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We at TeenLife share society's goal of providing academic and enrichment opportunities that launch young people into life. Summer is an important time for learning.

Thankfully there are a number of interesting online courses and virtual ways of meaningfully engaging middle and high school-aged students if they are unable to leave home or travel. They include coding classes, academic classes, foreign language learning - even remote community service experiences! Here are some of those that have caught our eye.

American University: Discover the World of Communication Online

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!

Brown Pre-College Programs: Summer@Brown Online

Brown’s pre-college online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed and led by Brown’s innovative, dedicated instructors for high school students around the world. Explore challenging subjects through coursework designed to inspire curiosity and discovery, engage in intellectual discussion, and connect with students from around the world – enthusiastic, creative and accomplished students like you.

Boston Architectural College Virtual Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration

Curious about design, a career in architecture, interior design, landscape design or working on a portfolio for college admissions? The Virtual Summer Academy at Boston Architectural College (BAC) offers an opportunity to study design with peers and design professionals. No design experience is required!

Center for Talent Development (CTD): Gifted LearningLinks (GLL)

Center for Talent Development's online program, Gifted LearningLinks (GLL), offers engaging enrichment, core essentials, honors, and AP® courses for gifted and talented students. GLL courses provide rigorous, individualized instruction helping gifted students to achieve their educational goals.

Columbia University: Online "College Edge" Summer Sessions for High School Students

College Edge Summer Sessions prepares exceptional high school students, entering grades 11 or 12, for the world’s highest academic levels, giving them an edge over their college peers. It is ideal for students who want to enhance their college applications or are preparing to enter the U.S. higher education system.

Cornell University Summer Pre-College Studies Online

Get a head start on college by earning credits from Cornell online! You can choose from dozens of regular university courses, work with a Cornell faculty member, study alongside undergraduate students, and improve your college study skills. It's a great chance to earn college credits without leaving home.

Emerging Leader Internship Program

The Emerging Leader Internship Program is a special 6-week, virtual experience that allows you to work remotely in an internship that aligns best with your unique set of skills, talents, and interests while receiving coaching, mentorship and professional development. Application (age 16+) is required. Admission is competitive.

Global Online Academy Summer Courses

GOA offers flexible, meaningful, and passion-based high school courses to enrich your summer. We are offering 14 of our most popular semester classes in an intensive 7-week format. Most of these courses cover a semester's worth of material and expect a 10-12 hour per week from students (15-20 hours per week for Geometry and Spanish).

Illinois Tech Online Pre-College Program

Illinois Tech offers year-round opportunities for high school students to explore their intellectual curiosity in STEM. If you’re interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, pre-law, or computers, Illinois Tech’s Pre-College Programs offer dozens of ways to experience these fields up close.

LanguageBird® - OnLine Language Programs & More

LanguageBird provides a personalized one-to-one online learning experience. Test Prep and Tutoring Offered. Start this summer! Our transformative language courses allow students to connect globally and engage in cultural studies with a native speaker to offer the opportunity to practice speaking comfortably, fluidly and confidently.

Oregon State University: School of Arts & Communication (SAC) Academy

Oregon State University: School of Arts & Communication (SAC) Academy offers an online version of our JumpstART precollege program. JumpstART provides students ages 14-18 with a week of accelerated instruction with instructors who are current artists, exhibiting their work worldwide.

Parsons Paris: Virtual Pre-College Course in the Business of Fashion

Learn about the history of fashion, how trends are made, and the skills you need to pursue a career in fashion in this flexible, online pre-college course for high school students by Parsons Paris. You’ll be mentored by a Parsons graduate and taught by Parsons Paris faculty.

uCode Coding Classes for Teens

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. Students receive 7 sessions for only $99/month.

UC San Diego Academic Connections

UC San Diego Academic Connections is providing a pre-college summer online experience that is academically and socially enriching to a diverse population of high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Sally Ride Science Program

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 explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects.

Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech

Virtual Tech Camps 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!

Wake Forest: Virtual Pre-College Courses in Medicine and Business

Wake Forest University’s Online Immersion Program offers flexible, online courses in Medicine and Business for high school students. You’ll earn from Wake Forest University or Wake Forest School of Medicine professors, be mentored by a WFU graduate, and earn a Certificate of Completion.

XRTerra: Introductory Virtual Reality Developer Program

The Introductory Virtual Reality (VR) Developer Program is designed for high school students interested in learning how to develop 3D and VR applications. In addition to Unity coding concepts and project work, students hear from guest speakers from industry and have the opportunity to explore careers in VR.