There are hundreds of summer programs for high school students, but there is an ongoing debate about the genuine usefulness of summer programs, and whether they the real benefit for the students or not.
On the other hand, many colleges are now taking into consideration how their applicants spend their summer during their time in high school, and this has become a factor for student college admission prospects.
We have listed some of the most useful summer programs for high school students, which can help students acquire new skills and experiences.
The Campus Immersion Residential Program
A residential program at Columbia University, it gives a unique opportunity to students to live in Columbia’s campus in New York City.
During three weeks, students can choose between more fifty curricular subjects, such as business, law, art and social sciences.
- Students get a chance to interact with a community of international colleagues, coming from more than seventy countries across the world and all US states.
- Over two third of the student community is international.
- Students who will be 16 years of age by the start of the program are eligible. 15-year-old students are eligible only with a special permission.
Abbey Road Overseas Programs
The program’s main focus is on deepening cross-cultural knowledge of students. Students spend several weeks in Spain, Italy or France, but there is also the option to travel to different countries, as a part of Western Civilization pre-college summer program.
- The programs enable students to familiarize themselves with the local language, discover historic sites and immerse in local culture.
- More than ten different programs, most of them in Spain, Italy and France.
Students with a keen interest in math get a chance to attend summer mathcamp. Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive five weeks long program for high school students, who can express their math talent and explore complex and unique mathematical ideas.
- Students aged 13 to 18 are eligible to join.
- 65 new students are enrolled every summer.
- New candidates are admitted based on their math background and can take a qualifying quiz.
Research Science Institute
This is a free program for students held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students attend summer science and engineering program.
An excellent program for students with developed science and engineering skills.
Students have the access to eminent literature and compose oral and written reports to present their research results.
Bentley University Summer Athletic Camps
Bentley’s summer athletic camps have a long established reputation as being one of top teaching camps in New England.
Bentley’s programs offer a high-quality service to students and a chance to show their skills in basketball, volleyball, football, tennis and more.
Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication organizes yearly two-week intensive programs for most skilled students.
The program takes place in Phoenix, Arizona. Students acquire experience in reporting, social media and Web production, and work in a friendly environment consisting of students from high schools around the country.
- Learning new and interactive content from journalism professionals.
- Working in Cronkite newsroom, studios and labs with access to newest technology.
- Students produce and report their own stories and create a SJI website.
Columbia College of Chicago High School Summer Institute
The pre-college program offers enrollment for students who are off with their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. The institute offers three week, college level courses in arts and media.
Students have a unique opportunity to get behind visual arts such as photography, but also practice their design skills.
Lectures are given by experts and experienced artists.
- Courses in advertisement and communication.
- Visual and nonverbal communication.
- Various art and history courses, including drawing, painting and basics of digital art.
MTI Launch High School Entrepreneurship Programs
MTI’s High School Entrepreneurship programs connect students from the US and all over the world together in a 4 week summer program, where students get the chance to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and leadership skills necessary, and also connects them with successful companies.
MTI follows the highest standards of education. Summer programs for students are aimed at providing professional skills, leadership, teamwork and time management.
Young Women’s Institute at Indiana University
The institute opens a range of career options and vocation diversity for young women to experience. The program gathers selected students to attend Bloomington for a week course presented by Indiana University.
Among the activities, there are interactive workshops, where students get a chance to learn from Business alumni and current students at Kelley School.
- Students work on their business and leadership skills.
- A chance of preparing real business projects.
- The program enrolls female students at their junior year in high school.
- Require borderline for GPA is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Cornell Summer College
A precollege program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students can attend three or six-week programs and explore all aspects of college life.
Cornell’s Summer College program is one of the most oldest and prestigious summer programs.
Students can earn three to six college credits which can help improve their college prospects and can be applied toward the undergraduate degree.