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SAVY (Grades K-6, Rising 1-7)

SAVY At a Glance

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Who? SAVY serves gifted and high-achieving students in Kindergarten through grade 6 during the academic year (summer, rising 1-6 grade) who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test. During the summer, students who have completed 6th grade (rising 7th grade students) are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a day program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification for SAVY or Career Connections. Learn More About Summer Options for Rising 7th Graders.

 Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students in a variety of course topics that change each session. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 and 16 students for grades 3-6.

View our Course Lineup for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 SAVY

When? Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 classes are held for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with lunch provided. Summer classes are week-long sessions during June and July, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students may register for one or more sessions. Summer SAVY 2019 will offer six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session.


Fall SAVY 2019 Spring SAVY 2020
Saturdays, Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5 Saturdays, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22
9:00AM – 2:45PM 9:00AM – 2:45PM
 Tuition: $425 (pizza lunch included) Tuition: $425 (pizza lunch included)


Where? On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept standardized achievement or ability tests 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, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. 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. Click here for more information about the application process and to apply.

SAVY Important Dates

Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young
Fall 2019-Spring 2020

August 6: Fall and Spring courses announced
August 13 noon – August 15 noon: 48-hour application priority window for Fall AND Spring SAVY**
September 6: Fall Tuition Deadline
September 10: Fall Required Forms Deadline
September 13: Fall Refund Deadline (for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Fall SAVY; no refunds given after this time)
September 21, September 28, October 5: Fall SAVY (three extended Saturdays; 9:00AM to 2:45PM)
December 6: Spring Tuition Deadline
December 20: Spring Refund Deadline (withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Spring SAVY; no refunds given after this time)
January 28: Spring Required Forms Deadline
February 8, February 15, February 22: Spring SAVY(three extended Saturdays; 9:00AM to 2:45PM)

Dates for Summer SAVY 2020 coming soon!

** Applying during the priority window does not guarantee admission, but it increases your child’s chances of being admitted. If space in a course remains after the 48-hour priority window, courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served system, based on availability and eligibility. A waitlist will be maintained for all full courses. Please check the SAVY course page for the session you are interested in to view our current availability.