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Summer Programs

Summer is a great time to enrich your experiences through several different types of programs.

 Here are some general links to get you started on your search for 

finding the program that is just right for you!


*Naviance: in your individualized Naviance account, go to the "College"tab, look under the "College Research" box, and click on 'enrichment programs'

* Leap Into Summer Summer Opportunities Fair: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Westridge School in Pasadena, 10 AM to 3 PM, rain or shine. This is a community event that provides students and parents the opportunity to learn about a wide range of local, national, and international camps, summer study opportunities, academic and cultural enrichment, outdoor adventure, sports, travel, day and board, community service and volunteer programs, and programs for children with special needs.  

* this is a dedicated search engine for enrichment opportunities exclusively for teens grades 7-12. Nearly 15,000 summer, gap, and community service options in the U.S. and abroad are listed. 

* Summer Discovery: this is a website for high school pre-college and study abroad programs. 

* Discovery Internships: internship opportunities for high school students. 


                                                          ~Abroad Opportunities~ 

ASSE International Student Exchange Program: an exchange program that develops leadership skills, self-confidence, and a greater understanding of the world in countries through Europe, Asia, and the Americas

* Broadreach: global summer educational adventures, taking students on life-changing learning adventures all over the world

* Oxford AcademicPrograms: for over 30 years,Oxbridge has been running programs for intellectually ambitious students in Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Salamanca, Barcelona, New York, and Los Angeles

Rustic Pathways: innovative and responsible travel experiences for students to positively impact lives and communities around the world

* School Year Abroad (SYA): high school study abroad program 


~Please click on the name of the summer program, and you will be directed to the 

 web page to access necessary information about the program of interest…


*Duke Summer Academy for High School StudentsThis is a three-week, non-credit-bearing program offered by Duke University that attracts students who represent the next generation of global citizens from around the world.  Enroll in this elite program and immerse yourself in an international experience designed to provide an academic and residential environment through which you will gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders.
*Duke Summer College for High School Students: Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically motivated students from around the world. If you are a current 10th or 11th grade student, you are eligible to apply as early as December 1, 2015. This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world.  Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success.
*UC Davis Young Scholars Program: Join other high achieving rising juniors/seniors doing original research in biology and the natural sciences at UC Davis. Participants will work 1-1 with research faculty and groups in state-of-the-art labs for 6 weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. Apply by March 17, 2016. There is a $25 application fee. The program goes from June 19-July 30, 2016.
*UCI Extension High School Summer Institute in Law: This week-long experience led by distinguished UC Irvine School of Law faculty in a law school setting is designed to equip students with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will benefit them as they continue their education and chart their future—to perform better in high school, prepare for college, and explore a possible career as a lawyer.
*USC Architecture Exploration of Architecture Summer 2016: The USC School of Architecture is pleased to announce the 35th year of an exciting opportunity for high school students to explore their interest related to architecture and design: EXPLORATION OF ARCHITECTURE.  Once again, we will offer a two-week certificate program (June 19 – July 3) and a four-week credit program (June 19 – July 16).  

*Rutgers Pre-Engineering Summer Academyis an intensive one-week certificate program (July 31 - August 6, 2016) that will introduce participants to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through an integrated program of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours, and field trips. 


* PREFACE Summer Program at Rensselaerthis a two-week residential summer experience for talented students who are going into 11th or 12th grade in September 2016, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions. Criteria are high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and recommendations. A strong understanding of the English language is a must. The deadline is March 25, 2016.


* University of Chicago Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program: this is an opportunity for talented rising seniors to get a taste of an exceptional college experience. Thanks to the vision and the generosity of the Neubauer family, top students engaged in Hispanic and Latino communities can participate in a University of Chicago Summer Session course free of charge. Selected students will receive a full scholarship to live on campus and participate in one of two exciting Summer Session Insight courses: Collegiate Writing: Awakening Into Consciousness or Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. The scholarship covers tuition for the course, room and board, residential and student life fees, and the cost of travel to and from campus. Students will also engage with the city of Chicago and participate in college application workshops led by the Office of College Admissions. Applications are due by March 15.


U.S. Naval Academy Summer Opportunities: The Office of Admissions team at the U.S. Naval Academy is hosting high school students from across the nation through two marquis summer programs: Summer STEM and Naval Academy Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar is open to rising seniors and teaches students about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. Students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving the country as an officer are encouraged to apply. USNA Summer STEM is designed to spark and cultivate interest in the many academic disciplines which make up science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Open to rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders.



~Please click on the file name below, and you will have access to the summer 

program information and application


*Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program: This program is sponsored by the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. 2, 3, and 4 week programs available (June 27-August 5). Please see attachments below for application and more information. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 24, 2016.