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  1. General Summer Enrichment Programs Run by Reputable Organizations

  2. Pre-College Programs and Courses Run by Universities

  3. Subject-Specific Summer Enrichment Programs

  4. Study Abroad and Travel Summer Enrichment Programs

  5. Summer Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students

  6. Summer Internship Programs

  7. Service - Oriented Summer Programs

  8. Online and Distance Learning Enrichment Courses

  9. SAT and ACT Summer Test Programs

  10. Summer Sports Camps and Programs

  11. Summer Enrichment Programs - Financial Aspects (low cost programs, financial assistance, and scholarship opportunities).

 

1. General Summer Enrichment Programs Run by Reputable Organizations
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Description
: These programs are run by organizations and offer students a variety of enrichment options during the summer. Many of these programs have a long history of providing valuable learning experiences. In addition, the organizations sponsoring these programs work in conjunction with colleges and universities. These programs typically offer a wide variety of high interest programs for students.

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Summer Discovery Pre-College, Internship, and Study Abroad Programs: Summer Discovery provides summer enrichment opportunities for high school students and middle school students. Options range from studying on the campuses of partnering universities, participating in internships, and studying abroad. Click on the Summer Discovery Link for more information - Summer Discovery Website

Summer Study Pre-College Programs: Summer Study offers enrichment programs as well as college credit programs for high school students. Summer Study provides programs on college campuses in the United States as well as enrichment programs abroad. Click on the Summer Study Link for more information - Summer Study

Julian Krinsky Summer Camps and Programs: Julian Krinsky offers summer enrichment programs for high school students and middle school students in a wide variety of high interest areas. Through the Julian Krinsky programs, students are provided with the opportunity to explore areas of interest and learn about potential college major as well as career possibilities. Many of the Julian Krinsky programs are run in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the links below to find out more about a Julian Krinsky Summer Program of interest:

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2. Pre-College Courses and Programs Run by Universities
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Description: A number of colleges and universities across the country offer the opportunity for high school students (and sometimes middle school students) to take college courses or to participate in campus programs during the summer. This type of summer enrichment is designed to give students a chance to get a taste of college life while also getting to study topics of interest. Additionally, students often have the opportunity to learn from college professors and to study subjects at an in-depth level. Many of the colleges offer a supervised residential component. Sometimes college credit is awarded for the successful completion of the courses during the summer. As a note, college credits awarded by one institution are not always transferable to other institutions.

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Pre-College at Skidmore for High School Students:  Try college on before taking college on! Skidmore's prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s five-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting. In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses, or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new fields of knowledge. At Skidmore, high school students prepare for college success while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students' social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives. Click on the Skidmore Pre-College Link for more information - Skidmore Pre-College Summer Program

Summer Educational Experience at Elmira College: At SEE EC, high school students will experience college life, attend innovative, small classes led by some of our best faculty, and earn three (3) college credits. This college experience will be educational and fun. A key component of this program is a focus on College Success Skills that will help to better prepare the attendees for a successful transition to college when the time comes. Additionally, the program includes many fun activities, including three off-campus excursions. All transportation and fees are included in the program cost. Mark Twain did his best work during his Summers in Elmira, so can you! Click on the Summer Educational Experience at Elmira College for more information - Summer Educational Experience at Elmira College

Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students: Syracuse University offers high school students the opportunity to explore talents and interests through credit and noncredit academic courses and programs ranging from 2 to 6-weeks in length. Courses and programs are offered in more than 25 academic departments. All courses are designed to give students a realistic view of undergraduate coursework in a field of interest. Click on the Syracuse Summer College link for more information - Syracuse Summer College

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences: Washington University provides academically talented high school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year with a unique opportunity—the chance to try out college, the ability to earn college credit, and the excitement of living and bonding with fellow students from around the country and the world. Click on the Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences link for more information - Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences

Barnard College Summer Pre-College Enrichment Program for Rising Junior and Senior High School Students: At Barnard College, enrich your academic experience and get a head start on college in the world’s greatest city. Barnard offers opportunities to discover New York City in and out of the classroom while taking fascinating classes with our world-renowned faculty, exploring careers and interests from architecture to psychology, making friends from around the world, and getting a head start on college applications through our admissions workshops. Click on the Barnard Summer Pre-College link for more information - Barnard Summer Pre-College

Summer@Rensselaer: Summer@Rensselaer offers various academic enrichment programs on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Day enrichment programs are available for elementary, middle and high school students. Residential enrichment programs are available for high school students. All the summer programs are designed and taught by Rensselaer faculty members. Programs include daily on-campus classroom preparation, lab experience, tours, visits with faculty and admissions counselors, hands-on projects and interactions with current undergraduate and graduate students - Click on the Summer@Rensselaer link for more information - Summer@Rensselaer

Emory Pre-College Summer Program: The Emory Pre-College Program is a summer academic program for high school students. It gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students may explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students, and earn transferable college credit. Two-week non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses are available.  Emory Pre-College students live together in a dorm on campus or within commuting distance with their families and participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life. Click on the Emory Pre-College link for more information - Emory Pre-College Summer Program

Northwestern University Summer College Prep Program for Upper Level High School Students: The Northwestern College Prep Program allows high school students to experience college life at Northwestern University in the summer. Take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in an intensive noncredit IN FOCUS seminar, both taught by Northwestern faculty and instructors. Choose from more than 300 courses in virtually every academic discipline. Course credit earned in the College Prep Program can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in science and languages, and four to eight weeks for most other offerings. Click on the Northwestern College Prep for more information - Northwestern College Prep

Alfred University Summer Pre-College Programs for Students Ages 14 - 17: Alfred University’s residential summer programs offer in-depth instruction in Astronomy, Art Portfolio Prep, Creative Writing, Consumer Chemistry, Computers, Ceramic & Glass Engineering, Robotics, Renewable Energy Engineering, Theater, Equestrian and Swimming.  Classes, taught by distinguished members of the University faculty, are kept small to allow for lots of individualized attention.  When not in class, campers enjoy participating in fun recreational activities along with taking time to relax and get to know one another. Out-of-class supervision is provided by our team of Resident Assistants, who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, positive role models, mentors and friends.  Participants stay in clean, modern residence halls and all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall. With Alfred University’s excellence in teaching and quality programming, this is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week or two learning, making friends, and experiencing life on a college campus. Click on the Alfred Pre-College Program link for more information - Alfred Pre-College Program

Ohio University Summer Honors Academy for High School Students: Ohio University offers a 5-week program during which participants earn college credit in 2-3 selected University courses alongside University students.  Participants have their choice of classes in a wide range of disciplines.  Residential and commuter options available; close supervision and support provided by University student mentors and residence life staff.  Students explore Ohio University resources and major options, participate in service learning projects, and enjoy structured extracurricular activities. Click on the Ohio University Honors Program link for more information - Ohio University Summer Honors Program

Ramapo College Summer Pre-College Academic Programs for High School Students and Middle School Students: Ramapo College offers summer youth programs for middle school and high school students. Programs are offered in a variety of high interest and beneficial summer programs for high school students and middle school students. The programs include Science Matters, Robotics Rumble, GPS: Geo Problem Solvers, Stock Market Trading, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and SAT Prep. Click on the Ramapo Pre-College Programs link for more information - Ramapo Pre-College Programs

University of Dallas - Arete in Irving: This program provides an enriching educational experience through the introduction of UD’s nationally recognized Core Curriculum. Students will explore the essential texts of Western Civilization and reflect on works of fine art, film, and music. Click on the University of Dallas link for more information: University of Dallas

Ithaca College - Summer College for High School Students: In Ithaca College's residential pre-college summer program, high school students experience college life and college-level courses while living in a safe environment. The College has two program offerings (one-week or three-week), each with courses designed and reserved expressly for pre-college students. Classes are taught by Ithaca College faculty.

The three-week summer college program is for talented students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school. Students who have just completed their senior year are also eligible. Enroll in one course and earn two to four credits: Acting I (3 credits), Cultural Anthropology (3 credits), Digital Music Production (ProTools Professional Certification, Girlstories (4 credit), General Psychology (3 credits), Health Sciences: Foundations and Careers (2 credits),  Introduction to Musical Theater Performance (3 credits), Introduction to Media Production (4 credits), Issues in Management: Entrepreneurship (3 credits), Issues in Management: Marketing and Social Media (3 credits), Issues in Management: Money and Baseball (3 credits), Sport Management (3 credits)

Only time for a week of college this summer? Attend one of our special one-week courses. No grades are awarded, but in a morning and afternoon session professors and students immerse themselves in their subject: Digital Music Production, Digital Photography, Sustainability Leadership, The Healing Arts, Project Costume: One-Week Costume Design Intensive, Story!, Writing College Application Essays, Workshop in Sports Media and Management, Writing the Short Story

Click on the Ithaca Summer College link for more information - Ithaca Summer College

UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists. Click on the UCLA Summer Institute link for more information - UCLA Summer Institute

Cornell University Summer College Program:  Cornell University's summer college offers precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer. Click on the Cornell Summer College link for more information - Cornell Summer College

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3. Subject-Specific Summer Enrichment Programs
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Description: Subject-specific summer enrichment programs are offered in a variety of areas and enable students to study, explore, and discover more about a particular topic of interest. There are subject-specific programs offered by colleges and organizations, which strive to provide students with the opportunity to learn about a subject at an in-depth level and to extend their learning beyond the standard school curriculum.

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Subject: Computer Technology -
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iD Summer Tech Camps and iD Summer Teen Academies: The iD Summer Tech Camps and Summer Teen Academies allow students to immerse themselves in learning about a variety of aspects relating to technology. Create iPhone apps, programs with C++ and Java, video games, websites, movies, 3D models, robots, photos, and more.  Over 130,000 students ages 7-17 have enrolled in fun and challenging, weeklong, day and overnight programs held at 60 prestigious universities nationwide including Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, and others in 27 states.  Small classes (max 8:1) are guaranteed, and taught by adult-only instructors for personalized curriculum with a small group to optimize learning and social experiences. Additional 2-week Teen Academies where ages 13-18 immerse in specialized, pre-college, overnight summer programs at iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography). Click on the iD Tech Camps link for more information - iD Tech Camps

SummerTech Computer Camp: SummerTech Computer Camp is an educational and fun experience for boys and girls ages 8-17.  We offer weeklong courses in computer programming (C#, C++ and Java), Flash animation, web design, game design and Machinima.  Each of our courses can be taken for multiple weeks without repeating any content.  Our staff is both home grown from former campers who rise to the top as our most talented leaders and enhanced with top college students who excel in their specific areas.  SummerTech is a forum where a child can feel comfortable with whom they are so that they have the opportunity to be fully self-expressed.  Our curriculum is sophisticated and flexible to meet the needs of each and every camper individually.  SummerTech is also well known for our competitive and casual gaming atmosphere.  Overnight campers stay in our state of the art dormitories and also receive breakfast each morning.  Come find out why SummerTech is not like any other computer camp community in the world. Click on the SummerTech link for more information - SummerTech

Emagination Summer Computer Camps: Technology learning PLUS Summer Camp Fun! Emagination blends the latest in technology with fun non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience for kids & teens ages 8 - 17. Two-week sessions allow time to make friends and become part of a community. Many campers stay longer and return for years. Beginners to experts choose three workshops from a selection including: iMovies,3D Animation, Flash®, Digital Music, Game Design, Robotics, RC Cars, iApps, Java. Recreation is an important part of the program. Campers get unplugged in outdoor games, swimming, Super Saturday and more. University locations in Fairfield, Connecticut and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. Click on the Emagination link for more information - Emagination

Emagination Summer Game Design for High School Students: GET INSIDE THE GAME! Teens create a 3D video game. Learn creative and technical skills > Join a development team > Build a playable game > Present to a panel of experts > Tour a game design studio > Learn from guest speakers. Choose your role on the development team. Will you be a 3D Animator, Level Designer, Audio Artist, or Programmer? Learn valuable skills using industry standard software --- Maya and 3ds Max from Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop® and Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games. Design and build your own 3D video game under the direction of Lead Designers (aka the Instructors). Present your game to a panel of industry experts, tour a game studio and learn from game studio guest speakers. Studios providing tours and speakers have included Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Rock Star Games, Turbine Inc, Hi-Rez Studios. Click on the Emagination Game Design link for more information - Emagination Game Design

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Subject - Science and Engineering
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University of Pennsylvania Department of Engineering Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology for High School Students: The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania invites highly motivated and talented high school students to apply to participate in our three-week Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST). Our five rigorous, intensive SAAST courses give high school students an advance look at the learning experience they can expect in college. Courses are available in: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Programming, Nanotechnology, and Robotics. Combining sophisticated theory with hands-on work in our world-class laboratories and culminating in independent projects, SAAST challenges students to work harder, smarter, and more creatively than they ever have before. Click on the Penn SAAST link for more information - Penn SAAST

Lawrence Technological University Summer Camps for High School Students: LTU offers stimulating academic camps for high school students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios. Students can choose from more than two dozen leading-edge camps, including forensic science, web design, biomedical engineering, robotics, and architecture. Click on the Lawrence Technological Pre-College Camps link for more information - Lawrence Technological Pre-College Camps

Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Programs for High School Students and Middle School Students: Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs and Mind Trekker Summer Camps offer over 50 explorations each summer to discover and learn about various fields through hands-on laboratory, classroom and field experiences. An exploration is an intensive week-long look into a particular field or area of interest. We offer seven different categories of explorations including Leadership, Business, Computing, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology. In your exploration you may learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film, or backpack on an island...the opportunities are endless!  Explorations are led by Michigan Tech faculty members, graduate students, and local specialists. Enrollment is open until classes are full. Classes are limited to 20 or less students. Click on the Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs link for more information - Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs

Wildlife Ecology Research Summer Program for High School Students: Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive three week program where rising juniors and seniors learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Ecologist from colleges and universities around the country instruct students on population, community, physiological, disease and behavioral ecology using a diverse array of wildlife and standard research techniques. Wildlife Ecology Research culminates in rigorous small group research projects where students develop and implement research projects from hypothesis to final paper. This program aims to provide a significant academic experience that will help students prepare for courses and research experiences at the college level. Click on the Wildlife Ecology Research Program link for more information - Wildlife Ecology Research Program

embARC Summer Design Academy for High School Students at the University of California Berkeley: embARC is an intensive four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED), UC Berkeley. embARC brings together students from diverse backgrounds to study architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios. During the summer, students will focus on civic responsibility by partnering with a local community leader to tackle an authentic community improvement project. Through this partnership, students will employ the tools they learn in studios and seminar to make a difference on a real-world community development and design issue. Students who fulfill the course requirements will receive a letter grade for a 1-unit college course. Residential and commuter options are available. Click on the embARC link for more information - embARC

Discover the Forest! Explore the diversity of Maine's natural environment: If you enjoy being outdoors, Discover the Opportunities!  Work with professionals in the field and learn about opportunities for studies and professional jobs that take you outside, and about improving the health, beauty, and enjoyment of the forested environment. Dates:  July 7-12, 2013.  High school students are invited to attend.  Earning 1 college credit is possible. SCHOLARSHIPS are available!  For more information, contact: Dr. William H. Livingston, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, 5755 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME  04469, WilliamL@maine.edu, 207-581-2990. Click on the Discover the Forest link for more more information - Discover the Forest

Molecular Biology of Cancer Summer Workshop: An advanced class for high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or drug development. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn about normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted to cause the development of cancer. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene of their choice. Click on the Molecular Biology of Cancer Summer Workshop for more information - Molecular Biology of Cancer Summer Workshop

UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists. Click on the UCLA Summer Institute link for more information - UCLA Summer Institute

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Subject - Writing, Communications, and Literature
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Juniper Institute for Young Writers for High School Students: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for writers who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers and unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As. Click on the Juniper Institute for Young Writers link for more information - Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Discover the Word of Communication at American University: Discover the World of Communication is a summer program where high school students learn to build a digital portfolio, script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate and entertain. Our professional, hands-on workshops- open to students entering grades 9 through 12- are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. Click on Discover the World of Communication link for more information - Discover the World of Communication

University of Dallas - Arete in Irving: This program provides an enriching educational experience through the introduction of UD’s nationally recognized Core Curriculum. Students will explore the essential texts of Western Civilization and reflect on works of fine art, film, and music. Click on the University of Dallas link for more information: University of Dallas

University of Dallas - Shakespeare in Italy: Travel to Rome to share Shakespeare's passion for Italy and our passion for the Bard. Students will stay on our beautiful campus in Due Santi and travel to sites where Shakespeare set some of his most famous plays during the 18-day program. College Credit is available. Click on the University of Dallas: Italy link for more information - University of Dallas: Italy

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Subject - The Arts - [Back to Subjects] [Back to Program Types]

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute
Description: Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, and design skills are developed and strengthened. The Early College Program (ECP) Summer Institute provides high school students the necessary creative freedom to develop a structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore media in order to build a strong portfolio. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of materials and processes to discover new ways of defining their creative practice.

Why ECP Summer Institute?

  • Students who complete the ECP Summer Institute receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived.
  • ECP Summer Institute students receive college-level instruction from SAIC’s outstanding faculty with additional support from student Teaching Assistants.
  • Individual portfolio review sessions are available.
  • Students have access to SAIC’s extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

Click on the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute link for more information - School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute

University of North Carolina School of the Arts: UNCSA offers summer programs in in filmmaking, dance, drama, and visual arts. Click on the UNSCA link for more information - UNCSA Summer Programs for High School Students

Emerson College Summer Artistic Programs for High School Students: Emerson College offers 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in filmmaking, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, and television & film production. Click on the Emerson College Artistic Programs link for more information - Emerson College Artistic Programs

California College of the Arts Pre-College Summer Program: This program students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. Pre-College provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a taste of college life. Click on the California College of the Arts Pre-College Program for more information - California College of the Arts Pre-College Program

The New England College of Art & Design Summer Pre-College Program: The New England College of Art & Design Pre-College is a fun and affordable way for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors or entering college freshmen to study art and design at the college-level and get connected with Boston’s art and design scene. This 5-week summer program gives you a taste of the visual arts basics that all artists and designers must know– Drawing, 2- and 3-Dimensional Design and Painting. We’ll also explore some of the city’s museums and galleries, and you’ll get a chance to visit the studios of practicing artists and designers to see how they are making a living with their art. Click on the New England College of Art & Design Pre-College Program link for more information - New England College of Art & Design Pre-College Program

Columbus College of Art & Design Summer PreView Program: College PreView at Columbus College of Art & Design offers rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors an exhilarating three-week college experience in art and design. Live in our residence halls, take classes with our faculty, meet professional artists, exhibit your work, explore Columbus and its art scene, and consider a trip to New York City. If you’ll be entering grade 10, 11, or 12 next fall and are considering a future in the visual arts, this is the program that will make your decision clear—and earn you three college credits (with an additional credit if you complete the New York Art Excursion). New for 2013 is a College PreView program designed for students entering grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 next fall. Click on the Columbus College of Art & Design PreView Program link for more information - Columbus College of Art & Design Pre-View Program

Summer Art Program at the University of Pennsylvania: This program allows students to choose various classes ranging from drawing and painting to graphic design and filmmaking. It's a truly pre-college experience, as you prepare for college admissions and college while creating your portfolio.  In-depth studio program for students ages 14-18 at the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the Summer Art Program link for more information - Summer Art Program

Summer Architecture Program at the University of Pennsylvania: In-depth architecture program for students ages 14-18 at the University of Pennsylvania.  Express your personal ideas as you explore the architectural design process, from drawing by hand and computer to constructing scale models. Working alongside a culturally diverse mix of students, you'll use the city of Philadelphia's architecture as inspiration and produce your own portfolio. Click on the Summer Architecture Program for more information - Summer Architecture Program

embARC Summer Design Academy for High School Students at the University of California Berkeley: embARC is an intensive four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED), UC Berkeley. embARC brings together students from diverse backgrounds to study architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios. During the summer, students will focus on civic responsibility by partnering with a local community leader to tackle an authentic community improvement project. Through this partnership, students will employ the tools they learn in studios and seminar to make a difference on a real-world community development and design issue. Students who fulfill the course requirements will receive a letter grade for a 1-unit college course. Residential and commuter options are available. Click on the embARC link for more information - embARC

UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists. Click on the UCLA Summer Institute link for more information - UCLA Summer Institute

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Subject - Music
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The Vocal Performance Institute at the University of Dayton: The Vocal Performance Institute is a week-long summer program for high school aged singers.  It gives students a chance to experience college music curriculum and to work with fabulous resident artists from the University of Dayton, Dayton Opera and the Human Race Theatre. Workshops that include audition techniques, stage comportment, introduction to diction (and more!) are combined with daily voice lessons and regular master-classes to complete a power-packed week of inspiration and learning. This institute is a wonderful experience for those planning to major in music or those who simply love to perform and want to learn more. Both resident and commuter participants are welcome. Click on the Vocal Performance Institute link for more information - Vocal Performance Institute

Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute: Susquehanna University offers a unique summer performance experience for high school musicians. This week-long, residential program focuses on chamber music and symphonic wind ensemble performance. Students work with Director of Bands Eric L. Hinton, Ph.D., HonFBC, as well as other distinguished Susquehanna faculty members during chamber music rehearsals, private lessons, seminars and unforgettable performances. Selection is competitive. Click on the Susquehanna Wind Institute link for more information: Susquehanna Wind Institute - Susquehanna Wind Institute

Fredonia Summer Music Festival: This program is open to instrumental music students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12, the 23rd Annual Fredonia Summer Music Festival offers a friendly and relaxed setting for musical growth through performance of large ensemble and chamber music. Set on the beautiful campus of SUNY Fredonia and housed in the university's School of Music, the Fredonia Summer Music Festival takes advantage of the campus' first-rate facilities and world-class teachers. Many of the festival faculty are also professors at the university. Click on the Fredonia Summer Music Festival link for more information - Fredonia Summer Music Festival

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Subject - Business and Entrepreneurship
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Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience: This program for rising HS Juniors and Seniors is a five week, residential, academic credit bearing experience for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who wants to create innovative, real-world solutions to economic, social, and environmental issues through the lens of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. Students will work together on new venture ideas to discover how to develop and grow new ventures through lessons of market research, feasibility analysis, and other business concepts while identifying the ways in which their businesses fit into the greater world picture.  Click on the Babson Entrepreneur link for more information - Babson Entrepreneur

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Subject - International Affairs - [Back to Subjects] [Back to Program]

Illinois Global Studies Summer Workshop - International Human Rights 2013: This intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary foundation in international human rights. The course includes lectures and discussions with renowned faculty and human rights experts and a simulation project on conflict and human rights violations in a developing nation. Students engage in research, debate contested human rights values and role-play policy negotiations. Students earn one college credit upon successful completion of the course. Click on the Illinois Global Studies link for more information - Illinois Global Studies Summer Workshop.

American University Community of Scholars Summer International Relations Program: American University offers high school students the opportunity to study international relations with highly regarded AU faculty, earn 3 college credits, and sample college life first-hand.  In addition to class time, students hear from guest speakers, visit international agencies (such as the State Department and embassies), and participate in Model UN-style simulations.  Residential option with afternoon, evening, and weekend activities available. Click on the American University Community of Scholars link for more information - American University Community of Scholars

Julian Krinsky International Affairs with Model UN Summer Program for High School Students: Learn leadership through Model UN! If you're just getting interested in world relations or are already a student of global politics, our pre-college program will increase your experience, knowledge and skills for future leadership. The program features debate, public speaking and research workshops, realistic UN simulations, and guest speakers. Additionally, you will enjoy field trips to the United Nations in New York City and Embassy Row in Washington, DC and live on campus at the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the International Affairs Program link for more information - International Affairs Program

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4. Study Abroad and Travel Summer Enrichment Programs

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Description: Study abroad and travel summer enrichment programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about other countries, cultures, and lifestyles. Some programs may also offer coursework, the opportunity to learn a new language, and the chance to explore areas of interest. Quality summer study abroad and travel programs are highly structured, well organized, and provide extensive supervision.

Examples:

SPI High School Study Abroad Programs: Founded in 1996, SPI High School Study Abroad Programs offers high quality French, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish language immersion summer programs exclusively for high school students.  We believe traveling abroad develops independence and maturity by expanding students knowledge of the world and increasing their understanding of other cultures. All SPI high school study abroad programs are unique and personalized global experiences designed to build leadership qualities that help students succeed both in college and in their future endeavors.  Our programs are guided by experienced educators with small group sizes that make traveling abroad exciting, educational, and truly inspiring. Click on the SPI Abroad link for more information - SPI Abroad

360° Student Travel Program for High School Students and Middle School Students: 360° Student Travel allows students to step in a new direction. Travel, volunteer, improve your Spanish language skills or get a taste of the college life. Regardless of travel style, all of our programs are created with the understanding that no matter what students want to accomplish during the summer, it is still summer, and the challenges and experiences should be enjoyable as well as rewarding. Click on the 360° Student Travel for more information - 360° Student Travel

Westcoast Connection Summer Teen Travel Program: Westcoast Connection its 29th summer of showing teenagers the summer of a lifetime. We offer Active Teen Tours as well as Community Service, Language, Pre-College Enrichment, and Global Adventure programs. Our itineraries travel throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, Europe, Australia, Israel, Costa Rica, China, Africa, Peru, and Ecuador/Galapagos. Click on the Westcoast Connection link for more information - Westcoast Connection

Spanish in Spain with Suffolk University - Spanish Immersion Program: Ready for an academic adventure abroad?  Suffolk University Madrid Campus will host a three-week summer immersion program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Students will be paired up to live with host families, the perfect opportunity to live the life of a local and practice your language skills, not to mention enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine!  During the mornings, you will take Spanish language and history/culture classes taught by Suffolk faculty, followed by afternoon activities and guided excursions to discover the wonders of Madrid and nearby towns.  The weekends are filled with daytrips or free time with your host family.  Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required – there are language classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced.  There is also a special Teacher Incentive Program: if at least six students attend from a high school attend, one teacher will get to attend the program for free, minus airfare. Click on the Suffolk Immersion Program for more information - Suffolk Immersion Program

Edu-Culture Immersion: This unique summer study abroad programs for high school students in France & Spain. Founded in 1998, ECI combines language classes, exciting activities, and true cultural immersion for a life-changing experience abroad. Group programs include sessions with Local Language Partners, travel, and engaging activities. Click on the Edu-Culture Immersion link for more information - Edu-Culture Immersion

EF Study Abroad Programs: EF Education First offers study abroad programs at accredited EF schools around the world. Studying abroad with EF lets students learn the local language in Spain, France, Italy, China, Germany, Japan or Costa Rica.  Students live with a host family or in a school dormitory where they meet people from all parts of the globe.  All EF study abroad programs include language courses and special interest electives, but students can also choose to undertake exam preparation, internships, or volunteer work.  Many courses are also eligible for college credit. Click on the EF Study Abroad link for more information - EF Study Abroad

University of Dallas - Shakespeare in Italy: Travel to Rome to share Shakespeare's passion for Italy and our passion for the Bard. Students will stay on our beautiful campus in Due Santi and travel to sites where Shakespeare set some of his most famous plays during the 18-day program. College Credit is available. Click on the University of Dallas: Italy link for more information - University of Dallas: Italy

University of Dallas - Latin in Rome: Latin in Rome seeks intermediate and advanced students of Latin who desire to refine and deepen their understanding of the language and the Romans who spoke it. Students combine daily visits to archaeological and historical sites in and around Rome and Naples with intensive small group tutorials on relevant passages in Latin. A minimum of three years of high school Latin is required. Click on the University of Dallas: Rome Program for more information: University of Dallas: Rome

Summer Discovery Pre-College Study Abroad Summer Programs: Summer Discovery has a long history of providing pre-college programs for high school students and middle school students. Options range from studying on the campuses of partnering universities, participating in internships, and studying abroad. Click on the Summer Discovery Link for more information - Summer Discovery Website

Summer Study Pre-College Programs: Summer Study offers enrichment programs as well as college credit programs for high school students. Summer Study provides programs on college campuses in the United States as well as enrichment programs abroad. Click on the Summer Study Link for more information - Summer Study

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5. Summer Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students

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Description: There are some programs that are designed specifically for gifted students. There are also programs that are open to all students, but are designed to appropriately accommodate gifted learners

Examples:

GERI Summer Camps for Gifted Students: Every summer, for over 34 years, GERI has engaged gifted, creative, and talented students from across the country and around the world in residential camps designed to stimulate their imagination and expand their abilities.  Students who have completed grades 5 – 12 live in campus residence halls, take challenging courses, and participate in engaging recreational activities.  GERI offers three programs each year.  At GERI Summer Camps, you will experience intellectual challenges, personal attention from talented and caring staff members, outstanding Purdue facilities, friendships with others from around the world who share similar interests, and enjoyable learning and social experiences. Click on the GERI Summer Camps link for more information - GERI Summer Camps

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program for High School Students: This summer, the Young Scholars Program invites high school students with exceptional ability and promise to an exceptional pre-college experience at the University of Maryland.  Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and earn three university credits.  Dynamic faculty challenge Young Scholars to explore bold ideas and new ways of learning.  During three unforgettable weeks, students engage in creative problem solving with equally talented peers from across the United States and around the world. In the Young Scholars Program, students select one three-credit course and devote a large part of their time attending class, enjoying field trips or guest speakers, studying, working on projects, and preparing for exams.  Learning during this three-week summer program continues beyond the classroom.  College seminars, workshops, and social activities encourage the exchange of ideas and lend to the development of lasting friendships.  Participants have access to many of the same world-class facilities used by Maryland’s full-time college students. Click on the Maryland Young Scholars Programs link for more information - Maryland Young Scholars

University of Maryland Young Scholars Discovery Middle School Students: Young Scholars Discovery welcomes middle school students to an exceptional learning opportunity at the University of Maryland.  Discovery nurtures academically talented students who share similar interests, abilities, and goals.  Discovery scholars explore career opportunities, engage with experts in innovative fields, collaborate during interactive seminars, and learn about university life at Maryland.  The program offers diverse courses that encourage creative reasoning and problem solving.  Faculty provide dynamic instruction, challenging students to explore bold ideas and acquire new skills and knowledge.  Field trips and guest speakers highlight real-world experiences, introducing participants to possible career paths.   The learning continues beyond the classroom with interactive afternoon seminars.  Social activities include weekend day trips to Washington, DC, barbecues, pool parties, laser tag, and more.  This summer, discover, explore, grow, and learn at the University of Maryland with Young Scholars Discovery. Click on the Maryland Young Scholars link for more information - Maryland Young Scholars

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Programs for Gifted Students: The Center for Talent Development Summer Program has gained global recognition as a premiere learning and life-changing experience for gifted students. Through our Leapfrog, Spark, Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum, Equinox and Civic Leadership Institute course series, we serve outstanding students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among all our participants. There are programs for students who wish to be residents or commuters. Program sessions last one to three weeks, and students can apply for one, two or three sessions, depending on the program. Click on the Northwestern Talent Development link for more information - Northwestern Talent Development

Duke University Center for Talent Identification Program (TIP) Summer Opportunities for Gifted Students: Duke University's TIP offers a variety of summer programs for gifted students. The programs are designed to be of high interest to students and they provide students the opportunity to learn about topics at a in-depth level. Click on the Duke Tip Summer Programs link for more information - Duke TIP Summer Programs

Exxon Summer Science Camp for Gifted Middle School Students: The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camps hosted at colleges and universities across the nation.  In the summer of 2013, The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will sponsor up to 20 residential camps to be held during the months of June-August. Each camp will provide 48-54 promising middle school grade level students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus - all at no cost to the child or family. Click on the Summer Science Camp for more information - Summer Science Camp

Johns Hopkins Center for Talent Development Summer Programs for Gifted Students: The Johns Hopkins University summer programs for gifted students offer eligible students from all over the country and around the world the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program. Click on the Johns Hopkins Summer Programs link for more information - Johns Hopkins Summer Programs

MIT Research Science Summer Institute for Gifted High School Students: Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects. Click on the MIT Summer Research link for more information - MIT Summer Research

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6. Summer Internship Programs

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Description: Summer internship programs involve students gaining practical experience in areas of interest. Typically, participants in summer internship programs have the chance to explore a field of interest, gain hands-on experiences, and learn about potential careers.

Examples:

Julian Krinsky Summer Internships for High School Students: There is no better way to understand a job than by actually doing it. That’s exactly what our Summer Internships offer: a chance to do meaningful, hands-on work in the field of your choice. Get one of the best summer internships in Philadelphia before you head off to college! You might be interning with a lawyer, developing marketing campaigns, shadowing a doctor, assisting a vet, or involved with high-profile mentors. Participants also have the chance to live on campus at the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the Julian Krinsky Summer Internships link for more information - Julian Krinsky Summer Internships

Summer Discovery Internship Program for HIgh School Students: Discovery Internships is dedicated to helping students stand out and take control of their futures. Our customized internship programs provide life changing experiences for students at a pivotal time in their life. Whether you are a high school student looking to gain clarity on college choices or fields of potential study or just looking for a meaningful summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your needs, Discovery Internships' customized programs will help you explore your future.  Discovery Internships program is provided in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and London. Discovery Internships receives applications from high school students in nearly every state in the U.S. and just as many countries. - Click on the Summer Discovery Internship Program link for more information - Summer Discovery Internship Program

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7. Summer Service-Oriented Programs

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Description: Summer service programs offer students the opportunity to engage in volunteer service to help make a positive difference in the lives of others. Typically, these programs are highly structured and provide students with the chance to positively contribute to a community. Many of these programs are connected with travel programs and provide students with the chance to visit new locations, where volunteer service is needed.

Examples:

360° Student Travel and Service for High School Students and Middle School Students: The 360° Student Travel offers a variety of travel programs for students. A number of these programs involve provide services to communities in need. As of 2011, participants in the 360° Student Travel Program had completed 31,397 hours of community service, an accomplishment that works out to be 3.5 years of service in two months. From Hawaii, to Peru, to Alaska, to China and beyond, their participants have truly made a lasting impact on the communities they have worked with and learned so much in the process. Examples of the types of service-oriented activities that students have been involved include:

  • In California groups had the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity and build alongside the families that will be moving into these homes in the future. Whether it was lending a hand with painting, caulking or hammering, their trip members didn’t hesitate to pitch in and help the communities they became a part of.
  • Participants in the Pre-College Enrichment program in Barcelona worked at the Juvenile Center with children aged 5-9 years old. It was an incredible opportunity for participants to interact with disadvantaged children and bring
    smiles to their faces while teaching English and practicing their Spanish.
  • In Costa Rica, along with Habitat for Humanity, travelers helped to construct 3 houses in San Ramon. From the initial groundbreaking through the laying of foundation, floors, and putting up walls they did it all. An incredible accomplishment! They also worked with the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation building a brand new classroom for a school. The final group was able to hand the keys over to the teachers.

Click on the 360° Student Travel for more information - 360° Student Travel

Babson College Summer Service Learning Experience: This program for rising high school Sophomores and Juniors involves a one week experience for students who are passionate about social outreach and want to spend their summer experience helping some of the world’s biggest change makers locally, and, in turn, making a difference now. Students will complete community service hours work with faculty and staff to learn about the projects they are completing and issues they are serving and will develop action plans to complete future community service hours in the most effective and engaging way for the student and his or her community. Click on the Babson Service Learning Experience link for more information - Babson Service Learning Experience

SPI High School Study Abroad Programs: SPI offers a variety of study abroad programs. Some of these programs offer students the opportunity to participate in service learning activities. The programs allow students to learn about new cultures as well as make positive contributions in communities around the world. Click on the SPI Programs link for more information - SPI Programs

Program: Project Hawai'i: Ultimate Teen Mentoring & Cultural Adventure Summer Camp: Project Hawai'i offers a very unique once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference. Students spend time mentoring homeless children on the islands of Hawai'i. Earning 200 community service hours in mentoring, leadership and life skills. The program is truly one of a kind allowing you to learn alongside the native Hawaiians who share their culture and traditions passed down through generations. Learning hula, making your own ti'leaf skirt and even wrapping laulau for our authentic lu'au presentation. Click on the Project Hawai'i link for more information - Project Hawai'i

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8. Online and Distance Learning Summer Enrichment Courses

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Description: There are a number of universities and institutions that provide the opportunity for students to take enrichment courses online during the summer. These courses are designed for students who are interested in learning about a subject area, who want to extend their learning beyond the school year, or who otherwise would not have time to take these courses during the standard academic year. Many of these institutions offer credit for the completion of courses, but it is important for students to check with their high school or potential colleges to determine if the credit is transferable.

Examples:

BYU Distance Learning Courses for High School Students: BYU Independent Study is an online educational program that offers more than 500 online courses—university, high school, middle school, and personal enrichment—to people throughout the United States and in over 50 foreign countries. Click on the BYU Independent Study Courses link for more information - BYU Independent Study Courses

Northwestern University Gifted Learning Links - Online Courses for Gifted Students: Gifted LearningLinks offers academically talented students in kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to take challenging courses from inspiring instructors who are experts in their fields. Our expertise in gifted education is matched only by our history and experience with the innovative use of technology to foster engaging online learning experiences. Click on the Northwestern Online Gifted Links link for more information - Northwestern Online Gifted Learning Links

Online College Courses in the High Schools: Marshall University: The Marshall University Online College Courses in the High Schools Program offers qualified high school students the opportunity to take Marshall University courses online – 100% via the internet – for college credit while they are still enrolled in high school. These courses reflect the same scope and depth of material and may earn college credit. Click on the Marshall Online Courses link for more information - Marshall Online Courses

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9. SAT and ACT Test Prep Summer Programs

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Descriptions: SAT and ACT Test Prep Summer Programs provide students with the opportunity to prepare to take the SAT and ACT. Test Prep Summer Programs are typically designed to help students learn about the SAT and ACT and to provide instruction to help students improve their scores. The programs are also designed to help students learn about test taking strategies and techniques to increase student confidence in relation to taking standardized tests. Some programs also provide information, seminars, and discussions about the college admission process.

Examples:

Princeton Review SAT Prep Plus College Immersion - Ramapo College: Ramapo College offers a summer intensive SAT Preparation program in partnership with The Princeton Review. The Program includes The Princeton Review's exclusive, enhanced curriculum course based on a comprehensive three-year study. It also includes a "Going to College" immersion program presented by admissions staff focusing on special topics related to attending college. Class course includes: 30 hours for two weeks and 4 Mock SATs, and only at Ramapo College: College Admissions Programs. In addition to the course, students receive: Small classes for personal attention, talented, dynamic instructors vetted through the most rigorous training in the industry, exclusive, proven Princeton Review methods and strategies, extra help from instructors, 4 proctored SATs, with detailed computer analysis of the results, 11 Practice Tests for the SAT and PSAT, Princeton Review SAT Student Manual, LiveGraderSM expert essay feedback, access to our Online Student Center, and extra lessons and drills available online 24/7. Additional students receive Going to College Immersion - Key topics presented by Ramapo College admissions staff, such as: Choosing a Major, Important Admissions Criteria, Writing the College Application Essay, Applying for Financial Aid and Scholarships, Choosing a College That is the Right Fit. Click on the Ramapo Summer SAT Prep link for more information - Ramapo Summer SAT Prep

South Carolina SAT and ACT Summer Test Prep Program for High School Students: South Carolina’s renowned University Test Prep program will offer an intensive and exciting SAT/ACT test prep program at USC Columbia Campus in Columbia, SC. Students will have the opportunity to sharpen their test skills. Whether you are preparing for the SAT or the ACT, University Test Prep's SAT/ACT Summer Institute offers comprehensive preparation for both tests. The SAT/ACT Institute is an intensive test prep program. Our blended learning Test Prep program offers intensive classroom training followed by periodic online review sessions. The courses are designed for students in the rising 9th-12th grades. Click on the South Carolina Summer Test Prep link for more information - South Carolina Summer Test Prep
Participants: Rising 9th - 12th Grade High School Students.
Program Website: http://saeu.sc.edu/conted/catalog/schedule.php?course=25

Lexington Prep School Summer SAT Test Prep Program: Lexington Prep School’s SAT Preparation Program is a summer boarding and day camp located near Boston in Lexington, MA. For 3 weeks, students work to improve their performance in the key areas of SAT/SSAT preparation and beyond, including Advanced Critical Reading, Writing, and Math. College Essay and Public Speaking classes, and weekly university tours, are a part of our summer college prep initiative. Studies are balanced with fun Sunday and weekday activities. The programs is designed to go beyond “teaching to the test”. Rather than simply lecturing to students, repeating practice drills or teaching “test-taking tricks”, the summer program is designed to be a unique learning opportunity for students: a chance to be coached by expert teachers, to engage in discussion-based learning with a diverse group of talented peers, and to develop their skills in writing and public speaking in ways that may not be included during the academic year. Our small class size ensures that teachers get to know each student’s personality and areas of academic interest. Click on the Lexington Summer Test Prep link for more information - Lexington Summer Test Prep

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10. Summer Sports Camps and Programs

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Description: There is a wide variety of summer sports camps and programs that are available for students of all ages during the summer. Many of these camps and programs take place on college campuses, which gives students a chance to work with college coaches, visit college campuses, and improve their athletic skills. Due to the large number of summer sports camps and programs, there are opportunities available for participants of all skill levels.

Resource: www.summersportsprograms.com - This website provides information and links to a wide variety of summer sports camps and programs. Students can view programs by sport and in some cases by state.

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11. Summer Enrichment Programs - Financial Considerations (low cost, financial assistance or scholarship opportunities
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Description: There is a financial cost associated with many summer enrichment programs. There are some summer enrichment programs that are low cost and there are some summer enrichment programs that have scholarships available for students. Many of these summer enrichment programs are competitive, so it is a good idea for students to apply to multiple programs to give themselves a better chance to being accepted to one of interest. Some programs will try to work with families with regards to financial costs and some programs have opportunities for students to apply for financial assistance. As a result, it is recommended that students or parents directly contact programs of interest to inquire about financial costs and aid.

Examples:

ProgramMIT Research Science Summer Institute for High School Students: Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). The RSI summer science & engineering program combines on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects. RSI is the first cost-free to students. Click on the MIT Research link for more information - MIT Research

Exxon Summer Science Camp for Gifted Middle School Students: The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camps hosted at colleges and universities across the nation.  In the summer of 2013, The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will sponsor up to 20 residential camps to be held during the months of June-August. Each camp will provide 48-54 promising middle school grade level students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus - all at no cost to the child or family. Click on the Summer Science Camp for more information - Summer Science Camp

Texas A & M Summer Mathematics Training Program for High School Students: The Summer Mathematics Research Training Program (SMaRT) for High School Students is a National Science Foundation supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. High school students of age 14-18, who are US citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply. The camp will provide an intensive learning environment in mathematics, where high school students will learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results. There are no fees. Due to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the camp offers this year free room and board to accepted participants. Travel expenses are not covered (some partial travel coverage might be available in the case of extreme need, but availability of such funds is not guaranteed). Students should bring some money for private expenses, laundry, etc. Click on the Texas A & M SMaRT Program link for more information - Texas A & M SMaRT Program

Bethel College Summer Science Institute for High School Students: The Summer Science Institute offers opportunities for research investigations in a number of areas of science, including biology, psychology, mathematics, chemistry and computer science. You will be able to study fascinating and challenging topics that high school courses typically do not cover, with a focus on learning how to do research through close interaction with faculty. Readings will provide background for laboratory and field study. $50 for students, whether residing on campus or at home. Additional camper expenses are sponsored by a Bethel science or mathematics graduate. Students will have the opportunity to communicate with these sponsors to learn about their careers in science, mathematics, medicine and related fields. Click on the Bethel College Summer Science Institute link for more information - Bethel College Summer Science Institute

All Girls Summer Math Camp: High school girls are invited to apply for a week of ALL GIRLS/ALL MATH offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest. The ALL GIRLS/ALL MATH summer camp has been offered since 1997. Camp participants, girls grades 10-12, will learn about the exciting mathematics of Codes. The girls will work with women mathematics professors and graduate students, and interact with peers who share an interest in mathematics. They stay in a UNL residence hall and are chaperoned by a female mathematics graduate and undergraduate student. The cost is $125 for Nebraska residents and $250 for out-of state participants. $125 scholarships are available for students who would otherwise be unable to participate. Click on the All Girls Summer Math link for more information - All Girls Summer Math

Michigan Technological University Summer Scholarship Programs: The Women in Engineering (WIE) and Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) are weeklong investigations of engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, materials, and related disciplines.  These programs are designed to provide a chance for traditionally underrepresented high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to investigate careers in engineering and science. Students participate in engineering sessions, group projects and special topic presentations. In addition, students have opportunities throughout the week to interact with industry role models and a diverse group of peers from all over the country and world.  Scholarship valued at over $1,000 and covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and spending money they would like for the week. ESP scholarship funding is provided by corporations, organizations and Michigan Technological University. Click on the Michigan Tech Summer Scholarship Program link for more information - Michigan Tech Summer Scholarship Program

Ohio University Summer Honors Academy for High School Students: Ohio University offers a 5-week program during which participants earn college credit in 2-3 selected University courses alongside University students.  Participants have their choice of classes in a wide range of disciplines.  Residential and commuter options available; close supervision and support provided by University student mentors and residence life staff.  Students explore Ohio University resources and major options, participate in service learning projects, and enjoy structured extracurricular activities. There are vouchers made available to some participating students. Click on the Ohio University Honors Program link for more information - Ohio University Summer Honors Program

GERI Summer Camps for Gifted Students at Purdue University: Every summer, for over 34 years, GERI has engaged gifted, creative, and talented students from across the country and around the world in residential camps designed to stimulate their imagination and expand their abilities.  Students who have completed grades 5 – 12 live in campus residence halls, take challenging courses, and participate in engaging recreational activities.  GERI offers three programs each year.  At GERI Summer Camps, you will experience intellectual challenges, personal attention from talented and caring staff members, outstanding Purdue facilities, friendships with others from around the world who share similar interests, and enjoyable learning and social experiences. There is a cost for this program, but the organization tries to keep costs to a minimum. Click on the GERI Summer Camps link for more information - GERI Summer Camps

Davidson THINK Summer Institute: Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits. Students can apply for financial assistance for this program. Click on the Davidson THINK Program link for more information - Davidson THINK Program

State Departments of Education Summer Programs and Governor's School Summer Programs: There are a some states that sponsor low-cost summer enrichment programs for students. Some of these programs are specific populations of students (i.e. students identified as gifted). Students and parents can contact their State Department of Education to inquire about state sponsored summer programs. Examples of these programs include:

  • The Arkansas Governor's School Summer Program: The Arkansas Governor’s School is a six-week summer residential program for gifted and talented students who are upcoming high school seniors and residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the six-week program on the site of a residential college campus. Click on the Arkansas Governor's Summer Program link for more information - Arkansas Governor's Summer Program

  • The Tennessee Governor's School Summer Program: The State of Tennessee provides twelve summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in these disciplines: Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Engineering, Science, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Information Technology Leadership, and Agricultural Sciences. Click on the Tennessee Governor's Summer Program for more information - Tennessee Governor's Summer Program

Arizona State University Summer Enrichment Programs: Experience the excitement of college life, learn from world renowned professors and explore your interests through ASU’s Summer Enrichment program. Connect with other high school students, broaden your world view, get hands-on lessons in a fun and challenging environment. Summer Enrichment Programs vary in length by department and topic. Some are one-day workshops while others are up to 4 weeks long. The majority run between 3-10 days. Within those days, programs may range from a few hours long to a full day. Residential programs, where students stay on campus overnight, are also available. Scholarships are offered by some departments and colleges for their programs. Barrett Summer Scholars and Camp Broadway are examples of two that offer need-based scholarships for students, but there are likely several others that do as well. Contact the department directly to learn about their scholarship opportunities. Click on the Arizona State University Summer Programs link for more information - Arizona State University Summer Programs

CDC Disease Detective Day Camp in Atlanta: CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC) is an educational program started by CDC′s David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2005 as a mechanism for developing a public health camp curriculum for state and county health departments. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC Disease Detective Camp curriculum is based on contextual and situated cognition learning principles. By learning through hands–on activities and seminars, high school juniors and seniors at the conclusion of the camp will be able to: Identify five careers within public health, demonstrate an understanding of basic epidemiology terms, calculate basic epidemiologic rates given an outbreak scenario and data, recognize how infectious and chronic diseases are tracked in the United States, understand the role of public health law in protecting the public′s health in the United States. Click on CDC Disease Detective Camp link for more information or the Junior CDC Detective Camp link for information - CDC Disease Detective Camp; Junior CDC Disease Detective Camp

Youngstown State Summer Honors Institute: Youngstown State University's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted and talented students the opportunity to explore and discover new information in a wide range of disciplines. Courses have been developed by outstanding university faculty with the dual purpose of introducing students to a specific discipline that is not available to them in a high school setting and providing activities designed for more in-depth study. Courses are also designed to provide a high degree of student interaction using a variety of "hands-on" activities. Click on the Youngstown Summer Honors Institute link for more information - Youngstown State Summer Honors Institute

Potential Scholarships and Financial Assistance Opportunities for Gifted Students: Many state associations for the gifted and other organizations attuned to the needs of gifted students offer scholarship money for students to pursue an out-of-school activity in an area of interest. Several such scholarships are listed below by state. Families are encouraged to check with their state department of education, area educational organizations, and any other clubs and organizations with which family members are affiliated for additional opportunities. Click on the Potential Scholarships and Financial Assistance Opportunities link for more information - Potential Scholarship and Financial Assistance Opportunities

Vanderbilt Summer Academy for Gifted Students: At Vanderbilt Summer Academy, highly gifted students can soar—learning at a rapid pace in a community of their true peers. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take advanced courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students. You might go on rounds with doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, study nanotechnology with a PhD candidate in an engineering lab, cull through Vanderbilt’s Civil War archives, or let a published author get you started on the next best selling novel. Outside the classroom, our carefully selected residential staff plan fun and unique social and recreational activities, supervise the dining and residence halls, and help make sure you have an amazing Vanderbilt experience! Financial Aid Opportunities are Available. Click on the Vanderbilt Summer Academy link for more information: Vanderbilt Summer Academy

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