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    GAKKO Program: Summer Camps


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Japan, United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Other, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Career Exploration
    • Sub-Categories: Politics and Diplomacy, Social Justice, Arts, Career Exploration
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Gakko Summer Camp is for high school students who are interested in Design, Technology, Music, Theater, New Media/Film, and/or Social Innovation. Six mentors, each representing one discipline, create project-based workshops over two weeks to invite our campers to join their "investigations".

    Every camp is different, and is tailor-made for its participants. Here are the values we hold dear.

    Educating the Heart

    We believe there is a crucial, oft-forgotten intersection between learning and authentic individual development. At camp, our work reveals how educational journeys must also be personal ones. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” — Aristotle

    The Investigation

    Sempai design educational workshops as “investigations” rather than “classes” so kohai can immerse themselves in learning alongside mentors. Regardless of prior experience, kohai become rigorous practitioners in a multitude of fields and launch their own academic, artistic, and personal investigations to carry with them long after they leave camp.


    We approach every day at camp with curiosity. Kohai encounter unexpected surprise and inexplicable beauty as they reimagine themselves, their talent, and their responsibility to one another.

    We become with each other, or not at all

    This is a meeting of strangers in a strange place. We require the wholehearted collaboration of each participant in our diverse, international community to build a healthy, supportive, and productive environment.