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Pre-College Programs

You don't have to be out of high school to enjoy a Vanderbilt education. Vanderbilt offers a variety of programs to pre-college students, including:

Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach (CSO)

The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach establishes partnerships between university scientists, K-12 educators and students, and the local and global science community and offers summer programs including GAS (Girls And Science) and BEST (Boys Exploring Science and Technology).

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth (PTY)

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is dedicated to “developing talent in gifted students and those who work with them.” To fulfill this mission PTY offers academic year and summertime programming for eligible students. Additionally, PTY hosts a number of professional development opportunities and serves as a local and national parent resource for gifted education.

  • SAVY – Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
    Day Program – Held each fall and spring, students in grades K-6 engage with like-ability peers in accelerated courses over six consecutive Saturdays. 
  • SAVY – Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
    Day Program – Each summer rising 1st-7th grade students take part in a variety of advanced courses taught by content experts. Weekly sessions are available for all grades in the months of June and July.
  • WAVU – Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University
    Residential Program – An intensive two-day residential accelerated learning program held each fall and spring for current 7th-10th graders.
  • VSA – Vanderbilt Summer Academy
    Residential Program – For students entering grades 8 – 12, VSA offers accelerated courses in 1 – 3 week summer sessions. Students live on campus and take advanced level courses taught by VU faculty and graduate students in a challenging yet supportive environment.

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