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Free and Low Cost Online Summer Programs

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Free and Low Cost Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs do not have to cost a lot of money. We have put together a list of free and low-cost options for Summer 2020. Our hope is that one of these programs may spark something that can become a lifelong passion.

American University: Discover the World of Communications

Cost: $350/class

Ready to build your college portfolio, learn something new, or explore an area in communication that you’ve never had an opportunity to before? American University Discover the World of Communication pre-college program also has an online component. Taking the skills and instruction you need right to your computer...wherever you are!

Art Academy of Cincinnati: Virtual Teen Academy

Cost: $150/course

Virtual Teen Academy offers a series of two-week, online creative and educational workshops during the summer that are designed specifically for artists, designers, and writers ages 13-18. Students can discover and expand their creative interests in drawing, painting, digital design, photography, or poetry.

Atlas Workshops-Virtual Summer Design Studio: The New Normal

Cost: $275 for 1.5 weeks

How will the world be different in the coming years? On this Atlas Workshops program, high school students will design innovations for a new normal. Students will consider global perspectives on the challenges the pandemic has presented, and develop their own solutions to issues for music, food, sports, education ahead.

Cal State at Northridge: Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Cost: $150/class

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) has been serving middle and high school students since 1979. We want the children who pass through our program to be better people--academically and personally--for having come our way. We believe that children are grown, and we want to provide the optimal place for good growth to happen.

Close Up Foundation IMPACT 2020 Summer Program - Online

Cost: $400

IMPACT 2020 is a unique virtual summer program designed to help middle and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with other young leaders from across the country. Empower youth to connect to the world around them and make a local impact on global issues!

Husson University: Early College Access Program (ECAP)

Cost: FREE

Begin your college career early! Get a head start on your college degree while saving time and money. Through Husson’s Early College Access Program (ECAP), high school juniors and seniors can enroll in college courses to earn credits that can count toward a degree program. Courses are tuition-free for ECAP students.

iD Tech: Virtual Tech Camps

Cost: $499 (use code TOGETHER to get $100 off)

Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech are the perfect, home-based option for students seeking the collaborative spirit of our on-campus programs. For many, learning alongside others is a vital social component. Let's keep your child advancing their skills, engaging with other students, and building confidence!

Idyllwild Arts Summer Programs For Teens & Youth

Cost: $500/class

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program annually teaches every art form to thousands of people of all skill levels and ages. For Summer 2020 we have reimagined summer programs to online. Join us for the 71st summer of arts education. We will inspire your artistic and creative spirit, particularly in these challenging times.

Illinois Tech Online Pre-College STEM Programs

Cost: $99

This summer, flex your skills in game design and development, cybersecurity, computing and technology, computational science, and mathematics at Illinois Tech Pre-College STEM Programs. Our online summer programs are 1-2 weeks each and take place throughout June, July, and August. All courses are taught by faculty—no prior experience necessary!

K12 Tuition-Free Online Summer School Programs

Cost: FREE

Summer is a great time to explore careers that interest you—especially if your school doesn't offer career exploration courses. Students entering grades 9–11 in the fall of 2020 can attend Destinations Career Academy's tuition-free online summer school and earn credit while exploring high-demand career fields.

Khan Academy

Cost: FREE

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Millions of students from all over the world, each with their own unique story, learn at their own pace on Khan Academy every single day.

National History Academy Online Pre-College Camps for High School Students

Cost: FREE

National History Academy Online is a summer experience for high school students interested in the history, law, and government of the United States. Each week, you will immerse yourself in a case developed by Harvard Business School Professor David Moss’s Case Method Institute and spend 2 days virtually visiting seminal historic sites.

Norwich University of the Arts FREE Creative Summer Workshops

Cost: FREE

Join free online Summer School workshops with Norwich University of the Arts and get creative! From designing album covers to sculpture, from character design to expressive painting, NUA staff and graduates will teach you new skills and help you to build a creative portfolio for university. Open to 14-19-year-olds. Twice-weekly online workshops run from 29 July – 3 September. If you sign up to 6 or more workshops and send in your outcomes from at least 3 you will receive a certificate of attendance from Norwich University of the Arts.

Ohio University Pre-College & Youth Online Summer Programs

Cost: $175-$275 per course

Summer Studios are intensive experiences in creative practice. Work with faculty in online courses to create portfolio-quality work, earn credit, and develop your artistic voice. Programs for middle school ages will also help to learn to develop and realize their ideas, making unique works in a variety of media.

Pet Emergency Education

Cost: $69.95 per class

Pet Emergency Education offers internationally recognized animal CPR, first aid and emergency training, and certification to pet owners, animal and veterinary professionals, as well as, animal lovers. Online Certification Courses are available. Pet Emergency Education is one of the Only Pet CPR and First Aid Companies Owned and Operated by Credentialed Veterinary Professionals. Online certification courses are available at Pet Emergency Academy, Pet Emergency Education's online training center.

Rex Academy Online Summer STEM Camps

Cost: $199

Rex Academy is offering summer online STEM camps for youth and teens. Rex Academy teachers online coding classes, virtual group lessons, self-paced online lessons. Our curriculum does not require a computer science background. We also offer a free demo class.

Soundcheck Artists - Vocal Summer Workshops

Cost: $197

Vocal Summer Workshop Is a one-of-a-kind mentorship for singers. It is perfect for those who are new to the music scene or for those who are interested in learning more and gaining the skills required for a professional music career or entrance into a great contemporary university music program.

UC San Diego Sally Ride Science Program

Cost: $160/class

The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy summer program offers science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering the 4th-12th grade. Students will assume the roles of space explorers, marine biologists, computer programmers, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects.

uCode: Online Coding Classes for Teens

Cost: $99/month

With UCode, students learn to be proficient in coding and computational thinking. uCode uses an experiential approach to learning that allows students to immerse themselves in real-world problems.

UNH Super STARS Advanced Academy

Cost: $300/session

The University of New Hampshire's Super STARS Advanced Academy is an intensive, virtual, 5-day camp for students entering grades 9-12 which explores multiple areas of the dramatic arts. The Academy goes “beyond the basics,” strengthening and challenging students to bring them to the next level.

Virtual Wall Street Summer Camp

Cost: $300 per Session

Teach Me Wall Street Virtual Online summer camp is for teens aged 13-18. Students will learn about the stock market, the role of all the related financial institutions, and how they all come together. Offering Wall Street 101; Fintech and Jobs of the New Economy; and Intensive Currency Trading Boot Camp. Take one track or all three!

Wake Forest Online Summer Exploration Experience

Cost: $300/class

The Summer Exploration Program Online Experience is a chance for rising 7th through 9th graders to virtually explore the world of STEM from anywhere in the world with Wake Forest University faculty. The Online Experience offers the perfect hybrid of live teaching and peer engagement — all handled remotely in a content-rich 4-day curriculum taught by our Academic Partners.