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ATYP Seeks Students for 2019-2020

Academically Talented Youth Program Offers Accelerated Classes

Each year, a number of Kalamazoo Public School students participate in the Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) through Western Michigan University’s Office of Pre-College Programming.

ATYP offers advanced and accelerated classes in math and English for students beginning in seventh or eighth grade, with students coming to class on the WMU campus one or two afternoons a week. Tuition is paid for by the public schools, with families paying a per-semester registration fee that is waived if the family qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch.

Students can enroll in ATYP after receiving qualifying scores on either the SAT or ACT, either of which can be taken through Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Students learn about ATYP from informational meetings offered in the fall of each year. Testing occurs during the winter months, and students are notified of eligibility in the spring.

Students in the sixth or seventh grade who receive a letter from the ATYP office encouraging them to test for qualification, or students that would like to be challenged are invited to attend an informational meeting.

Presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at Hillside Middle School; 6:30 p.m., Oct. 16, at Maple Street Middle School for the Arts; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in 1910 Sangren Hall, WMU.

Other meetings are listed on the program website at

ATYP also offers an AP Computer Science class that is available to any student who has completed Algebra I. No minimum test score is required for this class. AP CS teaches students programming skills and analytical thinking by using multimedia labs in the Java programming language. Any student who wants to learn to program is welcome to participate in this year-long course which meets two afternoons per week on campus.

Please visit www.wmich. edu/precollege/atyp, for more information about the program, or contact the office by email at or by phone at (269) 387-3553.

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