South Pasadena High School

Enrichment & Summer Programs



For internship opportunities available outside of our SPHS Internship Program, click here.


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'

*Summer Discovery: High school pre-college and study abroad programs.  SUMMER 2021 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

*Discovery Internships: internship opportunities for high school students. 

*TeenLife – Guide to overnight Summer Programs, Gap Year Programs, Community Service and more.  TeenLife provides a directory of enrichment programs for students in grades 7-12, along with regular content to support strong teen growth & decision making.  


~Study 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

* Oxbridge 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

* Oxford Royale Academy: Fuel your ambitions this summer with Oxford Royale Academy's summer schools, taking place in Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious locations.

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

* BROADREACH: 70 programs in over 40 different countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.  New programs for this summer include ways for students to explore photography in Italy and an introduction to veterinary medicine in the Bahamas.  Other programs: Caribbean Dive & Sail Voyages, Marine Science, Animal Science, Photography & Multimedia, Advanced Scuba, Sailing, Language & Culture, STEM and Medicine.  


2020 - 2021 PROGRAMS

As one of The University of California's 9 campuses, UC Santa Barbara is internationally renowned for it's teaching and research. Located in Santa Barbara, UCSB provides students with the opportunity to learn while enjoying a view of the beach and the Santa Ynez mountains. UC Santa Barbara specializes in research mentorship, surfing, and marine science so students can take advantage of their proximity to the ocean.

Join us on campus at UC Santa Barbara this summer!

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Greetings from UCI Division of Continuing Education! We are happy to announce new online courses for high school students launching this Fall!


Students can apply now for the following Experience University Research courses offered live online Oct. 3 – Dec. 12:

  • Web Programming with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript & React
  • Advanced Writing Composition for STEM
  • Intro to Sustainability
  • Business Project Management with Data Analytics


More options available in Winter and Spring quarters.



Our new non-credit course, Higher Education 101: A Guide to Top U.S. Universities, is also open for enrollment. The first session starts October 12, and local students can enroll in all three Fall sessions for the price of one! Reply to this email to receive your discount code.


Now’s the chance to learn new skills, enhance university applications, and get a head start on your dream career!

Summer 2021 is right around the corner!
Join us for an academically rigorous, socially enriched summer experience. Dive into an area of study at the university level, led by USC faculty, with classmates from around the world! Explore our course options and deepen your knowledge on a particular subject or discover something completely new while earning college credit. 
Whether your interests are decidedly in business and engineering or acting and creative writing, there's a wide-range of courses and subjects for you to explore!
Our summer courses for high school students will run
from June 13 to July 10, 2021.
We will open our application in January and will provide details on planned course delivery at that time — on campus and/or online. Program details, including daily schedules, will be posted to the website throughout the coming months.
Be sure and sign up for our mailing list to be notified of program updates and when the application is available. 

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research within the fields of the biological, agricultural, environmental and natural sciences.

Participants in the UC Davis Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work.

In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and learning on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

All participants will be enrolled in five (5) units of University Group Study Credit. Assignments for the program include research notebooks, a written article of journal quality describing the research project and its conclusions, presentation of the individual project at a research symposium and presentation of research to students at the home high school. All work in the program is graded and credit will be awarded after home presentations are completed.

We’re very excited to announce upcoming sessions of the Perry Virtual Experience in February 2021. The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on our website:

Women in high school and college who have an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are now invited to register for a session of the Perry Virtual Experience. We would appreciate it if you could pass along this information to any educators or students you may know. Students should be directed to fill out the online registration for one session that best fits their schedule. Most sessions are available to participants in any location, but some sessions are for a focused geographic area. Dates and details for each session can be found at

This spring, high school students can experience academics at New York University through NYU Precollege

Precollege students have the opportunity to take online undergraduate courses at NYU for the Spring 2021 semester. More than 50 online courses taught by NYU's world-class faculty are being offered. Students can earn college credits, explore a future major, and prepare for success at college and beyond. 

Spring Precollege runs from January 28th-May 18th, 2021. Students can choose online courses that fit their schedules and interests. Online Precollege course options include:


  •       Introduction to Psychology
  •       Carpe Datum: Data Science for Life's Big Questions
  •       Acting Fundamentals
  •       Introduction to Cell and Microbiology

The deadline to apply to NYU Precollege for the Spring 2021 semester is January 10th. Space in Spring Precollege is limited and applications are assessed on a rolling basis. 

Learn More About Spring Precollege at NYU


As the Fall 2020 semester comes to a close for your students, I wanted to reach out once more about Columbia University’s Academic Year Immersion program for high schoolers (grades 9-12).  


It is my hope that you will pass this information on to your school families, and also share with them that they can have their application fee waived by using this code: GC20.

Application Deadline: December 28

The program runs January 16–March 21.

Designed for bright, high-achieving high school students, this program will give them a rigorous college preparatory educational experience through exploratory coursework and community activities over ten weekends this spring.  


  • Earn a Columbia Certification of Participation and personalized evaluation letter
  • Delve into academic interests
  • Build a community of lifelong connections
  • Participate in world-class co-curricular activities

If you have any questions about Academic Year Immersion or Columbia University’s other Programs for High School Students, contact us at

The application for summer 2021 will be open Saturday, January 2, 2021.  Please share with those who might be interested.

The dates for Summer 2021 are:

Session 1 June 21-25          Grades 6-8
Session 2 June 28-July 2    Grades 9-12
Session 3 July 5-9                Grades 9-12
Session 4 July 12-16            Grades 9-12
Session 5 July 19-23            Grades 9-12


1. Log in to your account on the registration page. (If you don't have an account, please sign up for one.)

2. Once logged in click on "Add Camper" tab.  Enter your camper/student information.  You may enter more than one "camper" if you have multiple students applying. Although the application requires an adult to log in, the participant will need to complete a portion of the application.  This will include submitting an essay answering why they would like to attend EPIC.

3. Make sure that all applications are finalized and submitted by the April 15, 2021 deadline.  This includes the scholarship application. Although the program is not first come first serve, we strongly encourage you to apply early.

Please check out the EPIC website for additional information and like our facebook page
The Association for Pre-College Program Directors is proud to present the 2021 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs, a series of virtual events that provide students and their families the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US college and universities.
Representatives from Johns Hopkins Engineering  (Explore Engineering Innovation and Biomedical Engineering Innovation) will be at the fairs on:
  • January 9 - registration now open - there is no charge to attendees!
  • February 3
  • February 20
  • March 3
At each fair, attendees may: 
  • Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives.
  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience.
Registration is FREE to attendees. We invite you to visit the Virtual Fairs website at for complete information on dates, times, and which institutions will be represented at each event. We also encourage you to visit, where you can search participating programs by your grade level, academic interests, and more.
The first Virtual Fair will be held on January 9th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern time.
Registration for the January 9 fair is open on the Virtual Fairs website
Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs in the fine arts are six-week residential experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to develop their skills in a conservatory or studio setting. For years, Carnegie Mellon has been recognized for the quality of education that is provided within our College of Fine Arts. Through the Pre-College program, high school students have access to this instruction and mentorship from full-time faculty members.

Our summer Pre-College program options in the fine arts include the following:
  • Architecture, provides students architectural experience within the studio, supported by integrated coursework in analog drawing, digital media, seminars and workshops.
  • Art, where students will hone their craft through challenging courses, critique, workshops, and portfolio development.
  • Design, for students who would like to receive a foundation of Design skills through studio learning, lectures, and critiques.
  • Drama, for students who would like to build their audition repertoire and portfolio with acclaimed faculty.
  • Music, where students participate in a conservatory-style curriculum and experience life within a research university.
Students may apply for the program here. Feel free to share this email with any student you think might be interested in applying!

Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience Ivy League academics with leading faculty and stand out on college applications. With program options available for 2-, 3- or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer with Penn.

  • Penn Summer Prep: Experience university level-academics in the 2-week, non-credit program
  • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
  • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates
Learn more about High School Programs

Applications are now open, and the deadline for 2021 applications is May 1. Programs fill up quickly; it's not too early to encourage your outstanding students to explore our program options and get in touch with our team!