The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth is an organization that focuses on the advancement of gifted and academically talented children. (www.WCATY.org) Summer programming is provided through WCATY as well as The Academy which is online instruction during the school year.
The Academy is an online curriculum that proveds advanced coursework to students in grades 5-8.
Each nine-week course is designed to replace a student's reading or literature class for the quarter. Students are monitored and mentored by district staff, but their course instructor is provided through WCATY. WCATY classes are avaialable 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters.
Students work online at school and home to complete rigorous course requirements and attend 3 face-to-face meetings each quarter, which allow them to meet and interact with their instructor and classmates from surrounding districts.
Students are nominated by school personnel to particpate in the WCATY academy. Students that are nominated are typically in the top 5% of the school population academically and score at or above the 95th percentile in reading assessments and measures.
Students that participate in WCATY courses must be self-motivated and use good time management skills. Students will be expected to think deeply and critically, and to articulate thier learning process. Students must also be able to communicate effectively in an online setting with their instructors and their peers.