Center for Talent Development (CTD) offers hundreds of courses for students from age 3 through grade 12 in a wide range of subject areas and program formats designed to meet the needs of advanced learners. CTD specializes in identifying talent and developing it through enriching educational programming, advocacy, research, and community building for families. While CTD's programming is currently offered exclusively online, online courses at CTD include a variety of engaging formats. Some are live online, during which students work collaboratively in real-time. Others are 'asynchronous' to fit the needs of students who want to set their own schedules. From enrichment to standards-aligned, credit-bearing courses, CTD's expert instructors differentiate instruction, encourage discussion, and create a vibrant community of students from around the world. CTD looks forward to welcoming you to its community of students and families from around the globe.
View all CTD courses online at www.ctd.northwestern.edu/courses.
CTD Program Offerings
Weekend Programs (Age 3 - Grade 8)
CTD offers weekend options for students seeking enrichment and hand-on activity beyond the regular academic week. For students who prefer live online instruction with peers, CTD is proud to offer two live weekend programs: CTD Weekends at Home and CTD Encounters at Home. Weekend at Home offers students the opportunity to participate in 6 weeks of programming on either Saturdays or Sundays, while Encounters at Home features single, half-day sessions for students to learn about a particular topic of interest.
Summer Programs (Age 3 - Grade 12)
CTD's summer programming seeks to offer students a pathway to develop their talents outside of the regular academic year. The summer programs that CTD offers are designed to foster both academic development and social-emotional growth. CTD summer programs include the Solstice program for students in grades 4 through 6, the Spectrum program for students in grades 6 through 8, and the Equinox program for students in grades 9 through 12, the last two of which offer honors and Advanced Placement®-level courses respectively.
Online Programs (K-12)
CTD's online programs serve students at all grade levels through a variety of engaging formats. Some are live, during which students work collaboratively in real-time. Others are 'asynchronous' to fit the needs of students who want to set their own schedules. From family courses to enrichment and standards-aligned, credit-bearing courses, CTD's expert instructors differentiate instruction, encourage discussion, and create a vibrant community of students from around the world all from the comfort of home.
Service-Learning and Leadership Programs (Grades 7-12)
Our innovative school-year programs and summer courses, which are offered through CTD's Civic Education Project (CEP), give promising young leaders opportunities to learn and serve in their communities. These service-learning opportunities inspire young people to become active, engaged citizens. Students are challenged to address real-world issues and learn in new ways while building their intellectual capacity, leadership skills, and potential to make change.