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Summer Programs for High School Students: TeenLife’s Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for 2020

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Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year?

Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category.

What Do We Mean by Popular?

We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website.

We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category.

The Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for High School Students—Organized by Category

Academic | The Most Popular Academic Summer Programs for High School Students

ACLU National Advocacy Institute

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Washington, DC
  • Credits: None

The ACLU National Advocacy Institute brings students together for one week in Washington, D.C. to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. With ACLU lawyers and activists, students will examine the success and struggles of some of the most important national and state-wide advocacy campaigns. The National Advocacy Institute provides students with substantive experiential learning opportunities that help them hone their skills as issue-focused campaigners.

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American University: Discover the World of Communication

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Washington, DC
  • Credits: None

Discover the World of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. offers interactive workshops for students entering grades 9-12 where you will learn to build a digital portfolio, write a script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate, and entertain. View live television and radio broadcasts at local studios such as NBC4, WTTG Fox 5, NPR, and ESPN Radio, cover a Nationals baseball game or WNBA game from a press seat, and tour local attractions including the National Zoo, National Cathedral, Georgetown, and the Smithsonian museums.

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Andover Summer at Phillips Academy

  • Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Andover, MA
  • Credits: High School

Andover Summer at Phillips Academy offers a rigorous, engaging academic program for middle and high school students on its 500-acre Andover campus. With over 60 courses, Andover's summer program serves students from all over the world. Both day and boarding programs are available.

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Baruch Leadership Academy

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

Baruch Leadership Academy offers six summer programs and SAT prep for motivated high school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, business, finance, and technology. These are dynamic, interactive summer programs that bring talented students from around the world to study in the heart of NYC.

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Boston University: Summer Challenge Program

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: None

Immerse yourself in the excitement of college life and new academic challenges at Boston University's Summer Challenge Program, a two-week residential summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each of the 21 seminars offered is designed to expand the academic horizons of students through lectures, discussions, individual and group work, project-based assignments—even field trips.

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Brown Pre-College Programs

  • Grades: 9th, 10th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both
  • Credits: College

Brown’s Pre-College Programs allow students to experience challenging academics without the pressure of formal grades while studying alongside motivated and curious peers from around the world.

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Cambridge Scholars' Programme

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—France, U.K.
  • Credits: None

The Cambridge Scholars' Programme allows high school students to combine education and travel while living on the beautiful Cambridge college campus at Cambridge University. Students spend one, two or three weeks living and studying in Cambridge with carefully selected college students acting as mentors. The program includes multiple trips to explore England and an optional Paris trip.

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Centenary Summer Scholars

  • Entering Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Hackettstown, NJ
  • Credits: None

The Centenary Summer Scholars Program at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is designed to give students a fun and dynamic pre-college experience. Centenary Summer Scholars is a day and residential summer academic enrichment program for students entering grades 8-12. During each one-week experience, students pursue their interests both within and beyond the standard curriculum, taking one Major course and one Elective.

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Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University

  • Entering Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Evanston, IL
  • Credits: High School

The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University is dedicated to helping academically talented students, grade 7 through grade 12, reach their full potential. The CTD provides research-based assessments, advanced programs, and resources to enhance a child’s schooling.

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Cornell University Summer Pre-College Studies

  • Grades: 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Ithaca, NY
  • Credits: College

Cornell University's Pre-College Studies Program offers the excitement of taking college courses with renowned faculty on the Cornell campus for an "unforgettable summer." After selecting your program, you'll enroll in one or more of Cornell's rigorous undergraduate courses while working closely with some of the university’s most outstanding professors.

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Duke University Youth Programs

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Durham, NC
  • Credits: None

Duke Youth Programs, a part of Duke University Continuing Studies, has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youths for over 35 years. Each summer approximately 650 youths from around the nation and the world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend the Duke Youth Programs summer programs. Participants choose from a variety of options, including writing, science, math, computers, leadership, and college prep.

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Emerson College: Summer Pre-College Programs

  • Grades: 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: None

Emerson College's Summer Pre-College Programs allow high school students to enjoy summer in the heart of Boston with one of Emerson College’s challenging academic programs. Programs are intensive, fun, and teach competitive, practical skills in communication and the arts. Both day and residential options are available.

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Exeter Summer—Upper School Program

  • Entering Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Exeter, NH
  • Credits: None

Exeter Summer's Upper School Program, hosted by Phillips Exeter Academy, continues a tradition that began in 1919, welcoming approximately 750 students every summer from more than 40 states and 50 countries. Students take 3 classes plus a sport and optional SAT preparation during the program’s five weeks of academic study, athletics, and personal exploration.

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The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy

  • Entering Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Deerfield, MA
  • Credits: None

Deerfield Academy's Experimentory is an innovative middle school summer program which allows students to delve into project-based, creative learning. Students focus on collaborating and communicating, fostering creativity, and developing how they look at the world.

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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students

  • Entering Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Washington, DC
  • Credits: College

Georgetown University’s Summer Programs for High School Students allow you to experience the excitement of college life before college. Students get to live on campus while exploring a range of subjects and meet classmates from around the world. Choose from 1, 2, or 3 week programs.

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George Washington University: Pre-College Summer Programs

  • Entering Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Washington, DC
  • Credits: College

George Washington University's Pre-College Summer Programs provide high school students hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom by taking advantage of GW's strengths in research, diverse communities, and a vast network of local and global partnerships.

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Harvard University: Summer Programs for High School Students

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Cambridge, MA
  • Credits: College

All of the 200+ courses offered in Harvard University’s Summer Programs for High School Students are taught by scholars including Harvard faculty, Harvard affiliates, and visiting instructors. In addition to Harvard courses, students engage in college prep activities, sports, dances, college visits and trips around Boston and New England. You may choose between a seven-week college experience or a two-week noncredit program, both for high school students. Students live in Harvard dorms, commute, or take online courses.

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ISSOS: International Summer Schools

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—Various, U.K.
  • Credits: None

ISSOS Summer School Programs offer high school students from all over the world (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment, and action-packed adventure in one of three amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge, or Yale.

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Johns Hopkins University: Pre-College Summer Programs

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Baltimore, MD
  • Credits: College

JHU’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer four different program options, allowing high school students to take undergraduate-level courses during the summer. In addition to earning college credit, students experience life at Hopkins while living on campus and engaging in academic and social activities with their peers.

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Pre-College Summer Programs at Loyola Marymount University

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
  • Credits: None

Loyola Marymount University’s Pre-College summer programs offer students an engaging opportunity to get a sneak peek at college life through a unique two-week experience designed to challenge students’ critical and creative ways of thinking.

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Oxbridge: International Summer School

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

The Oxbridge International Summer School is a small, friendly, academically focused summer school based in Oxford, UK. The program offers an exciting academic summer programme, giving 15-18-year-olds the opportunity to experience what it is like to study at a top university. Run and taught by Oxbridge graduates, OISS gives students the chance to sample their subject at the undergraduate level and develop skills vital to future university/college applications.

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Riverside Military Academy: Summer L.E.A.D Academy

  • Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Gainesville, GA
  • Credits: High School

Riverside Military Academy's Summer L.E.A.D Academy for rising 7th to 12th graders provides students a great mix between a summer academic program and an adventure summer camp, all within the context of Riverside’s famed military model of education. Summer is a great time to "test the waters" at Riverside!

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The School of The New York Times: NYC Summer Academy

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

The School of The New York Times NYC Summer Academy offers intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to live and learn in New York City while studying topics in journalism, media, technology, arts, culture, sports, fashion, business, science and more. The Academy has two distinct tracks, Explorations and Intensives. Explorations investigate diverse topics designed to introduce students to four different fields of work and study in a two-week Academy term. Intensives immerse students in a single subject area for the entire two-week Academy term, with the goal of cultivating a comprehensive knowledge of that discipline.

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Sotheby's Institute of Art Summer

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

Sotheby’s Institute of Art Summer Overview invites high schoolers who are curious and passionate about art to immerse themselves in New York City, one of the most vibrant art capitals in the world. Students can explore different facets of New York’s art scene from the business of art to the contemporary art world in two-week courses taught by leading scholars and professionals in the field. Each course draws on the expertise and unrivaled access of Sotheby's Institute and takes students behind the scenes of world-class museums, galleries, auction houses, artists’ studios, and more.

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Stanford: Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Stanford, CA
  • Credits: None

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a three-week summer residential program held on Stanford campus that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course.

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St. John's College: Summer Academy

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Annapolis, MD
  • Credits: None

St. John's College Summer Academy offers participants a rich experience reading and discussing original texts in lively conversations led by St. John's faculty. Through collaborative inquiry, students learn to listen actively and articulate their ideas. Two consecutive weeks, each designed around an engaging theme, are offered. Students live in college dorms alongside trained Resident Assistants and enjoy off-campus day-trips that enhance the curricula and give time to explore.

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Summer Discovery: Pre-College & Internship Summer Programs

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both—U.K. and U.S.
  • Credits: College

Summer Discovery offers 2-6 week Pre-College programs for high school and middle school students at 14 top universities in the U.S. and abroad. They feature 300+ college credit or non-credit classes, business and leadership institutes, law programs, pre-med & STEM institutes, and community service programs.

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Summer Springboard

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—San Diego, CA
  • Credits: None

Summer Springboard provides pre-college programs on the campuses of UC Berkeley, Yale, and Georgetown. Summer Springboard’s mission is to help students increase their self-awareness so they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and careers that reflect their personal vision for success.

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Syracuse University: Summer College for High School Students

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Syracuse, NY
  • Credits: College

Syracuse University Summer College has been in operation for over 50 years, giving high school students the opportunity to explore their artistic, intellectual, and professional passions while experiencing college life. All programs and courses offered are college-level and led by Syracuse University faculty and instructors. Both noncredit and college credit-bearing programs are offered and run at different lengths (1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 weeks).

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UConn Pre-College Summer Program

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Storrs, CT
  • Credits: None

UConn Pre-College Summer provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to live and learn at UConn. With over 30 course offerings, students focus on one course by attending classes taught by UConn professors. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to explore academic interests, interact with engaging professors, build confidence in being a college student, attend workshops that stress personal and academic development, meet new people and make new friends, and learn the culture of college, before college.

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UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College Programs

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Amherst, MA
  • Credits: College

Summer Pre-College Programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. The programs have trained live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help students get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. In addition to academics, there are evening and weekend events to help you connect with other Pre-College students.

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University of Dallas: High School Summer Programs

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Irving, TX
  • Credits: College

The University of Dallas' Summer Programs offer a unique experience of informed travel and rigorous study. Students can choose between an Introduction to the Classics on the Irving campus or three unique programs that study Shakespeare, Latin, or the Catholic Church in Italy.

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University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars

  • Entering Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—College Park, MD
  • Credits: College

The Terp Young Scholars program at the University of Maryland invites high school students with exceptional ability and promise to an outstanding pre-college experience. During three weeks in July, students earn three college credits and learn about university life.

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University of South Florida: Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Tampa, FL
  • Credits: None

USF's Pre-College Summer Programs allow high school students to spend their summer break pursuing academic interests, discovering career opportunities, and exploring the independence of university life. All programs are enriched with experiential learning, select field trips, and guest speakers—all of which put theory into practice.

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Wagner Pre-College Program

  • Entering Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Staten Island, NY
  • Credits: College

Wagner College's Pre-College Program advances the education of talented, intellectually curious high school students. These residential summer programs allow select high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to expand their horizons. With a number of course offerings to choose from, each program is taught by leading Wagner faculty and is designed to help students tackle real problems, make a difference, and learn what it takes to be a leader.

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Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Winston-Salem, NC
  • Credits: None

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience in which students dive deeply into a field of study. Wake Forest Immersion students get access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals, and the chance to test-drive their career goals and get a glimpse of the future.

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Wasatch Academy: Summer School Experience

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Mt. Pleasant, UT
  • Credits: High School

The Wasatch Academy summer school program is for students seeking a truly personalized learning approach coupled with a whole lot of fun. Students benefit from a combination of program offerings, outdoor activities, and a tight-knit community while developing academically, socially, and physically.

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William & Mary: Pre-College Programs

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Williamsburg, VA
  • Credits: None

William & Mary’s summer program takes advantage of the history of the campus and area, allowing students to explore the region's numerous colonial, revolutionary, and Civil War sites, discover the meaning of Shakespearean language, and engage in rewarding enrichment classes.

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AMDA: High School Summer Conservatory in LA

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
  • Credits: None

AMDA's High School Summer Conservatory provides world-class performing arts training—changing the lives of young performers. For over 50 years, AMDA's faculty and curriculum have provided the master training, tools, techniques and guidance required to develop talent and prepare students to work in Hollywood, on Broadway, and throughout the diverse field of performing arts.

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The Blackbird Academy: Music & Recording Summer Camps

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Nashville, TN
  • Credits: None

Blackbird Academy's summer program is for teenage musicians, music lovers, band members, singers, and songwriters interested in music-making and production. These 3-day camps are held at the world-renowned Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN where some of the biggest names in music—Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, and Jack White—have been recorded and produced. Students learn and work on the same gear used to produce hit records every day.

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Boston Architectural College (BAC): Summer Academy

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
  • Credits: None

At Boston Architectural College (BAC)’s Summer Academy students can visit design firms and museums, design virtual reality environments, and learn to use laser cutters and 3D printers. Open to students entering grades 9 through 12, students will work with new materials and discover fresh ways of imagining the world around us using Boston as an urban laboratory. Students leave the program with a clearer sense of design professions, projects to strengthen a portfolio for college, and an expanded understanding of the impact of design around them and the ways design can change communities and improve lives.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee: Summer Programs

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both
  • Credits: None

The Summer Programs at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee allow students to take their artistry to the next level by training with renowned faculty and peers that share the same passion. These two- and three-week intensive training summer programs mirror Boston Conservatory’s rigorous curriculum and provide opportunities for students to study with distinguished faculty and world-renowned guest artists.

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The Fashion Class: Fashion Design & Sewing Summer Camp in NYC

  • Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

Fashion Design & Sewing Summer Camp in NYC is the only fashion camp in New York City that includes a focus on sewing and the business side of the fashion industry. Students get to meet real fashion designers while learning to sew in the heart of NYC's garment district. The Fashion Class is a year-round program and facility that teaches teens sewing, draping, marketing and merchandising throughout the school year and summer.

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Fashion Institute of Technology: Pre-College Programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Pre-College Programs provides middle and high school students with learning opportunities at its NYC campus. FIT’s summer classes prepare students for the FIT admissions process, including creative arts portfolio development, and feature the unique experience of being part of FIT's dynamic and diverse environment.

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French Woods: Festival of the Performing Arts

  • Grades: Below 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Hancock, NY
  • Credits: None

French Woods offers summer camp programs in dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, waterfront, skate board, rock and roll, and horseback riding. They cater to children from 7-17 years old. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

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Idyllwild Arts: Summer Program—The Youth Arts Center

  • Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Idyllwild, CA
  • Credits: None

Idyllwild Arts’ High School Art Intensives provide focused, hands-on learning experiences in all arts disciplines. In a supportive environment that is as relaxed as any summer camp, students immerse themselves in their chosen arts outlet. Instructors work with students of all levels of ability and experience to build skills and confidence, emphasizing achievement and educational and personal values.

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Mass College of Art & Design: Summer Studios at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

  • Grades: 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: College

Mass College's Summer Studios is an intensive four-week program for the young artist who is serious about his or her work. Students take three required foundation classes and one elective, as well as a number of special events. All students participate in a closing exhibition of their work.

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New York Film Academy: Teen Summer Camps

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—New York, NY
  • Credits: None

The New York Film Academy Teen Summer Camps offers an array of hands-on summer camps for high school students who are looking to get their hands on industry-caliber equipment and start realizing their visual and performing arts dreams. Each camp is built around a challenging and intensive curriculum that combines in-class instruction with faculty-supervised workshops where students get to practice what they learn.

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Otis College of Art and Design: Summer of Art, College Preparation Program

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
  • Credits: College

Otis College's Summer of Art is a four-week college preparation program for art & design. The program is designed to develop your artistic and creative skills. Both serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills and students with limited art training are welcome.

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp: Visual Arts Immersion Program

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Napa, CA
  • Credits: None

Oxbow Summer Art Camp is a unique art-immersion program in Napa, CA. Students get to deeply engage in studios and activities, discovering and developing their art practice and sense of self.

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Project Fashion: Summer Program

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
  • Credits: None

Project Fashion’s summer program lets students learn the basics of stitching and sewing, and work in teams to create clothing for an LA fashion brand. Students are introduced to a wide variety of careers in the fashion industry, going beyond the craft of designing and into the business of making a living in fashion.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Early College Program—Summer Institute

  • Grades: 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Chicago, IL
  • Credits: College

SAIC distinguishes itself from other art and design schools through the philosophy that meaning and making are inseparable. In practice, this means that you begin with an idea and choose the media that best help you realize it. Students receive portfolio feedback from instructors and fellow students, as well as getting the chance to meet with undergraduate degree program admission counselors to receive one-on-one advice about constructing a portfolio.

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School of Fashion Design: Teen Fashion Clinics

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: None

Teen Fashion Clinics are workshops in fashion design for high school students, both beginner and advanced levels. Workshops offered include design, sketching, patterns, and sewing. Students finish our program with work they can include in their fashion portfolios, with things like mood boards, a complete line of fashion sketches, and completed garments.

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University of Miami: Frost Young Musicians Camp

  • Grades: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Coral Gables, FL
  • Credits: None

The Frost Young Musicians' Camp brings vocalists and instrumentalists from all over the US and abroad to study Classical Music, Jazz, Rock, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Contemporary Vocal Performance, Contemporary Songwriting, and Classical Composition.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology: Wentworth SummerFAB High School Architecture Program

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: None

The SummerFAB program at the Wentworth Institute of Technology connects thinking about architecture to making architecture. Students experience in a short time frame all phases of a complete architectural project—from initial design concepts, through development and refinement, all the way to the realization of the project as a full-scale construction on a site.

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Emory University: Summer Pre-College Program: Business

  • Grades: 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—11th, 12th
  • Credits: College

The Emory Pre-College Program gives college-bound sophomores and juniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields. Two-week non-credit courses and six-week credit courses are available.

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Launch Generation: Summer Programs on Financial Literacy, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—San Diego, CA
  • Credits: None

Launch Generation’s overnight programs are a hybrid of a conference and summer camp with the goal of inspiring the next generation of leaders to think creatively in the business world. These summer experiences are meant to prepare teenagers for the future while providing them with tangible skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and financial literacy.

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Quarter Zero: Summer Crash Course on Entrepreneurship—QØ Startup Camp

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Various locations
  • Credits: None

QØ Startup Camp lets students join a team of like-minded peers in which they can explore iconic cities and grow a real venture with the advice of entrepreneurs and industry professionals (not professors) this summer. The camp infuses entrepreneurship principles with idyllic location-based adventures designed to leave you with lasting friendships, extraordinary memories, and a framework to solve problems in a rapidly changing world.

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Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD)

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Hanover, NH
  • Credits: None

The Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program empowers promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to thrive in high school and college. The SEAD program provides Dartmouth students with transformative opportunities for service and leadership.

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InternBoston: Summer60 and SchoolYear60 Internship Programs

  • Grades: 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: College

InternBoston is committed to providing students with a specialized internship experience that allows them to explore a career strand, gain real-world experience, build confidence, and develop essential life skills. The signature Summer60™ internship program develops and provides unpaid, customized summer internships for high school juniors, seniors, and college students in the greater Boston area, while the SchoolYear60™ Internship Program provides students with a minimum of 60 internship hours over several weeks during the school year.

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Spark the Wave: Wave Week

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Villanova, PA
  • Credits: College

Wave Week @ Villanova brings together 12-17-year-olds who want to change the world. Through a combination of leadership training and community service, Spark the Wave helps teenagers identify their passions and turn them into positive community change. Both overnight and commuter options are offered.

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Community Service | The Most Popular Community Service Summer Programs for High School Students

A Broader View Volunteering: Summer Abroad in Social & Conservation Programs

  • Grades: 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: College

A Broader View’s summer programs are designed to give high school students an enriching, life-changing experience while volunteering abroad. Students live with local host families and may receive language lessons and cultural immersion programs. Program lengths vary from 1 to 12 weeks.

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Amigos de las Americas: Explore Latin America with Amigos de las Américas

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: College

Amigos de las Americas’ cultural exchange programs in 10 countries are designed for youth in both the U.S. and Latin America. Summer program participants live with host families and collaborate with peers and community leaders to design and lead community development projects. 4, 6, or 8-week summer programs are available.

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ARCC: Summer Programs | Meaningful Service & Adventure Travel

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

ARCC has offered extraordinary service and adventure programs for over 30 years for teenagers in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. ARCC’s mission is to provide unique, life-changing educational experiences for teenagers in places rarely visited and seldom experienced.

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Cross-Cultural Solutions: High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

CCS Summer High School Volunteer Abroad programs are designed for curious, passionate, and adventurous high school students who want to serve others and connect to another culture while traveling abroad. For 20 years, CCS has been a global leader in volunteer service abroad. Their summer high school program is created for globally adventurous, culturally curious teens who have a deep passion for making a difference in under-resourced communities abroad.

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Global Leadership Adventures: International Volunteer Programs for Teens

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

Global Leadership Adventures offers globally-minded high school students life-changing journeys abroad. Programs are offered in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America that build awareness of other cultures and educate students on important issues. Programs are designed to build awareness of other cultures, educate students on important issues, and develop the leadership skills necessary to be effective in a globalized world and in the formation of becoming "global citizens."

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Global Routes: High School Summer Programs

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Windsor, NH
  • Credits: High School

Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of immersive international programming for high school students. Their transformative program model combines meaningful community service, authentic homestays, and unparalleled adventures off-the-beaten-track. Students develop critical global skills, leadership, confidence, compassion, and enthusiasm for experiencing the world.

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Rustic Pathways: High School Summer Programs

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

At Rustic Pathways students get to travel to new places and interact with people from other cultures. Rustic Pathways offers over 100 programs, which means there are different kinds of experiences available for students. Base House programs are perfect for first-time travelers, while Critical Issues programs are geared toward future change-makers.

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Travel For Teens: Bali Healthcare Education and Medical Outreach

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

Travel for Teens offer this program aimed at students who are interested in public health, medicine, and global service projects, set in the heart of an island paradise. Students get to discover how modern medicine and traditional healing methods collide as you lend a hand with community service healthcare projects in Bali, Indonesia. This program provides a well-rounded view of the multi-faceted components of public health.

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United Planet: United Planet’sTeen Volunteer Programs

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

United Planet works to build a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. Their global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding, and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. United Planet works closely with universities and high schools, businesses, and individuals, to design a volunteer experience that is built specifically around your group, your goals, and your budget.

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VISIONS Service Adventures: Summer Program

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: None

VISIONS summer programs are grounded in a philosophy that has been changing the lives of teenagers for 30 years. Student volunteers work among Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne people on Montana Indian reservations and with indigenous Athabascans in Alaska, as well as abroad in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Programs are 12 to 25 days long, and some sites include Spanish or French language immersion. In addition to VISIONS programs for high school students, they offer one middle school program in Montana.

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Health & Wellness | The Most Popular Health-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

iBme: Mindfulness Retreats

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Various
  • Credits: None

iBme Mindfulness Retreats help teens reduce stress and cope with normal school, life, and social demands in a self-empowering way. An iBme retreat reconnects teens with their own natural confidence and ease—their inner spark. On retreats, teens learn simple mindfulness tools, meditation, develop genuine relationships and cultivate communication skills, and participate in small-group connections and check-ins.

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RESET SUMMER: RESET SUMMER CAMP for Technology, Social-Media overuse, and Gaming Addiction

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Orange, CA
  • Credits: None

Reset Summer Camp combines a digital detox with therapeutic intervention, Life Skills, and fun summer-camp activities. Healthy Tech and self-regulation are balanced with education about how corporations intentionally create gaming, social media, and other online venues to be as addictive as possible. Staff is comprised of summer camp program specialists and clinical interns working under the supervision of the onsite Ph.D.

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Language | The Most Popular Language Summer Programs for High School Students

CESA Languages Abroad: Summer Programs

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—Various locations
  • Credits: None

CESA Languages Abroad is based in the UK and has been offering language programs for over 30 years. CESA Languages Abroad offers summer teenage courses in France, Spain, Germany and Japan.

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Concordia Language Villages: Summer Language Immersion Programs

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Bemidji, MN
  • Credits: High School

Concordia’s summer language programs immerse teens in one of 15 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Swedish. Their one-, two- and four-week language programs are a powerful combination of language immersion and summer camp fun.

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EF International Language Campuses: Summer Language Programs

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both
  • Credits: College

EF Summer Language Program students get to learn a language abroad while on the adventure of a lifetime. EF's 15 language schools are located in some of the world's greatest cities in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the UAE. After class students can explore the city through planned activities like cooking classes, city tours, student parties, and more.

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Middlebury Interactive Languages: Summer Academies Language Immersion for Teens

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both
  • Credits: None

The Middlebury Interactive Summer Language Academy is a four-week immersive summer program in the U.S. and abroad for rising 8th-12th graders interested in improving their language skills. Students take a pledge to stay in language for the duration of the program and emerge with significant progress toward acquiring their target language. The goal of the four-week sessions is for students to have the confidence and capability to cross-cultural boundaries and understand new world views while improving their language skills and making lifelong friends.

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Seville Abroad: Summer Program in Spain

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—Seville, Spain
  • Credits: None

Seville Abroad’s summer program has a strong emphasis on close contact, trust, and personalized attention to students and families. Students experience total immersion in the life, language, and culture of Spain. All activities center around the daily activities of Spanish life—cooking workshops, gastronomic outings around the city to local restaurants, flamenco dance workshops—allowing students to be immersed Spanish language and culture, and especially the culture of Seville.

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Outdoor Adventure | The Most Popular Adventure-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

Lasting Adventures: Yosemite Summer Camps

  • Grades: below 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Yosemite, CA
  • Credits: None

Lasting Adventures is a recognized 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit and the leading guide service and youth summer camp in Yosemite National Park. Their youth development focus is on our summer camps centers around adventure-based programming and connecting with nature. The goal of their summer programs is to provide unforgettable experiences that intimately connects each youth with nature, themselves, and the greater world around them.

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NOLS: Summer Expeditions for Teens

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both—Various locations
  • Credits: None

NOLS Adventure Courses and Classic Expeditions for teens offers a curriculum specifically designed to focus on their needs. These expeditions provide an opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect in the wilderness. Each course introduces lifelong skills to prepare students for leadership roles in school, on teams, and beyond.

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Special Needs | The Most Popular Special Needs Summer Programs for High School Students

SOAR: Adventure Camps for Students with LD and ADHD

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Various locations
  • Credits: None

SOAR offers adventure summer camps designed specifically for youth and young adults between the ages of 8 and 25 diagnosed with ADHD and LD. Each of their summer camp programs was designed to promote friendships, increase self-confidence, and develop life skills. Every course includes a wide variety of fun and adventure in the Wild West including rock climbing in Sinks Canyon, canoeing, riflery, horseback riding, a traditional rodeo, white water rafting, and exploring Yellowstone National Park. Our Wyoming base, Eagle View Ranch provides the ultimate western backdrop: a riding arena, cowboy tents, tipis, and lodgepole pine construction.

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STEM | The Most Popular Academic STEM Summer Programs for High School Students

Acadia Institute of Oceanography: Advanced Marine Science Camp Program

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Seal Harbor, ME
  • Credits: College

Acadia Institute of Oceanography, located in Seal Harbor, Maine, offers high school students the chance to explore their collegiate and career options during the advanced sessions. These two-week sessions are of a more analytical nature, and students are expected to prepare laboratory reports and analysis of their fieldwork.

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Alfred University: Summer Programs

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Alfred, NY
  • Credits: None

Alfred University summer programs offer classes in Astronomy, Art, Creative Writing, Computers, Ceramic & Glass Engineering, Robotics, Equestrian, and Swimming. Classes are taught by distinguished Alfred University faculty, and in the evenings campers can participate in a variety of planned recreational activities. Students enjoy learning, making friends, and experiencing life on a college campus.

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Boston Leadership Institute: STEM Summer Programs

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Boston, MA
  • Credits: None

The Boston Leadership Institute’s STEM summer program is an award-winning academic opportunity for teens. Gifted students get to engage in experimental research and take exciting field trips. The program includes studies in Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical topics, Engineering, Psychology, Neuroscience, and STEM Entrepreneurship.

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Colorado School of Mines: Engineering Design Summer Camps

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Golden, CO
  • Credits: None

The objective of the Colorado School of Mines Engineering Design Camp is to guide participants through a fun and rewarding hands-on experience of authentic engineering design practices. Students follow a condensed form of a management sequence for engineering design, spending two days creating a conceptual design for a specific device. Instruction focuses on visualization, team formation, and project documentation to demonstrate the feasibility of their devices.

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Game Experience: Game Design Camps

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Seattle, WA
  • Credits: None

Game Experience’s video game designer camps lets students learn how games are really made in two gaming hotspots, Seattle and Los Angeles. From passionate gamers to curious creatives, your skills gained are transferable for success across various fields in the digital age. Students get to discover more about the nuanced process of creating games while learning from veteran developers that will share their knowledge and journeys to success.

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iD Tech Camps: Alexa Cafe—All-Girls STEM Camp

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Various, U.S
  • Credits: None

Alexa Cafe's All-Girls STEM Camp lets girls ages 10–15 tap into the power of technology at the Alexa Cafe, while exploring leadership, entrepreneurship, and social impact along the way. Ideas take shape in a unique, coffee shop-like setting that fosters collaboration between new friends. With personalized instruction and guaranteed small classes, this isn’t school. The Alexa Cafe takes the pressure off so girls can get straight to what matters—building a love of tech and bringing meaningful projects to life with unabashed creativity.

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New York University: NYU GSTEM

  • Grades: 11th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Brooklyn, NY
  • Credits: College

NYU's Girls' Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Summer Program, offered through the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, gives high school juniors the chance to work on real-world projects alongside researchers. NYU GSTEM is a six-week summer program for high school girls who have high aptitude in STEM subjects. Students will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from STEM professionals, as well as participate in activities such as classes, lectures, and field trips.

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Pathways to Stem Cell Science: Summer Program

  • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Monrovia, CA
  • Credits: None

Want to learn cutting-edge science from professional researchers working hands-on with stem cells in a biotech research lab? Pathways to Stem Cell Science is the world’s only biotech-based provider of career education & STEM programs for all ages PreK-12 & college.

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Science Camps of America: Big Island of Hawaii Summer Camp for Teens

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Pahala, HI
  • Credits: None

Science Camps of America students in Pahala, HI get to learn science by experiencing it first hand, up-close and personal. Students get to spend time outdoors during the summer one of the most beautiful places in the world, studying the volcanoes, rocks, streams, forests, ocean and sky of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Smith Pre-College: Summer Programs—Summer Science and Engineering Program

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Northampton, MA
  • Credits: None

Smith College's Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a 4-week program for exceptional young women with strong interests in STEM. Students attend small classes taught by Smith faculty and staff and learn what it’s like to be a working scientist. For 29 summers, young women interested in STEM have come to Smith to engage in hands-on, experiential learning with world-class faculty.

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Texas Tech University: Shake Hands With Your Future

  • Grades: Below 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Lubbock, TX
  • Credits: None

Texas Tech University's Shake Hands With Your Future is a summer residential camp for academically talented students. Students experience university life and attend two classes. The camp includes field trips and recreational activities.

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University of Pennsylvania: Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

  • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Philadelphia, PA
  • Credits: College

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn offers a unique summer opportunity for a select group of motivated and talented high school students. ESAP is designed to provide exceptional STEM students the opportunity to explore the field of Engineering before applying to college. Situated on a historic Philadelphia campus, right in the heart of the city, Pre-College students can also take advantage of the vast array of activities and resources available to the Penn community.

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Wellesley: Pre-College STEM Exploratory Workshops

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Wellesley, MA
  • Credits: None

Wellesley’s Pre-College STEM Exploratory Workshops are designed to give students a quick sample of college life to help prepare them for how to navigate a college campus. Students follow a college schedule, attend lectures, and gain exposure to areas of academic interest. Course choices may include writing, leadership, math, science, gender studies, and the arts.

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Travel/Cultural Immersion | The Most Popular Travel Summer Programs for High School Students

Abbey Road Programs: Summer Pre-College & Study Abroad Programs for Teens

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Both
  • Credits: High School

Abbey Road’s study abroad summer programs' mission is to provide high-quality academic summer programs that facilitate cross-cultural understanding, personal growth, and academic enrichment. Abbey Road was created through a collaboration of the best young professionals and educators from top schools and esteemed institutions.

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Blyth Academy: International Summers

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
  • Credits: High School

Blyth Academy International Summers offers over 20 programs in more than 30 countries, providing students with the opportunity to earn high school credit during the summer. Students can also participate in Community Service programs for high school credit in Costa Rica.

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Center for Study Abroad: Low Cost Summer Programs

  • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Kent, WA
  • Credits: High School

Center for Study Abroad (CSA) offers a convenient and less expensive way to study abroad during the summer. High quality, accredited programs that are affordable, open to all worldwide, easy to register, flexible, with the ability to earn college/academic credits. For over 20 years, CSA has offered non-profit, low-cost study abroad opportunities to students and adults worldwide.

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ISA High School Study Abroad: Summer Program

  • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—China, Costa Rica
  • Credits: College

ISA High School has been a leading provider of high-quality, affordable, cultural, and language immersion programs for high school students since 1989. ISA-HS's programs emphasize language acquisition and cultural immersion for students at various levels of proficiency. Their mission is to provide students with a transformative experience aimed at fostering independence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and global citizenship.

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