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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Testing Comes to SMCPS

Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 178

LEONARDTOWN, MD - On Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) will offer special testing in St. Mary’s County to interested students from St. Mary’s County schools.  This testing will be available to all 2nd-8th grade students who have enrolled in the 2013 CTY Talent Search by January 21, 2013. (Enroll at cty.jhu.edu/talent or pick up a paper application from your child’s school.)

Since 1979, the Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search has recognized talent in students of great academic promise.  The test used by CTY—the School and College Abilities test—is a timed, multiple-choice exam, focused on math and verbal reasoning skills.  It is an above-grade-level-test that CTY recommends for children who achieve at the advanced-proficiency level on state tests or who otherwise demonstrate high academic ability.   

Through this testing, families may discover more about their child’s math or verbal abilities. Students may also qualify for CTY’s summer or online courses for highly gifted young people, and take advantage of other CTY resources.

Testing takes place at Evergreen Elementary School, 43765 Evergreen Way, California, Maryland 20619 on Saturday, February 16, from 8:30-10:15 a.m.  Please see the school website for directions.

To participate (for grades 2-8):

  • Submit a CTY Talent Search application by January 21, (cty.jhu.edu/talent; paper applications are available at St. Mary’s County elementary and middle schools).
  • Reserve a testing space by contacting Mark Riding, CTY Outreach Coordinator, at markriding@jhu.edu.  Reservations should be made no later than Friday, February 8.   
  • Arrive at Evergreen Elementary by 8:15 on February 16. (All students must be enrolled in the 2013 CTY Talent Search; no walk-ins are permitted.) 

For more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, visit www.cty.jhu.edu/discover.