Our DC Summer Academy gives intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to live and learn in Washington DC, our nation’s capital and the center of politics and social activism. Each course draws on the expertise and unrivaled access of The New York Times encouraging students to take their learning beyond the classroom.

With Washington DC as their home and classroom, DC Summer Academy students join the ranks of many of the world’s greatest thinkers, writers and dreamers. From Washington DC’s historical national monuments and iconic museums to eclectic neighborhoods and political firms, this city is unlike any other. Summer Academy provides students with an immersive environment in which they learn, investigate and explore while having fun with friends, mentors and instructors who share their passions and interests.

Academic and nonacademic components of the program are integrated to form an holistic approach that ensures students are making the most of their time both inside and outside the classroom.

Residential students stay in a university’s residence halls in the heart of Washington DC and are overseen by program staff. The location equips students with easy access to the National Mall, Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial — the perfect starting point to explore everything DC has to offer. Students participate in a rich set of evening and weekend activities to complement the academic program.

Day students commute to campus on weekday mornings to participate in the academic program. Students have the option of staying for dinner and may choose to participate in evening and weekend activities.

DC Summer Academy students are taught by award-winning Times journalists and industry experts carefully selected by The School of The New York Times for their professional expertise, their interest in the subject matter and their ability to teach and inspire our students.

Cost and Session Information

Students are admitted to one of four terms (though students are also allowed to enroll in back-to-back terms). 

Term 1: June 7 - June 19

Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 3: July 5 - July 17

Term 4: July 19 - July 31

Tuition for Day Students is $5,225*; tuition for Residential Students is $5,825*.

Admission to the program requires the successful completion of an online application and a $50 application fee. The Early Decision deadline for our 2020 program is January 6, 2020. The Regular deadline for our 2020 program is February 10, 2020. For additional details, visit our website or call 646-438-7269.

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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