Center for Talent Development’s (CTD) signature approach to talent development provides multiple pathways, which guide gifted and advanced students and families through the journey of intellectual, emotional and social growth. In serving more than 500,000 families throughout the last three decades, CTD has evolved from a single focus on talent development to a multi-faceted operation with a focus on four main goals: talent identification, talent development, research and advocacy. Hear more about our pathways approach:
At the foundation of CTD’s approach is Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). NUMATS offers above-grade-level testing to high-performing students in grades 3 through 9, providing a more accurate assessment of their abilities. Participation in NUMATS gives students the confidence, information and resources necessary to develop their talents, make wise academic choices and set appropriate educational goals.
CTD programs help students, PreK through grade 12, set ambitious learning goals and realize the full potential of their talents. CTD offers a comprehensive suite of academic programs, in-person and online, with varying durations and subject matter. The common denominator among all CTD programs is exceptional research and instruction. All CTD programs engage students in active learning experiences matched to their identified abilities; inspire a love of learning and a desire for self-development; welcome participants into a community of intellectual peers who value scholarship, academic achievement and creativity; and promote the development of autonomous, disciplined approaches to learning.