Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development

Northwestern University is a leading research universvity with global impact that is home to more than 90 school-based centers and nearly 50 University research centers. With an interdisciplinary culture, Northwestern’s research spans a spectrum of areas including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, engineering and education. The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University is dedicated to helping academically advanced students reach their full potential. CTD director, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, is a renowned scholar in the field of gifted education, and her commitment to the gifted community is widely recognized. CTD offers many unique programs throughout the year. Students meeting the qualifying ASSET Talent Search score requirements can apply for admission for both the summer residential program and the center’s online program.

I have always liked writing and hence when I got to my creative writing class at Northwestern CTD, I came across students from various parts of the U.S. and some other countries too who shared my love for the same thing. As part of our learning process, we had to provide peer review of our classmates' work and this exercise gave me a really good perspective on what people of my age thought about my writing style and skills and I in turn got to read some really interesting work by my friends.

Sreeja Maradana,

Oakridge International School, Bangalore
about the summer course on Creative Writing at Northwestern CTD

GIFTED LEARNINGLINKS ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 5-12

Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) is CTD's online learning program that offers rigorous, individualized instruction in a number of advanced academic disciplines. GLL courses include enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® options and are taught by educators skilled at teaching online and working with high-achieving students. Flexible placing allows advanced and highly motivated students to accelerate their learning.

Program Details:

Duration: Grades 8th to 9th – 9 weeks. | Grades 10th-12th: 9 to 36 weeks depending on the course
**Cost: USD $560 to $675
Start Dates: Multiple options. | Grades 5th to 9th: Starting 15th June to 17th August | Grades 10th to 12th: Rolling admission -15th of every month

Eligibility:

Grades: 5th to 12th
ASSET Talent Search Score :
(In any one subject)
> 90th percentile – Qualified 50th – 90th Percentile - Provisionally qualified*

*Provisionally qualified

Students whose scores do not meet the minimum requirement may still apply to the Gifted Learning Links program with an Admission Portfolio application, which includes:
  • ASSET Talent Search Percentile Scores
  • Transcript (A scan copy of the student's annual report cards can be submitted as transcript)
  • Two teacher recommendations (one must be from a current year teacher in the subject most applicable to the course the student is applying to attend)

RESIDENTIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 7-12

CTD's life-changing residential and commuter programs provide students with challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment with like-minded peers and expert instructors. The summer programs, which take place at Northwestern's campus, encourage gifted children to explore academic areas of interest, develop creative and critical thinking skills, and connect with a community of peers.

Program Details:

Duration: 3 Weeks
**Cost: USD $3,750 (residential, includes room and meals)
Start Dates: Session 1: 25th June 2017 to 14th July 2017 | Session 2: 16th July 2017 to 4th August 2017

Eligibility:

Grades: End of grades 7th, 8th and 9th
ASSET Talent Search Score :
(In any one subject)
> 90th percentile – Qualified 50th – 90th Percentile - Provisionally qualified*

*Provisionally qualified

Students whose scores do not meet the minimum requirement may still apply to the residential programs with an Admission Portfolio application, which includes:
  • ASSET Talent Search Percentile Scores
  • Transcript (A scan copy of the student's annual report cards can be submitted as transcript)
  • Two teacher recommendations (one must be from a current year teacher in the subject most applicable to the course the student is applying to attend)
  • Statement of Purpose (approximately 50 words in which applicants explain their interest in a first-choice course)

Steps to apply to Northwestern CTD's online and residential programs

Please contact summer@ctd.northwestern.edu for any queries.
** Program cost may vary year on year.