Participating in a summer program can be a great way to spend your summer.  It’s an opportunity to learn something new, expand your knowledge in a subject of interest, experience life on a college campus and much more! While some of the programs may be costly, there are some that are more affordable or even free for students who qualify. Make sure to check them out and come back regularly as we’re always updating this list.

 Good Luck


Fastweb: http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia Summer Programs: http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

Teen Life: https://www.teenlife.com

List of Philadelphia based programs:

Future DOCS High School Program
Thomas Jefferson university is providing an opportunity for students interested in the health professions to participate in a 9 week interactive and experiential program.
For more information, click here.

-UPenn Young Scholars Program
The UPenn Young Scholars Program is a special opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to  take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit. Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer Admission.

The ACE program offers a cross-section of the regular college courses at Community College of Philadelphia. The classes are intensive and include a full semester of course material from July 9 – August 7. Courses meet Monday through Thursday, three and one-half hours per day.  http://www.ccp.edu/academic-offerings/high-school-student-programs/summer-opportunities/advance-college-experience-ace

– Youth Action
Youth Action provides several enrichment programs including college initiatives, toy collection and donation drive, signature service and more each year.

– For more summer opportunities at UPenn
Penn Summer High School Programs, open to residential and commuting students, offer an outstanding academic challenge.

– Julian Krinsky summer opportunity program (Internship in the field of your interest)
You’ll be placed in a professional office or business conveniently located in Greater Philadelphia and working 9 to 5 (may vary by internship), Monday through Friday — as you build a network of contacts and develop your resume for the future.

List of Summer Programs (local and away):

–  Cornell Summer Programs                                                                                                                                                    Cornell University offers summer courses that include architecture, design, hospitality, debate, engineering, and international relations. These programs are held during 2 three-week sessions (June 24–July 15 and July 16–August 5, 2017) and 1 six-week session (June 24–August 8, 2017). Learn more about this award-winning program at summercollege.cornell.edu  or reach the director at summer_college@cornell.edu.

–  Carleton Summer Academic Programs                                                                                                                             Carleton college, being one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges out there, is offering summer academic programs for high school sophomores. The programs include courses from the Language & Global Issues Institute, Summer Writing Program, Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute, Summer Science Institute, Summer Compute Science Institute, and Summer Humanities Institute. For more information, please visit go.carleton.edu/summer or email summer@carleton.edu.

– SummerScience@Jefferson                                                                                                                                                   Thomas Jefferson University is offering a 4-week summer program for those with strong interests in the biomedical sciences from June 26 to July 21. Applications are due April 14, 2017. For more information, check out their website at http://www.jefferson.edu/university/health-professions/summerscience-jefferson.html

-STEM Summer Program                                                                                                                                                        Temple University is offering series of STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) summer programs from their College of Engineering department. Please check out the programs they offer at https://engineering.temple.edu/academic-programs/stem-summer-programs

-Actuarial Science Summer Camp                                                                                                                                             Are you interested in math/finance? Do you know what it’s like to be an actuary? Lebanon Valley College is hold a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who are interested in becoming an actuary (it’s a good paying job!) Sessions will be held from June 25 to June 30 and another from July 9 to July 14.

For more information on the application, visit http://www.lvc.edu/academics/summer-community-programming/actuarial-science-camp/

-Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp                                                                                                             If you are interested in hands-on laboratory work, please check this summer camp out! You will be able to explore fundamentals of pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and medical ethics. It will be a fun, engaging college environment at Lebanon Valley College, and the sessions will take place  June 25-30 and July 23-28, 2017.  For more information, visit http://www.lvc.edu/academics/summer-community-programming/health-biomedical-sciences-camp/  

Tyler Art Start and Digistart summer program
We would like to nominate two of SLA students entering 11th and 12th grades for the Tyler Art Start/ Digistart program at Temple University. The four week program runs from July 1st to July 26th, 9-12 from Monday to Thursday. Scholarship will be awarded. Please come to college office for nomination form.

Summer Music Technology program at Drexel University
This one-week program for rising seniors uses technology to motivate greater interest in science, engineering, and mathematics. Program will take place July 8-12, 2013. It’s free and Philadelphia students are encouraged to apply.

Drexel Summer Institute
Drexel’s summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel’s labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia’s many resources.

 -UPenn summer program
The Penn Summer Scholars Program is a tuition-free opportunity for academically exceptional Philadelphia public and charter high school students to perform study beyond the level offered in high school and to gain a college experience through participation in a four week summer academy at the University of Pennsylvania.

-UPenn Summer Mentorship Program
The Provost Summer Mentorship Program is an innovative four-week program. Students attending this program will have the opportunity to participate in Penn’s five professional schools (Dental Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Medicine, and Law).

-Black Excel
The number of summer enrichment programs for high school students to consider is incredibly large, and Black Excel gives selected program.

-Lead Business Program (Mrs. Hirschfield highly recommends this program)
Aimed on engaging the youth of diverse backgrounds to convert high potential to high achievement and responsible leadership, the SBI program exposes students to business principles and the skill sets needed for successful business careers.

Engineering and Computer Science Summer Institute are also available.

-Exploration Summer Programs
Explo provides a range of two- and three-week summer options for students ages 9 to 17. Choose from Explo 360, Explo Focus, and Explo English, or mix and match among all the offerings, and prepare to have a truly amazing summer experience.

-Girl’s Leadership Worldwide
Each summer, GLW holds two exciting and transformational nine-day programs for high school girls who desire to make a difference in their own lives, their communities and the world.

-University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy
Held in June and July for 110 students who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers. Students may only apply during their sophomore or junior year of high school.

-Misericordia University- Diversity Institute Leadership Camp
The Misericordia University Diversity Institute Leadership Camp is an opportunity for high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to develop skills in cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution and organization leadership skills. The program is scheduled for the week of June 16- June 20, 2013. Participants will be housed on the campus of Misericordia University, Dallas, PA

-Paid Summer Internship at various universities
This link provides summer opportunities that are paid–unless specifically indicated http://people.rit.edu/~gtfsbi/Symp/highschool.htm

-College Prep at Penn Charter

The College Prep at Penn Charter allows for students to learn about colleges in a college setting. The application deadline is April 7th and starts on June 30th. Please make sure to complete all of the forms necessary to apply!

U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Programs for HS Students:

-The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
The program is for is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required.

-The American Youth Leadership Program
Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.

-Math and Science Upward Bound Program at Temple University
The Temple University’s Math Science Upward Bound Program (MSUB) is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the academic skills and preparation of talented high school students who have an interest in pursuing math or science as a major in college. Once students are selected to participate, they remain in the program through their high school graduation.

-White Williams Scholars
White-Williams Scholars serves high-achieving, low-income Philadelphia public high school students. The organization serves more than 1,400 students each year within most of the public schools in Philadelphia. It provides monthly stipends from $50 to $75 to students who achieve A’s and B’s in all their classes.

-Engineering Summer Programs at Drexel University

Rising Sophomores and Juniors: Summer Music Technology Program is an innovative, one-week learning experience that provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about music production technology and digital audio from Drexel faculty and students.

Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: The Materials Camp is a week-long, hands-on academic day camp to introduce high school students to the exciting and important field of materials science and engineering.

Rising Juniors and Seniors: The Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA) is a five-week, residential summer learning experience where students share an authentic college experience, exploring information technology and computer science through interactive classes, group projects and labs while experiencing college life.

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