No matter what school looks like for your family this year, CTY has the knowledge and experience to keep your child excited about learning. Our online courses challenge bright students and help them build their skills and explore their interests under the guidance of our expert instructors. Whether your child is seeking school credit or enrichment, CTY offers a wide variety of online course options designed to meet your needs. Learn more.

Students establish eligibility for CTY online courses through testing. Your testing options will depend on your child’s grade level. 


Students in grades 2-8:

1. Complete the Talent Search application.

2. Register to take an above-grade-level test. View your test options

3. Take the test at home or at a local test center.

4. Review your test results and start learning with CTY.


Students in grades 9-12:

High school students who are new to CTY and are interested in our online programs have several options for determining eligibility. They can submit existing scores from the SAT, ACT, or PSAT, or take the School and College Abilities Test (SCAT) through Prometric or online, or the Spatial Test Battery (STB) at a Prometric Test Center at locations around the world. Learn more


Once you’ve established eligibility for CTY courses, you can browse our online course options


Here are some points to consider when choosing a CTY Online Programs course:


  • If you are seeking school credit or placement for your course, discuss placement and credit options with your school officials. Determine if you need to take a course approved by NCAA or another accrediting body, and obtain approval from your school prior to enrolling.


  • CTY Online Programs courses are offered in two different formats, individually paced, and session-based.


  • For courses in writing, critical reading, grammar, or visual fluency, students must achieve qualifying scores on the verbal portion of the appropriate above-grade-level test.


  • For courses in math, science, or computer science and technology, students must achieve qualifying scores on the math portion of the appropriate above-grade-level test. This chart based on the student's previous course work can help you choose an appropriate math course. 


  • Students with qualifying math or verbal scores are also eligible for social science, chess, world languages, web design, JavaScript, forensics, Grammar FUNdamentals, and certain Young Readers' and Young Adult Readers' critical reading courses.


  • Some courses have prerequisites listed in the course description that must be satisfied before a qualified student can enroll in a course. Review course descriptions for eligibility and prerequisite information prior to enrolling. A placement test may also be available to help choose appropriate placement into our course offerings. Fill out the request form to receive an email with instructions for accessing the placement testing service. 

Still have questions about choosing the right course? Contact us at or 410-735-6277.

You may also be interested in CTY Family Academic Programs, which are open to all students; no minimum test scores are required, and more fun virtual programs are coming soon.