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Academic Camps

iD Tech Camps: Hands-On Tech Fun!

iD Tech Camps is in its 11th season hosting summer technology programs on Vanderbilt's campus. In 1999, their family company set out to reinvent "camp" for the 21st century. Today, they're #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more.

Kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!

Dates: Weekly program. Visit website for exact dates and details.

Day Camp or Overnight Camps Available
Ages: 7-17 years old

Visit for details and online specials.

Contact Information: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

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Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

Who? Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 8-12 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification.

What? This residential academic experience provides qualifying students with a taste of college life. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take accelerated courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students. Outside the classroom, our carefully selected residential staff members supervise the dining and residence halls, plan fun and engaging recreational activities, and help ensure that every VSA student has a fulfilling experience.

When? Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level.

VSA 2017

Session 1: Rising 8th graders
June 11-16

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 18-30

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 9-28

Where? During their stay, VSA students will reside in a residential hall on The Ingram Commons, where first-year Vanderbilt students live during the academic school year. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus, with the majority of courses taking place on the Peabody Campus. Students eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the dormitory.

Eligibility: Students applying to Vanderbilt Summer Academy must submit qualifying documentation at the time of application. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. In lieu of the above mentioned test scores, students may prefer to submit a portfolio for further assessment and review. 

Contact Information: 
Name: John Moses Girdler
Phone: (615) 322-8261

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Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)

Who? Gifted students in Kindergarten and grades 1–6 (Summer, rising 1-7) who typically test at the 95th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification.

What? Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 (grades 1-3 in the summer) and 16 students for grades 3-6 (grades 4-7 in the summer). Summer SAVY 2017 will offer six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session. Click here to see the courses for our upcoming sessions!

When? Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Where? On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test at around the 95th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or ability test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g. Explore, SCAT) are also accepted. While scores around the 95th percentile are typically a strong indication that SAVY is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the SAVY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria. Returning SAVY students do not need to resubmit test scores unless their scores are more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their assessments.

Session 1: June 12 – 16

Session 2: June 19 – 23

Session 3: June 26 – 30

Session 4: July 10 – 14

Session 5: July 17 – 21

Session 6: July 24 – 28

Contact Information:
Name: Sarah DeLisle
Phone: (615) 322-3179
E-mail: sarah.s.delisle@Vanderbilt.Edu 

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Dyer Observers Space Science Camp

The Dyer Observers Space Science Camps support middle-school students in their exploration of the worlds of science, math, engineering and technology, and opens up their minds to future career possibilities in these fields.

In 2017, Dyer Observatory will be hosting one camp for rising 5th-6th graders during the week of June 12-16 and one camp for rising 7th-8th graders during the week of June 19-23.

Please check out the camp brochure link below for more information on the camps. If your child has a strong interest in astronomy and space science and would like to be a part of the Dyer Observatory Space Science Camps, please download and fill out the application below.

Merit scholarships are not awarded, but financial aid is available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Please include a note with your application, or email if you wish to be considered for financial aid.

2017 Camp application and releases: 2017 Full set- APP, RELEASES, MEDICAL

2017 Camp brochure: 2017 Summer Camp promo sheet

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