Types of Summer Academic Programs
This page of the Student Education Programs (SEP) directory provides general information about different types of pre-college summer programs that are available for students. It is always recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives of organizations or colleges that sponsor summer program to find more specific information, which includes information about safety & supervision procedures.
It is important to note that the SEP Summer Pre-College Program directory is for informational purposes only. The information about summer programs and camps included on this directory is subject to change at any time. It should not be assumed that the sponsor of this directory verifies the information that is contained on the external websites of the summer programs and camps that are included in the directory. This directory is not the official website for any summer program or camp.
Summer Programs – Organizations
Description: These programs are run by organizations and are designed to offer students a variety of enrichment opportunities during the summer. A number of these programs have a long history of providing valuable summer learning experiences and enable students to explore topics of interest. In addition, some organizations sponsoring the programs work in conjunction with colleges and universities. These programs typically offer a wide variety of high interest programs for students. It is recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives to find out more about the organizations, the summer program options that are available, and the safety & supervision procedures.
Summer Programs – Colleges and Universities
Description: A number of colleges and universities across the country offer the opportunity for high school students and middle school students to participate in pre-college programs during the summer. The summer programs often provide students with the chance to participate in campus programs, work with faculty members, study high interest topics, and interact with peers. Some pre-college programs offer a supervised residential component, others are commuter-based, and others provide a residential and a commuter option. It is recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives from colleges and university’s to find out more about the summer program options as well as the safety & supervision procedures.
Subject-Specific Summer Programs
Description: Subject-specific programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about, study, and/or explore, particular topic of interest. There are subject-specific programs offered by both colleges and organizations. These programs are intended to help students gain experience with a subject at an in-depth level such as art, business, computer technology, drama, engineering, leadership, math, music, science, social science, and writing. It is recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives from sponsoring colleges and organizations to find out specific information about subject-specific summer options as well as the safety & supervision procedures.
Summer Internship Programs
Description: Summer internship programs are designed to help students gain practical experience in an area of interest. Typically, participants in summer internship programs have the chance to explore a career field of interest, gain hands-on experiences, and work with professionals. These programs are typically intended to help students learn about a field of interest in a practical and in-depth manner. It is recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives from internship programs to find out specific information about the sponsoring organizations as well as the safety & supervision procedures.
Online Summer Programs
Description: There are a number of universities and institutions that provide the opportunity for students to take enrichment courses online during the summer. The online courses are typically designed to provide students with the chance to learn more about a particular subject, make-up a course from the school year, or get ahead by taking a course in advance of an upcoming school year. Some online programs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to take courses that they otherwise would not have time to fit into their schedules during the standard academic year. It is important for students to check with their high school or potential colleges to determine if any credit that may be offered is transferable. It is recommended that students and parents directly contact representatives from online programs to find out specific information about the sponsoring organizations as well as about the safety & supervision procedures.