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Summer Programs for High School Students

Four Star Summer Camps

SAVE 15% for a limited time by calling and mentioning Teen Ink. Held at the University of Virginia! Academic programs designed for 7th - 12th graders. Both 1 week writing focused camps and 2-week camps offering writing (Essay, Creative, Journalism), SAT Prep, Math and much more!

8 Keys SuperCamp

We help you get ready for the world with learning and life skills that get you motivated to make things happen. Fun 7- and 10-day summer programs held on college campuses.

A+ Summer Program

Held at Stanford University, A+ Summer is designed for motivated middle school and high school students. Our stimulating curriculum builds students' proficiency in critical thinking, logic and writing skills that are essential for success in high school and college.

Actor's Workshop

Held at Stanford University, this studio acting program is designed for entering 9th-12th graders. Students here immerse themselves in scene work and exercises under the instruction of a top-notch faculty while seeing productions throughout the Bay Area.

ACTeen Film Acting Academy

Audition for NYC's 1st and most recommended teen film and theater acting conservatory. Professional working staff and graduates (currently starring in nine TV series) attest to quality training.

AIDemocracy Global Scholar

An intensive academic enrichment program offering rising juniors and seniors college-level coursework in international affairs and leadership training in Washington DC.

Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute

This dynamic program will expand your identity as a writer through intensive workshop experiences.

Alfred University Theater Institute

The AU Theater Institute, created for talented high school students, offers a unique blend of in-depth training, dynamic, engaging faculty, terrific facilities and lovely surroundings.

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

AADA alumni have been nominated for 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys and 83 Tonys. 6-Week Intensive Programs. New York. Los Angeles.

Actors Movement Studio: Summer Theater Institute

Our unique actor training offers techniques to develop the actor's Voice, Presence, and Imagination. Work with some of the world's most respected teachers and Guest Artists. 5 wks in NYC, begins June 1.

ArtsAbroad Summer Programs

Music, Acting, Visual Arts and Dance camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to students age 15-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

Art & Architecture: Summer At Penn

Four week program at UPenn. Choose courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, product design, and more. Students can alternatively follow a full day architecture program.

Art Institute of Boston The Young Artist Residency Program

The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University offers a full schedule of courses and activities for college credit. Experience Boston and college life.

Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts' your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop

Since 1983 the Young Writers Workshop has offered students the opportunity to explore new directions in their writing in a supportive, collaborative environment. Daily informal writing activities lead to more polished pieces, including personal narratives, short stories, poems, and exploratory essays.

Barnard Pre-College Program

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school young men and women from across the country and around the world!

Beloit Summer Language

If you are serious about learning a language, come to one of the nation's finest language programs, the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at beautiful Beloit College in Wisconsin.

BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts

BIMA engages Jewish teens in an intensive summer arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.


Adventure teen travel camps since 1976. BOLD EARTH's focus is culture, language, leadership and service leading to a lifetime of exploration and friendship. USA, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America.

Boston Architectural Center

A summer program for high school students entering grades 10-12 who want to explore architecture and interior design

Broken Bridge

Immerse yourself in your art for ten days on Pomfret School's beautiful, 500 acre, New England campus. Choose from five workshops: poetry, fiction, drawing, acting, and 3D assemblage. Make it happen.

Bryn Mawr: Writing for College

The Writing for College program is for academically talented young women ages 16 through 18.

Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment with professional artists and instructors.

California College of the Arts Pre-College Program

Explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in an art-school setting for four weeks while earning college credit and experiencing college life.

Carnegie Mellon PreCollege

Internationally recognized for our programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You'll find a dynamic, intense student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

Catholic University Summer

As a CUA Summer College student, become immersed in college life and get a head start on your college career before you finish high school!

Center for Creative Youth

Study at a 5-week intensive program at Wesleyan University. Each class will enhance your problem-solving skills in music, theater, creative writing, dance, filmmaking, and visual arts.

University of Chicago Summer

This college-preparatory program engages you in the most rigorous and rewarding study of your life.

Chop Point Summer

Great counselors, fabulous friends, adventure trips, canoeing, hiking and more. For teenagers ages 12-18

Churchill Academy - Westminster

Take this opportunity to really experience college life and enhance your leadership skills.

College Admission Prep Camps

Held at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, Education Unlimited offers multiple versions of this pre-college program that covers SAT Prep, Personal Statement Writing and College Counseling for students entering grades 11-12. Day Camp, 11-day and 18-day sessions available.

College of Saint Rose Summer Academy

Our exciting Summer Academy for kids in grades 6-10 provides parents and students many different programs to choose from that are flexible and convenient.

ColoradoCollege Summer

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Earn college credit, and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service programs for teens. Build schools and homes, help children and elders. Live with other teens in a neighborhood of our host community; be more than a tourist.

Computer Camp

Held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, our Computer Camp students' creativity and technology skills will definitely be challenged! Students entering grades 4-12 may choose a focus of Web Design or Java Programming.

Cornell University Summer College

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students this summer taking college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and exploring college and career options.

Cow House Studios

Make art in Ireland this summer, studying painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West. This three week course is ideal for those building a portfolio for AP art and college applications.

Cranbrook Summer Art Institute

We offer 3-week summer classes to teenagers serious about art. All abilities welcome! Classes include video, photography, architecture, sculpture and zine-making

Creative Writing Institute

Held at UC Berkeley and Stanford, this two-week creative writing program is designed for entering 10th-12th graders to support their imaginative writing across literary genres. Students choose a focus of Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction.

Crow Canyon Archeological Center

Touch the Past. Archaeology Learning Adventures for teens offers a chance to experience archaeology firsthand. Have fun, make new friends, and gain experience in excavation and analysis.

Cushing Academy

A unique boarding school experience for students from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.


A computer camp for teens, 14-18. Create video games, modify existing ones and compete in tournaments! Hands-on technology courses in Game Design, Flash MX, Robotic at universities nationwide.

Deer Hill Expeditions

Engaging young people in Wilderness Expeditions, Service and Native Cultures since 1984. Outstanding adventures and service projects in the American southwest and Costa Rica.

Duke University Youth Programs

Summer enrichment programs for students, grades 6-12. Fine arts, drama, science, creative writing, and college selection/admissions. Study with professionals, published writers, and artists.

Earlham Explore-A-College

A college-level summer program for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

East Coast College Tour

The tour allows entering 10th-12th grade students to visit and experience life at several prominent East Coast colleges. Visiting two colleges each day, students take campus tours, meet with admission representatives, and receive materials to evaluate each school.

Emerson College Summer Programs

Pre-college summer programs in acting, musical theatre, stage design, fiction & magazine writing, film, television production, and computer animation; journalism institute; political communication-social advocacy-leadership institute

Emory Pre-College Program

The Emory Pre-College Program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

Ensemble Theatre Community School

At ETC extraordinary people make exceptional theatre. Students study acting in classes, rehearsals and performances. ETC emphasizes collaboration. Our small size and professional faculty ensure individualized training. Beginners and experienced students are encouraged to apply.

Exploration Summer Program

On the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College and St. Mark's School, you'll make friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun at every turn. Exploration features more courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program!

Focus at UC Berkeley

Held in conjunction with UC Berkeley, Summer Focus allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college program gives you an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

Georgetown Summer

Build academic confidence, self-awareness, and community spirit in the nation's capital.

Global Scholar Summer in International Affairs

Ahead of the Curve is a new two-week seminar on globalization at Michigan State University. The seminar is designed for talented high school students who have an interest in international affairs

Great Books Summer Program

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming community of outstanding young people, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

Great Summers

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding programs for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program

Discover GW and DC! Two residential programs enable you to explore your academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day mini courses for grades 9-11.

Harvard Summer School

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college experience.

Design at Harvard

Our summer Career Discovery program helps you decide if a career in design is right for you and prepares you for admission to a professional degree program.

Hotchkiss Summer Portals

We accept 8-10th graders in Fall 2007 who have a strong interest in chamber music or environmental science. Hands-on instruction from well-known faculty, scholars and artists. Substantial financial aid is available.

iD Gaming Academy

Teens immerse in the dynamic world of video game development - Program for the Xbox, Model 3D w/Maya, Level Design w/the Unreal Development Kit. 2-week, overnight summer programs held at Stanford, Harvard, Emory, Villanova, Lake Forest and SMU. Accredited Continuing Education Units available. Save with code WD65.

iD Programming Academy

Teens code for the real world and engage in intensive computer programming courses - App Development for iPhone/iPad/Android, C++/Robotics Engineering and Java Programming for the AP Exam. 2-week, overnight summer programs held at Stanford, MIT, American and UW. Accredited Continuing Education Units available. Save with code WD65.

iD Tech Camps

Fun and challenging summer tech program where students create video games, iPhone apps, C++/Java programs, websites, movies, graphic designs and more. Weeklong, day and overnight options at 60 prestigious universities nationwide. Accredited Continuing Education Units available. Save with code WD65.

iD Visual Arts Academy

Teens immerse in this 2-week summer program where they foster their creativity and leave with a professional portfolio and the tools needed to excel in film production and professional photography. Accredited Continuing Education Units also available. Save with code WD65.

Idyllwild Arts

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has offered students of all ages an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school students.

Iowa Young Writers Studio

Join us this summer to share your work, practice craft, and improve your writing. Find out how much your writing can improve after just 2 intensive weeks!

The Jewish Museum: SummerArts

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts program for high schoolers, where you'll learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

Johns-Hopkins Pre-College

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This program lets you begin your college journey early.

JSA Summer School

Held at Georgetown, Stanford and Princeton, the JSA Summer School provides an advanced college curriculum, dynamic skills based leadership activities, and interactive sessions with prominent politicians and other opinion leaders.

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers offers intensive fiction and poetry workshops and exposure to world-renowned authors. Write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process. Writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade are invited to apply.

Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College

Join our supportive and dynamic community of writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago's national liberal arts college.

Landmark Volunteers

If you are entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade and are looking for an opportunity to expand your world through community service, you might qualify as a Landmark Volunteer.

Maine Media Workshops

Teens from around the world come to the Workshops each summer for intensive hands-on programs taught by working artists using state-of-the-art equipment. These unique programs combine an exploration of filmmaking, photography or multimedia with a true summer Maine experience.

Marymount's 2011 Institutes

Rising high school seniors: Marymount's 2011 Institutes offer you the opportunity to complete a college course while experiencing the excitement of the nation's capital!

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

Michigan Engineering

Learn java, c++, flash, web development, pocket pc, game programming, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, system administration...

Montserrat College of Art

Visual arts pre-college program for credit for high school juniors and seniors. On Boston's beautiful North Shore.

Management & Technology Summer Institute

High School Summer Program offers Introduction to Business & Engineering, Lab Experience, and Team Project Opportunities. Also, enjoy campus life and social activities.

Northwestern University College Prep Program

Experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit. Take a one-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

NYU Precollege Summer Program

Make the most of your summer vacation with NYU's six-week Precollege program for high school juniors and seniors. Earn college credits, explore New York City, and experience academic and student life at NYU. Scholarships are available.

Ocean Studies/Acadia

AIO Ocean Studies introduces you to marine science through a unique combination of biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, offshore, and lab work.

Oxbow Summer Art Camp

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! You get professional-level instruction, field trips, state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor studios, and lots of art, gourmet food and FUN! No applications, portfolios or previous art training needed. Ages 14-16.

Parsons Summer Programs

This summer, students from around the world will come to Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris to learn more about design and themselves through intensive pre-college courses.

Phillips Academy Summer Session, Andover

Phillips Academy Summer Session is a summer academic enrichment program for high school students, offering 60-plus courses in a diverse, rigorous, challenging and supportive environment.

Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

The Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy seeks bright, highly motivated students to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery.

Portsmouth Abbey

Students learn in a friendly and structured style of life and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

Pratt Summer

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute this summer.

Prep Camp Excel

Held at UC Berkeley, and UCLA, this program has entering 9th-10th grade students focus on the critical skills necessary for success in high school and get a head-start on building impressive academic resumes.

Public Speaking Institute

Held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, our Public Speaking Institute focuses on building delivery and debate skills for entering 4th-12th graders. A one week session of the American Legal Experience offers a focus on the American judicial system.

Putney School Summer Programs

Work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

Putney Student Travel/Excel

This will be our 55th summer offering fun, challenging, active, intellectually stimulating summer programs for high school students in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Australia.

Ringling School of Art and Design

Explore vocab of art & design and contemporary techniques. Geared to those wanting a career in the visual arts or design, this is also great for those eager for a college environment and challenging courses.

RISD Pre-College Program

A 6-week program tailored toward highly-motivated students who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school students who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students

Discover Sarah Lawrence's unique programs, 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help you explore your passions in a supportive environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD offers summer art camps and workshops for younger teens in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and a precollege experience for rising high school seniors in Savannah.

SEA Education

SEA focuses on the coastal and offshore marine environment around Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Sewanee Young Writers

Been bitten by the writing bug? Visit us for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio--Explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more while earning college credit.

SMU Talented & Gifted

SMU's Talented and Gifted Program offers intellectual challenges and exciting learning experiences to academically accelerated students completing the seventh, eighth or ninth grade.

Snow Farm Summer in Art

On our 50-acre Berkshire foothills farm, we run craft programs including glass blowing, flameworking, welded sculpture, ceramics, metalsmithing, fiber arts, woodworking, photography and painting.

SPI Study Abroad

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life!

Stanford Summer College

Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.

Summer Institute for the Gifted

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer program for gifted students. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

Syracuse Summer College

This 6-week academic program allows high school students to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

Teton Science School

Join students from around the country on an educational adventure exploring field research, natural history, and backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone/ Teton Ecosystem.

Junior Statesman

Got a passion for politics? Immerse yourself in a dynamic experience and debate all summer.

Tufts Summer Study

An opportunity to assess your talents, interests, and values. Your experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

UArts Pre-College Summer Institute

Programs for high schoolers, grades 9-11,in 23 art-related fields including everything from Advertising and Animation through Painting and Web Design.

University of Connecticut's Mentor Connection

Designed to provide you with opportunities to participate in creative projects and investigations with university mentors.

UCSD Writing Online

Designed to prepare high school students for the demands of college-level writing.

University of Dallas Summer Programs

Experience a unique combination of informed European travel and rigorous study, and earn college credit, through University of Dallas High School Summer Abroad.

UDayton Women in Engineering

Join other girls your age for total immersion in through classroom activities, participatory experiments, visits to industries and contact with practicing women engineers.

University of Maryland

College-bound middle and high school students pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life. Enjoy interactive activities with students who share similar abilities. This summer - University of Maryland!

University of Miami Summer Scholar

High School sophomores and juniors learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

U. of Penn Summer at Penn

Summer at Penn provides among the most comprehensive and academically-stimulating credit course offerings in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

USC Summer Programs

Workshops include the The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

UVM/GIV Engineering Institute

Start solving the world's sustainability issues now! Empower yourself with knowledge through fun hands-on engineering projects and tours.

The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers

Work with published writers, live on the University of Virginia campus, and join a visionary artist's community. Take your writing where it's never been before.

Video Production Camp

Held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, our future filmmakers' creativity and technology skills will definitely be challenged! Students entering grades 7-12 work with top Bay Area professionals and start shooting on day one!

Virtual High School

Take your summer school course online. Earn the credit you need, while getting the tan you want! Visit us at to learn more about these hot summer offerings!

Summer Writing at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Study fiction, poetry, playwriting and more with other students ages 13-18 from around the world at Walnut Hill School's beautiful campus near Boston!

Washington University Summer

Get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.

Whale Camp

Discover yourself, writing and illustrating a book of poetry and stories, on Grand Manan Island ... with whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, eagles and your imagination.

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

ACA-accredited outdoor adventure camp & travel program for ages 8-18. Rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, caving, backpacking, mountain biking & more.

Woodberry Forest Summer

In our Summer Adventure Program, grades 7-12 learn from gifted educators while focusing on one major course. It's the ideal place to experiment intellectually or just get ahead in school.

World Horizons International

Summer travel for teens includes community service, language and cultural immersion. Project locations: Iceland, Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada, Dominica, Maine, Utah, Hawaii.

Yale Summer

We seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds and educate them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

YUGA Leadership Camp

Attend YUGA Leadership Camp and meet youth from across the country and around the world who are interested in global issues such as poverty, HIV and AIDS, climate change and child exploitation.
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