CTY Bermuda Profile

Registered Charity No #603

For over the past 25 years the mission of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University has been to identify, nurture, and develop academic talent among pre-college students. The Center for Talented Youth pursues this singular aim through a wide range of activities: talent identification, summer academic and distance educational programs.

CTY offers educational programs tailored to the specific abilities, interests, and motivations of our students.

CTY Bermuda is the first program established in Bermuda to nurture and support the development of talented students from both public and private schools. CTY Bermuda does not belong to any local institution, but it is operates in affiliation with Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore, while remaining an autonomous non-profit limited liability company. CTY Bermuda is designed to provide intense supplementary academic coursework which enhances school curricula and provides support for individual interests.

Our goal is to increase the competency and competitiveness of Bermuda’s students to meet the challenges that lie ahead of them both in Bermuda and abroad.

CTY Bermuda is a fee- based operation and is sponsored by the private sector and has been fee-sponsored by the Bermuda Government for the public school students enrolled in CTY Bermuda.

THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM AND SUMMER PROGRAM

(a) CTY program is spread over two semesters, offering intensive programs in Mathematics, English, Humanities and Sciences adapted from the model developed by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore, Maryland. Classes will be scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

(b) Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth requests that each teacher maintains a portfolio with regular evaluation for each student. In addition to the evaluation, we feel that we can test our students at the end of each semester in order to assess their performance. A summative assessment of each student is written at the end of the course.

(c) Students participate in academic seminars and workshops. These seminars are developed to spark the imagination of CTY students.

(d) Students at CTY are from the diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups represented in Bermuda.

(e) CTY Bermuda provides 2 afterschool programs: our CTY Bermuda Center for the Academic Reinforcement and Enrichment (CARE) program and our CTY Program for select, high-qualifying students who need additional challenges.

(f) Participation is based on a Talent Search Test provided and evaluated by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

1. Previous standardized test results can ensure entry in the program if the scores meet our criteria.

2. The academic year, 2006 – 2007, saw the introduction of Johns Hopkins University CTY model courses offered to students aged 8 – 9 years who tested using the SCAT. Appropriate SCAT tests are used also for students 10-12 years old, replacing the PLUS AAA tests used in previous years.

3. Students who are in M2 (U.S. grade 7) are required to write the SAT or ACT. Students may remain in the program until September of the year of their seventeenth birthday.

4. Students aged 8 – 17 years with sufficiently high standardized test scores on other than the tests noted above may be able to enter the program on recommendation or request.

5. Entry level scores for participation in the CTY Bermuda after-school program are determined on an annual basis following annual academic testing.
6. Testing dates are published in The Royal Gazette and on the CTY Bermuda website: ctybermuda.org

7. Information with regard to eligibility for Johns Hopkins University CTY Summer Schools is available from CTY Bermuda, or may be obtained on-line at www.cty.jhu.edu.

8. Once a student achieves the qualifying score(s) for a subject area, he or she remains eligible until the age limit for the program. Students need not retest. SCAT testing is applied to students from P4 – M1 (U.S. A. grades 3 – 6). SAT must be written by students in M2 (U.S.A. grade 7 and above).

(g) Summer school classes, either local or overseas, will be offered to qualified students.

Our experiences with highly able students have taught us that the most productive classrooms are characterized by:

  • High expectations for student performance
  • Low students/instructor ratios
  • Faculty who are well-versed in their fields
  • Motivated students
  • Active students participation
  • Flexible instruction

These are the tenets of our courses. Students are immersed in the central components of a liberal arts education: close reading, clear and graceful writing, careful collection and analysis of data, and critical thinking.

Riquette Bonne-Smith
Executive Director

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