Elementary Division Admissions Process

Admissions Guidelines

Students are eligible to attend ATDP’s Elementary Division once they complete Kindergarten, and they can apply each summer through the completion of grade 6.

ATDP students enjoy learning, desire opportunities for intellectual and social enrichment, and come prepared to meet the educational challenges of the program.  ATDP selects students based on indicators of both academic performance and creative activity, as well as good work habits and citizenship. Designation as “gifted” at your home school is not required for admission to ATDP. Students with report card marks of “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” in conduct or citizenship are not eligible for the program.

Placement for Students Completing 6th Grade

In most cases, returning ED students who are completing 6th grade should apply again to ED. In general, it is more developmentally appropriate for them to do so because they often do not yet possess the requisite independent study skills for Secondary Division (SD) courses. However, they are also eligible to apply for a few courses in the SD (see 6th grade course descriptions). Spaces in select six-week SD courses are reserved for exceptional students who are ready to take on the challenge of demanding, rigorous coursework on the UC Berkeley campus. A former ED student who wants to apply to the SD must complete an SD application and will be considered a new SD student for application purposes. Note that the SD new student application deadline is Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Since placement in SD is not guaranteed, the SD application should also include acceptable ED course choices as alternatives.

New ATDP applicants who will complete 6th grade in June 2014 should apply to the Elementary Division (ED); they are not eligible for the Secondary Division (SD). The ED offers courses that challenge and support them in their academic pursuits (see 6th grade course descriptions).

Placement Decisions

On April 25, 2014, ATDP will mail all applicants a letter informing them whether they have been accepted. Acceptance packets will include your course placement. Students have until Wednesday, May 28, 2014 to submit their Notification of Attendance or Withdrawal to indicate whether or not they will be attending the summer session.