Index of All Program Policies




Attendance Policy

There are no excused absences at ATDP. As expectations are high and courses are fast-paced, even one absence makes it difficult to keep pace. Therefore, students are expected to attend every class session. Missing too much class time for any reason may result in dismissal from the program without refund. Even in the case of unanticipated circumstances, there are some things that cannot be “made up” (such as introductions, class participation, group activities, presentations, or examinations, for example).

All matters affecting regular attendance—absence, coming late, or leaving early—must be communicated in writing to the program office (not the instructor) by the parent/guardian (not the student). If there are special circumstances that will affect a student’s ability to attend every class, please contact the program office in writing before applying. Barring exceptional circumstances, students who anticipate missing classes will not be allowed to attend the program. Anticipated absences not addressed prior to the refund deadline will not be accommodated. A student’s attendance record will be taken into account in admission decisions in subsequent years.

In the Secondary Division, students who miss class time may not be eligible for a recommendation of credit and may not receive a final evaluation. Attendance decisions are not related to whether the student is taking the class for a possible recommendation of credit. Attending every class does not guarantee that a student will be recommended credit.



Contact Policy

For direct communication, ATDP attempts to contact families first by email, then by phone, then by post mail if necessary. ATDP collects student email addresses for the sole purposes of (1) notifying parents and students of their application status, (2) sending program news and announcements, (3) providing them to instructors to facilitate communications regarding coursework during the summer program, (4) requesting feedback about the student’s experiences involving the program, and (5) informing students of research participation opportunities. Students are not required to provide an email address; ATDP will instead use the parent’s email address for messages intended for the student.



Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the University discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, University programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student employment.



Refund Policy

A parent whose registered student is unable to attend must withdraw the student in writing and may request a tuition refund. Prior to the refund deadline, tuition and facilities fee payments are refundable. After this date, refunds are subject to the ATDP Refund Schedule, which will be included in the student’s acceptance packet. No refund will be made in the case of a student who fails to attend classes or is withdrawn from ATDP for failure to meet the standards of appropriate behavior, including completion of homework. The $50 processing fee is also nonrefundable.



Research Participation

ATDP has a responsibility to conduct research that contributes new knowledge that leads to growth and improvement in our understanding of how academically talented students learn and how they can be better served. We ask our students and their families to assist in this effort by contributing between 1 and 3 hours per year to participating in this research. However, opting not to participate in research will in no way affect admission into the program. Before a student can participate in a study, ATDP gives detailed information about it to the student and his or her parent(s) and obtains their informed consent in writing.