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California Summer Program and Camp Descriptions
Program: Academic Talent Development Program (UC Berkeley) for High School, Middle School, and Elementary Students: Berkeley, California Description: UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) offers challenging summer courses for highly motivated young scholars. For over 30 years, the program has invited excellent students from the Bay Area and around the world, from all backgrounds. We offer rigorous and exciting summer courses for elementary, middle, and high school students.
We offer three programs: Secondary Division provides accelerated and enrichment courses for students completing Grades 7 through 11. It is held for six weeks on the UC Berkeley campus. Elementary Division offers stimulating and immersive classes for students completing Kindergarten through Grade 6. It is held for three weeks in Point Richmond (nine miles northwest of Berkeley). Global Programs offers international students the option of applying for courses as individuals through Elementary Division or Secondary Division.
Please check our website for application deadlines and apply early when possible. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis. Start an application online, download forms, and receive updates on the ATDP UC Berkeley website.
Program: Alexa Café: All-Girls STEM Camp Held at Top Campuses Nationwide Description: Calling all girls: learn STEM in a uniquely collaborative environment! At Alexa Café, girls ages 10-15 discover a passion for technology in a unique environment that celebrates creativity, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.
Weeklong, collaborative courses are taught in small groups of just 8 girls per instructor—guaranteed—for the most personalized instruction. Girls learn engineering principles, code games, design websites, model 3D characters, snap photos, create films, print 3D objects, and much more. Plus, they get hands-on experience with big-name software from companies like Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, and SparkFun.
Alexa Café is held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including UC Berkeley, Rice, Bryn Mawr, and Georgia Tech. In addition to this all-girls summer program, iD Tech also offers weeklong camps for kids and teens, early-education STEM programs, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform.
We believe that technology should be fun and meaningful. At Alexa Café, it’s all that and more. Join us as we inspire the next generation of makers. More than 235,000 students have attended our family-owned camps since 1999. Visit us online at our website to find a camp near you.
Program: California College of the Arts Summer Program for High School Students and Middle School Students: San Francisco, California Description: California College of the Arts offers a summer pre-college program for high school students. Students have the opportunity to improve their art skills, learn from experts in the field, and utilize the resources at the college. Participants: High school students. Program website: California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Art Program
Program: UC Berkeley Perception Science Summer Internship Program for High School Students: Berkeley, California Description: This internship offers advanced high-school students the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge research in vision science. In this immersive experience, students will be involved in every step of the research process, and will be working alongside Whitney lab members to create and test novel research paradigms. Additionally, students will learn advanced computer coding and statistical analysis techniques that are fundamental to a successful career in all scientific fields. This is a fee-based program; full fee waivers are available for accepted low-income students. Program Dates are: July 10th- August 4th. Participants: High school students. Program website: Berkeley Perception Science Internship
Program: University of California, Berkeley Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: Berkeley, California Description: California Berkeley offers summer pre-college program for high school students that is designed to provide participants with a chance to learn about topics of interests, meet motivated peers, and get a taste of college life. Participating students have a chance to take part in curricular and co-curricular activities, which lead to a productive summer experience. Participants: High school students. Program website: UC Berkeley Pre-Collegiate Summer Program
Program: UC Davis Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students (rising 11th and 12th Graders): Davis, California Description: Explore life beyond high school with the UC Davis Pre-College Program. Offering four different “majors” to choose from, our two and three-week summer residential programs give students the hands-on opportunity to enjoy a true college experience – live in the dorms, learn leadership skills, work with brilliant researchers… All at UC Davis, one of the world’s top research universities. Participants: High school students entering 11th and 12th grades. Program website: UC Davis Pre-College Program
Program: University of California, Davis Summer Research Program for High School Students: Davis, California Description: The University of California, Davis offers an academic research program that is designed for motivated high school students. Participants have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in the field of science and to work closely with faculty members. Students also have a chance to experience life on a college campus. Participants: High school students. Program website: University of California, Davis Young Scholars Program
Program: University of California Irvine Summer Scholars Program for High School Students: Irvine, California Description: UC Irvine offers a summer academic program for high school students. Participating students have a chance to prepare for college, take college level courses, and engage in co-curricular activities. Students also participate in seminars with other members of the Summer Scholars Program. Participants:High school students. Program website: University of California, Irvine Summer Scholars Program
Program: UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute for High School Students: Los Angeles, California Description: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a highly competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists.
NANOTECH LECTURES AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Access to scholain 15 cutting-edge labs from 7 nationally top-ranked departments operating at the forefront of nanoscience research.
IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE: The program culminates in a public presentation + exhibition of student’s think-tank research.
EXPERIENCE COLLEGE AND BUILD A UNIQUE PORTFOLIO: Earn 4 units of transferable UCLA College credits! Students have full access to all UCLA facilities.
EXPLORE ART AND SCIENCE IN LOS ANGELES: Tours and field trips to museums and laboratories in and around Los Angeles.
Program: California Summer Music for High School Students and Middle School Students: Sonoma, California Description: California Summer Music offers programs that are designed to help young musicians enhance their music skills. Specialized instruction is provided to help students grow musically and technically. The programs offer individuals instruction, ensemble coaching, and practice time. Participating students have the opportunity to embrance music through the summer program. Participants: High school students, middle school students and young adults. Program website: California Summer Music
Program: California Polytechnic Summer Engineering Program for High School Students and Middle School Students: San Luis Obispo, California Description: California Polytechnic University offers a Summer Engineering Program (EPIC) designed to be an enjoyable summer camp to help high school students and middle school students better understand the field of engineering. Students will learn that engineering is all about helping people and making our world better. EPIC is open to those going into 7th – 12th grade in the fall following EPIC. Participants: High school students and middle school students (grades 7 – 12). Program website: Cal Poly Summer Engineering Program for High School Students
Program: California Riverside Summer Program for High School Students: Riverside, California Description: UC Riverside offers a summer program for high school students that is designed to provide constructive experiences. Students have the opportunity to take college level courses, learn about topics of interest, meet faculty members, and get a taste of college life. Participants: High school students. Program website: UC Riverside Summer Academy
Program: UC San Diego Academic Connection Summer Program: San Diego, California Description: The UC San Diego Academic Connections Summer Program enables high school students to take courses during the summer. Students have a variety of course options, which enables them to learn about topics of interest. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience on a college campus and to participate in co-curricular activities. Participants: High school students. Program website: UC San Diego Academic Connections
Program: University of California, Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs for High School Students: Santa Barbara, California Description: UC Santa Barbara offers a variety of summer programs for high school students. The summer programs are designed to provide a productive summer for all students and to meet the individual interests of students. Participating students have the opportunity to learn about topics of interests, gain college level experiences, get a taste of college life, and meet peers as well as faculty members. Participants: High school students. Program website: UC Santa Barbara Summer Pre-College Programs
Program: California State University, Stanislaus Summer Music Camp for High School Students and Middle School Students: Turlock, California Description: California State University, Stanislaus provides a music camp that is designed to help students improve their skills as musicians in an enjoyable environment. Students have the opportunity to receive individualized, small ensemble, and large ensemble instruction. The summer camp is also designed to provide unique experiences to help students enhance their musical knowledge and enjoyment. There are a variety of summer camp sessions to choose from based on a student’s musical interests. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: CSU, Stanislaus Summer Music Camp
Program: Camp BizSmart Business and Entrepreneurship Academy: Held at Locations in California Description: Camp BizSmart is the only summer entrepreneur academy for “Tweenpreneurs” where innovative companies with passionate and inspirational Founders/CEO’s challenge student teams to solve real world business problems, design product solutions and pitch them to angel investors at Microsoft. Our Summer Silicon Valley programs are operated at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Day and Residential programs are available. Students receive coaching from industry experts and entrepreneur mentors throughout the 2 week session utilizing hands-on project learning to gain essential skills. In addition to the 2 week programs, there is a one week Shark Tank type program for 11-15 yr olds as well as a 3 day introduction program to product innovation for 11-15 year olds and for 16-19 year olds a special 6 day Product Innovation Crowdfunding program for 16-19 year olds. Please see the website for more information on all of these programs. Participants: Programs are available for students 11-15 and 16-19 yr olds. Program website: Camp BizSmart
Program: Camp Whittier for Teens and Kids: Santa Barbara, California Description: Camp whittier is a summer camp that offers students the opportunity to enjoy nature, meet new friends, and participate in a variety of summer enrichment activities. Students have the opportunity to engage in poetry, dance, singing, and outdoor activities. Participants: Summer camp – students ages 6 – 13; Leadership program: Students ages 14 – 17 Program website: Camp Whittier Summer Camp
Program: Chapman University High School Workshop in Economics: Orange, California Description: Chapman University offers a summer workshop that is available for rising junior and senior high school students. The workshop focuses on helping students learn about economics and gain exposure to the area of experimental economics. Students have the opportunity to participate in discussions, hands-on activities, and problem-based learning. Overall, participating students have the opportunity to learn about the field economics in a college setting. Participants:Rising junior and senior high school students in the local area. Program website: a href=”http://www.chapman.edu/research-and-institutions/economic-science-institute/conferences-and-workshops/high-school-workshop.aspx” target=”_blank”>Chapman University Summer Economics Workshop
Program: COSMOS California Summer Program in Math and Science for High School Students: Locations in California Description: COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program in California for students with a demonstrated aptitude for academic and professional careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students 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. Through challenging curriculum that is both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields. Participants: Talented and motivated students completing grades 8 – 12. Program website: California Summer Math and Science Program
Program: Emagination Computer Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Multiple Locations Description: Technology learning PLUS Summer Camp Fun!
Emagination blends the latest in technology with fun non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience for kids & teens ages 8 -17. Two-week sessions allow time to make friends and become part of a community.
Beginners to experts choose three technology workshops. Create Digital Media – 3D Modeling, Digital Music, Photoshop. Learn to Code – Minecraft Modding, iApps, Scratch, Java, C#. Design Video Games – RPG, Action, Strategy, Mobile, Minecraft. Discover Engineering – Robots and RC Cars.
A Balanced Camp Experience
The experience at Emagination Computer Camps differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Emagination balances technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps.University locations in Fairfield, Connecticut and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. It’s Worth the Trip!
Program: embARC Summer Design Academy for High School Students at the University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, California Description: embARC is an intensive four-week summer design academy for high school students held at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED). The program is comprised of four components: an Architecture and Urban Design Studio, in which instruction on freehand sketching, drafting, model building and digital representation will teach students how to conceptualize and communicate two and three-dimensional design ideas; a Sustainable Planning Workshop, where students will engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a community change process by developing solutions to an authentic urban planning question; a Lecture Series, in which CED faculty and professionals in the field of environmental design will introduce students to the history and theory behind current ideas in the realms of urban design, community development and sustainable city planning; and a Design-Build project, where students will work alongside trained shop staff to build full-sized structures for the benefit of a local non-profit community partner. Students who fulfill the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion and 1 unit of college credit (graded pass/no pass) on an official UC Berkeley transcript. Residential and commuter options are available. Participants: High school students entering their senior year of school and exceptional students entering their junior year are encouraged to apply. To apply, students must complete the on-line application found on the embARC website. Enrollment is limited and students are encouraged to apply early. Program website: embARC Summer Design Pre-College Program
Program: Experience America – Project Fashion Summer Program for High School Students Entering Grades 10, 11, and 12: Los Angeles, California Description: Spend two weeks in sunny Los Angeles learning what it takes to make it in the fashion industry. You’ll attend classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FiDM), a preeminent design college across the globe. The professors are industry experts who will bring their experience and knowledge straight to you. You’ll participate in hands-on workshops developing skills like trend spotting, fashion sketching, prop styling, draping, pattern design, and more! When you’re not in class you’ll get to explore the city with other students who have the same passion for fashion. Activities include Universal Studios, Outdoor Movie, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, LA Dodgers Baseball Game, Warner Brother Studio Tour, and beach days at Venice and Santa Monica. You’ll also get a private behind-the-scenes company tour and hear from what it’s like to work in the fashion industry. Come join us and have the summer of a life time! Participants: High school students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Program website: Project Fashion
Program: iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens: Universities in California Description: This summer, explore a top campus, make friends as you master new tech skills, and join a community of more than 275,000 alumni. At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 can learn to code, build websites, design video games, experience virtual reality, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, and more! These weeklong, day and overnight summer programs are held at prestigious campuses nationwide. iD Tech summer courses are inclusive of every skill level and learning style. Tech-savvy instructors teach curriculum in small groups of just 8 students per instructor and campers enjoy long-term benefits that extend into future careers. iD Tech also offers early-education STEM programs, all-girls tech camps, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform. Get started today at www.idtech.com or call (888)709-8324 and join us as we inspire the makers of tomorrow. Participants: Kids and teenagers (7-17). Summer program website: iD Tech Camps: Weeklong Computer Tech Camps for Kids and Teens
Program: iD Game Design & Development Summer Academy for Teens: Held at Stanford University and UC Irvine Description: Our pre-college programs immerse teens in the world of video game design and development. With personalized instruction and never more than 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—this isn’t a classroom. The pressure is off so you can learn to create video games naturally. Courses are led by hand-selected industry professionals. We’re talking indie game designers. Big-time game developers. 3D level designers. You’ll gain valuable STEM skills, work hands-on with cutting-edge software, and gain Industry Insights to see how the pros work. Beyond exposure to game industry essentials, teens can expect late-night gaming tournaments hosted by NVIDIA (including multiplayer console tournaments during evening activities), with titles including Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. Show off your skills in LAN parties after instructional hours. You will hang with new friends, explore campus, and get a taste of college life. Participants: Teenagers – ages 13-18. Summer Program Website: iD Game Design & Development Academy for Teens
Program: iD Coding and Engineering Summer Academy for Teens: Held at Stanford University and UCLA Description: Our 2-week programs immerse teens ages 13–18 in the world of computer science and app development. With personalized instruction and never more than 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—this isn’t a classroom. Our curriculum is customized so you can refine your programming skills at your pace, your way. Courses are led by hand-selected industry professionals. Some come from companies like Microsoft. Some are esteemed university professors on break for the summer. At iD Tech, you’ll gain valuable STEM skills, work hands-on with cutting-edge software, and gain Industry Insights to see how the pros work. Get immersed in the open-ended world of computer science, increase your understanding of application development, and gain a competitive advantage for college and beyond. Join us—build your tech skills, hang with new friends, explore campus, and get a taste of college life and learning. Participants: Teenagers – ages 13-18. Summer program website: iD Coding and Engineering Academy for Teens
Program: Jr. Discovery Summer Enrichment Program for Middle School Students – Held at UCLA Description: Jr. Discovery is a unique 3 week summer enrichment experience for teenagers completing grades 6, 7 and 8. At Jr. Discovery, learning is everywhere – in the classroom, dorm room, dining hall, on-stage, the tennis court or ball field, on trips and excursions, and the daily interaction between peers, dynamic teachers and Resident Counselors. Since 1966, the Musiker Family has been directing outstanding educational experiences for teenagers. As parents ourselves, we realize middle school students are at an important crossroads in their development. Life poses many new challenges, opportunities, emotions, and rewards. Jr. Discovery is designed to facilitate a positive transition from adolescence to young adulthood and from middle school to high school. Our innovative Skills for Mind and Body curriculum inspires independent thinking, creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, time management and life skills. Additionally, through cooperative living and positive mentoring by a superb group of Resident Counselors, our students experience the finest, caring supervision, group dynamics, and mutual respect. Best of all, Jr. Discovery is a summer of new friendships with students from all over the USA and the world. In the Jr. Discovery community, everyone is welcome and everyone belongs. We look forward to welcoming you to our community this summer. Participants: Middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 (ages 12-14). Program website: Jr. Discovery Summer Enrichment Program at UCLA
Program: Loyola Marymount University Summer Programs for High School Students: Los Angeles, California Description: Loyola Marymount University Summer Programs are transformative pre-college experiences designed for motivated high school participants. Rising-sophomores to rising-seniors travel to Los Angeles from across the country – and the world – not only to experience an advanced educational summer activity, but to continue their personal pursuit of a life of discovery, passion, and purpose. A summer at LMU is about so much more than summer school. It is a chance to explore bold new paths, make memories to last a lifetime, and learn what it means to have the heart of an LMU Lion. Participants: Participants will be rising-sophomores to rising-seniors in high school at the start of the summer program. 15-18 years-old. Program website: LMU Summer Programs
Program: River Way Ranch Summer Enrichment Camp for High School Students, Middle School Students, and Kids: Sanger, California Description: River Way Ranch summer camp is held in California and is a residential summer camps for ages 7-16. Campers have the opportunity to experience nature, participate in a wide variety of enrichment activities, develop friendships, and enjoy the camp experience. Participants: High school students, middle school students, and elementary students ages 7 – 16. Program website: Riverway Ranch Camp
Program: Rosetta Institute’s Molecular Biology of Cancer and Molecular Neuroscience Summer Workshops for High School Students: The campuses of the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Diego Description: An advanced class for high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or drug development. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn about normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted to cause the development of cancer. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene of their choice. Exceptions can be made for students who are constrained by certain circumstances. International students are welcome to attend. Participants: Mature, high achieving high school students ages 14-18 who have previously taken high school biology. Program website: Rosetta Institute Summer Workshops
Program: Summer at USC for High School Students: Los Angeles, California Description: The University of Southern California offers a variety of summer programs for high school students. Students have the opportunity to learn about high interest topics, have a productive summer, and gain college level experiences. Summer at USC provides students with the chance to take courses in areas of interest, meet faculty members and other students, and get a taste of college campus life. Participants: High school students. Program website: USC Summer Program
Program: Summer Discovery Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students – Held at UCLA and the University of California, Santa Barbara Description: Summer Discovery is an all-inclusive pre-college experience; living on a college campus, participating in activities, exploring great cities, having fun and making friends from all over the world. Freedom with support and balance, that’s Summer Discovery. For over 50 years, high school students from around the globe have enjoyed summers filled with fun, educational, and innovative activities. While visiting our website, take time to learn about our over 300 course offerings at your program of interest – college credit, research, engineering, sport management, leadership programs, SAT prep, enrichment, writing, community service, college admissions prep, tennis, cooking, and many others. Summer Discovery offers programs at 13 different locations in 3 countries, and works with universities of the highest caliber. Universities include the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Georgetown, and many more! We invite you to join a wonderful group of teenagers from all over the U.S. and around the world this summer and experience a great summer program for teens! Participants: High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (ages 14-18). Program website: Summer Discovery
Program: US Performing Arts Summer Camps: University of California, Irvine, UCLA, and Other Locations Description: US Performing Arts Camps (est. 2001) is the premier network of summer programs in the performing arts and media in the US for students 11-20 years of age. It is an opportunity for students to see and be seen by top-tier colleges and universities before making their college decision. Experiencing specific college curriculum for credit or enrichment, taught by university faculty and their invited professional guests, students and faculty can make more informed decisions for the students’ future study. You can find us on the web at www.usperformingarts.com. Participants: Students 11 – 20 Years of Age. Program website: US Performing Arts Summer Camps
Program: Visual Vocab: An Innovative Photo-Based Game to Help Students Learn SAT Vocabulary Words Description: Visualvocab.org is a photo-based game for learning the top 1,000 SAT vocab words. The game is completely free. The user has to match an SAT word with its photo “definition” as a way to learn the words visually. The game is a great supplement to other reading-based vocabulary tools. Participants: Students preparing for the SAT Test. Program website: Visual Vocab