thursday

 
 

Technology and Technical Requirements

 
Summer Program students are required to have a laptop or tablet with word processing software and the ability to connect to the Internet. Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser. Some courses require a laptop instead of a tablet; see individual course descriptions for details.
Courses are hosted in Schoology, which is a learning management system designed for K-12 students. Schoology is a web-based application, so no software is required.
Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
 
 

Program Orientation

 
Getting Started in the Online Course
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to Schoology, the learning management system (LMS), which hosts all CTD online courses.
  • The online experience starts with a virtual online orientation for all students, available to students the week before the course start date.
  • Access to course material and live class sessions begin on the official start date.
  • Course syllabi, assignments, discussion boards, and resources will all be found within the Schoology course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within Schoology and Zoom.
 
 

International Students

 
Because courses are taught in English, test scores are used to assess proficiency and assist in course placement. TOEFL (or TOEFL Jr. for grades 4-8) or IELTS scores are required for students for whom English is not the first language and who do not have PSAT, I-Excel, SAT, ACT, ASSET, or PreACT scores. 
 
Live sessions are held each morning (CST) to accommodate the widest range of time zones possible.
 
 

Courses

 

 

 
 
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