Summer School Programs: Get a Head Start on College

For a stimulating summer experience high school students can consider one of many academically based summer school programs offered by colleges and universities or academies. Many Universities have summer programs set up so that students can earn college credit for classes taken. In addition, some offer college preparation. Other types of high school summer programs include study abroad and niche related programs.

University and College Summer Programs

One of the ways a high school student can gain exposure to college life is by enrolling in one of the many college and university summer school programs. These summer or secondary school programs typically offer 10th, 11th and 12th grade students introductory college level classes in a variety of subjects; special curriculums may also be a part of the summer school program. Many universities also offer study abroad programs. For flexibility, many pre-college summer programs have one, six or eight week program. Also housing is typically offered for summer enrolled students. Some school programs include a fee for tuition and housing others have separate fees for each.

Application and Admissions

Universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford and Boston University offer academic summer programs. If you are interested in attending one of these programs, or to that of another school, it's a good idea to apply early. Why? Many programs begin reviewing applications in January and February for the upcoming summer curriculum, and although the deadlines often aren't until late spring, popular programs can fill up, and so can housing.

Niche Summer programs

Outside of the traditional pre-college summer school experience offered at colleges and universities, high school students may be interested in specialty programs, learning more in areas such as film and music. Summer programs like the New York Film Academy teach students to write, direct, digitally edit, act and do animation. Other summer school programs concentrate on the arts, Innerspark, located in Southern California does just that.

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