Founded in 1979 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, CTY seeks to recognize and develop the world’s brightest minds. CTY achieves its mission through an annual talent search, and by offering a slate of challenging academic courses via on-site summer programs and online distance learning programs.
CTY conducts its talent search for academically gifted students in grades K-12 through its website, cty.jhu.edu. Parents use resources available at the site to apply for enrollment and to arrange for testing. Students must attain high scores on academic assessment tests to be eligible for enrollment.
CTY provides summer programs at its academic center on the Johns Hopkins University campus and at other East and West Coast college campuses in the United States, as well as in Hong Kong. Summer programs include residential and day programs of varying lengths for students at different grade levels. Courses are offered in the humanities, science, math and computer science, and writing. Programs are open to international students and to American students living abroad.
CTY provides online distance learning programs year-round. Courses in computer technology, engineering, world languages, writing, mathematics, music, and science are offered. Eligibility criteria apply.
CTY also offers family academic programs, in which students and their parents participate in learning experiences, including visits to museums and hands-on activities. For family programs, minimum qualifying test scores are not required.