Summer Opportunities


5th Avenue Theatre Summer Programs for Youth

Middle and high school students learn firsthand, from some of the best talent in the business, all of the skills and techniques essential for any musical theater performer. At The 5th Avenue Theatre's summer programs for youth, the focus is on training. During the two and three week sessions students learn from the professionals and acquire the skills to be a true triple threat. Daily classes teach the fundamentals and help young performers build confidence in a fun and supportive environment. From instruction on proper warm-ups to the creation of a full musical production number, each day reveals new secrets and new appreciation for the world of musical theater.

826 Seattle - A Nonproft Writing and Tutoring Center

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository skills, and to helping teachers insoire their students to write. At 826 Seattle, we believe significant learning happens with individual attention and that strong writing skills are essential for future success.

American Math Society Summer Math Camps

Listing of summer programs at colleges all over the U.S. that help gifted students explore the world of mathematics research. Most are residential programs accepting applications nationwide.

Architecture 101

Each class focuses on a specific topic and information provided by way of images and discussion. Then, the information is synthesized and a solution to a specific design challenge is created by the student. The classes are approached as one would experience as a student in a school of architecture today, in an open studio setting with much collaboration and team work as desired or required. Many of the math concepts that the students are learning in school are reinforced in the classes along with history and social studies. The best part is that the students are having fun at the same time! Classes for grades 3 through 12.

BioQuest Academy for High School Juniors

The BioQuest Academy has been designed to serve the educational and youth development needs of high school juniors, the vibrancy of the biomedical research sector and the innovation of our nation. With support from our donors, we use targeted recruitment and enrollment strategies so that we may welcome a cohort of students that reflects the diversity in high schools around the state. We have a number of videos available on YouTube that can give you or your child a students' perspective on why you belong at Seattle BioMed this summer!

Broadway Bound

Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre transforms the lives of children ages 5 – 18 through active participation in a dynamic theatre arts program that combines a fun and supportive atmosphere with professional standards. Children of all skill levels and backgrounds are challenged to develop their mental, physical, emotional, social, and creative potential through the joy and discipline of live theatre.

Camp Erin

Camp Erin®-King County is a three-day overnight camp for kids and teens, 6 to 17, who have experienced the death of a loved one.  Facilitated by professional staff from Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Safe Crossings Children’s Grief program and trained volunteers, Camp Erin is offered free of charge to kids and teens throughout King County.  At Camp Erin, kids have an opportunity to be around other kids who have experienced similar losses.  They participate in typical camp activities (swimming, kayaking/canoeing, arts and crafts, field games, and more), as well as activities designed to help them understand and process their grief.

Capitol Debate Summer Camps

For middle school and high school students. Our introductory debate camps instill in students the rudimentary elements of argument, giving them the skills necessary for competent debate.  As they progress into more advanced levels, such as policy debate and public forum debate, they learn to plan, prepare, and defend their own cases, while they analyze, critique, and refute their opponents’ cases.  Current issues, foreign and domestic, are studied and debated. Policy theories are dissected and defended. Students examine the topics that will affect them in the future.  Specific techniques are taught to help them think clearly, speak compellingly, and win debates.

Cascade Bicycle Club

Bicycle oriented summer camps for safety, skills, and fun

Columbia University Summer Programs for High School Students

Rigorous summer pre-college academic programs for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college.  Learn about our summer residential programs in New York City, Barcelona, and the Middle East.

Corinthian Yacht Club Summer Sailing Camps

Our Learn-to-Sail camps are designed for children ranging from ages 6 to 14.  We cover all the skills necessary for a child to be able to sail unassisted in a small dinghy, including safety on the water, boat nomenclature, steering, basic maneuvers, and capsize recovery.   For returning students we offer intermediate topics designed to advance a young sailor’s independence and ability.  One-week Learn-to-Sail camps are available from late June through most of August.

Coyote Central

Coyote Central challenges young adolescents to build competence and creativity through hands-on workshops with professionals in creative fields.  Independent problem-solving with sophisticated skills at Coyote builds adolescents’ confidence and expands their sense of personal possibility.  Coyote Central’s vision is for Seattle-area adolescents of every background to become creative thinkers and problem-solvers who are confident in their capabilities and voice and engaged with their community.

Creative Coding for Kids

Teaching kids the joy of coding computers by helping them write their own customized computer games! Today's computers are more like a box of crayons than a calculator. The most important traits for coding today are creativity and persistence. We teach girls & boys the fundamentals of coding by making it fun. Our non-sequential, project-based approach wins rave reviews from parents & kids alike!

Digipen Summer Workshops

ProjectFUN Summer Workshops introduce students in elementary, middle, and high school to a variety of fun and engaging game development, multimedia, and technology topics while reinforcing their knowledge of core academic subjects like math, physics, art, and writing. These technology camps meet on site at DigiPen’s Redmond, WA, campus and off site at various other locations around the world. ProjectFUN Summer Workshops are the perfect way for students to explore high-tech careers, express their creativity, and make new friends in an exciting, challenging, and fun environment.

Ecology Youth Corps

The Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) is Washington State's largest youth employment program.  Through the years EYC has hired over 12,000 youth, and each year we continue to hire over 300 teens statewide to provide an important service to their communities.  These youth earn minimum wage while gaining valuable job skills, teamwork experience, and safety awareness.  EYC has removed litter and promoted recycling and litter abatement throughout the state of Washington since 1975.  Our crews pick up approximately 1,200,000 pounds of litter a year and recycle just under 200,000 pounds of materials. ‚Äč

EMP Camps and Workshops

EMP is proud to offer camps and workshops for youth including Creativity Camps for Kids, Teen Artist Workshops, and Music Therapy Camps.

Epsilon Camp at Seattle Pacific University

Epsilon Camp is a two week residential summer camp for the exceptionally gifted children ages 8 through 11 who love mathematics. Epsilon Camp is directed by George R. Thomas, mathematician, founder of MathPath and the Canada/USA Mathcamp, and is an intellectually rigorous program for young students, taught by mathematicians who enjoy communicating concepts to the young students showing high promise. The student program is combined with a parent workshop program designed to help parents succeed in nurturing mathematical and social growth in their exceptionally gifted children and plan their educations. A unique feature of Epsilon Camp is apartment-style housing on campus for each family; at least one parent must attend with each child. Alumni of Epsilon Camp have enjoyed deeper understanding of advanced mathematics and friendships with families who share their interests.

Foundation for Teaching Economics - High School Economics for Leaders

The goal of the Economics for Leaders program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders. Students who are currently juniors in high school and will complete their junior year by this summer.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) - Hutch High School

The Hutchinson Center is dedicated to supporting science education and focuses on fostering in students an interest in science and science-related careers. The goal of Hutch High is to give high school students exposure to scientists and to the cutting-edge research going on at the Center. Presentations will take the form of seminars and hands-on activities, emphasizing the research taking place at the Hutchinson Center. Students and teachers will be randomly assigned to one of four groups, each visiting different topic areas. The Hutch High program is offered to sophomore-level biology and science students only. The presentations and lab techniques are most appropriate for students of this level.

George Washington University Pre-College Program

The George Washington University Pre-College Program provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore your academic interests at a top research university.  Our challenging credit and non-credit courses are enriched by the intellectual and cultural resources of Washington DC and taught by GW faculty and field experts.  Immerse yourself in the dynamic culture of this international city and explore its beautiful monuments, historic and national landmarks, and world-renowned museums.

Girls Who Code

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds 20 rising high school juniors and seniors inside a technology company or university setting from 9-4PM each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and encourage their pursuit of computer science.

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

Google is invested in increasing the enrollment and retention of Computer Science students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the field. The study of Computer Science can be challenging and fun, and Google wants to inspire these students – the innovators of the future – to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

Harvard Summer School for High School Students

Alongside college and adult students, you can earn college credit in Harvard courses and explore subjects not available at your high school. You study with distinguished faculty, use state-of-the-art labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world. By living on campus or participating in intramural sports, a trivia bowl, dances, and other social activities, you can make friends from all over the globe. You can also attend college prep workshops, a college fair, and talks by Harvard students and Harvard admissions staff.

ID Tech Camps

Technology and fun are at the core of everything we do.  Whether you are seven, eighteen, or somewhere in between, iD has a computer course for you.  We offer a variety of computer classes in App Development, Gaming, Programming, Robotics, Film, Graphic & Web Design, and more.  We feature an unparalleled lineup of 60+ prestigious university summer camp locations nationwide.  Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT, Brown, and many more.  iD is on campus at some of the best colleges in the world.

Institute for Systems Biology High School Intern Program

One of the key objectives of ISB involves transferring knowledge gained through research to the community for the benefit of society. The Baliga Lab meets and surpasses that objective through an education program in which high school interns help develop hands on instructional modules for students to use as part of their science curriculum. Each January, the Baliga Lab posts a job opportunity on their careers website, enabling high school juniors to apply for a competitive, paid summer internship. This internship is much different than typically found in research labs. Systems biology allows students to work with many specialists, directly involving the students in a variety of projects, using many types of technology and techniques. Students gain valuable microbiology, engineering, and computational experience. Due to the unique nature of this curriculum building and laboratory experience, students are highly engaged in creative problem solving as well as both independent and group learning. The internships are focused on bringing these key opportunities to students who typically would not have access to a professional work environment and a state-of-the-art research lab.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth - Summer Programs

Like students with talent in athletics or the arts, students with academic talent deserve the opportunity to develop their skills to highest possible level. Our summer programs offer eligible students from all over the country and around the world the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program. Please visit our pages to learn more about what we have to offer and how our courses can help highly able students explore their potential to the fullest.

Kids in Medicine - Forensic Science Camp

Designed around a mock theft, this camp bridges the summer gap for middle school-age students. Instructors guide student "investigators" to solve a fictional crime over four days using video-clip clues, technique building activites, and many laboratory experiments. Participants become aware of, then undertake, numerous career roles in forensic science by performing crime scene investigation, forensic anthropology, fingerprinting, serology, toxicology, hair analysis, DNA analysis, and forensic psychology. For students entering 6th through 9th grade.

Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP)

Most LEEP students are selected based upon recommendations from their middle school counselors.  These Seattle Public School counselors know that LEEP seeks students who could use assistance in getting more out of their educational experiences.  All LEEP students are able learners.  They are all students who can do well in high school and in college, whether or not they have demonstrated that ability in previous academic work.  Students are eligible to attend LEEP when they are in the 8th grade and will become freshmen in high school the following school year.  First priority for admissions goes to students from families whose income level would prohibit their attendance, if they were required to pay.

Lakeside Summer School Programs

Lakeside Summer School Programs offer classes and camps for students entering grades 5-12.  Students entering grades 5-8 are offered two-week sessions in which students choose from a variety of hands-on, project-based classes.  Afternoons are spent building friendships and being active.  Students entering grades 9–12 can register for a wide variety of courses including classes that earn up to a year of credit, SAT Prep, college essay writing, and service learning weeks.

Lake Washington Girls School STEAM Summer Camps for girls ages 8–11

STEAM Camp is an exciting and hands-on learning opportunity for young people with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). As educators, we must provide educational opportunities that endeavor to integrate the arts, sciences, and technology for this to happen. LWGMS already embraces this educational model, and is currently in the process of developing curriculum for our students that is cutting edge, and that integrates the arts into the STEM model: STEAM. STEAM design classes incorporate problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, presentation, prototyping, and response to critique (resilience). Here at LWGMS, in summer camps and the school classroom, we are celebrating the STEM to STEAM initiative!

Lang's Horse and Pony Farm

Horseback riding summer camps and lessons.

Language Link

Language immersion classes before and after school, and language immersion summer camps. Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Spanish.

Math for Love

At Math for Love, we teach mathematics in its whole context. Mathematics begins by playing… with games, puzzles, patterns, shapes, numbers, structures, rules, and ideas. From there, you observe and ask questions. Owning your question leads to the rest: refinement, searching for solutions, discovering the connections that allow you to not just solve but understand your problem, and finally, rigorous writing and presentation of your solution.

MESA - Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement

In MESA, African-American, Native American, Latino and female students prepare for college in mathematics, engineering, and science, beginning in elementary school, and continuing through middle school, and high school.  MESA supports students, teachers, and parents with innovative, hands-on programs and opportunities.  With a proven track record of success, MESA is a partnership that brings leaders from higher education and business into the classroom to engage K - 12 students in the careers of the future.  MESA is changing the culture and the face of mathematics, engineering, and science.

Microsoft High School Intern Program

Do you want to work on cutting-edge technology that will make a real difference in people's lives all over the world?  Do you want an inside look into high-tech professions that will inspire you as you make plans for college?  Get a head start on building a good resume and GET PAID!  This paid internship program is 8-10 weeks in the summer for local Puget Sound high school students.  The program provides challenging and achievable projects that will encourage approximately 20 high school juniors and seniors to pursue their interests in the field of technology.

MOHAI - Museum of History & Industry

MOHAI believes that the preservation and exploration of Seattle’s past is essential to making effective decisions for its future.  From humble beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past.  MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city.  In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities.

Museum of Flight, ACE - Aerospace Camp Experience

The Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) has exciting programs and activities, caring and knowledgeable staff, and a world-class museum to explore.  Only with The Museum of Flight can caampers launch rockets, create aircraft, experience microgravity, build robots, and pilot actual airplanes.  If you have an inquiring mind and want to have fun this summer exploring aviation and aerospace, ACE is the camp for you.

NOAA Science Camp for Middle Schoolers

Held at NOAA’s facility at Seattle’s Sand Point, these five-day summer camp sessions offer opportunities for prospective 7th and 8th graders to explore marine sciences and have fun at the same time. Participants are introduced to earth and ocean sciences and to science careers through hands-on activities emphasizing solutions to real-world problems.

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research - Student Research Fellows

The Student Research Fellows program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, supports 10-12 students, especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science, with a two-week paid summer fellowship. Students visit a wide variety of research institutions throughout the Seattle area, learn how new medical treatments are developed, and discuss ethical issues in biomedical research. If you will be a High School Sophomore or Junior in the 2013-2014 school year and have an interest in science, you should apply. We especially encourage students from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in science to apply (African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students, students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch, and students who are the first in their immediate family to plan to attend college). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended, although students with lower grades and strong teacher recommendations will also be considered. Cost is FREE to participants.

Northwest School Summer Camp

For over 20 years, The Northwest School has provided a welcoming and engaging summer program for youth ages 10-16 from across Seattle, the U.S. and the world.  Modeled on our school’s liberal arts curriculum, campers from all over the world choose from a wide range of exciting subjects, including the visual and performing arts, athletics, sciences, and more.  Our summer faculty are experts in their fields and capable of engaging students of diverse skills and backgrounds.  With experience in intercultural instruction, our teachers are prepared to assist students with a broad range of English level and learning styles while also maintaining an engaging and challenging curriculum.

Pacific Science Center, Camps for Curious Minds

Pacific Science Center's Camps for Curious Minds are cooler than ever.  With camp programs offered in both Seattle and Bellevue, ranging from one-day expeditions to full-week camps, we have something to keep every curious mind engaged while out of school.

Pacific Science Center Teen Volunteer Opportunities

The Pacific Science Center is seeking responsible teen volunteers ages 14–18 to provide valuable assistance and mentoring of campers during the summer. Teen volunteers receive training, build their professional resume, meet high school service requirements and gain the rewarding experience of working with children and contributing to their community. This experience will be especially valuable for teens who are interested in careers in science, technology or education. As an added benefit, teen volunteers receive free passes to exhibits, IMAX films and laser shows. Teens must be able to commit to at least two weeks during the summer.

Pocock Rowing Center

From complete beginners to Olympians, the PRC offers multiple programs and opportunities to allow easy and comprehensive access to the act of rowing and the sport of crew for all skills, ages, and physical abilities.

Port of Seattle - Paid High School Internships

Interested in public-service? Are you currently a student looking for professional experience to advance yourself in the job market? The Port of Seattle offers a diverse field of opportunities for students of every level to pursue career advancement in their respective field of study. The internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with an opportunity to excel in their field of study and perform real work to jumpstart their careers. In return, the port gains a fresh perspective from the next generation of community leaders. The port offers internships for high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students in various fields of study including but not limited to: Accounting, Auditing, Construction Management, Engineering, Environmental, Finance & Budget, Human Resources, Marketing, and Planning.

SAGA, Seattle Area German American School

The SAGA School continues its "Weltreise" (trip around the world) visiting Europe (Italy, Spain, Holland, Sweden), Australia, Egypt, Japan and Mexico! Children will participate in fun-filled cultural activities, music and movement, stories, arts and crafts. The five day camps are designed for two age groups, 30 months to 1st Grade and Kindergarten (5 years old) to 6th Grade. While this is a German immersion program, no prior experience with the German language is required.

Sail Sand Point

Sail Sand Point teaches youth and adult classes at Magnuson Park. In partnership with the Corinthian Yacht Club, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation, and the city of Kirkland Sail Sand Point also offers youth classes at multiple locations on Lake Washington and at Shilshole Bay. Over the years our programs have expanded to include a variety of sailing, paddling, racing, and boating activities.

Salle Auriol - Fencing Classes

The mission of Salle Auriol is to train participants in the sport of modern Olympic fencing and to provide a venue for fencers to develop those skills towards participation in local, regional, national and international competition. Salle Auriol offers participants the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and competitive recreational sport in a fun and friendly setting. Most importantly, the Salle seeks to provide a congenial social environment where members can meet fencers from a wide variety of backgrounds. We offer summer camps for youth, as well as, after school programs.

Sea Scout Ship Yankee Clipper

The Seattle-based gaff ketch Sea Scout Ship Yankee Clipper creates opportunities for young people, boys and girls aged 12 to 21, to learn and demonstrate leadership, teamwork, self-reliance, self-confidence and a strong work ethic in an environment based on ancient tradition and 21st-century innovation.  Join our group of active young people as we sail from Olympia in southern Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands into the waters of British Columbia.  We participate in national and international tall ship events, sail on week-long summer and winter voyages, make public appearances at water festivals, and have lots of fun along the way.

Seattle Aquarium

Summer camps about sea life and the ocean

Seattle Children’s Theater

School-year and summer classes and Summer Season productions provide young people participatory theatre education and theatre arts training taught by professional artists.

Seattle Pacific University

Sports summer camps for kids offered by the SPU Athletics Dept.

Seattle Parks Summer Youth Sports Teams & Programs

Citywide Youth Athletics offers various summer sports activities for kids to experience.

Seattle Rowing Center

Exposing young children to the sport of rowing is a priority for us. We have German small boats sized specifically for them, and are committed to teaching skills and safety on the water in a fun atmosphere. Summer is the best time to introduce this age to the sport.

Seattle Shakespeare Company

In our camps and after-school programs young actors develop their skills and gain hands-on performance and production experience. Professional teaching artists guide participants in voice and text work, scene study, comedy techniques, Elizabethan dance, stage combat, and more.

Seattle Yacht Club Summer Sailing School

The Seattle Yacht Club has a long-standing tradition of providing an outstanding Junior Sailing School program for children in the Seattle area. We offer sailing classes for children from 7-17 years of age with a wide variety of class options.  Over 500 young sailors participate in a total of 39 classes over an eleven-week period each summer.  The hand-selected instructional staff is trained through US SAILING, and CPR and First Aid certified.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

For younger musicians, aged 7-14, Marrowstone-in-the-City (MITC) provides excellent musical instruction and orchestral training.  The Seattle-based program includes string and wind ensembles, chamber music, sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, a daytime chamber music performance, and a final evening concert for all students.

Shoreline Community College Biotechnology Lab - Summer Camp for High School Students

In partnership with Institute for Systems Biology, Shoreline Community College's Biotechnology Lab is opening its door to high school students. Are you interested in learning more about the field of biotechnology? What do scientists actually DO in the lab? This will be an exciting week-long exploration into the field of biotechnology & DNA sequencing. Campers will get extensive hands-on opportunities to practice these techniques and skills while taking on interesting scientific challenges!

Space Camp

SPACE CAMP® was founded in 1982 as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® museum’s education program to promote the study of math, science, and technology.  This educational program couples classroom instruction with hands-on activities and teaches teamwork, decision-making, and leadership.  Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, while leading the team of scientists and engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center that sent astronauts to the moon, inspired these programs that have challenged and educated youngsters from all 50 states and over 40 countries and territories.  SPACE CAMP has become known as one of the premier math/science/technology educational programs in the United States.

Stanford University Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

The program is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp

SUMaC is designed for current high school tenth and eleventh graders (students who will be in eleventh or twelfth grade in Fall 2013) who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics.  SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and those who would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits.  SUMaC provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics.  Financial Aid is available.

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies advances the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students. We offer a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of top students everywhere, ranging from an Online High School, to residential summer programs that let you become a Stanford University student for the summer or that let you dive deeply into your passions, to classes offered online and in-person throughout the year.

Stanford University Summer College Academy

Summer College Academy is a hybrid online–residential program for academically talented high-school students.  Take Stanford University classes in a 3–4 week real-time online environment, then meet on Stanford’s beautiful campus for 3 weeks to continue the learning experience.  Earn Stanford Continuing Studies credit.  Experience academic, social, and intellectual opportunities not found in a typical high school classroom!

Stanford University Summer School Programs

The Summer Institutes are two-to-four-week residential programs for academically talented and motivated middle and high-school students.  The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for these students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their interests and abilities. Participants are enrolled in a single intensive-study course, taught by a Stanford instructor, and covering topics not typically presented at their grade level.

Stone Gardens

Rock climbing camps and lessons for all ages.

Summer Institute for the Gifted

College based 3-week residential summer programs for students ages 9-18 at various universities around the United States.  Colleges include Amherst, Bryn Mawr, Emory, Princeton, UC Berkeley, U of Chicago, UCLA, UT Austin, Vassar, & Yale.

UW Academy for Young Scholars

The UW Academy, created in 2001 in partnership with the University of Washington Honors Program, is an early university admission opportunity for 10th grade students in Washington State. Every year, a small cohort of up to thirty-five academically advanced and highly-motivated students are admitted to the UW Academy. Students apply to the program during their 10th grade year, and if accepted, withdraw from high school at the end of 10th grade to enroll as freshmen at the University of Washington. At the Robinson Center, UW Academy students find a community of like-minded peers and an experienced staff who can help them to make the most of their time at the UW.

UW Botanic Gardens (Arboretum) Summer Camps

Come join us for a week (or more!) of fun and educational adventures in our 230 acre outdoor classroom located in the heart of Seattle.  Our day-camp curriculums are designed in support of our mission: to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation.  To achieve this we focus on hands-on exploration, play and experiential learning.

UW Burke Museum of Natural History

A real behind-the-scenes museum experience! You will learn from scientists, incredible collections of artifacts and specimens, and a great team of educators at the Burke Museum on the beautiful University of Washington campus. For grades K-8.

UW College of Engineering Mathematics Academy

Math Academy is an intensive, four-week residential session held on the Seattle UW Campus in summer. Students engage in coursework created by UW math faculty and designed to develop the skills necessary to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering.  Students also have enrichment opportunities to explore the range of career opportunities available to engineers through lab tours, research projects, site visits and networking events.  The Mathematics Academy accepts current juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will complete pre-calculus by the end of their junior year.  The Math Academy program is FREE for student participants.

UW Computer Science Camps

Spend a week on the beautiful University of Washington campus making new friends and exploring the exciting field of computer science!

UW Early Entrance Program

The Early Entrance Program is a two-step program for middle school students consisting of one year of Transition School, an intensive college preparatory program taught at the Robinson Center, and subsequent full-time enrollment at the University of Washington, typically beginning with one or more courses during the Transition School year.

UW Genomics Workshops for High School Students

The GenOM Project provides programs for high school students and incoming Freshmen to explore their interests and advance their studies in genomics. Genomics workshops offer high school students an introduction to genomics, and the ALVA summer research program is an opportunity for incoming Freshmen at the University of Washington to probe deeper into this cutting-edge science.

UW in the High School

Through the UW in the High School (UWHS) program, high school students can complete University of Washington courses — and earn UW credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Students and teachers use UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests, and grading scales. Students earn a final grade over time; a grade does not depend on one exam. Students receive recognition for their UW work at most public institutions and many private ones.

UW Jacobsen Observatory

From April to October the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory is open to the public free of charge on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month. Built in 1895, the Observatory with its 120-year old, 6-inch refracting telescope is still offering celestial views of the wonders of the Universe. Here you will find information on opened nights, making reservations, a history of the telescope, a history of astronomy at the UW, and even an operating manual for the telescope. Come join us in a tour; there is no charge to learn about and view the night sky!

UW Materials Science Summer Day Camp

ASM Materials Camp allows high school students to experience the exciting field of material science in a hands on way. Students have access to high-tech equipment and professional mentors to help them tackle real problems facing the field today. Hands on Material Science Look at how materials perform by bending, stretching, and crushing them until they break. See how different materials are made and how they are formed into the things we use every day. Working with "Materials Mentors" Materials Mentors are practicing engineers from local companies. Small groups of four to five students will team up with a Mentor and work on projects at the UW Materials Science & Engineering department and at the research facilities of the Mentor's company.

UW Running Start Program

The Running Start Program allows academically qualified 11th- and 12th-graders the opportunity to enroll in certain Washington colleges for college credit.  College in the high school, which may go under names such as dual enrollment or dual credit, allows high school students to take college courses at their local high school and receive college credit.

UW Saturday Enrichment Programs

The Saturday Program is an enrichment program offered by the Robinson Center for Young Scholars for students currently in grades K-8. These classes are intended to provide intellectually ambitious students with challenge, inspiration, and fun, in a collaborative, supportive learning environment. Our classes are not intended to move students ahead in the standard curriculum but rather to explore topics not usually covered in the K-8 classroom. Classes meet for one or two hours per week, for eight sessions each quarter; we do not run Saturday Program in the summer. Classes are held on the UW Campus, in Gould Hall. We offer substantial financial aid to families on Free/Reduced Lunch.

UW Summer Academic Programs

The Robinson Center’s Summer Program provides an intensive, inspirational and in-depth learning experience for students who are ready and prepared to take on the challenge. We offer a rich variety of math, science, literature, philosophy, and writing classes. Class size is small, with a faculty who are experienced teachers and specialists in their fields. Summer Challenge, for 5th and 6th graders, emphasizes hands-on learning, field trips and activities; Summer Stretch, for 7th-10th graders, is more academic in nature, providing an accelerated, rigorous learning experience. Both programs are characterized by high-level thinking, intellectual adventure, and pursuit of understanding.

UW Summer Institute for Mathematics

The program includes six intensive two-week courses taught by university professors on topics that change from year to year. In the past, students have studied methods of argument, combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry, game theory, group theory, coding theory, and much more.  In addition, there are twelve guest lectures on a wide variety of subjects and in many different formats, allowing students to glimpse even more mathematical areas as well as participate in hands-on mathematical activities.  When not in class, students work on problems in groups or individually, have mathematical discussions with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and participate in social events, sports, and weekly Saturday outings.  They develop many new interests and close friendships, the end of the program coming way too soon.  The cost of room, board, participation in all program activities, and a travel allowance for admitted participants is covered by the generous funding of anonymous donors.

UW Summer Sports Camps

Baseball, Basketball, Track & Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Strength & Conditioning, Tennis, Volleyball

UW Summer Youth Programs

UW day camps for kids in elementary, middle, and high school.  Camps for robotics, computer programming, architecture, writing, etc.

Vertical World

Rock climbing camps and lessons, as well as, fitness and yoga for all ages.

Washington State House of Representatives Page Program

Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives. Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Selection as a page is a great honor. Page duties are varied. They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Each job is vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature. As the week-long experience draws to a close and pages return to their schools and communities, it is hoped that pages will share their experiences and observations with others in an effort to contribute to a more universal understanding of the legislative process. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.

Washington State Senate Page Program

The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country. Hundreds of students throughout Washington State have an opportunity each year to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action. The page is a helping hand during legislative sessions, which run from January through March or April. Pages perform many tasks that allow senators and staff to focus on legislative duties. Pages spend two hours each day in page school learning about the legislative process. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.

Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School’s Youth Programs for ages 4-18 strive to foster young people’s understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self.  We offer a variety of camps and courses during the summer and school year for children and teens.

YMCA Outdoor Leadership Development Program

The YMCA Outdoor Leadership Development program helps young people make bold strides toward competent selfhood. Through extraordinary wilderness experiences, we nurture multi-cultural leadership skills in boys and girls 12–18 years old. We offer expeditions that range from 6–22 days, including backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, yoga, art, and the kind of good-natured fun that leads to long-term friendships. You don’t have to have experience or outdoor gear, but you do need an open heart, an inquisitive mind, and a thirst for adventure.

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