The following programs are excellent opportunities for high school students to sample college life, explore career interests and majors, get their foot in the door at various colleges, and possibly earn college credit. Upcoming programs and opportunities will be added as we receive the information. Teenlife.org provides a searchable database of thousands of summer programs, gap year experiences, and volunteer opportunities from all over the country. https://www.teenlife.com/
AgDiscovery: AgDiscovery is a two week residential outreach program sponsored by different USDA programs for high school students in partnership with selected universities. The program is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture. It allows students to live on a college campus and learn about different agriculture careers from university professors, scientists, and other professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields.
Anytown Youth Leadership Institute: Anytown Youth Leadership Institute is an eight-day, full immersion, residential program for high school youth interested in making their school and community environments more socially just. Participants have the opportunity to explore topics of discrimination through experiential exercises and group dialogue, while making close friends from across the state and St. Louis region. Students leave Anytown as young people dedicated to creating a society based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect.
Apex Leadership Summit at Ole Miss: Selected rising seniors (current juniors/Class of 2019) will experience a program packed with leadership development, team building, and sessions covering ethics and social responsibility, problem-solving, and developing a leadership resume. Ole Miss staff and student leaders will supervise team-building sessions. Students will also participate in the Rebel Challenge Ropes Course, community outreach projects, and informational meetings with various academic programs.
Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference: The Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program provides opportunities for Missouri youth (high school juniors & seniors) to gain skills that will assist them in becoming leaders in their communities and schools. This free program promotes the importance of leadership, physical fitness, higher education, and a healthy lifestyle. During the 3-day conference, students will engage in activities that will encourage the students to step up and be leaders amongst themselves. All of the students will participate in both indoor and outdoor team activities. The program is held on Mizzou's campus.
Camp Cardiac: Camp Cardiac is a 1-week summer day camp running daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The camp is open to all high school students (including Spring/Summer 2018 graduates) at least 15 years and older as of first day of assigned session. Camp includes CPR certification, hands-on workshops, intro to various healthcare careers, and much more. Although Camp Cardiac's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine. Scholarships are available. Held at Washington University School of Medicine.
Camp Neuro: Camp Neuro is a 1-week summer day camp running daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The camp is open to all high school students (including Spring/Summer 2018 graduates) at least 15 years and older as of first day of assigned session. Camp includes hands-on workshops, basic knowledge lectures, brain dissection (pig), intro to various healthcare careers, and much more. Although Camp Neuro's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine. Scholarships are available. Held at Washington University School of Medicine.
Center for American Archeology Summer Field Schools: High School Field School is your opportunity to be an archaeologist. Join the summer field crew and participate in real archaeological research alongside professional archaeologists. You will learn how to do fieldwork, laboratory work, identify artifacts, and more as you investigate the Golden Eagle site. Students 13-17 may enroll for one to four weeks. Weeks enrolled do not need to be consecutive. No experience is necessary. High school seniors may enroll, but graduated seniors should enroll in Adult Field School.
Cultural Leadership High School Program: Cultural Leadership is looking for curious, courageous, change-the-world type high-school freshmen and sophomores to participate in the 13th class of its award winning, year-long youth educational, social justice, and leadership program. Students participate in an intensive year of over 420 hours of programming, including cultural activities, dialogue sessions, travel/study, public speaking, leadership training, and facilitated discussions on diversity and creating social change.
Cyber Warrior Camp at Fontbonne University: Free daytime summer camp open to high school students. Students will learn about cyber security principles, creating strong passwords, safe online behavior, detecting SPAM and phishing, abstraction, data hiding and more. No coding experience needed.
Duke University Summer Academy: A three-week non-credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of global citizens from around the world. Enroll in this elite program and immerse yourself in an international experience designed to provide an academic and residential environment through which you will gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders. Students currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply.
Duke University Summer College: Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world. This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment that is conducive to collegiate success. Current 10th or 11th grade students are eligible to apply.
Eastern Illinois University English Studies Camp: The EIU English Studies Summer Camp is a unique program that allows students to customize their program of study, selecting two sessions from a range of offerings in creative writing, literature, professional/academic writing, media studies, and more. Students grow academically and socially as they prepare for college and are mentored by expert faculty who share their passion for reading and writing. Students receive individual attention through small class sizes and gain skills in analyzing and crafting texts and expressing their ideas both verbally and through writing.
Illinois Institute of Technology Summer Programs: Want to develop leadership skills, complete a design project, or understand how Google Maps work? If you’re interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, or computers, you’ll find plenty to keep you both busy and excited at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) summer camp programs for high school students. Many subject areas available.
Leadership in Practice: The Leadership in Practice program uses real-life activities and challenges to prepare students for succes in high school, college and beyond. It engages students by putting them through hands-on simulations and activities with experienced facilitators and community leaders from around the state. The program is hosted by Missouri Chamber Foundation and held at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Applicants must currently be enrolled in 9th grade.
Maryville University Pre-College Summer Programs: Maryville University offers a variety of fun and interesting pre-college programs for teens. The programs allow students to improve their athletic skills, expand their artistic vision, explore the sciences and discover the exciting place where sports and business intersect.
Miami University of Ohio Summer Scholars Program: The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program and participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest.
Missouri Boys State Program: The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning. Candidates must have completed his junior year at a MO high school and exhibit qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, and citizenship. Students and their families are not allowed to pay the $400 pogram fee to participate. The fee is paid by one or more sponsors such as American Legion posts, businesses, and civic groups/organizations.
Missouri S&T (Rolla) Summer Camps: Missouri University of Science and Technology offers summer programs connecting high school students to unique college preparation and academic enrichment activities. A variety of programs are offered designed to increase the number and diversity of students prepared to enter college and successfully pursue science, technology, engineering and math degrees.
Mizzou CAFNR Summer Academies: Mizzou's College of Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources offers a variety of summer programs including Life Sciences Quest for students interested in animal, human and plant sciences. Activities include extracting DNA and enzymes, discussing ethical issues in agriculture and touring plant and biotechnology companies in St. Louis. Some of programs are free.
Mizzou High School Mini Medical School: The University of Missouri School of Medicine offers an exciting and informative summer experience for high school students interested in a career in medicine. This one week program gives students a preview of life as an MU medical student. Students who will begin their senior year in the fall of 2018 are eligible. ACT scores and GPAs are considered, but the selection committee is very interested in the following: 1) student response to essay question 2) academic effort and success 3) involvement in extracurricular activities 4) high school science teacher recommendation.
Monmouth College Scholars Academy: An intense, residential, pre-college experience, the Scholars Academy at Monmouth College will be the only program of its kind in Illinois and one of few of its kind in the Midwest. Held June 16-28, the two-week program will give academically talented rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity “to try on the life of a college student". In addition to an intellectual immersion in a highly personalized learning environment, academy participants will have opportunities to sharpen their leadership skills. Students will engage in discussions and activities focused on leadership and hear from leaders within the College and community. They’ll also participate in leadership activities that will help them build problem-solving skills and self-confidence.
Murray State University Commonwealth Honors Academy: The Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) is an exciting, challenging three-week academic, social and personal growth program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year. Upon completion of the program, students will receive six hours of university credit, have the opportunity to take six additional hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during their senior year, and be awarded a four-year, $2,000 per year housing scholarship to MSU. Eligible students must have completed their junior year of high school, a 3.5 GPA, and a 25 ACT score.
Oxbridge Academic Programs: Oxbridge offers outstanding summer programs for high school students in grades 9-12 in the US (Boston, LA, NYC) and Europe (England, France, Spain). A strong emphasis on experiential learning turns exceptional cities into living classrooms. Teachers hold classes in some of the world's greatest museums and galleries. A limited number of scholarships are available based equally on financial need and the student's ability to contribute to the program in the broadest sense.
Penn Engineering Summer Academy: The Engineering Summer Academy welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level. The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world. Admissions is highly selective and designed for students entering 10th-12th grade in the Fall. Held on the campus of University of Pennsylvania.
Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University: Energizing 8-day program for motivated high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. For over 20 years, the Reynolds Workshop has brought together young writers who are passionate about writing and eager to connect to a close-knit community of writing friends. Students experience small, intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with people who have made writing their career. The workshop is held on the campus of Denison University, a leading liberal arts college, in the village of Granville, Ohio.
Rutgers University Pre-College Summer Academies: Choose from three intensive one-week residential certificate programs focused on engineering, STEM, and leadership. These summer academies are designed for high school juniors and seniors ages 16-18 with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Prior coursework in Pre-Calculus and Physics is recommended for the Pre-Engineering and iSTEM Academies.
STL Youth Jobs: STL Youth Jobs provides meaningful paid employment experience, job readiness training, and financial literacy training. The 8-week paid summer employment program includes job readiness training, 160 hours of paid employment at $9.00/hr and support from a job coach. This program is available to youth living in the Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Tower Grove East, Bevo Mill, Walnut Park East/West, Mark Twain, Penrose, O’Fallon and Baden neighborhoods of St. Louis City, as well as North St. Louis County.
St. Louis University Visiting Young Scholars Program: This program provides the opportunity for a select group of current high school students to begin their college experience in regular lower division Saint Louis University classes on the SLU campus prior to high school graduation. The VYS Program attempts to bridge the gap between high school honors courses, AP classes or dual credit opportunities and full-time college student status. Eligible participants will be entering 11th or 12th grade in the Fall, have a 3.5 GPA, and a 28 ACT score.
Summerfuel: Summerfuel offers personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. A wide range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun. Students who join the challenging pre-college programs or authentic language and cultural immersion programs develop essential skills that put them ahead of the game. The programs are designed to broaden academic and personal horizons.
Teen Institute for Prevention Leaders: Teen Institute is a four-day retreat held at Sojourn retreat center in Dittmer, MO. The program is for teens who are concerned about substance misuse, want to do something about it, and have the peer respect to be heard. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in Fall 2018, demonstrate leadership potential, be involved in school/community activities, and be willing to serve as a resource in their school/community.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program: The Summer Scholars program provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of our partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country. Scholars receive a full or partial scholarship, based on financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. Academically high-achieving female students entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2018 are eligible.
UMSL Bridge Program Summer Academy: The UMSL Bridge Program Summer Academy is held from mid-June to mid-July for students in grades 9th and 10th. The Summer Academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.
University of Dayton Pre-College Summer Programs: University of Dayton offers programs that allow you to earn college credit while you're still in high school. Take regular college courses through the Summer Advancement Program. An Entrepreneurship 101 program as well as Summer Sustainability: Food Systems program are also offered. The U of Dayton School of Engineering also offers a variety of programs for those interested in exploring the field of engineering.
WEBSITE: https://udayton.edu/apply/undergraduate/hsprograms/index.php and https://udayton.edu/engineering/k-12-programs/index.php
Washington University High School Summer Institutes: The High School Summer Institutes explore a specialized interest, career, or major. Institutes combine traditional class and lab curriculum with field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities. These are non-credit undergraduate level academic programs. Students live on campus and participate in a number of activities outside of class including seminars, workshops, and social events. Scholarship assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need. A number of institutes with various subject matter are offered. Current 9th -11th grade students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply. Space is limited so consider applying early.
Washington University High School Summer Scholars Program: Students have the opportunity to enroll in courses and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. In addition to coursework, students participate in college-readiness seminars, academic support groups, and a variety of weekend and evening social events. Scholarship assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need. Eligible students must be a current sophomore or junior, a 3.5 GPA, and a 25 ACT score.
Webster University School of Communications Summer Camps: Webster University offers a variety of summer camps and programs that are instructional, educational and fun. These programs stimulate young minds and bodies with activities that make learning unique and exciting. Summer camps are offered in Filmmaking, Game Design, Music Recording, and Sports Communication.
Westminster (Fulton, MO) STEM Academy: Explore how physics, environmental science, math, and chemistry impact your daily life and the entire world. You will earn one hour of college credit when you complete the Westminster STEM Academy. For high school students entering sophomore year in Fall 2018 through graduating Class of 2018 seniors.
ZooTeens Volunteer Program: ZooTeens is a volunteer opportunity at the Saint Louis Zoo available during the busy summer season. The ZooTeens group will consist of high school teens, ages 15-18, seeking volunteer experience. At a minimum, teens will volunteer for a weekly 4-hour shift during the summer.