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The following list is a sampling of great day camp summer programs around NYC and farther afield, with a specific focus on talent development for kids as young as elementary. This is not meant as an endorsement, but rather a list of options we keep hearing about from parents and well-regarded sources.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) topics
Arts (Writing, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Language, Dance)
Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship
Social & Emotional Topics
American Museum of Natural History: Adventures in Science, NYC – The Adventures in Science (AiS) program introduces children to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. The three-day workshops and week-long day camps or institutes explore topics such as astrophysics, human evolution, robot design, frogs and extreme mammals. Children can study constellations by star-gazing, examine the tools and cave art of our hominid ancestors, and much more in these exciting, inquiry-based programs.
AMS, Summer Math Camps, American Mathematical Society, NYC – Summer programs that help gifted students explore the world of mathematics research (most are residential programs accepting applications nationwide).
Bank Street, NYC – The mission of the Bank Street Summer Camp and KiDS College is to foster emotional, physical and ethical growth within campers and kids, by using educational professionals to help them develop their own personalities and individual voices through love of play, creativity and collaboration. Through experiential education, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, and the larger society, in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see, in both Camp and our weekend programs, the opportunity to educate and build a better society.
Brooklyn Robot Foundry, NYC – The Brooklyn Robot Foundry summer sessions offer fun, educational week-long sessions where kids get a chance to design, build and play with robots. They will also engage in brainstorming, experimenting, and spending time outside. While the emphasis is on play, kids learn mechanical and electrical principles as well. They will create robots that have systems similar to such everyday objects as vibrating cell-phone motors and scooters, and build on their prior knowledge and experience.
Camp Invention, Various Locations – Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.
Challenge Camp, Rye, NY – Open the Door to a Delightful and Meaningful Summer of FUN and Learning for Your Bright, Curious Child! The Challenge Camp is an ACA accredited camp in Rye, NY on 18 picturesque acres featuring summer enrichment learning opportunities for gifted and talented children ages 4-15. We are dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children to realize their intellectual and personal potential. Bus transportation, early drop-off /extended day, or Kosher lunch options are available.
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY – The institution offers summer classes in art, theater, music, and dance.
Columbia University Precollege Summer Programs, NYC – Rigorous summer pre-college programs for students in grades nine through twelve.
Cooper Union Summer STEM Program, NYC – For high school students. The Summer STEM Program is an intensive, six-week experience that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, thereby placing them on the right track for careers in technological innovation. Students work closely with Cooper Union faculty at the forefront of engineering education. Projects range broadly and include robotics, digital fabrication, computer programming and app development, biomedical and genetic engineering, improved urban infrastructure, and even racecar design.
Curious Jane, Various Locations, NYC – Camp Registration Opens Saturday December 6. Summer 2015, you will find Curious Jane at: The Berkeley Carroll School (Brooklyn); The Brooklyn Free School; The International School Of Brooklyn; Marymount School for Girls (Manhattan); Mandell School (Manhattan). More info to come.
Explo, Various Locations – Featuring more courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program, Explo is a unique and supportive learning environment that builds independence and teaches creative thinking. Led by a dynamic and engaging teaching staff, our students discover new interests and abilities, make friends from around the world, and have fun at every turn.
Hartwick College Sports Camps, Oneonta, NY – Camps are offered in the following areas: Boys’ and Girls’ Diving (Ages 8-18), Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming (Ages 8-18) and Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Day Camp (Ages 8-17)
Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, Oneonta, NY – Our uniquely varied and flexible program provides an enriching educational experience to students of all levels. Students can take advantage of a comprehensive program comprised of classes, private instruction, solo and group performances.
Hollingworth Science Camp, NYC – The Hollingworth Science Camp is a unique blend of dynamic, interactive, creative learning experiences combined with camp activities that children traditionally associate with summer fun! Through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes the doing of science, the children: Use creative problem solving and critical thinking strategies; Raise questions and search for answers with their teachers and peers in an effort to satisfy their scientific curiosity; Participate in small group scientific investigations; Perform age-appropriate experiments under the guidance and supervision of the teachers; Understand and incorporate the scientific method through high interest, hands-on explorations; Interact with a vast array of science materials especially suited to young creative, and curious learners; Pursue individual interests when appropriate and develop a scientist’s “eye” and see the wonder of science in everyday life.
Hunter Summer Enrichment Program, NYC – Hunter Summer Enrichment Program is an academic summer program for qualified students entering Grades 1 – 7 with recommendation from their teachers. The classes will be taught by NYS certified teachers in the following subjects: Writing, Arts and Sciences focusing on the theme. Students are assigned to three classes daily that are appropriate to their grade level. They will learn in a relaxed and supportive environment that values creativity and intelligence while meeting others with similar talents and interests that will possibly develop into lasting friendships. Class size is limited to ensure maximum individual attention and creative group work. There will be no testing or grading, just learning and fun.
i2 Camps, NYC – A series of fun and inspiring, hands-on one-week summer camps, blending Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). With camp-wide activities introducing campers to scientists, astronauts, bioethicists, and entrepreneurs.
iD Tech Camps, NYU and Other Locations – The number #1 tech camp on the planet, with co-ed summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. At NYU, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps and iD Programming Academy.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, NYC – The Intrepid Museum has opportunities for camps during school-year and summer breaks! When school’s out, ship’s in for these week-long, fun-filled camps for children 5-13 years old, with themed activities around space, planes and pilots, inventions and more. Learn more about the year-round camp opportunities on the intrepid website.
KidVentures, NYC – One of New York City’s most dynamic programs for kids from Pre-K through 2nd grade,KidVentures NYC is the ultimate in education and fun! Each day your child will participate in an educational curriculum designed around child friendly attractions in New York City’s five boroughs. Children will create art projects, hear stories, and learn songs relating to the adventure of the day. The curriculum is designed and supervised by experienced teachers who hold Master of Early Childhood Education degrees and focuses on the development of the whole child. KidVentures NYC through its integrated approach supports social and emotional growth, cognitive learning, and fine and gross motor skills.
Lang School “Gaming Our World” Tech Camp, NYC – The Lang School is NYC’s first K-12 school for G&T and 2e students. Lang’s Logic/Software Engineering teacher, Jim Stewart (a licensed teacher with 15 years of experience), will be running his own tech camp onsite @Lang 7/6-7/17. “Gaming Our World” (7/6-7/10) is for campers ages 6-10 and will focus on programming video games using images of models campers will build themselves. “Channel 1337” (7/13-7/17) is for campers ages 10-14, who will be using cutting-edge web programming to make a collaborative website of videos they’ll create and be able to update throughout the year. Both sessions will bring in guest coders, designers and maker experts who’ll engage kids in special projects (e.g. electric clothes!). To learn more and register contact Jim Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lang School & Omnilearn Biochemistry and Engineering Camp, NYC – The Lang School is NYC’s first K-12 school for G&T and 2e students. Junior Scientists and Engineers: Ages 5 to 9. Offered AM and PM. Weeks of Tuesday July 5 to Friday July 8 and Monday July 11 to Friday July 15. Search for truth and problem-solve with fellow curious campers. All things great and small in physics, chemistry, biology and earth/space science are fair game! Senior Investigators: Ages 9 to 14. Offered AM and PM Weeks of Tuesday July 5 to Friday July 8 and Monday July 11 to Friday July 15 Engage in serious research and experiments in a fully equipped lab over the course of 2 amazing weeks. Choose problems and mysteries currently facing our scientists and engineers. Make your own contribution to making our planet a better place to live! Some work may even be suitable for Google science fair or LISEF submissions. (Full-day enrollment for 2 weeks is recommended for best results.) Maximum class of 20 students accepted Contact Jane Powel at Jane.Powel@gmail.com for course specific questions. Use East Woods Summer Camp COMBO enrollment form for application which is available online at http://www.camp.eastwoods.org
Launch Math & Science Centers, NYC – Launch Math & Science Centers offer exciting and educational one-week summer camps on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for kids ages 4 to 12 years old. Children at Launch’s exciting specialty summer camps create flying vehicles, experiment with chemical reactions, design video games, build and test architectural wonders, tinker with electronics – and that is just the very beginning! All campers get to keep their projects so that the fun continues at home!
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ – Make the most of your children’s summer with in-depth, hands-on exploration of their favorite topics in science and technology. At the largest science center in the tri-state area, rising 4th through 7th graders can delve into subjects they simply cannot cover in a regular school year. Our programs take place throughout our 12 exhibition halls and in our working laboratories. While campers collaborate with children of similar interests and abilities, they will develop higher-level critical thinking and analytical skills in a high-tech learning environment.
Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth, Brookville, NY – The Center for Gifted Youth summer program is a four-week, campus-based, non-residential summer program emphasizing hands-on academic activities. Opportunities are provided for individual and group work and productive learning experiences with special emphasis on higher order thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. A supervised recreational program is offered at the end of each day. Students may participate in outdoor athletic activities, such as soccer and kickball, or take part in club-type activities, such as chess and group discussions. Students enrolled in the program come from the New York area, across the country and overseas
Mad Science, NYC – Mad Science summer camps and vacation programs give kids the opportunity to learn about science through our interactive and hands-on science activities. Our summer science programs let children become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures!
Marymount Summer, NYC – Marymount School of New York offers summer camps in Science & Technology, Innovation Design & Media, Drama, World Cultures, Cabaret and Young Explorers.
mini-Preneur Summer Camp, NYC – mini-Preneur, an organization with a “passion [for] cultivating the natural entrepreneurial skills that children are born with” will host two summer camps this summer, one camp geared towards kids aged 7-10, and another camp called mini-Incubator for the 11-16 year olds. Visit mini-Preneur at their website for more details.
Montclair G&T Summer Camp, Montclair, NJ – Full-day and half-day camp programs are available on the campus of Montclair State University for gifted students who have completed grades K-11. Families may choose either one or two, three-week sessions from June 29 – August 7.
New York Film Academy Summer Film and Acting Camps, Various Locations – These high school summer camps are designed for students with little or no previous filmmaking, acting, or animation experience. They are intensive, short term courses that fully immerse students in the craft of writing, directing and casting. Residential housing is for students ages 14 to 17. Day camps are provided for students ages 10 to 13.
New York Hall of Science, NYC – Are you looking for a fun and educational adventure for your child during the school break? Sign up for School’s Out! Innovation Camp for a unique experience exploring concepts in science, technology and engineering through hands-on investigations. Each School’s Out !Innovation Camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate and a free student membership. Camp grades run from Kindergarten to Grade 4.
NYC is my Backyard, NYC – School’s out!!! It’s time to have fun in the sun, but not to stop learning! Summer is the perfect time to explore NYC. And what better way to memorialize your adventures than to write about them? Sign your child up for week-long expeditions to some of the city’s most interesting and inspirational neighborhoods. Each trip will offer him the opportunity to strengthen his writing skills, discover the city and make new friends. One day each week, campers will take part in a community service project (such as park beautification) in the neighborhood they are exploring. Our summer sessions begin on July 6th and end on August 7th. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NYC Summer Space Camp, NYC – In a week packed with hands-on excitement, campers train as pilots using flight simulators in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab; build and program Mars rovers with EV3 LEGO robots; design, construct, and launch rockets; participate in activities that simulate astronaut training and learn about the history of space exploration. These activities are all done in preparation for their ultimate mission: a simulated space adventure. Camp sessions are one week from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. Students may only participate in one week of camp. NYCCSSE offers multi-day camps in the summer and over some school breaks for NYC public school students in upper elementary and middle school. For more information, email SpaceCenter@schools.nyc.gov.
NYICFF, New York International Children’s Film Festival, NYC – NYICFF offers one- and two-week filmmaking camps during the March, April and Summer School breaks. Classes are offered in a variety of animation and live action filmmaking techniques for ages 6 to 16. Students will conceive, storyboard, write, shoot, draw, model, create sets, and perform on camera to create a completed short film. Previous workshops have included Create-a-Cartoon, Multimedia Storytelling, Moviemaking Master Class, Rotoscope Animation, Claymation and more!
NYU Girls Electronic Music Seminar (GEMS), NYC – This girls-only experience shows middle-schoolers some of the amazing opportunities for study, expression, and fun that are available in music and technology. This 5-day seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 – July 3 and is broken into the following sections: studio recording and production, collaborative circuit making, interactive programming, and improvising/playing music with technology.
Ranney School, Tinton Falls, NJ – Summer camp offering talent development classes, academic courses, athletic sports camps and day trips.
Robo Fun, NYC – Design, construct, and program interactive, autonomous robots using NXT LEGO® motors, sensors, microprocessors, and MindStorms® software.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute HS Summer Research Program, Buffalo, NY – Is your child considering a science major in college and thinking about a career in scientific research? This Summer internship offers first-hand research experience by working full-time on an independent cancer-related research project.
Science Teacher Sarah, NYC – Science Adventure Camp has something for everyone! In summer our days begin with the group meeting at the park for an introduction to the day’s events by Science Teacher Sarah. In case of bad weather or during the school year we meet in the classroom. On in-class days we do hands-on projects while we learn various themes, such as: biology, evolution, plants, animals, biodiversity, astronomy, chemistry, aviation, atoms, molecules, science of ancient cultures, and more! We also have the option of Animal Care and Petting where Junior Scientists learn about our animals and help take care of them. Don’t forget our Short-wave Cave… see what glows, you never know.
Summer at Speyer, NYC –There’s nothing like a summer at Speyer! Summer Programs at The Speyer Legacy School are committed to maintaining the same level of excellence for accelerated learners as is provided throughout the academic year. Speyer’s summer line up is designed to delight the curious mind, as well as keep each student physically active. The 2017 options include a Maker’s Program; Summer Sports, STEAM, Chess & The Summer @ Speyer Debate Program.
SPMPS, Art of Problem Solving, Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (free transport from NYC) – Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS) is a FREE three-week residential program for underserved New York City middle school students with talent in math. Students must be in the summer between 7th and 8th grade.
Stone Barn Center’s Farm Camp, Westchester, NY –The Growing Farmers Initiative offers workshops for farmers throughout the year. Whether you’re just starting out, or are an established producer looking to sharpen certain skills, these workshops will introduce you to new methods, connect you with agricultural expertise from all over the country, and help you troubleshoot with an ever-growing network of program alumni. Join us and hone your knowledge – from animal health to greenhouse management – and everything in between.
Storefront Science, NYC – Storefront Science offers ONE-DAY VACATION CAMPS and SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS!
The Art Farm in the City, NYC – We offer a half day camp with a warm nurturing program. Children spend time on the farm learning about and caring for our animals. They create art masterpieces, bake goodies, and sing their favorite songs to live guitar. Every day the children get to participate in a special event. We will provide a snack for your child and if your child is not fully potty trained please send him or her in pull-ups. We close the group at 15 children with 3 qualified teachers. Children must be 3 years old to join the group.
USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Long Island, NY – Usdan Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit summer day school for the performing and visual arts. Now in its 48th Season, the Center is situated on a magnificent 200-acre woodland on Long Island.
PAL PICK92Y, Camp Yomi, NYC – Take 92nd Street Y and bring it to a beautiful, natural outdoor setting. Keep all the values in place, but recreate it just for children—just for summer. Staff it with experienced, caring people who understand and love children. Fill it with experiences where children can explore, learn and have fun. Create a community where good friends are made and wonderful memories are created. What do you get? A place called 92Y Camp Yomi.
Out of State Programs:
A.C.E. Academic Camps for Excellence at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI – Summer camps for gifted middle school students in math, science, literature, computer science, and economics.
All Girls All Math, Lincoln, NE – This summer mathematics camp exclusively for high school girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment where mathematical ability and interest can be developed.
Astro Camp, Idyllwild, CA – AstroCamp is a mountain adventure, physical science, and traditional camp program located in Idyllwild, California. Boys and girls ages 8-17 make memories and have fun while participating in a variety of activities like space exploration, rock climbing, mountain biking, rocketry, astronomy, craftsmanship, and summer camp fun. Campers experience a beautiful setting in the San Jacinto Mountains, and have fun playing outdoors and in our state-of-the-art science labs. Rules for participation in Guided Discoveries programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or handicap.
Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking – Summer Workshops for High School Students, Various Locations – The summer workshops, offered at three college-based sites in June and July (Illinois, Massachusetts & Oregon) are intended for intellectually curious and motivated high school students in grades 9 through 12 who like to write and want to develop greater fluency and confidence in their writing.
Belin-Blank Center – Summer Programs, Iowa City, IA – The summer program offered at the Belin-Blank Center is a two-week residential summer program held at The University of Iowa. They allow kids to experience college life as they live, study, and play in university classrooms, laboratories, dining halls and recreational centers.
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, MI – Programs at Blue Lake are designed to educate through a carefully developed and balanced curriculum as well as elective courses in art, drama, dance, or music.
Camp H, Berkeley, California – Camp H is a one-of-a-kind design and building camp for girls ages 9-12 that inspires creativity and curiosity through hands-on building, problem-solving, and meaningful making. In both summer and after-school programs, girls will cut plywood with a jigsaw, fuse metal with a welder, and create projects of personal and social relevance.
Center for Bright Kids – Summer Programs, Denver, CO – Students with exceptional ability in mathematical and verbal areas are offered a special selection of enrichment courses. Classes are small and curriculum is fast-paced. Courses in math, science, and humanities are taught using a variety of approaches including laboratory experiments, small group discussions, multimedia presentations, field trips, simulations, lectures, and guest speakers.
Champions Science Adventures, Various Locations – Champions Science Adventures offers many different day camps that explore “spectacular sports, colorful art, science slime, creatures galore, and the chance to explore wet and wonderful water.”
Civic Education Project (Northwestern University for Talent Development), Evanston, IL – CEP’s Civic Leadership Institutes combine rigorous and engaging academic work with community service and hands-on field experiences designed to help young people develop the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on society.
College for Kids, St. Louis, MO – College for Kids is a summer program for gifted and talented children offered by St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Courses are designed to challenge and advance general skills already possessed by the student.
College Gate & College Academy, South Easton, MA – This program provides students in grades K-8th the opportunity to participate in project-based learning activities. Camps are broken up by age group.
College of William and Mary Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History, Williamsburg, VA – This summer program is a trip back in time for students who get to experience early America and its interactions with Africans, Colonists and Native Americans.
Concordia Language Villages Summer Camps, Moorhead, MN – Coming to the Language Villages for a summer language immersion program is just like entering a new country. You’ll get your Village passport stamped at customs, receive your cabin assignment, and help us determine your language proficiency (don’t worry—no experience required!). We’ll also exchange any spending money you want to use at the gift shop during your stay, so you can practice language skills on real purchases.
COSMOS California State Summer School for Math and Science, Oakland, CA – The COSMOS course clusters address topics not traditionally taught in high schools such as astronomy, aerospace engineering, biomedical sciences, computer science, wetlands ecology, ocean science, robotics, game theory, and more.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, CO – This Center hosts archaeology summer camps for middle school students ages 8-12 and high school students. Attendees can be part of an ongoing research project working alongside professional archaeologists, learn excavation techniques by digging at a real archaeological site and work with artifacts in the lab. The camps are held for one-week with a three-week High School Field School option for students to earn high school or college credit.
DAVIDSON THINK Summer Institute, Reno, NV, – Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits.
Duke University Youth Summer Programs, Durham, NC – Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors.
Emagination Computer Camps, Various Locations – This camp offers typical fun camp activities with a touch of technology. Students learn computer animation, web design, digital photography, lego robotics and much more.
Epsilon Camp, Various Locations – The Epsilon Camp combines an intensive student camp and a parent workshop. It seeks to help the EG/PG student take early ownership of their giftedness.
Exploration Summer Programs, Various Locations – Exploration Summer Programs is an academic summer enrichment program where young people can expand their horizons, try something new, and learn in a pressure-free environment.
Gifted Education Resource Institute: Summer Youth Programs, West Lafayette, IN – Super Summer is a day camp program offering a variety of course topics for students to choose from, including mathematics, science and technology, visual and performing arts, and language arts, as well as original interdisciplinary courses, ages 4 to 4th grade. The summer residential camp provides intellectual challenges in courses of varied topics for students having completed grades 5-12.
Girls Rock Mathematics, Seattle, WA – Girls Rock Math camps are fun, engaging and offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor learning, crafts, and skill development.All of our full day camps run 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. The cost is $295 and each one offers girls a rich social and academic experience.
Governor’s Program for Gifted Children in Louisiana, Lake Charles, LA – The Governor’s Program for Gifted Children is seven weeks of academic enrichment, artistic opportunity, and friendship. A residential program at McNeese State University, the GPGC is the oldest and most comprehensive enrichment program for gifted students in Louisiana. With an approach that aims to develop the whole child, the GPGC provides for the intellectual, creative, and social needs of gifted children.
Green River Preserve, Cedar Mountain, NC – The signature of Green River Preserve’s program is the mentor hike. Led by mentor naturalists, campers explore forests, streams, and hidden valleys of the Preserve. Filled with adventure, discovery, and a heightened appreciation of the natural world, campers learn to use all of their senses as they play under waterfalls, crawl into caves, explore archeological sites, track wildlife, and taste edible plants. Every day brings a different adventure for campers exploring the different eco-systems of the Preserve. A hike by the river may be a stroll where campers hunt for salamanders, try wild edibles, stalk turkey, and wade in the chilly waters of the Green River. The next day may bring a hike to Long Rock and the Cave where campers stand atop the mountain along the Eastern Continental Divide and then travel within the earth so explore the geologic history of the area. Another day may result in a hike out of base camp on the Bear Trail playing Cherokee games or seeking defunct moonshine stills and Native American artifacts.
Haverford College – Julian Krinsky Camp, King of Prussia, PA – This program offers expert instruction in the arts, cooking, business, SAT Prep and dozens of other popular subjects along with sports, activities, trips and special programs. It is offered in one-week and three-week sessions for students ages 7 to 13.
Honors Summer Academy, Tucson, AZ – This program offers high school students the ability to take college courses during the summer while living on campus at the University of Arizona.
iMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp, CT and Other Locations – At the Hi-Tech Summer Camp designed by the Institute for Math and Computer Science (IMACS), we do for the mind what sports does for the body! Our program consists of logic puzzles, computer programming, virtual robotics, electronics, and an element of competition. Working solo and in teams, kids learn how to think logically and creatively while having fun. Every participant is motivated to come up with their own solutions, yet IMACS also encourages collaboration among kids with similar interests, creating a sense of belonging, as well as accomplishment.
Idaho Summer Camps and Workshops, Moscow, ID – Summertime is all about having fun, making new friends, and learning something cool! Just look at what’s waiting for you at the University of Idaho with camps and workshops spanning the topics of Design, Tech, STEM topics, Maker movement, Athletics and 4-H.
Innovation Institute, Iowa City, IA – A two-week residential program at the University of Iowa, the Innovation Institute allows students to work in teams guided by experts in the field of web development. High school students in grades nine through 11 must be nominated by a teacher or administrator in order to attend.
Institute for Educational Advancement Apprenticeship Program, Various Locations – This residential program for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders provides gifted students with an intensive learning experience while working in some of the nation’s leading universities and research facilities.
Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI – Located in beautiful northwest Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp offers summer programs for grades 3-12. Apply now for summer 2015 programs!
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs, Baltimore, MD – CTY’s summer programs emphasize personal as well as intellectual growth. The structured residential program includes a variety of planned activities and all-campus events. Both in and out of class, students are encouraged to try new things, consider different points of view, and take an active role in forming and maintaining a community that celebrates learning and values bright students for who they are.
Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars, Kirksville, MO – The Joseph Baldwin Academy offers highly talented students a head start on their future university careers by allowing them to spend three weeks as college freshmen.
Junior Scholars Institute, Iowa CIty, IA – Junior Scholars Institute (JSI) is a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa for Belin-Blank Center students. Each session is one week long. Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week.
Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps, Berkeley, CA – At the Lawrence Hall of Science, campers age 4 through grade 12 do hands-on exploration every day. Expert educators lead more than 40 camps that encourage creativity and build science confidence. Subscribe to our eNewsletter to get up to date information on next year’s Summer Camp.
Manchester Community College in Connecticut, Manchester, CT – MCC’s youth programs strive to take a leadership role in gifted education and enrichment programming. A two-week full and half-day Summer Excursion camp offers classes in a variety of subject areas. Other summer programs focus specifically on arts, technology and leadership.
Math and Related Sciences (MARS) Camp, Princess Anne, MD – The Math and Related Sciences (MARS) Camp is a two-week residential, summer enrichment program for high school and middle school students. It is held under the direction of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s (UMES) Department of Education. The camp is located on the UMES campus in Princess Anne, Maryland. (MARS is the successor to the UMES SMART Camp offered in 2004.)
MathCamp, Cambridge, MA – Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. At Mathcamp, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
MathILy, Bryn Mawr, PA – Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, MathILy is a summer program for high school students that is designed for students to spend five weeks in Pennsylvania honing their math skills with other students. The level of and intensity of MathILy is comparable to SUMaC, HCSSiM, PROMYS, and Ross Programs.
MathPath, Various Locations – Summer camp for students, middle school age, showing high promise in mathematics.
MichiganTech University, Houghton, MI – Explorations in careers and knowledge for pre-college students cover such programs as Summer Youth Explorations, Women in Engineering, American Indian Workshop or Explorations in Engineering.
National Computer Camp, Various Locations – This program offers both residential and non-residential options in curriculum consisting of topics from video game design to computer languages and web page design.
Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Programs, Evanston, IL – The Center for Talent Development Summer Program is comprised of Leapfrog, Spark, Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum, Equinox and Civic Leadership Institute, each designed with a specific age group in mind. Whether students become residents or commuters, and whether they participate in a one-, two- or a three-week session, all participants enjoy engaging courses, expert instruction and a diverse, vibrant learning community.
Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted Youth at Iowa State University, Ames, IA – This program matches students with appropriate learning experiences and emphasizes an approach to teaching that underscores strengths and encourages high achievement.
Pennsylvania School For Global Entrepreneurship, Bethlehem, PA – Founded in 2001, the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship is a residential program at Lehigh University for high school students ages 15 to 18. The program focuses on exposing students to the topics of entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment.
Programs in Mathematics for Young Scientists – PROMYS, Boston, MA – PROMYS is a challenging program designed to encourage ambitious high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics.
Research Science Institute (RSI), McLean, VA – Selected from the United States and other nations, these students participate in a rigorous academic program which emphasizes advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
Sacramento State Academic Talent Search, Sacramento, CA – Academic Talent Search (ATS) provides academically challenging, fast-paced courses to highly able and motivated students.
Satori, Cheney, WA – This summer camp offers junior and senior high school students an outstanding opportunity to expand and challenge both their minds and characters in a collegiate setting.
School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA), California, New York, Vermont – Tired of sitting in the audience? Want to be up on the screen instead? Join the next generation of dramatic performers and visual storytellers at SOCAPA, the School of Cinema and Performing Arts.
Sea Camp, Galveston, TX – Students are able to learn in marine and estuarine environments while having access to labs and vessels available at Texas A & M.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP), Northampton, MA – Smith’s Summer Science and Engineering Program has a mission: To encourage teenage girls with a bent for science to shine.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, Stanford, CA – This program is a science- and medicine- based enrichment program for low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in Northern and Central California.
Stanford Summer College, Stanford, CA – Stanford Summer College offers Stanford University credit to high school students ages 16 to 19. Become a Stanford student for eight weeks during the summer and take university courses with other Stanford undergraduates in classes taught by Stanford professors.
Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford, CA – This program lets rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities: How and when can ideas transform society? When is the use of force legitimate? How can we define the limits of individual rights?
Stanford University Math Camp (SUMAC), Stanford, CA – SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented current 10th and 11th graders from around the world for intensive study in advanced mathematics. SUMaC leads students on a journey in advanced mathematics through lectures, guided research, and group problem solving. Living in a residential social environment centered on mathematics, students explore current lines of mathematical research, the historical development of important areas of mathematics, and applications across scientific disciplines.
Stanford Youth Orchestra, Stanford, CA – The Stanford Youth Orchestra provides participants with exceptional orchestral training in the new state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, and includes academic workshops in composition, music theory, musicology, and technology. Students can choose between residential or commuting options.
Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS), St. Louis, MO – Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) is a program that introduces both rising high school juniors and seniors and teachers to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise.
Summer Challenge, Seattle, WA – The Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington offers summer academic programs. All classes are offered on the UW-Seattle campus, and provide challenging and fun summer experiences for academically talented students.
Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – This residential summer program is for gifted and talented students. It is a two-week session where the curriculum emphasis will be on extending a student’s capabilities in problem-solving, creativity and critical examination, and evaluation of content-rich fields of study.
Summer Enrichment Programs at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO – Each participant will be involved in four classes per day plus evening options. Two of the classes are designed to enhance leadership abilities. In addition, students will assist a teacher in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) class of their choice.
Summer Institute for the Gifted, Stamford, CT – SIG summer programs combine academics with social, cultural and recreational opportunities for a truly engaging summer. Programs are available for gifted students ages 5-17.
Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY), Bowling Green, KY – The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, through a cooperative arrangement with the Duke Talent Identification Program, is pleased to offer this three-week residential Summer Program for very bright students.
Summer Wonders, Austin, TX – Summer Wonders is a nonresidential, full or half-day program that allows students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment through an integrative, hands-on, non-traditional approach. We match exciting teachers with a classroom of like-leveled learners. Our enrollment in years past has included international students, children from other states, and a number of children from Texas cities outside Austin, as well as from every school district in and around Austin.
Summer@IMSA – Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL – Science, mathematics and technology take the center stage in Summer@IMSA programs as students utilize discovery, exploration, and problem-solving in innovative ways. These programs are for all students entering grades 3 through 10, who have a passion for math and science.
Super Camp, Junior Forum, Various Locations – SuperCamp’s Junior Forum is for middle school students entering grades 6–8. Students discover their individual learning styles, develop skills for managing a heavier academic schedule, and learn how to deal with increased social pressure. Junior Forum lays the foundation to prepare your middle school student for success. Students learn the why behind how they learn. They start to realize that they are in charge of their learning, and understand how their brain processes information. Like all SuperCamp programs, Junior Forum focuses on academic, life and career skills.
Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP), Michigan & New York – TASP is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.
The Robert E. Cook Honors College – Summer Honors Program for High School Students, Indiana, PA – Robert E. Cook Honors College’s Summer Honors Program is a place where talented high school students come together for two weeks and form a community of scholars who explore academic and collegiate living in a real college setting.
The Ross Mathematics Program, Columbus, OH – The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive course in mathematics for pre-college students.
The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) (Grades 6-8), Bowling Green, KY – This two-week summer camp for students in grades 6-8 provides a diverse curriculum and a wide range of enrichment experiences. Students choose four classes ranging from computer science and mathematics to science and foreign languages.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center Space Camp, Huntsville, AL – Each year, thousands of trainees from around the world arrive at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a week of fun, new friends and amazing adventures at Space Camp.
The Renzulli Creativity Programs: Pathways to Excellence in Innovation, Storrs, CT – The Renzulli Creativity Programs: Pathways to Excellence in Innovation is designed for students aged 13 to 17 and will be offered this summer at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from July 17th to August 6th. The major goal of this program is to teach participants advanced learning skills and how to apply them in creative and investigative ways. Application is the hallmark of designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators in all walks of life; and this program is designed to promote enthusiasm, a passion for learning, and high levels of engagement in students’ selected areas of interest.
University of California at Irvine’s Gifted Students Academy, Irvine, CA – This program encourages students to collaborate with peers, utilize resources and gain knowledge from a major research institution.
University of California at San Diego Academic Connections, San Diego, CA – This program is a pre-college summer academic and residential experience targeted to highly motivated, high achieving, college-bound high school students who want to explore the best UCSD has to offer.
University of Connecticut Confratute, Storrs, CT – This program is for educators to take summer classes about gifted and talented education.
University of Delaware Summer College Program, Newark, DE – The University of Delaware offers students the ability to live on campus and take offered courses to earn University credit. Classes in the past have included; world religions, general chemistry, general psychology, and mass communication and culture.
University of Oregon Summer Enrichment Program, Eugene, OR – The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a campus-based residential program offering stimulating academic experiences designed for gifted and highly able students.
University of Pennsylvania, International Affairs: Learning Leadership Through Model UN, Philadelphia, PA – If you are interested in world politics, this program can help increase your experience, knowledge and skills in this fascinating arena. Living and working with students from around the world, you will gain a unique perspective on international affairs and how to achieve solutions through diplomacy. This program offers exploration of International Relations, Foreign Policy, and Diplomacy in a four-week session for students ages 15 to 18.
University of Pennsylvania, Penn Nursing Institute – Julian Krinsky Summer Program, Philadelphia, PA – This program offers a unique four-week intensive program for rising high school juniors and seniors that features cutting-edge research, the latest advances in virtual learning, and clinical experience in Philadelphia’s top hospitals. As the only undergraduate Ivy League nursing school, Penn is recognized worldwide for setting the standard of academic excellence in this field.
University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Art & Architecture: Summer at Penn – Julian Krinsky Summer Program, Philadelphia, PA – Explore the arts and architecture at this four-week intensive studio program for students ages 14 to 18. Art students choose major courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography or sculpture. In addition, they select two-week projects in ceramic wheel throwing, figure drawing, filmmaking, graphic design, photography, printmaking and book arts, or Web design. Architecture students follow a full-day studio intensive every day and do not study a minor.
Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth – SAVY (Grades K-6) – Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young, Nashville, TN – SAVY provides a dynamic, fast-paced curriculum experience to qualifying gifted children in Kindergarten and grades 1–6. Content experts and master teachers trained in gifted education implement an accelerated curriculum for all SAVY courses.
Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth – Vanderbilt Summer Academy, Nashville, TN – For highly gifted students in grades 7-11, participants can learn at a rapid pace in a community of their true peers. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take advanced courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, Madison, WI – There is a variety of residential as well as online summer programs offered for students who have taken and passed specific tests and are of a specific age.
Xploration – Julian Krinsky Middle School Summer Camp, Bryn Mawr, PA – This is an opportunity for students 10 to 13 years old to enjoy learning, sports and activities on a classically beautiful tree-lined campus. Held at Bryn Mawr College on Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line, Xploration offers expert instruction in the arts, sciences, popular culture and dozens of fascinating subjects specially selected for the interests of middle school students.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Denver, CO – Summer camp programs for 2nd-7th graders that focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship take place in Denver Colorado and include: Junior Money Matters, Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, Junior Money Sense, Running Your Own Biz and more.
Young Scientist Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO – Young Scientist Program is designed to attract high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists.
Other Great resources for Summer Camps in NYC & Nationwide:
The Right Camp, a searchable database by New York Family
NYU Family Care, STEM Summer Programs resource for NYC
Pathways to Science, a nationwide resource
For more great summer camp resources, and a searchable database of summer programs for the gifted & talented, PALNYC recommends: https://cogito.cty.jhu.edu/summer-programs/, http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/summer.htm & http://www.davidsongifted.org