Do you know of any good summer programs?
This is one of the most common questions we receive from students and parents. Our FIRST answer is always to consider the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS) programs for Academics and Arts because they provide opportunities for enrichment and acceleration with the top students in the state at a college-like setting. Admissions for these programs are rigorous but the cost for the participant is limited to a program-specific activity fee that ranges from $30-175. We recommend looking only at our websites to the left of this page and at the PWCS website for SRGS. See Mrs. Baran or Mr. Bredbenner in room 1145 and the Forest Park's website for Governor's School Files for school specific application process information, materials and due dates. There is also the VDOE’s official website for Governor’s Schools, which has a wealth of info – but please don’t use any application materials found there.
Separate from "Gov School," but with many similar benefits, the Governor's Foreign Language Academies are also excellent, inexpensive opportunities for elite VA students. Basic info and the link for FLA are also available on the VDOE's official Governor's School page as explained above.
For students who are looking for other programs, we will provide links here to the programs that come to our attention, along with known admissions deadlines. If you have feedback about one of these programs or would like to suggest a program that is not listed, please contact Mr. Bredbenner.
General Lists of Summer Programs
The Virginia Association for the Gifted publishes an annual list of summer enrichment opportunities in the state and also maintains a Summer Opportunities page with links to that list, but also many other Resources for Students.
A website simply called Student Education Programs has a really impressive collection of opportunities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. as well as a variety of programs from all over the country.
The College Lists Wiki for Summer Programs - General has a large list of databases and links.
Hoagies Gifted website's list of Virginia Summer Programs has some familiar and some more obscure options.
Miscellaneous and Non-College Programs
Boys State for rising seniors is one of the oldest and most established programs for young leaders.
Girls State is a fantastic chance for young ladies going into their senior year to learn about governance and politics.
NASA Langley Research Center and Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technologies Scholars (VASTS) for Juniors
Online class with potential one-week on-site program at NASA Langley
Application deadline: early November
List of All Student Grades K-12 and Higher Education Projects
Fauquier Health Medical Camp
Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton,Va offers 2-day summer medical camps to area teens interested in learning more about a career in medicine. Experiences include hands on simulations of surgical procedures and emergency care. Level 1 and Level 2 provide experiences in different years. Application window: March 1 - April 1.
Local or Noteworthy College Based Programs
James Madison University Summer Honors Institute
Registration Deadline: Mid May
Program Dates: Two separate one-week sessions in early-mid July at the JMU campus
For rising seniors
Cost: $800, partial scholarships may be available for those with demonstrated need
College of William and Mary School of Education Summer Enrichment Programs
Registration Deadline: near the end of May
Program Dates: Multiple one-week sessions, morning or afternoon classes in Williamsburg, Richmond, or Washington, DC
For rising freshmen and sophomores
Cost: about $400 per class per session
University of Virginia Curry School of Education Summer Enrichment Programs
Application Deadline: mid-February
Program Dates: 2-week sessions in Late June, Early July, or Late July
Cost: about $1200
George Mason University College of Science Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program
Application Deadline: mid-February
Program Dates: late June to mid-August, 5 days a week
George Mason University Fairfax Campus
Northern Virginia Writing Project - Student Summer Institute
Application Deadline: Late March
Program Dates: July 11-22, 2016; Mon-Fri 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Cost: $480 for rising grades 5-10, $530 Rising grades 11-12 (w overnight and extra activities)
There are also 1-day, small-group writing workshops during the school year in Feb, March and April!
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Honors College
Summer Honors Program for High School Students
Deadline for application: usually mid-April
Program Dates: usually mid-July in Indiana, PA
For rising juniors and seniors ("and the exceptional rising sophomore")
Cost: $250 (all admitted students get a $1000 scholarship!) when last viewed
Telluride Association Programs at University of Michigan, Indiana University and Cornell University
Summer Programs for rising seniors (TASP) and rising juniors (TASS)
Deadline for Application: mid to late January
Program Dates: 6 week programs covering all of July and some of June and/or August
Cost: All costs are paid by the Association. This is highly competitive and the application is extensive.
Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program - "A pathway to top colleges for outstanding low-income high school juniors." The College Prep Scholars Program is directly connected to a program associated with many of the very top US colleges and universities and offers an extraordinary opportunity for students with limited means.
Application Window: Opens in February and closes in late March
Eligibility: Unweighted GPA 3.5 or higher in most challenging courses offered; lower income (<$65,000 annually for a family of four); current junior
Cost: Low to none as the program provides many students with Full Scholarships to summer programs and much more.