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15 Summer Programs in D.C. for High Schoolers

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Summer is possibly every student‚Äôs favorite season‚ÄĒthe weather is warmer and students have more unstructured time to pursue the activities they love. While many high-achieving students will spend their summers working part-time jobs, volunteering, or interning, another great opportunity that‚Äôs available to high schoolers (and can help them prepare for college) is summer programs.¬†

 

Summer Programs in D.C. for High Schoolers 

 

1. Howard University |  Business Summer Enrichment Programs

 

Participants in this week-long summer business program can pursue one of four tracks: Accounting, Information Systems, Actuarial Science, and Entrepreneurship. Students will receive traditional classroom learning while also getting hands-on experience through company site visits and group presentations‚ÄĒhelping them build the practical skills and critical thinking needed to achieve their academic and professional goals.¬†¬†

 

Affiliate college: Howard University

Grades: 10th and 11th

Cost: Free

Deadline: 5/15/22 

Additional requirements: 

  • Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a math teacher (only if applying to the actuarial program)¬†¬†

 

2. Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy

 

Perfect for high-achieving students interested in pharmacy or a related health profession, this selective four-week online program gives students the opportunity to push themselves academically. Participants will take part in science-focused workshops and panel discussions with award-winning lecturers.

 

Affiliate college: Howard University

Grades: 11th and 12th

Cost: N/A

Deadline: N/A

Additional requirements: 

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation¬†

 

3. Community of Scholars Program at AU’s School of International Service

 

This three-week credit course gives high school students a choice between two formats: a traditional college classroom environment or online. Over the course of the program, participants are introduced to the field of global affairs, participate in exciting discussions on subjects like national security strategy, and even get to simulate a mock National Security Council debate. 

 

Affiliate college: American University

Grades: 10th and 11th

Cost: $5,100

Deadline: N/A

Additional requirements: 

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript¬†
  • Letter of recommendation¬†
  • Statement of purpose¬†

 

4. National Student Leadership Conference | Film, Journalism & Media Arts 

 

Learn about the field of communication in this nine-day summer program. Participants will learn from real professionals and American University faculty in settings such as the classroom, lab, and the field. Students can tailor their experience to their particular interests; programs include animation, broadcast journalism, news writing, scriptwriting, and graphic design.  

 

Affiliate college: American University

Grades: 9th-12th 

Cost: $3,595

Deadline: N/A

 

5. AU First Time Non-Degree and Visiting Student

 

High school students with a B or higher GPA may enroll as non-degree students in summer session courses at the 100- or 200-level. With this option, high-achieving students take a college class alongside other undergraduate students and get the full experience of what college is like.

 

Affiliate college: American University

Grades: 11th and 12th 

Cost: $1,587

Deadline: 4/1/22

Additional requirements: Transcript 

 

6. AU High School Summer Scholars

 

Ambitious high school students can earn one college credit through this unique summer program. Students can register for self-paced online courses ranging from global public health and law to biotechnology and public speaking. Students have four weeks to complete their coursework, which makes it easy to squeeze them in among other summer commitments. 

 

Affiliate college: American University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $875

Deadline: Rolling admission 

Additional requirements: Transcript and minimum 3.0 GPA 

 

7. Light the World! 

 

This one-week program provides students with a better understanding of how faith and culture intertwine. Students live on-campus and tour local attractions to speak with leaders in a variety of fields about how faith plays a part in their careers and hear from current undergrads about how faith informs their academic and professional goals. Participants will also get a glimpse into college life by living with their peers in dorms, eating in the dining hall, and experiencing firsthand the intellectual, social, and spiritual life found on Catholic University’s campus. 

 

Affiliate college: Catholic University of America

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $500

Deadline: N/A

Additional requirements: Essay

 

8. High School Drama Institute

 

High school students with a passion for the performing arts will want to check out this intensive three-week program. Participants develop acting skills focusing on voice, movement, and gesture, strengthen their dancing and singing skills, and learn what it takes to prepare for college auditions. They can choose from one of two majors: Drama and Musical Theatre. This program is super-selective, with no more than 24 students chosen to participate. 

 

Affiliate college: Catholic University of America

Grades: 9th-12th 

Cost: $3,600

Deadline: N/A

Additional requirements:

  • Transcript
  • Teacher recommendation¬†
  • Personal statement¬†¬†

 

9. Engineering New Frontiers

 

This week-long residential summer camp gives students the opportunity to work closely with engineering faculty members to explore a variety of engineering disciplines. Students learn about the daily lives of engineering majors and professional engineers through classes, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. Living on campus, students also get a taste of the best that D.C has to offer, including museum tours and sporting events.

 

Affiliate college: Catholic University of America

Grades: 10th and 11th 

Cost: $995

Deadline: N/A

 

10. Immerse into ASL

 

This program is designed for students who are either beginning or intermediate signers and want to become more fluent. Participants will work with advanced ASL peers and counselors who are similarly deaf or hard of hearing, learn about deaf culture and history, and explore the nation’s capital.

 

Affiliate college: Gallaudet University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $750

Deadline: N/A

Additional requirements: 

  • Deaf or hard of hearing¬†
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Counselor recommendation¬†

 

11. George Washington University | Biomedical Engineering

 

This two-week course provides an immersive academic experience for students to explore how engineering and medicine have altered the quality of life in our society. During the week, participants will explore topics such as electrophysiology, medical imaging, therapeutic ultrasound, computer-aided diagnosis, biomedical sensor technology, and nanotechnology; on the weekends, they will take part in activities like visiting the National Mall, going to the Smithsonian, and taking part in a cupcake crawl through Washington, D.C. 

 

Affiliate college: George Washington University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $3,350-$3,925

Deadline: 5/15/22

Additional requirements:

  • Transcript¬†
  • Letter of recommendation¬†
  • Personal statement¬†

 

12. George Washington University | International Organizations and Global Governance

 

Participants in this two-week program are exposed to the different viewpoints and perspectives of foreign policymakers. Students will explore how globalization has increased the need for international cooperation and understanding, along with providing insight into how major international organizations can effect change.  

 

Affiliate college: George Washington University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $3,350-$3,925

Deadline: 5/15/22

Additional requirements:

  • Transcript¬†
  • Letter of recommendation¬†
  • Personal statement¬†

 

13. Georgetown University | Creative Writing Academy 

 

This week-long course teaches aspiring writers to transform their ideas and stories into compelling written works, along with what it takes to publish and professionalize their work. Students generate, refine, and polish their stories, poems, and essays during the program through workshops and tutorials; will have the opportunity to read their work at the famous D.C. literary hub, Busboys and Poets; and will have their work published in the program’s annual literary magazine. 

 

Affiliate college: Georgetown University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $2,345-$3,115

Deadline: 5/15/22

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript¬†
  • Personal statement¬†
  • Academic recommendation¬†

 

14. Georgetown University | Social Justice & Public Policy Academy

 

Students in this two-week summer program will explore social justice through the lens of public policy. Participants examine the meanings of democracy, justice, power, and equity while learning how advocacy can effect change. Students will work with professionals from think tanks and organizations to see how public policy is shaped and gain insight into the strategies used to influence social change. 

 

Affiliate college: Georgetown University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $3,735-$5,300

Deadline: 5/15/22

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Personal statement¬†
  • Academic recommendation¬†

 

15. Georgetown University | 3-Week Medical Academy

 

Get a glimpse of medical school at this three-week summer program. Participants can explore one of four tracks‚ÄĒAnatomy & Physiology, Social Medicine & Public Policy, Neuroscience, or Emergency Medicine‚ÄĒwhile learning from Georgetown University School of Medicine faculty and medical students. No matter the track taken, students will experience a blend of classroom work, hands-on projects, and case studies, while students in most tracks can also expect a healthy dose of lab time.¬†

 

Affiliate college: Georgetown University

Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Cost: $5,099-$6,745

Deadline: 5/15/22

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript¬†
  • Personal statement¬†
  • Academic recommendation¬†

 

How do Summer Programs Impact Your College Chances?

 

The effect a summer program has on your odds of college admissions varies. Everything from the selectivity and prestige of the program to the value a school places on extracurricular activities, like summer programs, can determine their influence on your college chances. While there’s no sure way to gauge how a college views your participation in a summer program, the four tiers of extracurricular activities provide a good guide for understanding how colleges value them. 

 

Tier-one and -two activities are home to the summer programs that are held in the highest esteem and with the most stringent admissions. Top-tier summer programs like these are sure to grab the attention of admissions officers, make your application stand apart from the competition, and have significant weight in admissions decisions. 

 

Tier-three and -four activities include less-acclaimed and less-selective summer programs; consequently, they have less influence on your college odds. That said, attending a lower-tiered summer program can still give your college chances a boost. Attending a summer program demonstrates a desire to further explore the topics you find interesting‚ÄĒa quality that colleges admire. Many summer programs also include a college readiness component, which can give you a leg up over other applicants.

 

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Gianna Cifredo is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she majored in Philosophy. She has six years of higher education and test prep experience, and now works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida and is a proud cat mom.