Semester/Summer Programs

Semster Programs
The Island School

Summer Programs*


American Institute of Architects 

Boston Architectural College 

Harvard Univ. 

MIT!2013-public-works/c1tfc  one 6-week or two 3-week options

Pratt Institute 

Tulane University School of Architecture Career Explorations in Architecture 2-week residential program 

University of Southern California 

3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.


Museum of Fine Arts 

Pratt Institute 


Babson Entrepreneurial Development 

LeanGap learn how to start a company 


Camp Becket in Berkshires 

Camp Belknap in NH 

Camp Dudley in the Adirondacks 

Keewaydin  4-week wilderness canoe trip in Quebec  wilderness trips in northern Ontario

College courses for college credit

Boston College… 

Boston University... 

Georgetown University… 

Harvard Summer School… 

University of Pennsylvania 

Tufts University… 

College courses without credit

Boston University… 

Brown University 

Cambridge College Programme At University of Cambridge, England 

Duke University 

Georgetown University 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute 

Explorations At Yale University for grades 10-12 

Oxbridge Academic Programs Oxford, Cambridge, Barcelona, Paris, Montpellier 

University of Pennsylvania 

At Wellesley College for grades 8-9 

Yale Global Scholars Politics, Law,and Economics, Studies in Grand Strategy

Computer camps 

iDTech Camps, 

Adruino Camp - Students will use their creativity and the easy-to-learn Arduino to create projects with its sensors, motors, speakers and displays, to create projects that interact with them and their world. 

Community Service

Beth Israel Summer Health Corps Program 

Boston Youth Zone 

The Food Project 

Check the TeenLife: Guide to Summer Programs in Boston 

Student Conservation Association 

Habitat for Humanity Short-term building projects in the U.S. are available to students 16 or older. 

Strive Trips…a community service/athletic training/traveling trip to Kenya 

Creative Writing

Denison University Young Writers Workshop 

Emerson College 

Kenyon College Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon College (2 week sessions)

Interlochen  Interlochen offers programs in writing, music, and the arts 

University of Iowa Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (2 week sessions)

University of Massachusetts Amherst Juniper Institute for Young Writers 

University of St. Andrews Creative Writing and Scottish Studies Summer Programmes 

University of the South (Sewanee) Young Writers’ Conference  2 week program 

List of Writing Programs 

Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.


Hotchkiss School Speech and Debate Camp 

This camp emphasis debate styles popular with the DANEIS (the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools).   


Brown University 

iDTechCamps located on various MA college campuses

Johns Hopkins University 

MIT Summer Programs 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 


Emerson College 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Great Books at Amherst College, Stanford University, and Oxford University


Stanford Summer Humanities Institute 

Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 

Moral Life and the Classical Tradition Witherspoon Institute at Princeton 

Jobs in Boston

Register for summer jobs at the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment’s Success Link if you are a City of Boston resident;   


New England Center for Investigative Reporting at BU 

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program 


Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy…4-week immersion program for French, Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic in Vermont 

Learning Programs  language-intensive summer programs in Spain, France, Mexico, and Costa Rica that offer coursework and homestays


Brown University Leadership Institute Socially responsible leadership 

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Civic Leadership Institute www.w.cty.jhu/summer/leadership.html 

Morehouse College Summer Institute : Leadership through Science and Math 

St. Albans School of Public Service Four-week program in Washington, DC 

Where There Be Dragons Four- and six-week programs in remote areas of the world (financial aid is available) 

Yale Ivy Scholars Program 

Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. *Application will go live in early February. Three-week program held at various college campuses for under-represented minorities interested in leadership development and exploration of careers in business or engineering.


Boston University Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

American Mathematical Society summer camps 

The Ross Program at Ohio State University 

 Texas State University Honors Math Camp 

Canada/USA Mathcamp 


Beth Israel Summer Health Corps 

SCOOP at Children’s Hospital 

TAHSS at Tufts University late January deadline; paid internship

Harvard Medical School MedScience and MedScience Lab 


Brevard Music Center (North Carolina) 

Boston University Tanglewood Institute 

Berklee College of Music… 

Interlochen…  Interlochen offers programs in music, arts, film, theater, and writing

College of Liberal Arts, Univ. of New Hampshire, Summer Youth Music School 2 week session for high school students; 1 week session for middle school students New England Music Camp (Maine)

New England Music Camp  

Northwestern Univ. School of Music, National High School Music Institute 

Outdoor Adventure

National Outdoor Leadership School 

Outward Bound 

Student Conservation Association Hands-on conservation service opportunities throughout the U.S. 

Performing Arts

Weston Drama Workshop youth theater workshops

Week-long programs on acting, film, comedy, screenwriting, etc. held on college campuses around the country 


MIT programs 

Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.

Most summer programs admit all or most students who can pay the tuition. However, a number of competitive-admission summer programs select only the best students, but are often then free or offered at a significant discount. Here's a selection:

Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT 

NASA  JPL Summer High School Internship Program Not offered summer 2017. Applications for 2018 announced in Dec/Jan 2017-18

Summer Science Program (SSP) 

Minority Introduction to Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Science (MITES) at MIT 

Army Educational Outreach Program 

Boston University, Research Internship in Science and Engineering Commuter or residential program; work in lab 

Boston University Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists 

Boston University Summer Preview: Biology One-week commuter program for rising freshman and sophomores 

Paid summer internships at the New England Aquarium; 

Earthwatch Institute 

George Washington Univ. Sci.&Engineering paid apprenticeship program 

Harvard Medical School Project Success Apply in 10th grade 

MIT list of competitive admission science programs 

National Space Club Scholars Program 6 week summer intern program 

Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Program 

The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is offered to rising 8th-11th graders. All students receive a full scholarship to attend the program. 

Project SMART at UNH 

University of Pennsylvania Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute WPI offers a number of week-long residential programs in science, film, etc. 

Broad Summer Program 


Crimson Sailing Academy at Harvard For ages 10-16 

Slovenski Camps (Maine) 

Strive Trips…a community service/athletic training/traveling trip to Kenya 


Emerson College Summer Studio TV Program 


Academic Study Associates (ASA) Pre-college, leadership, or cultural immersion programs Sites at Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, Yale, and others

Art History Abroad  

Art History Abroad 

China Programs (formerly Glimpses of China) 

Columbia University…study in the Middle East (King’s Academy in Jordan), Spain, or NYC 

Council for International Educational Exchange China Summer 3 week program Japan Summer 3 week program 

Earthwatch Institute 

Experiment in International Living www.experimentinternational.ogr 

Irish Life Experience 

Loop Abroad Ecology and conservation in Thailand 

School Year Abroad Summer China, France, or Spain 

Service Learning abroad, Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. 

Where There Be Dragons Six-week immersion in remote areas of the world 

United States Air Force

Summer seminar program 

United States Military Academy at West Point

Summer leadership program 

United States Naval Academy

Naval Academy Summer Seminar 1 week introduction to the Academy 

*Special thanks to The Roxbury Latin School for sharing many of these opportunities with me.
Deborah Winkler,
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Deborah Winkler,
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Deborah Winkler,
Jan 13, 2020, 2:29 PM