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The Academies at Harvard

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The Academies at Harvard are intensive five-day academic enrichment programs for high-achieving high school students. The Academies are organized by Harvard Student Agencies, a Harvard student-run corporation committed to bringing rigorous academic experiences to students around the globe. Our Summer Academies offer an unparalleled and challenging academic experience on Harvard's campus, while our Weekend Academies have traveled to schools around the globe, including in Panama City, Puerto Rico, Austin, and Minneapolis. We offer programs in business, coding, politics and pre-med.


Boston Leadership Institute

The Boston Leadership Institute is an award-winning summer STEM program for high-achieving teens. Led by highly qualified and decorated teachers and professors from the Boston area, the ever-expanding BLI lineup covers Medicine/Surgery, Engineering, Business, and Science.

Three-week programs, such at Biological Research, Electronics and Robotics, and Finance, are competitive admissions research programs, providing incredibly valuable credentials for college applications. One-week programs, such as Physics of Space, Introduction to Surgery, and Sports Statistics, are an excellent option for students with limited free time over the summer or who want to explore several different STEM subjects. Day and residential options are available for both three-week and one-week programs, and BLI accepts rising eighth-graders and above. Programs run from 9:00-3:30, allowing students hours to dissect in the lab, deliberate in the board room, or explore in a museum or hospital.

BLI has been featured as one of the top summer programs in the country by New York Times subsidiary, Johns Hopkins CTY Magazine, ParentMap, and numerous additional sources. In 2018, The Biotechnology Institute named BLI the sole winner of the BioSTEM Leader Award, which recognizes one program in the country that encourages the country's future biotechnology leaders to pursue their dreams. 



The pre-college programs at Boston University Summer provide students with rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that enable them to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Here is a brief overview of our programs:

High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to eight transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2019.    

RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be entering their senior year of high school in fall 2019.

Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week non-credit residential program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic while enjoying and experiencing life on a college campus. This summer we are offering three AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Medicine, and Creative Writing. All tracks combine classroom work with experiential learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2019.

Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience life on a college campus. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in fall 2019.

Summer Preview is a one-week non-credit commuter or residential program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in fall 2019.




The Champlain Game Academy

Come to The Champlain Game Academy to explore the possibilities of the exciting and growing field of Game Development.


 The Champlain Game Academy is an intensive twelve day pre-college program. Under the direction of professors we offer a challenging curriculum designed to introduce students to the rigors of studying Game Development at the college level. The Champlain Game Academy will introduce you to all aspects of game development, including game design, game art and animation, programming, sound, testing and production.  The curriculum is modeled on the collaborative approach of The Game Studio cohort at Champlain College.   Students will have the opportunity to focus on their areas of special interest, and with the instruction of industry professionals will finish the Academy by co- creating a finished portion of a game. Our faculty are accomplished industry vets who are eager to impart their knowledge on the next generation of gaming professionals !

 As an Academy graduate you will have had an immersive experience in game development before college.  Plus, you'll get a head start on building your portfolio- all while diving into something your passionate about.  When you attend the Game Academy, you qualify for a $4,000 scholarship toward the cost of tuition at Champlain if you enroll as a full time student.

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Earthwatch is a citizen science non-profit dedicated to solving the world’s greatest environmental challenges by engaging volunteers on real science expeditions. Choose from over 40 expeditions (and a dozen just for students) to see exotic species and landscapes, explore exclusive research sites, and help our researchers collect data to support their work. From hiking in the Andorran Pyrenees, tracking the impacts of climate change on alpine ecosystems, to swimming with turtles in the Bahamas to study their populations, Earthwatch offers volunteers the chance to “try on” the life of a scientist for one to two weeks, all while contributing to important research in a safe, engaging environment. Our programs include accommodations, food, local transport, and insurance, as well as our decades-old risk management coverage, so you can leave it us to worry about the planning while your student has the experience of a lifetime. We also offer expeditions for adults, families, and teachers!

For 45 years, Earthwatch has been teaming citizens with renowned conservation scientists on field research expeditions to study and protect some of the world’s rarest wildlife and most fragile ecosystems.  Our unique model enables teens to travel the world while contributing directly to our planet’s biggest environmental challenges.  Earthwatch provides an excellent opportunity for teens to volunteer with other young people who share their energy and passion for the environment.  Expeditions range from tracking endangered sea turtles in the Bahamas to researching climate change in the tundra.


Emagination Computer Camps

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Emagination blends technology learning with fun summer camp activities to create a well-rounded summer camp experience. Sessions are two-weeks long so campers have time to become part of a community while learning new skills at tech camp.

3 Program Options:

Tech Camp: Campers ages 8 – 17 choose three technology workshops and one recreation workshop. Our STEM-based tech workshops allow campers to explore their interests in coding, science, and technology. Campers round out their day in a fun, physically active way, with one of our recreation workshops which include Retro Games, Improv, and Free Swim.

Game Design: Teens ages 15 – 18 experience what it’s like to work at today’s top game design studios. Choose a role on a development team then design and build a 3D video game. Teens learn the key technical and creative components of video game design including level design and function, the creation of 3D characters, lighting, sound effects and programming. Learn to use industry standard software including 3ds Max © and Maya © from Autodesk; Adobe Photoshop ©; and Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games.

Programming Camp: Teens ages 13 – 17 learn to program using Java, one of the most popular programming language for creating windows applications. Campers will learn the basics of programming in Java and how it is used by today’s developers to bring seamless integration into desktop and web applications. Progressive curriculum allows campers with prior coding experience to expand Java coding skills. Less experienced campers learn Java fundamentals then move on to more complex concepts.

University locations in Fairfield, CT and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together "kids like me" from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries.

The Emagination Difference:

  • Three different technology workshops each day. Learn multiple topics.

  • Two-week sessions. Time to make friends and be part of a summer camp community.

  • Campers learn tech skills AND life skills.

  • Senior Camp for Teens with more independence, free time and special activities.



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Do you have cool ideas but not sure how to bring them to life? Do you see problems in our world that you want to help solve? Join Epiic Innovations Summer Institute to learn the tools and strategies innovators, entrepreneurs and designers at BU and beyond leverage to transform ideas into impact while having lots of fun with friends. During the two week programs, students work in small teams to investigate challenges that matter to them and develop innovative solution ideas.

  • Mornings include hands-on workshops led by experienced entrepreneurs to learn and apply innovation skills and entrepreneurial concepts.

  • Afternoons are spent exploring innovative spaces across BU’s campus and the Boston community, giving students first-hand opportunities to build out their own ideas and hear advice from creative founders about their personal journeys.

  • The program culminates with a pitch festival where teams present their ideas and prototypes to a panel of community investors, entrepreneurs, friends and family.

  • Epiic Innovations Summer Institute is hosted at Boston University’s BUild Lab, the campus’ new student innovation center.

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Featuring more courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program, EXPLO is a unique, safe, and supportive learning environment. Our students make friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun at every turn. EXPLO provides a range of one-, two-, and three-week summer programs for students grades 7 to 17 on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College (MA).


French Woods Festival of Performing Arts


French Woods is one of the largest and most comprehensive performing and visual arts training centers for children in the world.  Located on a private lake in the western Catskills of New York State, French Woods attracts campers from throughout the U.S. and around the world.  We offer specialty programs in music, theatre, dance, circus, art, magic, rock, cooking, video, tech theatre (lighting, sound, set design, stagecraft), sports, tennis, cooking, waterfront, and horseback riding for three, six, nine or twelve week sessions.  Major and minor activities, are combined in a six-period day – the major, which is primarily instructional, being chosen at the beginning of each session and the minor, which can be recreational or instructional, being chosen on a day-to-day basis.  Perform in a Broadway show with full orchestra, play another camp in soccer, basketball or baseball, fly on the high trapeze, produce your own movie, record original music, make a stained glass window, ride a horse, dance in a ballet, play in the symphony, bake a soufflé, water ski, play tennis or jam with a rock band.  All these activities and more are available at French Woods Festival.


Gettysburg College Summer Academic Programs

On a beautiful campus in a world-famous town, Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school students over the summer months. Our programs do not only give you a view into the specific fields but hands on experience for each academic camp. Subjects include psychology, creative writing,  information technology 3D printing, information technology coding for robotics & electronics and Sunderman piano Institute. Learn more about our summer programming at


The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

Provides extraordinary opportunities to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world - as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders! Sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, ME, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for middle and high school programs in science, sustainability, and leadership. Our hands-on 1-2 week summer programs invite students to immerse themselves in the natural world, challenging them to explore and ask questions like trained naturalists in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Programs are small (with a maximum of 12 students) and are led by trained field scientists and educators, providing a level of instructor expertise and maturity you won’t find in other summer experiences. No day is complete without hiking, swimming, sailing, or rock climbing. Our goal is to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation. Come participate in our field science and leadership programs and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime! *Academic credit may be available and Financial Aid is Available.


iD Tech Camps

Flagship program for students ages 7-17.  Offering courses in programming, video game design, robotics, virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, filmmaking, photography, and more. These weeklong day and overnight summer camps include hands-on, personalized technology instruction and a variety of fun summer camp activities. iD Tech courses are led by tech-savvy staff in a dynamic, pressure-free learning environment. Our goal is to help our kids gain a love of learning through building critical 21st-century STEM skills, and have fun while doing it.

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iD Tech Teen Academies

Take your coding and design skills to the next level and experience the thrill of startup culture—all within a prestigious university setting. After two weeks of elite instruction, Industry Insights, and peer networking, you’ll leave with a polished portfolio and the skills needed to succeed in school, college, and the ever-evolving field of computer science or game design.

Our intensive, pre-college teen programming camps for ages 13–18 are held at top university campuses nationwide. Get immersed in the open-ended world of computer science, increase your understanding of application development, and gain a competitive advantage for college and beyond.

  • Innovate like a pro with industry-standard tools from Apple, Arduino, Microsoft, Google, and more

  • Learn from experienced faculty recruited from top universities like Caltech, RIT, and Stanford

  • Show off your skills during LAN gaming tournaments

  • Graduate with experience using software repository systems

  • Two week programs with the opportunity to travel across the country.

  • Campuses include: Stanford, Dartmouth, MIT, Yale, UCLA, UNC, Princeton


KTByte Computer Science Academy

KTByte is dedicated to computer science education for preteens and teens. We offer week-long programs at our campus in Lexington, Massachusetts, in winter, spring and summer breaks. Daily schedule is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with an optional extension to 6:00 p.m.


Students below 13 will be recommended to start with Computing Fundamentals. They will learn how to do amazing things with computer, from modifying a website, making audio/video, to programming their own game. They will also learn Scratch, other computer applications, graphical & web programming, etc.

 Students of 13 and above can take the Intro to Computer Science, a project oriented learning experience with Java programming. They will create their own projects and present them to the class and parents. View Student project showcases
Advanced programs such as AP and USA Computing Olympiad preps are also available.



NuVu Summer 2017 “Human++” Program

NuVu is an award-winning innovation school for young students (ages 11-18) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. While at NuVu, young students grow their spirit of innovation. They use their curiosity and creativity to explore new ideas, and make their concepts come to life through our design process. Our program is based on the studio model, and every Summer we use imaginative themes to frame two-week long Studios in which students dive into hands-on design, engineering, math, science, technology, art and more!


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In Summer 2017, we’re traveling into the future and investigating a world in which humans and machines are combining forces to solve humanity’s largest problems! We’ll look at exciting new interfaces between humans and machines in every aspect of our life, i.e. graffiti drones, brain-controlled toys, bio-fashion, even VR therapy devices for patients in hospitals. This Summer 2017, our theme is “Human++” and we’ll explore how to harness the combined intelligence of humans and machines to solve big challenges!

During the Summer, students will dive into a multitude of topics that explore the full realm of possibilities of human+machine intelligence. With Studio topics that include Hacking Drones, BioFashion, Augmented Health and more, students will stretch their imaginations, gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and technical prowess along the way. By working on real-world and interdisciplinary projects, students will learn about Science, Engineering, Programming, Electronics, Industrial Design, Fashion, Gaming, Art, Technology, Filmmaking and more!



PZ Math Calculus Prep


PZ Math Calculus Prep is a one-week camp that will prepare you for all the rigor of the AP Calculus curriculum. Our unique approach blends the development of a deep understanding of the big picture of Calculus with the strengthening of important foundational skills. Beyond content, students will learn powerful problem solving techniques and study skills to be successful in their AP Calculus course, on the AP exam, and beyond. Taught by a Williams College professor.


Smith College Summer Pre-College Programs

Summer Precollege Programs at Smith College offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. Academic areas of interest include Science and Engineering, Environmental Field Studies, Fiction and Creative Writing, Women's History and a College Admission Workshop. Participants get a taste of college life on Smith's beautiful 147-acre campus, with its traditional ivy-covered buildings, magnificent gardens and Paradise Pond. Smith faculty members offer personal attention in the classroom while encouraging students' interests and helping them develop academically. Students live together in college houses and Smith undergraduates serve as resident supervisors and teaching assistants. Students take courses and workshops throughout each day and can choose from a variety of organized cultural, social, athletic, and artistic activities at night and on the weekends. Smith welcomes to these programs young women from many nationalities and diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who together form an extraordinary intellectual community. Programs are all residential and range from one to four weeks.    


Summer Discovery

Ready to invent the next big thing?  Learn from leading university experts in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields at some of the top universities in the country.  As a partner of the host university, Summer Discovery is on-site to ensure that you are having as much fun outside of the classroom as you are inside.  Opportunities at the University of Colorado at Boulder, UC Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, Penn State, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

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UConn Pre-College Summer

Offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore an academic major or career and learn more about college life. Be part of a Top 25 public university by engaging with passionate faculty in this non-credit academic program. Especially designed for students to explore college in an intimate way. Summer offers four challenging and intensive one-week and two-week sessions to choose from.   Academic areas include:

Art: Photography | Art: Animation | Biomedical Engineering | Chemistry | Creative Writing | Digital Media: Game Design | Dramatic Arts | Forensic Science | Human Biology: Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology | Human Biology: Intro to Kinesiology | Human Biology: Intro to Human Pathology | Medical Anthropology | Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery | Philosophy | Pre-Med | Pre-Law | Sociology: Human Behavior | Sociology: Social Justice | Sports Medicine | Statistics


WestCoast Connection


Offers STEM courses on Pre-College Enrichment programs on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, McGill University in Montreal, Barcelona, Spain and Florence, Italy.  Courses range from 14-28 days. Westcoast Connection also offers teen tours, community service, language programs, global adventures, baseball tours, and fashion experiences. Programs in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador & Galapagos, Europe, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam & the USA.  Programs ranging from 10-40 days for ages 13-18 grouped compatibly by age; with separate ON TOUR programs for teens completing 11th & 12th grades offering more independence.