Center for Talented Youth

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Center for Talented Youth
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A CTY afternoon activity at LMU in Los Angeles
School typegifted education
Founded1979; 43 years ago (1979)
FounderJulian Stanley
AuthorityJohns Hopkins University
DirectorVirginia Roach
Age6 to 17
Classes offeredMathematics, Computer Science, Humanities, and Science
Accreditationgrades K-12[1]

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is a gifted education program for school-age children founded in 1979 by psychologist Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University. It was established as a research study into how academically advanced children learn and became the first program to identify academically talented students through above-grade-level testing and provide them with challenging learning opportunities.[2] CTY offers summer, online, and family programs to students from around the world and has nearly 30,000 program enrollments annually. CTY is accredited for students in grades K to 12 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

CTY published the Imagine magazine that provided educational opportunities and resources and student-written content for middle and high school students. The magazine was discontinued in June 2018.[3]


In 2022, about one-third of CTY's summer sessions were canceled due to a lack of staffing[4] and staff background checks not clearing in time.

Admission requirements[edit]

CTY first requires students to sign up for an account and membership, which costs $50 for U.S. students and $60 for international students. They must then submit scores from a qualifying test to determine if they are at "Advanced CTY-Level" (defined as showing ability four grade levels above current enrolled grade) or "CTY-Level" (defined as showing ability two grade levels above current enrolled grade).[5] Eligible test scores include the SCAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and STB (Spatial Test Battery).[6] Students receive their course eligibility results online.[7]




Location Code Institution Opened Students[8]
Lancaster, Pennsylvania LAN Franklin & Marshall College
Carlisle, Pennsylvania CAR Dickinson College
Baltimore, Maryland JHU Johns Hopkins University
Saratoga Springs, New York SAR Skidmore College 1986 220
Los Angeles, California LOS Loyola Marymount University
Seattle, Washington SUN Seattle University
Princeton, New Jersey PRN Princeton University
Haverford, Pennsylvania HAV Haverford College
Berkeley, California BRK University of California, Berkeley
Hong Kong HKU University of Hong Kong
Collegeville, Pennsylvania PAN Ursinus College
Dublin, Ireland DCU Dublin City University
Thessaloniki, Greece ACT Anatolia College



Former CTY executive director Elaine Tuttle Hansen (2011-2018) was interviewed by National Public Radio and published on the Opinion-Editorial pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, and The Baltimore Sun.[9]

In July 2004, CTY was featured in an article in The New Yorker.[10]

In 2006, the camp was shown in an hour-long CNN special on gifted children.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable CTY alumni include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Accreditation Information for Schools and Parents". The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
  2. ^ "CTY Mission & History". The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Imagine Magazine". The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  4. ^ St. George, Donna (June 27, 2022). "Johns Hopkins summer programs canceled as some students are en route". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  5. ^ "Eligibility Scores". Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  6. ^ "Tests and Testing". Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  7. ^ "Get Started". Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  8. ^ "Site Locations | Intensive Studies". Center for Talented Youth. Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  9. ^ "Executive Commentary". Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Bilger, Burkhard (July 19, 2004). "Nerd Camp". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Presenter: Sanjay Gupta (September 17, 2006). "Genius: Quest for Extreme Brain Power". special. CNN.
  12. ^ "Press Release: Center for Talented Youth Alumni Net Top Academic Honors". 2006.
  13. ^ Ramakrishnan, Meera (November 19, 2009). "Hopkins alumni gather for Center for Talented Youth reunion". The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012.
  14. ^ McGoldrick, Debbie (June 23, 2009). "Lynch a Writing Star". IrishCentral.
  15. ^ "Cogito Interview".[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Vozzella, Laura (November 4, 2009). "Just like Mom (and Sister) didn't used to make". Baltimore Sun.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Terence Tao receives 2014 CTY Distinguished Alumni Award". Center for Talented Youth. Archived from the original on January 9, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "Studying sensory systems of fruit flies, worms a stroke of genius". UCLA Newsroom. Archived from the original on September 28, 2014.
  19. ^ "Former CTY student earns MacArthur 'genius grant'". HUB Johns Hopkins University. September 19, 2014.
  20. ^ Aitel, Dave (November 12, 2015). "How to crush it". Dailydave (Mailing list). Archived from the original on June 21, 2017.{{cite mailing list}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  21. ^ "Ronan Farrow: 'I Was Raised With An Extraordinary Sense Of Public Service'". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  22. ^ DeFranco, Philip. "A Conversation With... - MKBHD On The WORST Tech Launch Ever, Death Of Privacy, & More | Ep. 18 A Conversation With". Google Podcasts. Retrieved March 3, 2020.

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