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The Nysmith School Named a “Top 10 School in the World” by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Twenty-seven high-achieving students from The Nysmith School for the Gifted were honored as some of the “Brightest Young People In The World” at regional awards ceremonies for Academically Advanced Children, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

These bright students, all participants in the 2015 CTY Talent Search, were recognized for their exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second- through eighth-grade students.

The Nysmith School’s 27 students who achieved high honors place it among the Top 10 Schools In The World for the 2015 CTY Talent Search.

More than 33,000 students from 60-plus countries participated in the 2015 CTY Talent Search by testing between March 2014 and February 2015. Because of the difficulty of the tests, only about 30 percent of students who participated earned an invitation to a CTY Awards Ceremony where they were individually honored for their academic performance and potential.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced young learners take above-grade level tests that identify academic talent and reveal gaps between a child’s academic program and his or her capacity for learning. Seventh- and eighth-graders take the SAT or ACT—the same tests used for college admissions. These students, along with second- through sixth-graders, can also take the School and College Ability Test (SCAT), an above-level test, or the Spatial Test Battery (STB), which measures spatial ability.

Students from The Nysmith School recognized for their performance as part of the 2015 CTY Talent Search include: Alexander A., Sanjana A., Dishaa B., Neha B., Riya D., Gwendolyn J., Anuraag K., Anvi K., Arjun K., Brandon K., Shawn K., Kirthi K., Iman L., Ron N., Henry P., Sunghyun P., Maya R., Cameron S., Monica S., Yuvraj S., Vaibhav S., Vidhi S., Liliana S., Ethan S., Jack W., Zani X., Hillary Y.

These accomplished students were honored at the University of Richmond on May 3, 2015 and the University of Mary Washington on May 31, 2015.


About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

CTY is a nonprofit center that identifies young people of great academic promise through their annual Talent Search, then nurtures their intellect and personal growth through gifted and talented summer programs, online programs courses, and other services and resources.

A former CTY student started Facebook. Another co-founded Google. Self-described ‘CTYers’ routinely compete in the ranks of top national academic competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search competition and Rhodes Scholar awards.

CTY’s broader mission is to be a national voice that supports and encourages academic talent and achievement; to help in locating and nurturing talent from all neighborhoods and nations; and to engage in, and communicate, meaningful research to advance the understanding of teaching the world’s most capable young people.