Extended Learning Opportunities

Extended Learning Opportunities

High school is not just about classes. There are many other opportunities to expand your educational experiences. Colleges and other organizations provide the extended learning opportunities in the summer and during the school year in many different areas. Learn about a new subject, experience hands on activities and possibly earn college credit with some of these experiences. Selective colleges often look for student’s extending their learning beyond the classroom, so take advantage of these opportunities.

While many of these opportunities cost, so don’t let it be a deterrent. Talk with your counselor about scholarships and possible financial assistance. Click on the links to find out more information.

Summits: Date:
George Mason University: Washington Youth SummitCancelled for this year
National Leadership Academies
Q0 Entrepreneur Program        6 week various dates – all virtual
University of Pennsylvania Engineering Summer Academy July 5-25th – virtual 

Leadership opportunities: 1) December 4th is the deadline for a life-changing leadership opportunity for students. 15 Forever is a collaboration between Community Foundation Boulder County and YouthRoots, a national youth philanthropy organization that teaches high school students how to make the world a better place while developing their leadership and life skills. 
The program is completely free. As members of 15 Forever, students will:

  • Learn and practice skills that will empower them to be a strong leader today and tomorrow
  • Use philanthropy to tackle issues they care about
  • Collaborate with awesome high schoolers from different schools
  • Complete 60 hours of community service

Students who are passionate about making the world a better place should apply online here by December 4th. You can also nominate a student online.
Please contact the YouthRoots Program Manager, Erin Button, at erin@youthroots.org with any questions.

College Visits:

Hispanic College Institute at Fort Hays State University  June 16-19, 2021

  • Learn about the college admission process and scholarship opportunities
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Have the opportunity to engage with Hispanic leaders and role models
  • Explore career opportunities that fit your interests
  • Cultivate a support network with students, faculty, and staff
  • Compete for a variety of scholarships

CYBERMATH ACADEMY.                               2021 Summer Math class 

  • Harvard and Stanford campus experience!
  • Learn from the graduates and students of Harvard, MIT, Stanford and similar universities and experienced coaches.
  • Attend guest lectures by researchers at these top institutions.
  • Join campus tours and admission sessions.
  • Get a taste of most recent cutting edge scientific research.

Colorado College Summer Session                  Summer 2020 – July 13-29, May 27-June 19, June 22-July 15

Colorado College Summer Session invites rising juniors and seniors to join the CC community this summer. Enroll in one of our dynamic courses offered on subjects ranging from environmental science and geological field study of Pikes Peak, to feminist and critical media studies, and cross-genre writing. CC’s summer session provides students with a rich opportunity to explore challenging academics, get inspired by the wondrous Rocky Mountain Region, and be supported by faculty that are invested in your success.

High School students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rhythm of the Block Plan with current Colorado College students in Block A and Block B, or our Pre-College Block, which is specially designed for ambitious high school students.

Summer/ Gap year Programs:

Where there Be Dragons                                                                       various dates

Duke Summer Session                                                                          summer 2021

Washington University in St Louis                                                     summer 2021

Leadership & Service Summit (LSS) Wartburg College                  summer 2021

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)                                     summer internships           email : stacy.l.willett@medtronic.com

Notre Dame – Summer Scholars, Leadership Seminars, Study Abroad       summer 2021

Gettysburg Academic Summer programs                                         summer 2021

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, piano, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

Stanford Summer Programs

We offer programs across a wide variety of disciplines including arts, humanities, science, and math, giving highly motivated students the opportunity to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Deadlines for our summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

Boston University Pre-College Programs

The Boston College Experience provides motivated high school students the opportunity to live and learn as students at Boston College. Built into the programs are activities that help to prepare students for their college search and the transition into college life. Student will participate in service learning activities, cultural and social outings all while enjoying the beautiful city of Boston over the summer.

Cornell College                                                                         TBD

Apply to take part in a two and a half week course (worth three college credit hours!) at Cornell College for high school students. Attending the One Course Summer Institute makes you eligible for a $4,000 scholarship if you enroll as a full-time student at Cornell.

California College of the Arts Pre-College Summer

Pre-college programming at California College of the Arts (CCA) gives middle and high school students the opportunity to explore new creative mediums, deepen skills in areas they already love, make new friends, add to their portfolios, and earn college credit.

Colorado State University Anatomy Camp                           July 5- Aug. 11, 2020

 Anatomy Camp at Colorado State University is an academic summer camp that uses hands-on learning aimed at high school juniors and seniors interested in going into pre-med majors in college. Students will have the opportunity to dissect real anatomical specimens, while also learning anatomy on human cadavers. In addition, campers will look at case studies to diagnose medical problems and study technology based cross sectional anatomy


WartBurg College Summer Leadership and Service         Denver June 21-27, 2020Earn college credit, grow as a leader, and improve your community this summer. At the Summer Leadership & Service Summit (LSS) students between their sophomore and junior year or junior and senior year of high school attend a week-long residential institute to study and practice leadership skills and service as a form of community and civic engagement. In a week of hands-on learning, students work under the direction of faculty and staff from Wartburg College’s Institute for Leadership Education Rotary Youth in Leadership Academy (RYLA)                              RYLA-1: Sunday, July 5 – Friday, July 10, 2020
        RYLA-2: Sunday, July 12 – Friday, July 17, 2020 

Rotary offers a summer one week camp for students who have completed their 10th and 11th grades.  The camp is put on by Rotary and it is a Rotary Youth Leadership Academy  RYLA.  We like to have both female and male students apply.  The Rotary clubs work together through a selection process to fill the number of slots we have available to us through the program.  The Rotary club pays their cost for thee one week experience.

Academies at Harvard

The Academies at Harvard are intensive five-day academic enrichment programs for high-achieving high school students. The Academies are organized by Harvard Student Agencies, a Harvard student-run corporation committed to bringing rigorous academic experiences to students around the globe. Our Summer Academies offer an unparalleled and challenging academic experience on Harvard’s campus, while our Weekend Academies have traveled to schools around the globe, including in Panama City, Puerto Rico, Austin, and Minneapolis. We offer programs in business, coding, politics and pre-med.

NYU Summer Program

6-Week, 1-Week, & Everything In Between                      Scholarships due April 1, 2020

NYU’s varied array of high school programs offer flexibility and options that can be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Application processes, requirements and deadlines are varied; as are housing and financial aid offerings. Art and Film, STEM, Business, Health careers programs available.

Exchange Student Programs: 

Global Works Community Fund                                  Fully paid for Summer opportunities (We work to spark global awareness and community engagement through sending high school students on volunteer trips (2-4 weeks long) abroad in the summer. Speak to your counselor if interested and fill out the application. Here’s a link. Application is due December 31, 2019. 

Green heart Travel                                                               exchange and summer opportunities

Council on International Exchange                                 exchange and summer opportunities

Rustic Pathways                                                                   summer and spring break travel