by Mr. Trevor Crest, CTY Advisor and Beginning Teacher
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.
Nativity Prep Academy has been blessed to send three of its students to UC Santa Cruz in late June for an opportunity that will help shape their academic future for years to come. Macy H., Milenia Q., and Ronny D. will leave their parents, family, and friends behind to embark on a three and half week course in Crafting the Essay, The Mathematics of Money, and Writing by the Bay.
CTY began in 1979 when famed psychiatrist Julian Stanley worked with middle school prodigies, realizing their capacity to challenge themselves both in and out of the classroom. Our three CTY scholars, Macy, Milenia, and Ronny have demonstrated an impressive enthusiasm to read, study, and learn well beyond the norm.
“This will be a great opportunity to meet new friends…and also make my brain bigger,” says a very excited Macy.
Milenia says she is really grateful for the chance to expand her learning in the area of mathematics.
The students will have three two-hour classes a day during the week and a series of outdoor activities in and around Santa Cruz. Most students would not willingly sign up for summer classes, but these students are truly talented youth. They look forward to the exposure their CTY teachers—most of them college professors—will share with them.
One cannot simply apply to CTY, but must be invited. Invitations are initially determined by a candidate’s performance on a recent nationally-normed assessment.
This past fall, our three qualifying CTY students took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and scored in the 90th percentile nationally in either math or reading, or both. Of the six Nativity students who qualified for the second tier of testing, three achieved superior scores, again in the top percentile group among already top-performing students.
On June 30, our three CTY scholars will leave their homes and their families to embark on an adventure to study alongside peers from China, South America, and India, and to engage in one the hardest academic challenge of their young lives.
Ronny uses an analogy that potentially sums up the excitement of all three students. “I am as excited as a weasel that found a nest of birds’ eggs.” We are all anticipating the students return and the stories from their academic adventures.