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    Summer Programs

    Spend part of your summer expanding your horizons. Check out thousands of summer programs, covering everything from rocket science to musical theater to wilderness training.

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    Gap Year Programs

    For many teens, taking a pre-college year to explore and grow is a great thing to do. Check out once-in-a-lifetime gap year programs ranging from one month to one year long, all over the world.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteering for a worthy cause expands your horizons and builds empathy for your less fortunate neighbors. It may also be a graduation requirement. These organizations want your help.

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    STEM Programs

    STEM careers are on the rise, and students can start learning skills in STEM as early as middle school. Browse topic specific STEM summer programs and colleges.

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    Performing & Visual Arts Programs

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

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    Colleges & Universities

    Begin your college search with our comprehensive college & university database. Or explore summer programs taking place on college campuses. College is a big investment. We can help you try before you buy.

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    Private High Schools

    Looking to choose a private boarding, day, or semester school with the values and teaching approach that best match your needs? These 2000+ high schools, in the US and abroad, also offer summer programs.

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    Therapeutic Programs

    Every teen can overcome obstacles to become successful at school, at work, and in the community. Our database of therapy programs, treatment centers, and schools for learning differences can get you started.

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    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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    Tutoring & Test Prep

    Good grades and test scores make a difference in the college application process. Check out thousands of in-person or online tutoring and test prep resources. There's something here that fits your goals and budget.

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    College Admissions Resources

    Learn everything you need to know about the college admissions process. With our college resources, teens can discover their dream school, find application help, and fund their undergraduate education.

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