WCATY is dedicated to supporting students who are searching for an additional level of challenge. We aim to provide students with a unique learning experience that will appeal to their curiosity and desire to learn while supporting their growth outside of the classroom.
Early Learner Program Eligibility
The Growing Early Minds (GEM) program is available to early learners who may or may not have been identified as gifted or advanced. It offers these students an entry-level challenge and engagement opportunity to discover their curiosity. It is also designed to provide a resource and community for parents and students who are searching for a way to stimulate young minds outside of a traditional classroom setting.
As such, we ask you to submit one of the following supporting documents that will best illustrate why you and your child are interested in the program:
- grade report
- teacher/activity advisor recommendation
- standardized test scores or
- student work sample
Enrichment Program Eligibility
Our Young Student Summer Program (YSSP), Precollege Academic Campus Experience (PACE), and Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) are qualified as enrichment courses. They are designed to give students a chance to explore an advanced content area that they may or may not have experienced before. Students will receive an overview of the topic area while participating in field trips and hands-on content that supports their studies. Courses will challenge students to think broadly, work in groups with their peers, and continue to develop their love of learning. Students do not receive letter grades; instead, they are provided with a growth-based evaluation and receive feedback on their performance in predetermined areas specific to the class they choose.
General eligibility for enrichment courses are as follows:
- Advanced achievement in a national or local standardized grade-level achievement test,
- Proven motivation to take on advanced coursework and learn with other talented peers,
- Successful participation in a similar subject area in school or other extracurriculars.
Accelerated Learning Program Eligibility
The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is for high school students and is designed for deeper exploration of a concentrated topic. To be considered for admission, students must demonstrate outstanding academic ability and motivation to engage in in-depth study of one subject.
Students have the opportunity to work with their school to receive high school credit for each course and will be graded in accordance with that plan. Courses are offered at two levels, introductory and advanced.