15 Summer Programs in Vermont for High Schoolers

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With springtime just around the corner, many parents are starting to think about summer plans for their high schoolers. Summer can be a great time to start a project, explore a new hobby, or delve deeper into an existing skill or passion. And for those seeking a bit more structure for the summer months, summer programs are an appealing option.

 

Summer programs, also known as pre-college programs, are a great opportunity for high schoolers to explore a potential major or career while getting a taste of what the college experience is really like. Topics range from STEM to theater to business management, with no shortage of options in between. No matter what your child’s passions are, there’s a summer program out there to match it.

 

How Do Summer Programs Benefit High School Students?

 

There are many benefits to summer programs, but arguably one of the most valuable aspects is the snapshot they provide of the college experience. Many of them are organized by universities that host attendees in dorms for the duration of the program. Living in a dorm, learning in a university classroom, and meeting new peers all provide insight into what to expect at college.

 

In addition, for high schoolers who already know what their major is going to be, summer programs offer a great opportunity to explore this topic in more depth. Classes tend to be small and intimate, allowing for ample facetime with the instructor. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about their intended major, helping them confirm or confute the their interest in the topic.

 

And for students who don’t yet know their intended major—don’t worry, this encompasses the majority of high schoolers—summer programs are equally helpful. It is an opportunity to ask questions, explore interests, and investigate potential majors. Students may leave the program with a better idea of what their major will be, or equally important, what it won’t be.

 

Finally, summer programs offer the chance to forge lasting connections with students who share their passions. Some of these programs attract kids from all over the country, cultivating a space in which students of different backgrounds can learn from one another.

 

So, without further ado, read on to learn about fifteen summer programs offered in Vermont.

 

15 Summer Programs in Vermont

1. Young Writers’ Conference

 

Is writing your teen’s passion? The Young Writers’ Conference invites attendees to participate in a 3-day intensive writing workshop at Champlain College. The workshops will push students to expand their writing scope via multiple avenues, including script writing, filmmaking workshops, poetry, songwriting, and more.

 

Specialty: Writing

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $385

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2019

Required Essay: Any writing sample under 3 pages

 

2. Art & Design Portfolio-Building Summer Course

 

This pre-college program lasts 16 days and is perfect for students who are passionate about graphic design, film, game art, or creative media. Much of the course consists of hands-on creation, giving attendees the opportunity to refine their portfolios and receive constructive criticism on their work.

 

Specialty: Studio Art

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $4,350

 

3. Summer Language Academy | The Arabic Academy

 

If your student has a penchant for languages and wants improve their Arabic, they might consider this four-week program hosted by Middlebury College. Students live on-campus and speak only Arabic for the entire month, as per Middlebury’s hallmark language pledge.

 

Specialty: Foreign language

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $6,595

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

 

4. Summer Language Academy | The French Academies

 

Also hosted by Middlebury, this program is for students who want to improve their French in an immersive environment.

 

Specialty: Foreign language

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $6,595

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

 

5. UVM Summer Academy | Adventures in Neuroscience

 

The UVM Summer Academy is a two-part academic program, consisting of two weeks online and two weeks on campus. Students will experience firsthand what life is like at the University of Vermont, attending class and participating in academic extracurriculars.

 

Specialty: Life sciences / Biology

Who is it for? 10th or 11th graders with a GPA of 2.8 or higher

Cost: $996

Required Essay: Write 2-3 sentences about how this course fits into your future success.

 

6. UVM Summer Academy | Biomedical Science and Human Disease

 

Also hosted by the University of Vermont, this program emphasizes Biomedical Science and Human Disease.

 

Specialty: Life Sciences / Biology

Who is it for? 10th or 11th graders with a GPA of 2.8 or higher

Cost: $996

Required Essay: Write 2-3 sentences about how this course fits into your future success.

 

7. Vermont Summer Academy | Psychology

 

Students delve into the subject of psychology at two-week program hosted by Green Mountain College. Topics include theories of learning and how culture impacts our way of thinking. Students will also get to explore current research to increase their understanding of human nature.

 

Specialty: Psychology

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $2,395

Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

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8. Vermont Summer Academy | Veterinary Science

 

If your teen is passionate about helping animals and is considering a career in veterinary science, they might apply to this hands-on veterinary course organized by Green Mountain College. The program is entirely lab-based and will immerse students in the world of veterinary science, inclusive of both large and domestic animals, with an emphasis on the latest trends in technology.

 

Specialty: Life Sciences / Biology

Who is it for? 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Cost: $2,395

Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

 

9. Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camp

 

If your daughter is passionate about leadership and technology, then this might be the program for her. Students will be hosted by Vermont Technical College for five days and will have the opportunity to try out a wide range of trades and technical fields. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership abilities and self-confidence.

 

Specialty: STEM

Who is it for? Girls in 9th or 10th grade

Cost: $350

 

10. Coder Camp for Girls

 

Coder Camp for Girls is a five-day program at Vermont Technical College, aimed at high school girls interested in coding. Attendees will have the chance to engage in active software coding with one-on-one instruction. Partial scholarships may be available for this program.

 

Specialty: Computer Science

Who is it for? Girls in 9th or 10th grade

Cost: $175

 

11. Governor’s Institutes of Vermont | Architecture, Design & Building

 

Is building and designing your student’s passion? This Architecture, Design and Building course lasts one week and introduces attendees to the intersection of art and engineering. The program, held at Norwich University, covers everything from the design of household items, like toasters, to entire communities. Students will be taught how to use computers and raw materials to develop ideas.

 

Specialty: Studio Art

Who is it for? Vermont residents in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

Cost: $1,695

Important Information: Student must be nominated by their high school by March (date varies by school)

 

12. Governor’s Institutes of Vermont | Arts

 

This course, hosted by Castleton University, features a two-week theater workshop. Offered are over 25 expert-led courses ranging from film to writing to dance and more. Students will participate in creative workshops before showcasing their work to a live audience. Whether your student is looking for insight into a potential career or just hoping to pursue a hobby, this course welcomes all levels of skill and interest.

 

Specialty: Theater

Who is it for? Vermont residents in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

Cost: $1,695

Important Information: Student must be nominated by their high school by March (date varies by school)

 

13. Governor’s Institutes of Vermont | Astronomy

 

Northern Vermont University is invites students to their campus for a week to learn more about the complex mysteries of the universe. If your student has a passion for astronomy, this program is the place for them to geek out with some of the most advanced telescopic equipment available.

 

Specialty: Astronomy

Who is it for? Vermont residents in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

Cost: $1,695

Important Information: Student must be nominated by their high school by March (date varies by school)

 

14. Governor’s Institutes of Vermont | Environmental Science & Technology

 

If your teen is passionate about the environment and excited to make a difference, this one-week program at the University of Vermont provides a space in which to address real environmental issues. Students will do hands-on research, collecting data from local lakes and woods, to evaluate the effects of pollutants on the environment.

 

Specialty: Life Sciences / Biology

Who is it for? Vermont residents in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

Cost: $1,695

Important Information: Student must be nominated by their high school by March (date varies by school)

 

15. Governor’s Institutes of Vermont | Young Writers

 

At this one-week program hosted by Bennington College, students hone their writing skills while experiencing life as a college student. Students will write their own pieces, as well as read and critique those of their peers. There will also be a wide range of workshops and readings offered to attendees, with the opportunity to meet and ask questions of practicing authors.

 

Specialty: Writing

Who is it for? Vermont residents in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

Cost: $1,695

Important Information: Student must be nominated by their high school by March (date varies by school)

 

How Can You Find The Best Summer Programs For Your Teen?

 

With so many summer programs available to pick from, there’s guaranteed to be a match out there for every student. But with so many options, we know the search can also be a little overwhelming at times. So, we’ve broken the process into bite-size steps to help you find the perfect program for your teen.

 

  • Settle on a location that you’re comfortable with your student applying to. This can be a region-, state-, or country-wide scope. Limiting factors are often finances and your teen’s level of independence. If these aren’t a concern, however, they might go as far as looking into international programs.

 

  • Determine your ideal price range. Summer programs don’t have to cost a fortune—in fact, a lot don’t—but it’s best to go into your search knowing exactly what range you’re comfortable with.

 

  • Decide what specialty appeals to your child the most. Ideally, this will align with a potential major or career. For students who find themselves undecided, they should choose a topic that reflects their passions.

 

After progressing through the steps above, we recommend having your teen consult with a guidance counselor, trusted teacher, or mentor to identify exciting opportunities that fit what they’re looking for. These adults often the industry know-how to help your teen find the perfect summer program.

 

Need more help finding and applying to summer programs? Our Early Advising Program helps students identify the extracurriculars best suited to their unique interests and skills. To learn more about our services, call today or contact our team online.

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Rebecca Weinstein is an undergraduate student at Stanford University, where she plans to study English with an emphasis in creative writing. When she is not studying at college, she lives in Morris County, New Jersey with her two dogs and three cats.