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Elementary Division Online 2021

Program Information




Even during a global pandemic, ATDP remains committed to helping you make the most of your summer. This page contains comprehensive information about our online Elementary Division program for 2021.

Deep knowledge acquisition

Each Elementary Division course offers young students the opportunity to become budding experts in a chosen topic. Whether focusing on a specific academic subject or building skills more broadly, each engaging curriculum focuses on learning in depth and having fun!

Live online interaction

We’ve always united teachers who are passionate about their subject with students who love to learn. Class sessions will include a healthy balance of live on-screen interaction with instructors and classmates, activities that are self-directed or parent-assisted, and plenty of screen breaks.

A community of learners

ATDP courses aren’t just about the curriculum. Every summer, students come from far and wide to share their interests with one another, work in class together, and make new friends. In a time of social distancing, it is all the more important that we find ways to maintain students’ opportunities for connection.


Key details

Class Schedule

  • July 12–30, 2021 (three weeks) meeting on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (no class on Wednesdays).
  • Online meetings take place within our AM window (8:30-12 noon) or PM window (1:00-4:30pm). Refer to each course’s description for an overview of the online class format, schedule, amount of parental involvement, and plan for course supplies.

App Deadlines

  • Early Deadline: March 17, 2021
  • Standard Deadline: April 7, 2021


  • For students currently in grades K through 6. Courses are offered by grade level.

New Courses for 2021

These courses have never been held at ATDP before, and demand for these spots may be very high. As applications are evaluated in the order completed, we strongly recommend applying as early as you can!




Program calendar

Application dates

ATDP evaluates applications on an ongoing basis in the order they are received, beginning when an application is complete. The earlier you submit a complete application, the better your chances at receiving placement into your preferred course!

Early – Returning students receive priority · Financial Aid available
Application Deadline Wed., March 17, 2021
Placement Information Available Thurs., April 15, 2021
Tuition Deadline (or first tuition installment) Wed., May 18, 2021
StandardFinancial Aid available
Application Deadline Wed., April 7, 2021
Placement Information Available Fri., April 30, 2021
Tuition Deadline (or first tuition installment) Wed., May 19, 2021
ExtendedFinancial Aid NOT available · Limited course availability · Rolling acceptance
Application Deadline Thurs., June 3, 2021
Placement Information Available within 2 weeks of completed application
Tuition Deadline (or first tuition installment) within 2 weeks of placement notification

Pre-program dates

Full refund deadline Wed., June 9, 2021 Last day to request a full refund
Supply kit pickup Sat., June 26 & Sun., June 27, 2021 Each course description indicates whether there is a supply kit
Orientation Meet & Greet Sat., July 10, 2021

Program dates

Classes begin Mon., July 12, 2021
Classes end Fri., July 30, 2021

Post-program dates

Final evaluations issued Late August, early September





Browse the online course catalog  

Our classes unite teachers who love to teach with students who love to learn. While our classes are academic, they are also age appropriate and activity-based. Each course focuses on one specific subject, allowing students to gain deep knowledge. The inspired curriculum makes learning fun.



Most courses require a specific set of supplies and materials in order to participate in the hands-on coursework. Each course description will specify whether it has a shopping list, a supply kit, or both.

  • Shopping lists

    For courses with a shopping list, families will receive a list of materials to obtain on their own. Instructors will send out their lists by late June. Most materials on a typical course shopping list are common, inexpensive, and easy to find at a grocery store, online retailer (e.g. Amazon), or big-box store (e.g. Target, Walmart). Expenses for these supplies are not included with tuition.

  • Supply kits

    For some courses, ATDP will provide a pre-assembled supply kit for each student, to be picked up by the family at Washington School in Pt. Richmond, CA. The pickup weekend is June 26–27. Supply kits are included with the cost of tuition.

    See also: FAQs page > What if I can’t pick up my course supply kit on June 26 or 27?


Schedule & Workload

Classes meet within a three and a half hour window, though the amount of live (synchronous) time may be less. Morning classes are from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Schedules will include substantial break periods.

For estimated maximum homework times and estimated amount of parental involvement required, see each individual course description in the online catalog.

Students completing Grades 4 to 6 with strong academic records are allowed to enroll in a second academic class if there is space. Any invitation to enroll in a second class is sent with the acceptance notification.

Please also consider Explorations if your goal is to plan a full day or week of activity. Students enrolled in a Elementary Division course can register for Explorations without applying separately.


Choosing a Course

Each course will concentrate on one subject area, such as Authors’ Corner (for 4th graders) or Human Physiology (for 6th graders). Please carefully review the course descriptions for your grade level.

We generally recommend that parents discuss all the course options with their child and that they choose together the class that best capitalizes on the child’s academic strengths and deep interests. The subject chosen should be one that the student will want to learn about for three weeks and explore in depth with hands-on projects and interesting activities.


Our Faculty

Our teachers, including lead instructors and instructional associates, are carefully chosen from a pool of exceptionally talented public school, private school, and university instructors. In addition to their demonstrated excellence as classroom teachers, they share a serious commitment to rich, deep academic talent development.






Acceptance Notification

Students who have been accepted to ATDP and who applied by the early or standard postmark deadlines will receive their acceptance notification in their online account and via email approximately one month later (see the program calendar). This notification contains important information and instructions for confirming your enrollment and preparing to attend class.


Confirming Enrollment

To confirm course placement, a parent or guardian of a student who plans to attend must complete the online Enrollment Form—which includes emergency information, policy agreement, and tuition payment—by the May 3 tuition deadline.

Total cost for each ATDP course can be found under the individual course’s description. This includes the base tuition fee, program fee, and (if applicable) supply kit, but does not include the application processing fee or expenses for supplies on the shopping lists provided by some instructors.

Sibling Discount

For families confirming enrollment for two or more siblings, a $35 tuition discount is available for each student. For example, if two siblings attended, each student would receive one $35 discount from tuition, for a total family discount of $70. This discount is taken from course’s base tuition only, not from the application processing fee or the program fee.


A parent whose registered student is unable to attend must withdraw the student in writing and may request a tuition refund prior to Wed., June 9, 2021. 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. See our refund 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. See our attendance policy.


Final Evaluation

After classes end, parents will receive a Final Evaluation summarizing their child’s academic progress and interests in class. It will review and report on the student’s performance and achievement.





Please review the application instructions below before applying.

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The Application Process

ATDP evaluates applications on an ongoing basis in the order they are received, beginning when an application is marked complete. The earlier you submit a complete application, the better your chances at receiving placement into your preferred course!

  • The application process is the same for new and returning students.
  • Students must reapply every year, and returning students are not guaranteed automatic readmission or placement in their first choice of course.
  • Incomplete applications are not considered for placement.

Am I a new or returning student?

A student who applied in a previous year and then withdrew without completing a course will be considered a new student for admission purposes. Students who have attended the Elementary Division previously and are applying to the Secondary Division for the first time are also considered new students, but their previous participation is noted.


Early Application Deadline – Wed., March 17, 2021

  • Financial aid available
  • Returning students receive priority
  • A limited number of spots in each course will be reserved for early applicants. Based on the number and relative strength of other early applications, an early applicant may be automatically deferred to a standard applicant if no early acceptance decision is possible.

Standard Application Deadline – Wed., April 7, 2021

  • Financial aid available
  • Availability may be limited in the case of very popular courses

Extended Application Deadline – Thurs., June 3, 2021

  • Financial aid NOT available
  • Course availability may be very limited


Step 1: Choose a Course

Browse our course offerings, then choose one course that interests you and up to three alternates. Keep our attendance policy in mind: all ED courses run during the three weeks of July 12–30, 2021.

Course availability may change throughout the application season as courses fill. Check our list of course offerings for frequent updates.

Step 2: Prepare Required Materials

Please prepare the following items in the order listed below. Items numbered 1 through 5 are required for a complete application. Please include federal tax documentation (item 6) if you wish to apply for financial aid.

Items 1-5 can be submitted in the online application as a PDF (recommended) or image file. Due to campus policy, tax documents (item 6) must be provided as a paper copy via fax or mail.

  1. 1. Application Processing Fee

    There is a processing fee for each application. The fee is $50 for domestic students. For students attending school outside the US, the fee is $80. This fee is non-refundable. It covers only the cost of application processing and does not apply toward tuition or facilities fees. Available payment methods include:

    • Online payment by credit/debit card (preferred)
    • Check or money order made payable to “UC Regents.” Write “ED” and the student’s first and last name on the memo line. Mail your check payment to ATDP (see “Mailing Instructions” below).
      COVID update: Because we are working from home, mailed payments WILL delay your application. We strongly recommend making your payment online if at all possible.
    • Those applying for need-based financial aid may apply for a processing fee waiver if the fee poses a financial hardship. See our Financial Aid page for details.
  2. 2. Teacher Recommendation Form

    Include a copy of ATDP’s Teacher Recommendation Form (TRF) that has been completed by a current teacher that instructs in any academic subject (e.g., mathematics, science, language arts; not elective, advisory, or extracurricular classes) or that is the student’s primary teacher. The teacher’s academic subject need not match the subject of the ATDP course(s) to which you are applying.

    Remember that your teacher’s time is valuable. Ask your teacher ahead of time before you provide them with the form. We recommend sending your teacher this form at least one week before you plan to submit it with your application.

    You have two options for requesting that your teacher complete it:

    • Identify your teacher in your online application (preferred). We’ll email your teacher a link to an online form for them to complete. Note that you won’t be able to complete your online application until your teacher completes the form.
    • Send your teacher a request before applying online. You can request a Teacher Recommendation Form early by visiting and providing your teacher’s information. We’ll email your teacher a link to an online form for them to complete. Once they’re done, we’ll email you a code that you can use to add the completed form to an online application. (Teachers can also send recommendations to students that they feel would be a good fit for our program!)

    Do not request a separate letter of recommendation. Do not submit more than one Teacher Recommendation Form with your application materials.

  3. 3. Copy of Report Card

    Submit a legible copy of your first semester (or most recent) report card for the current (’20–’21) school year.

    We request that you send final grades, but if those are not available, you may submit your most recent progress report. Do not delay submitting your application to wait for final grades; if necessary, we may ask for an updated report card after receiving your application. If you need assistance obtaining a copy, contact your school office.

    Screenshots of online reports are only acceptable if they clearly include the student’s name and date of the grades displayed, and we may ask for an updated report card after receiving your application.

  4. 4. Copy of Achievement Test Scores

    Students in grade 2 and below may skip this item. Students in grade 3 or 4 may skip this item if they have not taken any achievement tests.

    Submit a legible copy of your most recent California standardized test (CAASPP) or other standardized achievement test scores (e.g., Stanford Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or other school-administered test that gives national percentile scores). The test must have been taken within the past three years (i.e., 2020, 2019, or 2018) and include scores in the areas of math and reading/ELA.

    Note: Since CAASPP testing did not occur in 2020, most California public school students should submit the CAASPP scores they received in 2019.

    Do not delay submitting your application to wait for more recent test scores. Include whatever acceptable test scores you have from the last three years.

    If you have not taken a standardized achievement test in the past three years, submit a note signed by an administrative staff person at your school indicating so.

  5. 5. Academic Product or Essay

    Please submit a product written in English and of grade-appropriate length. As a rough guide:

    • Kindergarten to Grade 1: 2-5 sentences
    • Grade 2 to Grade 4: 2-3 paragraphs
    • Grade 5 to Grade 6: 1-2 pages
    Option A – Existing Essay or Story

    Submit a piece of original written work that shows your own original thinking. This work should be one of which you are especially proud and which was completed since September 2020. While the work may have been done for a school assignment, it need not have been. The product you submit need not be in the same subject area to which you are applying. Examples of appropriate products include English essays, social studies reports, and poetry. (Poems must include a paragraph explaining the meaning behind the words.) Examples of unacceptable products include drawings not accompanied by original writing, spelling tests, arithmetic exercises, slideshow presentations, fill-in-the-blank worksheets, and multiple choice tests. While you may submit photos, videos, or drawings in support of your work, they may not be submitted in place of original writing.

    Option B – Written Response to a Question

    Please write your own answer to the question listed for your grade level. Students currently in Kindergarten may write their answers or dictate their answers to an older person.

    • For students in Kindergarten to Grade 1: What is the most interesting food you ever ate? Did you like it? Do you like trying new foods?
    • For students in Grade 2 to Grade 4: If you could be remembered for doing something important in your life, what would that be? Explain why you chose this answer and how you could work toward achieving this goal.
    • For students in Grade 5 to Grade 6: What do you think life will be like for humans and the planet in fifty years? What technology will we have? How will humans be different?


  6. 6. Need-based Financial Aid (optional)

    See our Financial Aid page for complete information & detailed instructions.

    To apply for financial aid, please provide both parents’ most recent Federal Tax Return AND ALL SCHEDULES (i.e., the complete tax return) for each applicant.

    If the $50 processing fee poses a financial hardship, submit a letter of explanation and supporting documents. You may include these in your financial aid documents or as part of the student’s Letter of Interest.

    Send your supporting materials no later than Wednesday, April 7, the standard application deadline.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

If you have not yet done so, register a new account and then access the “My Account” menu. Click on the name of a returning student, or select “Apply for a new student”, and follow the on-screen instructions. You can do this multiple times with the same account if there is more than one student in your household applying to ATDP. If you have used your account for the same applicant previously, some of the application will be completed for you. Double-check this information for accuracy and update as needed before submitting!

You can log in at any time to check the status of your application, review placement information, make payments by credit/debit card, print receipts, and access your educational records from previously completed courses.