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Tuition and Fees

We believe that personal finances should not stop ambitious students from joining TKS. Accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships during the application process. In the past, our needs-based scholarships have covered 20% – 90% of students’ tuition.

The tuition fee for each program varies depending on the city. Our fees range from $5,395  – $8,225.

For city-specific fees, please visit the individual city page.

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TKS hires world-class directors to run the program in each city. These directors are former executives, founders, and consultants. Each city has its own space to run the program out of on the weekends. Some cities have workspaces for students to do projects during the week.

Additionally, we have a full-time team working to make every student’s program experience incredible. This includes a technology team building our platform and teams working to unlock exciting opportunities for students.

Tuition money goes towards supporting salaries and space rental.

Unfortunately, we have a limited financial aid budget, so we prioritize our aid distributed based on financial needs.

Program

We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”). From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here’s some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we’ll be able to deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives.

No, you do not require any prior knowledge about technologies or coding. Many of our students get exposed to these areas for the first time in TKS.

Students work on tech or science projects outside of sessions. We have online tools and resources to help anyone learn — no matter the level.

TKS is a 10-month program (Sept-June).

Students can re-apply for the program each year. Many students stay in the program for several years.

TKS isn’t just about STEM; our goal is to train the world’s next thought leaders, CEOs and innovators to impact billions. This isn’t a tech boot camp. We’re a human accelerator.

We believe leveraging exponential technologies is the best way to scale impact. TKS trains students on developing both hard skills and soft skills.

We provide students with guidelines, resources and mentors to build expertise in fields of emerging technologies and sciences.

Our secret-sauce is the emphasis on soft-skills. We model our curriculum after top innovation institutions like MIT, Google and Stanford. Students learn about:

  • Networking
  • Presenting
  • Building confidence
  • Philosophy
  • Having thoughtful discussions
  • Consulting frameworks
  • Design
  • Negotiation
  • Mindsets
  • Mental models
  • Branding
  • Leveraging curiosity to explore various areas of STEM
  • Building friendships

Visit the program page for more

TKS has 40+ internal learning modules where students can learn about a variety of emerging sciences and technologies.

Each student can “explore” these learning modules. They include a few hours of hand-picked learning articles and videos.

After some exploration, students choose a “focus” area. We provide them with guidance on how to complete a “focus.”

Within each focus, students develop depth of knowledge in the topic through our project-based learning approach. This includes creating articles and videos around technical research, building algorithms/computer projects yourself, or interviewing researchers in the field. By joining TKS, students have access to our learning frameworks, guidelines and approaches.

Students typically complete two focuses in one year of the program. Some examples of topics we offer:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Material Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain-computer Interfaces
  • Viruses
  • Cellular Agriculture
  • Blockchain
  • Space Exploration
  • Cancer treatments
  • Virtual Reality
  • Metabolomics
  • … The list goes on.

Students can study whatever interests them. If the topic they’re passionate about isn’t available, they’re still able to complete a “focus” in it.

Each city has a director that leads the sessions. Directors are former executives who have unique experiences leading emerging technologies and innovations in their respective areas. This may vary from startups to large organizations. Our directors are handpicked and have strong expertise, knowledge, and skillsets.

TKS gives students the skills and resources to follow their passions in STEM. We spend about equal time in our curriculum on tech vs science.

Twice a year, students in TKS work on a challenge with a company, non-profit or startup.

Before consulting for a company, TKS trains students on problem-solving and how to provide world-class recommendations. We do this through:

  • Analyzing Harvard Business School (HBS) case studies
  • Teaching consulting frameworks and mental models
  • Giving students resources and mentorship so they can be successful

Here are some examples of challenges we’ve worked on in the past:

  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs on building affordable homes 40% below market prices.
  • Walmart labs on decreasing operating costs in stores
  • AirBnB on how to provide homes for 10 million refugees.

In addition to our challenges, TKS partners with companes/startups to offer unique opportunities to students who are putting in the most work into the program. This includes funding on projects, speaking opportunities, invites to private events, and more!

There is a mandatory 3-hour in-person session once per week. Usually, these sessions are on the weekend.

There’s no homework in TKS. But, we’ve built our own learning platform for students to dive into emerging technologies/sciences and build their own projects. Students participate in project-based learning at their own pace.

The students who grow the most in our program invest the most time outside of the sessions into the projects they create while in TKS. Typically, this is usually 6-20 hours each week.

TKS has mandatory in-person sessions once a week, but it is so much more than that.

TKS offers a variety of different activities throughout the program year beyond in-person sessions. Including:

  • Access to our directors throughout the week for office hours and support
  • Tickets to conferences
  • TKS workshops with guest speakers from top organizations and startups
  • Access to our network of 200+ mentors
  • TKS community and alumni activities

However, these opportunities are earned, not guaranteed.

TKS is an extracurricular program. Students attend school during the week and attend a TKS session on the weekend. However, we do have optional opportunities that may pop up during the week. Again, these are optional.

After TKS

Our priority is to prepare students for the real world. During the program, students work on unique projects and create a personal portfolio that can be used when applying to university.

Some TKS students have gone on to attend world-class universities, and many have gotten incredible scholarships. We do not have a university feeder program, but TKS focuses on building skills to prepare students for life.

Examples of schools our students attend:

  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University
  • Minerva Schools at KGI

TKS has partnerships with companies that may provide internship opportunities to select students. During TKS, we work with students to secure internships with leading companies like Microsoft, Deloitte, and KPMG, while also training them on how to be successful in these positions. This enables students to add tremendous value to the organizations they work with, while also maximizing their learning experience. Internships must be earned by the students and are not guaranteed.

However, throughout the program, students learn valuable skills like cold-emailing and having meetings. Many students get internships on their own with the skills they learned through TKS.

TKS doesn’t stop after the 10-month program. We want to support our alumni during their journey towards impacting billions.

We have an online platform and global community for our past and current students. They have access to our TKS resources, learning modules and mentors.

We are also building an investment fund for startups founded by TKS Alumni, while also creating relationships with top-tier organizations to help them recruit talent to solve hard problems.

Sessions

There are 4 types of sessions:

  1. Tech/science sessions
  2. Challenge sessions (students work with real companies on a “challenge”)
  3. Hackathons
  4. Philosophy and personal growth

Sessions are ~3 hours. We typically do them in-person, but are able to deliver the same quality online.

We’ve designed these sessions to be interactive. These sessions involve:

  • Group discussions
  • Hands-on activites
  • Research activites
  • Presentations

For more information, please check out our program page.

Click here for the program details

We hold sessions on weekends. The specific time and day will be determined based on which cohort students get accepted into. Each cohort is strategically designed based on interests and personality types to maximize relationships between students.

We hold sessions in unique environments where students can be creative and think big. We have corporate partners in each city where we host the program, which exposes students to world-class work environments.

In the past, we’ve hosted our sessions at Microsoft, Zappos, McKinsey and PWC offices.

Each city has its own location. More details are on the individual city pages.

Click here for city pages

25-50 students, depending on the city.

Application

There are 2 steps before being accepted into TKS. First, you’ll need to submit an application. Then, based on your application, we may request additional material like a video or article before moving to the interview step. The interview is over video chat. If we think you are the right fit for TKS after your interview, we will extend an invitation for you to join the program.

You can access it in the top-right corner; click the green button.

Or, right here:

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Any high school student that is ambitious, driven, curious, and wants to make an impact on the world.

If you aren’t a great presenter or you don’t have technical programming skills, don’t worry. Those are skills we train.

But you DO need to be open to learning new skills by pushing yourself and committed to putting in the effort! (Seriously, this isn’t going to be a random extracurricular you go to once a week).

The typical age range of TKS students in our core program is between 13 – 17 years old (grade 8-12). Students can apply when they are 12 years old, turning 13. We do not accept students in university.

However, we do have a program for students aged 11-13 only in Toronto. This is our pre-TKS, or, “Foundations” program. You can learn more about foundations below.

Learn more about foundations

Be thoughtful, detailed, and authentic. We want to know what your interests are and what drives you. Show your ambition, curiosity, and uniqueness through your answers.

With our recent increased volume of applications, you may experience a slower response from us. Our team is working their hardest to get back to you!

Once you start your application, you will be able to log-on to your personal dashboard in our TKS Application Portal. We will keep you up to date through email on your application status.

If you don’t hear from us, that doesn’t mean you weren’t accepted. We email everyone on their status, accepted or not. Also, remember to check your spam if you think it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us.

We don’t have a “quota” for the number of students we select. We only select students who we think can grow exponentially in our program and have a high degree of drive and curiosity. As a result, acceptance rates vary based on the number of applications and the city. Historically, the average acceptance rate has varied from 10-20%.

We get this question a lot, but unfortunately we don’t have a program for anyone older than 17… yet.

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Get in touch

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