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13,000+ Experiences for Students in Grades 7-12.

Discover how spending time in the world outside the classroom can help teens do better in school, during the college admissions process and in their adult lives. Our mission is to connect students, parents and educators with the best experiential learning opportunities for middle- and high-school students.

  • Summer Programs for Teens

    Summer Programs for Teens

    Spend this summer expanding your horizons! Browse the thousands of summer programs for students entering 7th grade to college that allow you learn about yourself and experience the joy of learning. Whether you're interested in rocket science, musical theater, mastering a foreign language, or hiking up mountains - you'll find it here!

  • Gap Year Programs

    Gap Year Programs

    Find out more about how a gap year or semester before college contributes to personal growth and builds the life skills you need to succeed in college. Check out TeenLife’s gap year programs after high school, ranging from work internships to community service to premed programs to adventure trips.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer for a community service program to expand your world view, make a difference and feel good. Community service may also be a graduation requirement! Check out these nonprofit organizations that could use your help or connect you with a community service project.

  • STEM Summer Programs

    STEM Summer Programs

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers are on the rise, and students can start learning skills in STEM as early as middle school. Browse topic specific STEM summer programs.

  • Arts Summer Programs

    Arts Summer Programs

    Colleges, gap year programs, and summer programs all offer summer opportunities in the performing & visual arts. Pursue your passions and grow your strengths with an arts summer program.

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    Academic Summer Programs

    Explore Academic Summer Programs on a college campus to get extra course credits, confidence, and inspiration for your major!

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    STEM Colleges

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers are on the rise, and students who major in these subjects are are more likely to be hired in their field after graduation and earn higher incomes in their lifetime.

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    Performing & Visual Arts Colleges

    Interested in majoring in theater, dance, visual art, music, architecture, or design? These colleges are looking for creative students who are passionate about building their skills in these disciplines.

  • Colleges & Universities

    Colleges & Universities

    Begin your college search with our comprehensive college & university database. Find out which summer programs they offer! College is a big investment. We can help you try before you buy.

  • Boarding Schools

    Boarding Schools

    Ready to combine school with independence? We list more than 400 listings for boarding schools and semester schools in the United States and abroad. Discover how a learning community focused on college prep or a particular interest sparks success. Many offer postgraduate (PG) years.

  • Private Day Schools

    Private Day Schools

    Looking for a private day school that has the classes, extracurricular activities and educational philosophy that match your needs? Explore our more than 1,000 listings and discover the advantages of private school, such as small classes and specialized approaches to learning.

  • Independent Advisors

    Independent Advisors

    Choosing the right school, college or program can be overwhelming. A local independent advisor can help you navigate these important decisions. Find the best path for you and your personal goals, with their help.

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    Therapeutic Schools

    Students who are experiencing a high level of stress, anxiety or depression may have needs that can't be met by a traditional school. Therapeutic day or boarding schools could be the solution.

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    Residential Treatment Centers

    Are you a teen or parent of a teen who is struggling with mental illness or substance abuse? Check out our listings of residential treatment centers that serve students under 18 to find the right path to a healthy and successful life.

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    Therapeutic Programs

    When your family is dealing with behavioral issues, mental health problems, or eating disorders, a specialized program can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing. Our program offerings will help you find the right experience for your teen.

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