Overview

At iD Coding & AI Academy at Lake Forest, teens take their coding skills to the next level and experience startup culture—all within a prestigious university setting. After 2 weeks of instruction, insights, and peer networking, students graduate with a portfolio and skills to succeed in school, college, and the field of computer science.

This immersive, pre-collegiate program is ideal for teens with a passion for coding, engineering, and AI. Experience the thrill of startup culture with courses like machine learning and deep neural networks, cryptography, game programming with C++, robotics engineering, and more.

Why iD Coding & AI Academy?

  • Tour major companies like Google, EA, and Facebook
  • Gain industry insights from guest speakers and elite faculty
  • Build an impressive, college-ready portfolio with iFolio
  • Prep for college applications with Synocate-certified instructors

Perfect for teens with a passion for coding
Beginner or advanced, you’ll take your coding and engineering skills to the next level.

Intensive, cutting-edge courses
Discover AI and machine learning, cryptography, game programming with C++, robotics engineering, and much more.

A pathway to your dream career
With your specialized skill set and solid portfolio, you’ll be ready to impress colleges and future employers—or launch your own tech startup.

Faculty
Industry pros and top university recruits
Our Academy faculty has an increased level of expertise and professionalism. With our selective hiring practices, honed for over 20 years, we yield the most elite, passionate experts from tech companies and universities like MIT, Stanford, Caltech, and NYU.

All adults, no CITs, and thorough background checks
We adhere to a policy of no “Counselors in Training.” Instead, you’ll find fun-loving, well-paid, all-adult instructors. We take safety seriously. All staff members undergo extensive background and reference checks and are CPR & First-Aid Certified.

Trained in person
There’s no substitute for in-person training. By the first day, our summer staff is confident, excited, and equipped to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Cost and Session Information

Overnight program
Check-in: Sunday 6pm
Checkout: Friday 3–4pm (varies by site)
Tuition, Room, and Board: From $3,799 per two-week session (all meals included)

Optional Weekend Stays
Bridge the gap between your two-week session.
Duration: 4pm Friday–6pm Sunday
Room and Board: From $379/weekend (all meals included)

Other add-ons
Continuing Education Units: $198 per two-week session (ages 13+)
Online Private Lessons: From $50/hour

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