Enrichment Opportunities

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is an opportunity for current high school students to also take courses at a community college. All current high school students who wish to be concurrently enrolled at a community college need to get the high school permission form signed by their guidance counselor before they are allowed to register for any course. Each community college has its own form and process for registering for classes so please make sure you read all instructions. The links on this page in the Concurrent Enrollment Information for Local Community Colleges section will take you to the specific campus procedures.

Age restrictions: Most community colleges require students to complete 10th grade before they are allowed to enroll, but some are also open to students who have completed 9th grade. You will need to check the requirements of the community college for all concurrent enrollment age requirements.

Guidelines for Concurrent Enrollment

  • It is not mandatory or expected that high school students take a college class to be admitted to college;
  • All grades will be part of a student’s permanent college record that will follow them in the future;
  • All classes and grades must be reported to colleges;
  • To verify which courses offered at community colleges are UC/CSU transferable and in which category, refer to the online student-transfer information system Assist at assist.org; and
  • Classes taken at a community college will be recorded on a student’s college transcript and will not be transferred back to the high school transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to report college courses on college applications and submit official transcripts during the application process.

Concurrent Enrollment Instructions for De Anza College

If you are interested in taking a class at DeAnza through Concurrent Enrollment, please do the following:

  1. Check to make sure the class you want is being offered this quarter and that you have met the pre-requisites. The pre-requisites are listed in the course description.
  2. Register as a student at DeAnza through CCCApply on DeAnza's website. You will receive your DeAnza ID# by email from "admissions" within 1-3 days.
  3. Once you have received your DeAnza ID number, fill out the blue concurrent enrollment form in the guidance office and list the classes you may want to take. You do not need to indicate which section you want to take, just the course name and number. We are approving you for the course, not a particular day/time. Even if you only plan to take one class, you should list possible classes you are interested in taking in case one of them is full. You will not be able to sign up for a class unless it is listed on your concurrent enrollment form.
  4. You and your parents need to sign on the front and back of the form and submit it your guidance counselor's inbox.
  5. You can pick up your signed and stamped form 2 days after submission from Mrs. Hamilton in the Guidance Office. She is here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  6. Take your completed form to DeAnza's Admissions and Records office (the address is at the top of the DeAnza form).

Concurrent Enrollment Information for local Community Colleges

Please visit the websites below for information specific to concurrent enrollment at each of the following community colleges: 

Part-Time Jobs

Work Permits and Part-Time Jobs

Work Permits

High school students who are under the age of 18 need a work permit if they have a job. Work Permits are issued through the FUHSD District Office which is open year-round. Download a Work Permit Application, and go the the district website at fuhsd.org for information on district hours to turn in the form. Copies of work permits are also available in the College and Career Center A-102. The FUHSD District office is located at 589 west Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale 94087.

The work permit is for your protection and safety. It ensures that employers carry worker compensation insurance. It reminds employers that a student's first job is school and a paid job is secondary. Also that student are not allowed to do work or use equipment that is potentially dangerous or work late hours on a school night.

You will need to sign the form and get the signatures of your parents and of your employer (in two spots).

If you have an on-going job, work permits need to be renewed each school year and for the summer.

You no longer need a work permit once you graduate from high school or turn 18.

Part Time Job Search Engines

There are many resources for Monta Vista students looking for a job. Here are some websites to help you get started:

Youth At Work
A free, online service that links job-seeking youth with hiring employers throughout Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. You may also contact Youth@Work by phone, 408.730.7640 

NOVA for Youth
The Youth Employment Program provides individualized assistance in exploring and developing educational and career goals to youth in the community. All services are free and include: Application/Interview Preparation Workshop, Hire Learning career resource center, Career guidance program funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). 

City of Cupertino 
City of Cupertino is known throughout the world as a center of innovation. Our employees take pride in delivering exceptional customer service to our residents and businesses. Jobs include: Swim Instructor, Lifeguard and Recreation Leader. 

Part Time Jobs for MV Students

Quarter Zero- HS Interns Wanted

We are looking for 1 marketing and business development intern. Responsibilities include: content development + management, data management and cleaning, research, and social media management. We are looking for interns with prior experience or knowledge in managing, collecting, and analyzing data and marketing.

Sensei (Coding Tutor/Instructions)

We are looking for a Sensei (Coding Tutor/Instructor) to join our team of dynamic, energetic, forward thinking minds, working toward our common goal: providing a fun and safe learning environment for children. Our Sensei is the lifeblood of our Code Ninjas center.

Volunteering

Online Resources

Below are some of the volunteer opportunities available in the Silicon Valley. These are opportunities sent to the College and Career Center or found online at sites like:

All For Good Search for events, projects and organizations near you from volunteer sites all around the web.

City of Cupertino All ages are invited to work with and for the Cupertino community which benefits every volunteer in a positive, healthful, and connected manner. Our community volunteers provide a variety of skills, ongoing citizen involvement and widespread service to our City.

Create the Good It is about helping others—whether you have five minutes or five hours. Search ways to help others in your community or post opportunities.

Santa Clara County The County of Santa Clara is committed to connecting volunteers with community needs and promoting volunteerism in Santa Clara County.

VolunteerMatch VolunteerMatch is the #1 volunteer-engagement network. Find volunteer information and listings in your local community now!

Summer Programs

Participation in a summer program is not required or necessary for college admission. Taking a break from academics to work part-time, volunteer, or pursue different hobbies can benefit a student’s college application.
 

Finding a Summer Program 

There are many Summer Enrichment Programs available for students. A list of both local and national programs can be found below. 

Monta Vista does not endorse these programs. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for investigating these programs thoroughly before signing up for any of them. 

Letters of Recommendation and Transcript Requests

Many of these programs require an extensive application process, often asking for the submission of letters of recommendation and/or transcripts. Please complete the Summer Program Recommendation Cover Sheet and review the Summer Program Checklist in addition to contacting your teacher and/or guidance counselor directly. 

If your programs requests your counselor or teacher to provide tests scores; AP, SAT, ACT or subject tests, you will need to provide the scores as counselors and teachers do not have access to them otherwise.

Steps for Summer Program transcript purchase:
  1. Go to the online Student Store
  2. Purchase the number of Summer Program transcripts you will be needing
  3. Print your receipt and bring it to Ms. Parfet in the College and Career Center A-102 **Processing cannot start without receipt**
  4. 4. Wait 5 business days and come pick it up from the College and Career Center A-102.

Summer Program questions should be directed towards Ms. Parfet, College and Career Advisor. 

Arts and Humanities

Local

  • Cal College of Arts Pre-College—San Francisco, CA
    Approximately 250 high school students -- makers, designers, DIYers, and original thinkers from all over the Bay Area and beyond will convene on CCA's Oakland campus and engage in an authentic art-college experience, including residing in CCA housing. You will immerse yourself in a college-level curriculum studying art, architecture, design, and creative writing as you discover what makes the San Francisco Bay Area so ideal.
  • Pre-College Art Experience Program—San Francisco, CA
    Current high school students can take art and design courses at Academy of Art through an Academy-funded scholarship that covers application fees and tuition costs. In addition, students who pass their PCAE classes earn scholarship dollars towards future undergraduate studies at the Academy. It is a great way to get a head start on your university education, build your professional portfolio, and explore a variety of art and design fields. Kick start your future—apply to the PCAE today.
  • SJSU Summer in the City—San Jose, CA
    The Summer in the City Camp at San José State University was established in 2007 to offer junior high and high school students a week of musical immersion and social interaction with one another. Young musicians have the opportunity to work with instructors from San José State University School of Music and Dance as well as renowned musicians from across the country. Campers participate daily in one primary ensemble (choir, band, or orchestra) led by distinguished conductors. 
  • UC Berkeley embARC Academy—Berkeley, CA
    embARC students work on real design projects in a studio environment, and engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a process to develop solutions to authentic urban planning questions. The program's three components together provide a comprehensive framework and multi-disciplinary approach to "placemaking."
  • SCU Young Scholars Program—Santa Clara, CA
    Each year select, highly-motivated high school students explore the world of higher education in a five-week intensive program that includes university courses, advising, and meetings with key people on campus. In addition to college credit, students leave with a hands-on experience of college life. Arts and Humanities courses in: Art, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Religious Studies.

National

  • 360 Media—Urbana, IL
    Get hands-on experience learning about sports and entertainment media from every angle. Personalize your on-campus experience with classes and workshops that interest you the most in the fields of journalism, advertising or media and cinema studies. 
  • Academy of Media Production—Boston, MA
    This four-week workshop program presents students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the required interpersonal skills to be a successful communicator. 
  • Carnegie Mellon Pre-College—Pittsburgh, PA
    Our summer Pre-College programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about - from the classroom to what's happening on weekends. You'll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Cornell Summer Program—Ithaca, NY
    Summer College offers academically motivated high school students an unparalleled opportunity to take courses at a great Ivy League university while earning college credit, working closely with internationally recognized faculty, exploring majors and career options, making friends from around the world, and enjoying the great natural beauty of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. 
  • Dance in the City—New York, NY
    11-day residential intensive including dance performances across the City, technique classes at The Ailey Extension at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and dance related academic at Barnard, one of the top ten colleges for dance in the US. 
  • Design Immersion Days—Los Angeles, CA
    Participants are offered the opportunity to explore careers in architecture and design or simply satisfy deep curiosities about how products, buildings, and environments are designed and made. The culmination of the DID program is a one-day comprehensive portfolio workshop, which is designed to introduce beginning design students to the concepts, techniques, and strategies necessary to complete a successful design portfolio.
  • Grammy Camp—Los Angeles, CA
    GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day non-residential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.
  • High School Summer Institute- St. Louis, MO
    High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs. All of our institutes are taught by Washington University affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Topics include: Creative Writing and Humanities
  • NCSU Design Camp—Raleigh, NC
    Design Camp is a multi–discipline pre-college design program organized by the NC State Design Lab for high school and middle school students. Held each summer, Design Camp informs students about the study of design and raises awareness of the impact of design on all aspects of our everyday lives. 
  • Ringling College of Art and Design Pre-College—Sarasota, FL
    Pre-College is immersive, rigorous, and FUN. All students are enrolled in a full-time program of immersions in the majors as well as courses in art and design fundamentals. Expect to experiment, take risks, push yourself and make mistakes. You will strengthen your ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Summer Discovery U of Texas-Austin—Austin, TX
    As a high school student you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects. Take 2 classes or a full-day academy of your choice. 
  • Young Global Scholars Program—New Haven, CT
    A summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. Arts and Humanities topic include: Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship

Business and Leadership

Local

  • Camp Biz Smart-Silicon Valley Foundation—Santa Clara County, CA
    Students will spend days 1–8 working with their team to create a concept design and writing a business plan. On day 9, teams compete for 1st place as they present their plans and concepts to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs. Day 10 is devoted to a celebration showcasing student team solutions, announcing the awards and the presentation of graduation certificates.
  • Camp Biz Smart-Alumni Accelerator—Santa Clara, CA
    At the BizSmart Alumni Accelerator, self-motivated and directed “idea makers and world shakers” age 12 – 16 will test their entrepreneurial ability and start up knowledge in real world, “pop-up” simulations to bring their product to life and push their dreams into reality. Scrappy young entrepreneurs will learn how to go from garage to global in this one-of-a-kind, life changing 10 day entrepreneurship experience.
  • UC Berkeley Hass School of Business—Berkeley, CA
    The Berkeley Business Academy for Youth introduces youth from around the world to the disciplines and skills that make business work. B-BAY students learn from professors who are at the top of their field and from youth mentors. Class projects and presentations give students hands-on experience in a safe learning environment-all on the vibrant UC Berkeley campus.
  • UC Berkeley Southeast Asian Student Coalition Summer Institute—Berkeley, CA
    Selected students will participate in college workshops, lectures, and other peer-bonding activities while staying in a UC Berkeley dormitory. SASC Summer Institute is an all-expense paid summer program that provides a safe learning environment for Southeast Asian youth. It provides an exciting experience for students who are interested in pursuing a higher education and enhancing their knowledge on Southeast Asian issues.
  • Young Scholars Program—Santa Clara, CA
    Each year select, highly-motivated high school students explore the world of higher education in a five-week intensive program that includes university courses, advising, and meetings with key people on campus. In addition to college credit, students leave with a hands-on experience of college life. Business courses include: Economics. 

National

  • Athena Summer Innovation Institute—New York, NY
    Immersive residential 10-day program, created in conjunction with the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, is a transformative experience for young women who would like to learn from dynamic entrepreneurs about successfully creating and marketing their own startups and creating innovative social change. 
  • Brown Pre-College Leadership—Providence, RI
    The Leadership Institute consists of three foundational elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. You will work with outstanding faculty, undergraduates, and peers in a highly immersive and interactive program. In each course, you will focus intensely on an academic topic such as science, international issues, development, global health, or social entrepreneurship. 
  • Business is Global—Bloomington, IN 
    Throughout the two-week program, you will: Learn about the cultures and communication styles of these regions and countries.Stay in an IU residence hall which has been transformed to reflect the food, décor, and pop culture of the targeted regions.
  • High School Summer Institute- St. Louis, MO
    High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs. All of our institutes are taught by Washington University affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Topics include: Leadership
  • National Youth Leadership Forum Business Innovation—New Haven, CT
    Kick start your career as an entrepreneur and innovator at one of the country’s premiere startup programs. Spend six amazing days on the campus of Yale University learning from business gurus, developing your skills and acumen, and competing against other business-minded high school students in a “shark tank” experience.
  • Summer Discovery U of Texas-Austin—Austin, TX
    As a high school student you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects. Take 2 classes or a full-day academy of your choice. 
  • Summer Entrepreneur Program—Los Angeles, CA
    The Summer Entrepreneur Program at UCLA offers teens from 14 -18 the opportunity to learn from a renowned professor and international business consultant. In this two weeks college program for high school students you will develop an idea from zero to hero. Whether you have a great app idea, a new service to provide your community or a social cause you want to promote to the world, Professor Hindell will help you bring it to life.
  • Wharton Business World—Philadelphia, PA 
    Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is an intensive summer program for a select group of rising high school seniors who want an introduction to a top-notch undergraduate business education and the opportunity to hone their leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Since 1999, LBW has brought students from six continents and nearly every state to the Wharton School.
  • Wharton LEAD Program—Philadelphia, PA 
    All classroom activities for the LEAD Program at Wharton are held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, one of the most sophisticated, large-scale instructional centers of any educational institution in the world. Participants in the LEAD Program at Wharton:
    • Attend lectures by distinguished Wharton School faculty and visiting corporate executives.
    • Engage in challenging team-based assignments.
    • Visit corporations and institutions in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
  • US Naval Academy-Summer Seminar—Annapolis, MD
    Fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. 
  • Young Global Scholars Program—New Haven, CT
    A summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. Business and Leadership topics include: Politics, Law and Economics and International Affairs and Security
  • Young Women's Leadership Institute—New York, NY
    The Young Women's Leadership Institute (YWLI) takes the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. Participants should be curious, passionate, and willing to take risks. YWLI will allow you to develop those qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. 

HEALTH

Local

  • CHORI (Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute)— Oakland, CA
    The objective of this program is to provide clinical research training opportunities for High School students. The focus is on opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, racial and ethnic minorities, and others who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (e.g., individuals with disabilities). The Program provides the students with a clinical research training experience to stimulate interest in pursuing a career in biomedical, clinical or behavioral research in a friendly and nurturing environment. Scientific mentors in the program work at CHORI and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
  • KP Launch— Various Locations, CA
    Our vision for KP LAUNCH is to positively impact the lives of young adults from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in healthcare careers, and build a pipeline of diverse talent that will become future leaders in health care. This is all part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to high quality care, and being able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of northern California’s increasingly diverse communities.
  • Stanford SMYSP—Stanford, CA
    Stanford Medical Youth Science Program offers a five-week medical summer Residential Program for low-income and underrepresented minority students in grades 10 and 11 from select counties in Northern and Central California. The twenty-four students admitted annually work closely with Stanford faculty, researchers, students, and Stanford Health Care Hospital professionals.
  • Standford CSI—Stanford, CA
    Stanford CSI brings together curious learners from differing backgrounds to actively engage in the exploration of the art and science behind world-class medicine. Discover, contribute and make meaningful connections and friendships while working alongside dedicated and dynamic Stanford medical students, residents and faculty, who are all eager to share the joy they have found in medicine.

National

  • ASU Summer Health Institute—Tempe, AZ
    Interested in becoming a physician, dentist, physical therapist, optometrist, physician assistant, occupational therapist, or a healthcare provider? The Summer Health Institute @ ASU will provide students who have completed their junior year of high school the opportunity to live on the ASU Downtown campus for a week while experiencing a variety of inter-professional health related activities
  • Brandeis Global Youth Summit—Waltham, MA
    The Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine (GYS) is a prestigious and challenging program for rising high school juniors and seniors — students with a passion for medicine and science, who are leaders in their schools and communities.
  • High School Summer Institute- St. Louis, MO
    High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs. All of our institutes are taught by Washington University affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Topics include: Pre-Medical
  • Summer Discovery U of Texas-Austin—Austin, TX
    As a high school student you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects. Take 2 classes or a full-day academy of your choice. 
  • UCI Pre-Med Program—Irvine, CA
    The Summer Premed Program is a two-week program dedicated to fostering the interest of high school students toward careers in medicine. This program combines didactic lectures given by distinguished UC Irvine faculty members and hands-on workshops to provide a first-rate exposure to the medical field. All activities are geared toward an “insider’s look” at being a medical student.
  • USC 2 week Pre-Health—Los Angeles, CA
    The 2-Week college immersion program offers high school students experience at the University of Southern California in a subject area of their choice. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, allowing students to explore new areas of study or build on their high school coursework. In this introduction to kinesiology and movement science course, you will learn about major scientific foundations of key domains including exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning. 
  • UTMB Biomedical Health Careers Academy—Galveston, TX
    Participants in the career academy will spend five, full days on campus: Exploring various careers through tours, presentations and a variety of hands-on activities in state-of-the-art learning facilities in UTMB’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Learning about the educational requirements for these careers, how to academically prepare for them and admission processes. Shadowing role models and more!
  • Young Global Scholars Program—New Haven, CT
    A summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. Health Care topic includes: Biological and Biomedical Science

STEM

Local

  • Berkeley Foundation Information Technology—Berkeley, CA
    The Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT) is committed to increasing the number of historically underrepresented ethnic minorities and women pursuing careers in computing and IT. We do so by providing youth with the knowledge, resources, practical programming skills and guidance necessary to pursue bachelors and advanced degrees in computer science and engineering. We work in partnership with colleagues and organizations in the Bay area to provide educational programs that expose middle and high school students to the beauty, joy and promising future of computing. 
  • Blue Stamp Engineering—Palo Alto, CA
    Students learn what it’s like to complete a real engineering project before attending college. Projects, tools, and equipment are similar to those used by universities and engineering companies. All projects involve the complete design cycle, with all the challenges, pitfalls, and rewards. Students can use program to prepare for technical clubs in high school/college.
  • Education Unlimited-Computer Camps—Stanford, CA
    Web design and software programming are perhaps the most sought-after skills in this hi-tech era. For tech-savvy students who want a leg up in the competition by building critical computer skills early in life, or for students who just love gaming, design and logic, Education Unlimited’s Computer Camp offers hands-on instruction in both creative and practical computer skills.
  • Microsoft High Tech Camp
    Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. One of our signature programs, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. We continue to look for opportunities to give young people a chance to experience, firsthand, what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology.
  • Mindspark Summer—Sunnyvale, CA
    Courses in Java, Web Development and Business Technology. Students will leave with various different completed projects and assignments. Less time for lectures, more time for building websites and applications.
  • Science Internship Program UCSC—Santa Cruz, CA
    Projects are designed by the mentors based on their own research interests, and they are quite different from any lab a high school student will do in a science class. Things may go wrong, the project may go down a new route, and the SIP intern’s result may end up disproving the initial hypothesis. But no matter what happens, the intern can be assured that she/he will wind up knowing something that no one knew before!
  • Summer Engineering Seminar—Santa Clara, CA
    This special summer experience is for current high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in exploring the field of engineering. The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and the nature of life at Santa Clara University. 
  • Tech Museum of Innovation-Volunteer—San Jose, CA
    Each volunteer is a key component of The Tech’s mission to inspire the innovator in everyone. We do this through exhibits, content and programs that encourage hands­-on learning. Volunteers are required to attend a 90­-minute orientation session and, for those who volunteer in our galleries, a three­-hour museum exhibits training session. We offer these sessions on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
  • UC COSMOS—Santa Cruz, CA
    COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools.
  • Young Scholars Program—Santa Clara, CA
    Each year select, highly-motivated high school students explore the world of higher education in a five-week intensive program that includes university courses, advising, and meetings with key people on campus. In addition to college credit, students leave with a hands-on experience of college life. STEM courses in: Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

National

  • Boston Leadership-Biological Research—Wellesley, MA
    Students conduct biological research and explore the extremely hot topic of synthetic biology in this award-winning summer pre-college program.  Synthetic Biology is a new and exciting field in which engineers design genetic systems that can improve people’s lives.

  • Center for Excellence Research Science Institute—Cambridge, MA
    Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.
  • Cornell Engineering Diversity Program—Ithaca, NY
    Express your creativity and explore your passions! Push the limits of your imagination! Reward yourself for being great in math and science! Lead a career in science, business, medicine, law, politics, natural resources, or countless other areas! Work with people from various backgrounds and cultures! Make the world a better place to live!
  • Embry Riddle Computer Engineering—Prescott, AZ
    Students will also learn about printed circuit board design and fabrication, soldering surface mount components, and designing their own applications for the Arduino to be used in labs. Labs will consist of creating a prototype design on a breadboard, and verifying the design works using our state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment. This summer program will enable participants to take their interest in computer, electrical, and software engineering to the next level.
  • Game Experience America—Seattle, WA
    The Game Experience is unlike any other game camp or summer camp available today. So what sets us apart? The Game Experience is a comprehensive, integrated and all-inclusive game camp designed for today's students. With a combination of Life Cycle Learning, next level activities, game company tours and a world-class travel experience highlighting Seattle’s best attractions, sights, sounds, cuisine and experiences, the Game Experience difference is a game changer.  
  • High School Summer Institute- St. Louis, MO
    High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs. All of our institutes are taught by Washington University affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Topics include:  Pre-Engineering, Environmental StudiesPhilosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology (PNP) 
  • Research Mentorship Program—Santa Barbara, CA
    The Research Mentorship Program is a competitive, six-week summer program that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Students will be paired up with a mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) and choose a research project from a large list of disciplines offered by the program each year.
  • Science and Engineering Research Academy—Santa Barbara, CA
    The Science & Engineering Research Academy is a dynamic, 4-week residential and commuter summer program that introduces qualified high school students to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in STEM-related fields. Students will take a 4-unit university course where they choose and develop a research topic specific to the track they select, under the direction of an instructor who is conducting active research in that field.
  • Summer Discovery U of Texas-Austin—Austin, TX
    As a high school student you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects. Take 2 classes or a full-day academy of your choice. 
  • US Naval Academy-Summer STEM—Annapolis, MD 
    Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming a STEM professional requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in the sciences and mathematics.
  • Young Global Scholars Program—New Haven, CT
    A summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. STEM topics include: Applied Science and Engineering and Frontiers of Science and Technology

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