Summer Program Directory USA (A-M)

USA

1. ActionQuest – Sailing / Scuba Adventures in the Caribbean
Experience with Action Quest will take you  out of your comfort zone and give you a new-found confidence in your abilities. Passion, enthusiasm and dedication of instructors and the staff for what they do is inspirational. Students come to realize some of the best things in life aren’t things. And that each participant forms lasting bonds with their shipmates and have memories of an experience that will stay with them all their lives.

2. Alfred University: Creative Writing Camp
This summer writing program introduces rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to many different genres, including poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and drama. Students read and discuss the work of established authors and participate in writing-intensive exercises and workshop sessions led by Alfred University faculty members. Campers stay in university housing and enjoy a variety of recreational activities outside of classes and workshops, such as movie nights, games, and social gatherings. The program runs for five days at the end of June

American University
3. Women & Politics Institute Summer Session for High School Students

This non-residential summer session for high school students offered by the Women & Politics Institute at American University is centered around the role of women in politics and their representation in American government. The ten-day course combines traditional classroom lectures on women and politics, public policy, campaigning and elections, and political leadership with field trips around the city of Washington, D.C. The course also has several guest speakers. This program carries three college credits upon completion.  More 

4. National Student Leadership Conference on Political Action & Public Policy
The National Student Leadership Conference offers this summer session on U.S. politics for high school students to explore the inner workings of the U.S. Congress and American politics. The program is hosted at American University in Washington, D.C. Participants have the opportunity to experience interactive simulations of a U.S. Senator’s job, meet important political figures, attend leadership workshops and college-level lectures on various aspects of the American political system, and tour political sites around the city including Capitol Hill, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Smithsonian Institution. The program is residential and runs for six days.  More »

5. Junior Statesmen of America Institutes
Arizona State University

These political institute programs sponsored by the Junior Statesmen of America allow politically aware high school students the opportunity to explore today’s governmental challenges and significant political issues. There are five institutes offered at Arizona State University, the University of Texas, the University of California Los Angeles, UC Davis and Princeton University, all of which focus on a specific aspect of modern politics and leadership. Institute attendees learn about the inner workings of government, participate in interactive activities and debates on current issues, and meet with government officials and other significant political figures. The Institutes are residential programs, and each runs for three to four days.  More »

6. Astronomy Camp
The longest-running science camp in the state of Arizona, Astronomy Camp encourages high school students to expand their horizons and develop a cosmic perspective on the earth. The Beginning Astronomy Camp, for students aged 12-15, explores the basics of astronomy as well as other topics in science and engineering through hands-on projects such as measuring solar activity and hiking a scale model of the solar system. Students in the Advanced Astronomy Camp (ages 14-19) develop and present research projects on topics such as astronomical photography, spectroscopy, CCD imaging, spectral classification, and asteroid orbit determination. Both camps take place at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, with day trips to the University of Arizona, Mt. Graham Observatory, and other nearby astronomy research facilities. More »

7. Babson College – Business Living and Learning Laboratory G10-12
Babson College will offer two summer programs, one for rising juniors and seniors.

8.      Boston University Summer Term Program
High School Honors: 6 week residential 8 transferable college credits
Summer Challenge: 2 week residential program G10-12 2 non-credit seminars
Summer Preview: 1 week commuter preview delve into a subject and gain college experience.

9. Brandeis Global Youth Summit

The Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine is a prestigious and challenging program for rising high school juniors and seniors — students with a passion for medicine and science, who are leaders in their schools and communities.

Delegates to the Summit can expect to gain a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the dynamic world of 21st century healthcare through experiential learning, guest lectures from cutting-edge medical professionals, and unparalleled networking opportunities with the leaders and innovators in the global medical community.

10.  Brown University Summer Program
Talented students from around the world choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to prepare for success, and experience the challenge of college-level academics.

11. The Brown Leadership Institute
Brown University’s pre-college summer programming includes The Brown Leadership Institute, a intensive 2 leadership training session for motivated & intelectually curious 9th through 12th graders. The program aims to apply leadership skills to social issues, encouraging students to develop the skills necessary to be socially responsible future leaders. Through case studies, group projects, field trips, simulations, and discussions and debates, they examine complex global issues & learn to apply the Social Change Model of Leadership Development to come up with effective solutions. Students also create & bring home an Action Plan, attempting to resolve a long-term issue that they care about. More »    

12.  California College of the Arts (English and Design)
Is now accepting applications for the Summer High School English + Design Program, a unique program that blends interactive, art-focused English skills development with studio-based design exploration. This fun and challenging program is a college-prep summer experience for students who have just completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
Pre-College Program 4 weeks / Runs usually end of June – end of July
For high school students ages 15-18 who have just completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th gradeCCA’s four-week summer Pre-College Program, for American students and international students with fluent English proficiency, offers 20 different art, architecture, design, and writing course options. Participants earn 3 units of college credit. International participants are typically attending English-speaking high schools in the U.S. or abroad.

13. Carnegie Mellon Summer Programs for Diversity
Discover Carnegie Mellon!     If you are entering your junior or senior year of high school and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines, you may be interested in SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science. Consider spending six weeks in our rigorous summer program focusing on technical areas of study. You’ll build academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities and take part in fun and exciting summer activities. To get a better idea of what The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is all about, check out our media page, featuring students and professors from past summers! A limited number of rising high school seniors may be selected to participate in Advanced Placement/Early Admission, fine arts programs in architecture, art & design, drama or music which also run from June – August.

14. Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science
The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS) is a rigorous summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors with a strong interest in math and science and who may be considering a career in engineering. With separate tracks for each grade level, the academy offers a combination of traditional lecture-style instruction and hands-on projects that apply engineering concepts. SAMS runs for one week, and participants stay in residence halls at Carnegie Mellon. The program does not charge tuition, so students are only responsible for textbook fees, transportation and recreational expenses. More »

15. Chicago Summer Soccer Camp: “Come for the Soccer – Stay for Chicago!”
Our vision is to bring an annual international youth  ages 10-16 soccer tournament to the heart of Chicago called the Chicago KICS Cup, focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. This summer 2500 youth athletes and 1500 parents are anticipated to be in our inaugural event. Currently we have teams committed from Ghana, Ukraine, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, France and Puerto Rico. We are also close to signing teams from China, Italy, Costa Rica, Netherlands and Colombia along with many teams from around Chicago and the US.

Along with a great soccer tournament, we are looking to highlight all that Chicago has to offer the world traveler. We will have some unique events including an opening ceremony with over 4000 players and parents at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a closing gala at Northerly Island and an international movie premier release for the feature length documentary, “The Beautiful Game”.
The link for the documentary film is http://beautifulgamefilm.com/#prettyPhoto

16. Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program
The Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program at Morehouse College is the first high school leadership training program at an all-male historically black college. Students are encouraged to develop personal and interpersonal leadership skills with an emphasis on five key principles: love, integrity, courage, wisdom, and hope. The diverse programming includes lectures, workshops, historical tours, and outdoor group activities such as T’ai Chi and a team-building ropes course. Male students completing their sophomore or junior year are eligible for the program, as are seniors who have applied for admission to Morehouse. More »

17. TS College Tours 

Our tour schedules: view here. We have begun accepting applications and interested students and parents are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.  Last year, we were fully booked by the end of February.

We are the only college tour provider that focuses exclusively on the unique needs and interests of international school students! Students join our tours from international schools around the world, and the diversity of our participants greatly enhances their experience.  Also, all of our tour leaders are highly experienced international school counselors. Please contact me at tsturgeon@tscollegetours.com

18. Columbia University : Summer High School Programs
Rigorous summer pre-college academic programs for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college.

  • Experience college life in a supportive, highly-supervised setting.
  • Meet other talented, high-achieving high school students from all over the world.
  • Broaden your world view while exploring New York City, Barcelona, or Jordan.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Attendance and evaluation letters from Columbia instructors.

19.  Cornell Summer Programs

20.  Davidson University, North Carolina USA
July Experience, is a powerful pre-college summer academic experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented, and self-disciplined. It takes place on the campus of Davidson College, one of the nation’s very best liberal arts colleges.

21.  Duke Tip Duke University Talent Identification Program
Duke TIP is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development. Find out what these TIPsters had to say about their Talent Search experience. Many choices and programs are available.

22. Duke TIP Field Studies: Astronomy, Physics and Astrobiology
The Duke University Talent Identification Program, a pre-college education program for gifted children and teens, offers a summer Field Study on “Above and Beyond: Astronomy, Physics and Astrobiology” for students in grades 9-12. Participants spend two weeks living and working alongside professionals at the Pari Observatory in Rosman, NC, which was previously used as a high-security satellite tracking station for NASA. They learn to use high-tech equipment such as the observatory’s two 26-meter radio telescopes to study cosmic motion, galaxy star formation, black holes and quasars. More »

23. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Flight School (Aviation)
Daytona Beach – Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of the best technological universities in the country, and we strive to be an active and positive member of the Volusia County community. We invite you and your kids to experience the perfect mix of academic challenge and summer fun with Embry-Riddle’s Summer Programs.

Join other motivated high school students from around the globe, and prepare for a thrilling summer.

Each camp is developed and implemented by Embry-Riddle faculty, who are assisted by graduate and undergraduate students to provide sessions that are fun and hands-on for our participants.

24. Earlham College – Explore-a-college
The two-week summer Explore-A-College Program at Earlham College allows your student to take part in a “dress rehearsal” for the real college experience before he or she graduates from high school. By taking a class taught by an Earlham professor, students develop college-level discussion, research, and time management skills that will better prepare them for college work.

25. Emagination – Technology PLUS Summer Camp Fun

Emagination blends the latest in technology learning with cool non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience. Two-week sessions allow time to make new friends, build self-confidence and become part of a community. Many campers stay longer and return for years.

26. Emerging Writers Institute Creative Writing Camp

Education Unlimited offers the Emerging Writers Institute creative writing camp each summer at Yale University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. This two-week residential program for rising 10th-12th graders includes daily workshops, evaluations, peer editing groups, and creative presentations designed to encourage students to challenge themselves as writers and hone their expressive writing process. Each student chooses to major in the writing of short stories, poetry, playwriting or nonfiction, and the bulk of their critical reading and writing exercises and workshopping is devoted to their selected major. They may also attend afternoon workshops on nontraditional genres such as speechwriting, graphic novels, and advertising copy as well as guest presentations by local authors and publishers.

27. Emerson College Political Communication, Advocacy, and Leadership Institute
This two-week program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is centered on the role of communication in various aspects of American politics and leadership, including civic engagement, crisis management, public policy, global politics and communicating with the media. Participants divide their time between workshops on topics such as speechwriting and campaigning, study seminars, leadership forums, field trips, and meetings with guest speakers, among other activities. Students also prepare a final Social Advocacy Message Campaign to present to a panel of experts and governmental leaders. The program offers on-campus housing in Emerson College residence halls.  More »

28. Envision
LeadAmerica is now part of the Envision family of leadership, career and scholarship development programs that provide today’s students with the experiences and applied skills they must have for success in the 21st century.
Hamline University & University of Wisconsin – Parkside

29. Students Today Leaders Forever
Students Today Leaders Forever, a national non-profit student leadership association, offers this residential summer experience for high school students entering grades 9-12. Students participate in intensive leadership workshops and team-building activities with a focus on organization, teamwork, communication, and an overall commitment to effecting positive change. There are two six-day sessions hosted on the campuses of Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and University of Wisconsin – Parkside. More »

30. Games (Robotics Camp) – University of Illinois
Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (G.A.M.E.S.) is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented high school girls (rising 9th-12th graders) an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields.

31. Georgetown Summer Programs – Creative Writing
Georgetown’s residential Creative Writing Institute offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience a variety of genres of writing and learn how to publish their own work. The eight-day session covers topics including literary history, writing technique and do-it-yourself publishing. Students participate in workshops, attend readings, experience Washington, D.C.’s literary culture, and take part in peer review sessions to fine-tune their writing skills.

32. Summer at Georgetown: Leadership Institute
This eight-day summer leadership program at Georgetown University provides hands-on training from professional leadership coaches at the top of their fields. Students attend lectures and group discussions, tour local corporations and government agencies throughout Washington, D.C., and engage in hands-on experiences such as a team-building ropes course and leadership simulation exercises. The program also addresses core topics that are highly relevant to emerging leaders in business and government, such as ethics, moral leadership, and international decision-making. More »

33. Georgetown University Programs for High School Students
Be a Summer Hoya — to live on campus, attend classes side-by-side with undergraduate students and learn from distinguished faculty and prominent Washington area guest speakers. This year, you can lay the foundation for your future by joining our tradition of academic excellence and cultural diversity at Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

34. Summer at Georgetown American Politics Institute
The American Politics Institute is an eight-day residential program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to experience the American political process in Washington, D.C. and learn how the different facets of government interact. Students will visit local political sites such as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and Cabinet departments, meet with elected officials and Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists and policymakers, and attend lectures on topics such as congress and the presidency, the parties in Congress, foreign policy and tax and spend authority. Participants stay at Georgetown University. More »

35. George Washington University: Pre College Program
Deadline: March 15 for International College Intensive 6 week session  or May 1st for all other programs

College Intensive: Courses with Undergraduate Students compressing a vigorous 15 week course into 6.  3 Week and 1 Week Seminars: Undergraduate courses in an intensive experimental format.

36. Global Young Leaders Conference – Washington DC
The Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC): Becoming Leaders of Change, is the premier leadership development program for motivated and accomplished students from across the United States and more than 145 countries around the world. This 10-day leadership journey provides an out-of-classroom learning experience and rigorous curriculum that equips students with the confidence, independence, skills and global competiveness required of the next generation of future leaders. Become a part of GYLC’s rich history when you come together with students from around the world to represent your country and community! Distinguish yourself as a future leader of the 21st century!

37. Great Books Summer Program (Amherst College, Stanford, Oxford)
Students come away from the Great Books Summer Program with sharper critical thinking skills and a deep connection to other outstanding young people preparing to lead lives of distinction. Each summer our Academic Directors put together a wide variety of selections for students to read and discuss. These have included Shakespeare, Dante, Jefferson, Homer, Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Jamaica Kincaid, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Tolstoy, Lincoln, and others.

38.  Hotchkiss School Summer Program
Hotchkiss Summer Portals is all about learning through doing. This summer we hope you’ll learn some excellent music, or awesome environmental science work. If you’re between twelve and fifteen years old and you’re interested in chamber music (instrumental or voice) or environmental science, then you should consider joining us this summer in the beautiful hills of northwestern Connecticut. You’ll learn from and live with teachers and students from around the world.

39. Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation

This introductory engineering course for rising juniors and seniors is offered by Johns Hopkins University at several locations across the country. Engineering Innovation teaches critical thinking and applied problem solving skills for future engineers through lectures, research and projects. If the student achieves an A or B in the program, they will also receive three transferable credits from Johns Hopkins University. The program runs for four or five days a week over four to five weeks, depending on the location. Most locations offer commuter programs only, but the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore also offers a residential option.  More »

40.  Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth
For students to become leaders in their chosen field

As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide since 1979. For academically advanced students in grades 2-12 who qualify, CTY offers challenging online program throughout the year and summer program in U.S. and Hong Kong.  CTY recognizes SAT, PSAT, STB, ACT and SCAT for admission.  To check your eligibility, you may refer to the charts below:

·         Intensive Studies Programs (Grade 7+): http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/intensive_eligibility.pdf

·         Academic Exploration Programs (Grade 7+): http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/academic_princeton_eligibility.pdf

For program details, please refer to the links below:

·         Talent Search: http://cty.jhu.edu/talent/index.html

·         Summer Programs: http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/index.html

·         CTYOnline Programs: http://cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline/index.html

Questions: Please contact Beatrix Li at beatrix.li@jhu.edu or (852) 3104-3494.

41. Harvard University 

Our summer programs for high school students are designed to prepare you for that all-important next step—both academically and socially—paving the way for a successful college experience.

Here, you will expand your worldview, meet new people from all over the globe, test-drive potential majors, gain valuable knowledge and skills, and explore Boston—one of America’s most vibrant and historic cities—amid a community of supportive peers and advisors.

41b.  Julian Krinsky Summer Programs at Penn

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs is the world leader in summer programs. From sports and arts camps for middle school students to pre-college academic programs and summer internships for high school students, JKCP offer over 20 specialized experiences.  For over 35 years, JKCP’s customized programs have inspired self-discovery, instilled leadership, encouraged creativity and provided exciting environments for learning. Today, students can follow their passions or try something new in the areas that interest them most all while having fun!

42. Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive
The Juilliard School’s Summer Dance Intensive is a rigorous three-week ballet and modern dance program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors ages 15-17. Students are expected to have significant training in ballet, and an audition is required in addition to the application. The program is designed to refine technique and performance of various styles of dance through classes in ballet and modern technique, classical partnering, ballroom dancing, music, improvisation, Alexander technique and anatomy, ending in a student performance at the end of the session. Students may stay in one of Juilliard’s residence halls and have the opportunity to see various cultural sites around New York City on free evenings and weekends. More »

43. Kendall College: Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Business Summer

If you love everything food, are the perfect party planner or dream of one day running or owning your own business, take a close look at Kendall College’s Chicago culinary camps. These fun, educational and challenging culinary camps are a great way to get a glimpse into a future career in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management or Business.

Designed for high school students between the ages of 13-18, these one, two or three week camps are hands-on and taught by qualified Kendall instructors at Kendall’s state-of-the-art campus. Camps run June through August with the option to attend daytime only or stay overnight for a full-blown college experience and adventure!

44. Kingdom Education 

Our intensive 2 and 3 week programmes run in July and August in the UK and the USA, then between December and February in Australia and New Zealand.  Many of the programmes are multi-centre, which enables students to experience more of each country. Programmes are purposeful, challenging, full of activity: the emphasis is on interaction and student participation.  We make no secret of the fact that these programmes are not suitable for everyone: they are designed for academically-oriented students, who are serious about study – or who have potential to awaken! Scholarships are offered to the most outstanding students from each school, and we’re pleased to welcome groups with teachers.

45. Lean Gap

A new 6 week summer entrepreneurship program that helps promising high school students start their own companies. Our program will be led by graduates of Harvard, Yale and MIT and will bring together an impressive mix of students. LeanGap provides several benefits including: a better vision to the future — Resume differentiation – within a diverse, talented peer group  to name a few. Please feel free to email me at ed@leangap.com or to call at 617-500-3828 to discuss.

46. Lehigh University: Summer programs
Lehigh’s campus is still buzzing with activity during the summer months. The university offers summer programming for both Lehigh students and community members.

47.  Loyola University Chicago – Summer Scholars

Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars. Enjoy summer in Chicago! Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars take advantage of many activities on campus and throughout the city.

48. (LSU) Law School: LeaderShip U

High school students entering grades 10-12 have the opportunity to explore and develop their core leadership skills in this residential program at Louisiana State University. Students spend a week in a college setting, learning to identify and develop their own strengths, communicate with others, manage their time and finances, resolve conflicts, and more, as well as participating a career exploration roundtable at the end of the session. More »

49.   Lutheran Summer Music Academy
Each summer, talented young people from across the U.S. come together to be part of the Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) community. What they discover is a four-week home where musical excellence is achieved, lifelong friendships are born, faith is deepened, and the spark to serve is ignited.

50.  Massart Youth Program
EXPERIENCE MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN BEFORE YOU GO TO COLLEGE

MassArt believes in the importance of a quality artseducation beginning in elementary school. We offer affordable, diverseprograms for students in grades 3-12 that give students the ability to access the power of the arts for their future success.

51. Michigan Math and Science Scholars
Among the courses offered by the University of Michigan’s Michigan Math and Science Scholars pre-college program are two basic astronomy classes taught by university faculty. Mapping the Mysteries of the Universe introduces students to the theoretical techniques and observational methods used to create maps and models of the Universe and physics principles such as dark energy and dark matter. Climbing the Distance Ladder to the Big Bang: How Astronomers Survey the Universe is an in-depth examination of the “distance ladder,” a tool created by astronomers to measure the distance to celestial objects using techniques such as radar ranging and triangulation. Both courses are two-week sessions in small classroom and laboratory settings, giving students personalized attention and opportunities for hands-on experiential learning. More »

52. University of Michigan – Stamps (School or Art & Design)

Each summer, the Stamps School offers several pre-college programs for high-school students interested in art and design.

BFA Preview

3-Week Residential Summer Studio for Y10-12

What is it like to earn a degree in art and design at a world-class university? BFA Preview gives you a glimpse! BFA Preview is a three-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. You’ll live on the… Read More >

Portfolio Prep

2-Week Residential Summer Studio for grades 9-11

Portfolio Prep Learn how to build a strong portfolio during this two-week residential studio. Working with Stamps faculty and staff, you will learn how to create, select, and best present your work for a competitive portfolio.

53. Middlebury-Monterey Summer Intensive College English

Based on the campus of Salve Regina University, located along the beautiful Atlantic coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. The foundation of the program is coursework in the English language skills necessary for academic success. Students also learn about American history and culture through content covered in class as well as field trips to nearby Boston and New York.

54. MIT Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers this enrichment program for high school juniors interested in engineering, science and entrepreneurship. Students select five of 14 rigorous academic courses to study over the six weeks of the program, during which time they have several opportunities to network with a diverse group of individuals within the fields of science and engineering. Students also share and celebrate their own cultures. MITES is scholarship-based; those students selected for the program need only provide their own transportation to and from the MIT campus. More »