SHS School Counseling Services

Summer Learning

This is a list of Summer Learning Opportunities. More information is available in the School Counseling office or online.

Alfred University Theater or Computer Engineering Summer Program

Both programs are two weeks in length. The theater program is open to students entering grades 10, 11 or 12. The computer engineering program is for students ages 12–17. Visit for more information about these opportunities.


Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program 

This program offers a variety of music instruction to students ages 15 to 18 who have played an instrument for a minimum of six months. Learn more about this program at


Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) 

A week-long summer program for rising juniors designed to introduce students to the strengths of a liberal arts education. Only 50 students are selected each year, and all expenses are paid, including travel. Learn more about this and other programs at


Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Program

For rising 11-12 graders, this 10-day program offers study in the areas of architecture, art & design, drama, music, video game design, or advanced placement/early admission (with college credit available).


Center for Creative Youth Summer Arts Residency at Wesleyan 

An intensive 5-week pre-college program for talented high school students interested in the arts. Programs offered include Writing, Music, Dance, Filmmaking, Theater and Visual Arts. More information available at Deadline is March 1.


Choate Rosemary Hall 

Varied summer programs offering outstanding academic and enrichment opportunities for rising 9–12 grade high school students.


Concordia Language Programs 

This program offers international adventure, foreign language instruction and cultural immersion programs around the world for students in high school. Learn more at


Cornell University Summer College 

This program offers rising sophomores and seniors a chance to experience a college-level undergraduate course in a 3-week session while living on a college campus. A variety of program offerings include architecture, engineering, law and government, medicine, humanities and many more. See for more information.


Emerson College 

Two-week summer institutes in the areas of Political Communication, Advocacy, and Leadership (PAL), and Journalism for rising 10–12 graders. Visit to learn more.


The Experiment in International Living 

Cross cultural summer abroad programs offered by The Experiment in International Living empower young people to become responsible global citizens.This summer, the program will run programs in 28 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Learn more at


Future Leader Camp at Norwich University 

A 2-week program in which participants develop their leadership skills through team challenges, physical fitness training, and wilderness and survival training. Session are held July 1-July 14 or July 22-August 4. Information available at


Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV)

GIV offers several academic programs in the Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Issues, Engineering, Information Technology and Science & Technology on college campuses throughout Vermont for 9–12th grade high school students. Applications are available online. Click to learn more.


Harvard Summer School 

Harvard offers 10th, 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to attend Harvard’s summer program and take college courses for college credit.

  • Special writing, drama and math offerings, as well as Summer Seminars, which are modeled after the renowned Harvard College Freshman Seminar are available.
  • College preparatory activities, including mock college admission interviews and trips to other New England colleges, help students make decisions about their academic futures.

Learn more at


International Seminar Series 

A program for high school students to experience cultural immersion through community service and study in Barcelona, Spain.



An opportunity for 9th and 10th graders to participate in a health careers exploration camp at Johnson State College. Students will have an opportunity to explore the variety of careers and opportunities in health care, complete job shadows with a healthcare professional, and strengthen skills and resources for health career development. Visit to learn more.


Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy 

Four week summer language immersion programs are offered for students who have completed 8th through 12th grade by Monterey Language Academy. The academy takes place each summer on select college campuses around the country, which adds to the immersion experience while preparing students for college life. Visit Summer Language Immersion for Teens for more information.


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) 

Summer programs offered by NOLS for high school students on outdoor leadership skills throughout the world.  Learn more at


Northfield Mount Hermon New Zealand Summer Abroad 

A chance for rising 10–12 graders to spend 1 week at NMH followed by 4 weeks in New Zealand studying culture and history and experiencing NZ’s scenic landscape. Visit to learn more.


Oxbridge Academic Programs 

Several different summer programs in England (Oxford and Cambridge), France (Paris and Montpellier), Barcelona and New York offered on a variety of topics. Find out more about these programs at


Pepperdine University 

An opportunity for high school students completing their junior year to take undergraduate course work and receive college credit. See to learn more.


Pratt Institute’s Pre-College Program 

This program is designed for students interested in arts and design. Student enroll in two college credit-bearing courses, and two other courses in areas such as illustration, photography, jewelry, creative writing and architecture. See for more information.


Putney School Summer Programs 

These programs offer opportunities for rising 9–12 graders to attend 2 half-day workshops or 1 full-day workshop in visual arts, theater, music, dance, farm/agriculture, creative writing and ESOL. Two sessions run June 24–July 13 and July 15–August 3.


Smith College

 Smith offers high school girls a science and engineering program though their Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP).



With sites in New York, Los Angeles and Vermont, SOCAPA offers visual and performing arts summer programs in a variety of subjects. Programs range from 1–3 weeks for ages 13–18. Visit for more information.  


Summer Study at the Sorbonne 

This program gives students a chance to earn college French-language credit along with enrichment courses in a variety of topics taught in English while exploring the city of Paris. Click here for more info.


Syracuse Summer College 

Syracuse offers 2, 4 and 6 week programs for high school students, providing the opportunity to explore interests, experience college life first-hand and earn college credit (for 6-week programs). Programs are available in subjects such as law, liberal arts, social media, eco-fashion design, public communication, architecture and many others. Further information available at


UMass Amherst Summer College Residential Programs 

A program that offers rising juniors and seniors a chance to live on UMass’s campus, engage in hands-on research, tackle real-world problems with discovery-based projects and discover how to succeed academically in college. Optional college credit is available. 2 to 6 week modules are offered. More info available at


University of Colorado Boulder/University of Vermont Summer Study 

This program gives students varied opportunities for enrichment, college credit and test prep in two great locations.


Washington University High School Summer Experiences 

Two experiences are offered. In the Summer Scholars Program, students choose two courses to attend for 5 weeks, earning up to 7 units of college credit while living on campus. The Summer Institutes are 3-week programs that give students in-depth (non-credit) experience in one of three areas: writing, medicine or photojournalism. More information can be found at