If hiking, biking, and sports are not your first choice in summer programs for your child you are probably considering an academic camp for the summer. There are tons, so how do you choose? Here is a good place to start!
SuperCamp – This academic summer experience has been around for over 30 years and boasts that over 64,000 students from 85 countries have participated in SuperCamp programs. The goals of the program are not only academic but also focus on bettering relationships with peers and family.
Here are SuperCamp statistics:
• 73 percent of students increase their grades.
• Students average 100-point increases on their SAT scores.
• 77 percent of graduates have gone directly to a four-year college after high school. (Note: The national average is 46 percent.)
• 77 percent report an improvement in family relationships
• 93 percent improve peer relationships
• 81 percent feel more confident in their daily lives
• 84 percent feel their self-esteem was higher
SuperCamp focuses on study strategies, reading, writing, note taking, memory, math, SAT/ACT, leadership skills and more. US locations for summer include but are not limited to, Brown University, UCLA, Wake Forest University and Stanford University. For more information visitwww.supercamp.com.
AwesomeMath – This is a three-week summer camp for students who excel in mathematics. Students come from around the world to expand mathematical knowledge. The University of Texas at Dallas, Cornell University and the University of California, Santa Cruz will host this years Awesome Math summer programs. Students from grades 6-11 are invited. For more information visitwww.awesomemath.org.
MIT Summer Programs
MIT offers “highly selective programs for summer”, programs that are currently offered:
Launch is a four-week program that allows high school students to launch a company. The program teaches children skills to develop and implement a company. The program is offered to 30-40 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a six-week program for high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering and entrepreneurship, especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population. The program is free of charge to participating students.
Research Science Institute (RSI) is a six-week program that emphasizes advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. Participants attend college-level classes and complete hands-on research. Open to high school juniors, the program is free of charge for those selected.
Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week program for female high school students. Students explore engineering through hands-on classes (taught by female MIT graduate students), labs, and team-based projects in the summer after their junior year.
Summer Science Program is a residential science research program. Students learn mathematics, physics, astronomy, and programming over the program's 6 weeks. The curriculum is organized around a central research project: to determine the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations.
For more information visit:http://mitadmissions.org/apply/prepare/summer
Spend your summer at Harvard!
The summer program at Harvard offers many activities to prepare high school students for college. The program has a college fair with more than 50 colleges in attendance. Represented schools include Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, George Washington University, MIT, Middlebury, Rice, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Tufts, the Universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania, Wellesley, Williams, Yale, and other universities.
Harvard’s summer program also has trips to several colleges in the New England area, Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. The trips allow for students to speak with students on campus as well as the admissions office staff.
The staff also provides college advice through appointments and panel discussions. Workshops are provided to students to help prepare college application essays and test-taking skills.
For more information visit:www.summer.harvard.edu/courses