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 2021 online GEM program is open to all applicants and do not require any supporting documents.

The Growing Early Minds (GEM) program is available to early learners who may or may not have been identified as 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. This program is open to any interested young learner.

Enrichment Program Eligibility

Our 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.

The 2021 online PACE program is open to all applicants. No supporting documents are required.

For the 2021 online STEP program, you will be asked to show general eligibility through the submission of a short statement answering the following prompts:

  • Why are you interested in your chosen course topic?
  • Choose an intellectual challenge, an ethical problem, a research question, or another societal issue that holds some significance to you. Describe what drew you to the issue and why it is significant to you.

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.

Eligibility for the 2021 Online ALP program will be demonstrated through submission of a current grade report and a completed statement answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to attend the program?
  • How will this program and experience benefit you now and in future growth?
  • What are one or two activities, memberships, clubs, responsibilities, etc. outside of school that you are involved with, and why are they important to you?