Watch Here for Updated Info on 2017 Summer Learning Opportunities

Information will be updated here regularly to inform students about Summer Learning Opportunities for the Summer of 2017.  Many deadlines are just weeks away.


UPDATED May 9, 2017:

Old Dominion University / Cybersecurity & Computer Programming Summer Camp

Rising 6th- through 8th-graders … Funded by NASA and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Register by June 2.

Click here for the website.


ARDX Foundation – START (Smart Teens Accepting Responsibility Today

Paid summer internship for rising high school seniors in the Hampton Roads area.  Focus on real-world business experience, project management, customer service skills, and community service.

Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International welcomes students ages 14-18 to participate in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the 61st
Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA from July 12-16!

Applications can be found at the following website:
Applications should be returned to the address below:
Suffolk Sister Cities International
P.O. Box 769
Suffolk, VA 23439
Transportation will not be provided for this event. Scholarship funds may be available and will be determined by the number of students who apply. Students may contact Maryanne Persons by email at for more information.
Suffolk, VA 23439

Virginia Tech – Engineering Summer Opportunities

The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is seeking to increase the numbers of students from under-represented groups who pursue and earn engineering degrees. While the deadlines for most of our programs have passed for 2017, there are still a few opportunities, including a new one with Legacy International. Please help us get the word out to your students about some of the pre-college engineering programs for middle to high school students offered at Virginia Tech.

  • TechGirls … In partnership with Legacy International, CEED operates the TechGirls program for high school girls coming from North Africa and the Middles East. Four US girls are invited to join these students in an 8-day coding class at Virginia Tech from July 16 – 25, 2017. All expenses are covered. Applications are due Friday, April 21 and are open to 15-17 year old girls who are US citizens. For more information and the application link go here:
  • PCI  (Pre-College Initiative) … PCI is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), with the goal of increasing the number of African American students who are prepared to enter college, ideally majoring in engineering, math, science, and other technical disciplines. The program consists of a series of five daylong events held on Saturdays over the course of the academic year. Activities include lab tours, demonstrations, hands on activities and presentations designed to help students prepare for the college application process. Dates for the spring semester are February 25, March 18 and April 22, 2017. There is a one-time $10 registration fee when students apply. Transportation is not provided.
  • Imagination … Imagination, a one-week science and math camp for rising seventh and eighth graders, introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of technology, engineering, and science … not by watching, but by doing! There will be two sessions of this day camp:  July 10 – 14 and July 17 – 21. Free bus transportation is provided to and from Roanoke for the first session and to and from Martinsville for the second session. Cost is $150, but scholarships are available. While this is a day camp, we have students who stay with friends and family, rent/share hotel rooms or Airbnb, stay in RV’s and even camp! The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.

2017 Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute

The Institute is free to participants (high school students) and will be held June 26-30, 2017 at the University of Richmond.  Click here for the website with the application link. The deadline to submit an application is May 15, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Directors, Alicia Roberts and Christina Spratley, at

William & Mary Courses in Law for High School Students

The Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), at the College of William & Mary Law School, in conjunction with the Center for Gifted Education at the William & Mary School of Education, provides interactive and thought-provoking classes for high school students.  Fred Lederer, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director, CLCT, exposes high school students to basic topics in law such as what is the law, how it is made, how judges can change the law, and how to resolve disputes.

Courses include Introduction to U.S. Law, Introduction to Torts, Introduction to Evidence, Introduction to U.S. Law, and Introduction to Search & Seizure.

Link to program info:

2017 Cybersecurity Summer Academy at NSU

The Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IAREDI) at Norfolk State University is hosting a one week Cybersecurity summer academy for high school students (rising 9th through 12th graders), from June 19 – June 23, 2017. Camp hours are 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and the goal of this program is to increase Cybersecurity awareness among high school students and introduce them to cyber security professions. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of cyber security professionals in the nation as currently the USA has a shortage of Cybersecurity professionals in the workplace.

Link to program info:

United States Naval Academy — Summer STEM Programs held June 2017 .. click for more info

For rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.  Application deadline is April 15.

Christopher Newport University’s Summer Humanities Instituteclick for more info

Application Deadline – March 15

Join Education Unlimited® for a residential summer program on a prestigious college campus this summer. Make lifelong memories with new and old friends, gain access to the very best instructors and learn from an exciting, dynamic curriculum not typically offered in school year institutions.

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TCC  is offering summer camps for grades 3-12.  Please see the link below for more information.

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts offers 3 programs this summer for students ages 6 and up.  See the link below for more information.


Girls Inc. is sponsoring a co-ed summer camp in the Hampton Roads area.  See the link below for more information.


The Governor’s School for the Arts is hosting summer camps throughout the month of July.  Please see the link below for more information and costs.


The Big Blue Summer Camp is an 8-week day camp for boys and girls ages 6-12 and is an American Camp Association® accredited camp. Big Blue Summer Camp focuses on helping campers develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, competence, interest in exploration, responsibility, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving. Every week campers will participate in the following activities: swimming, rock-wall, arts & crafts, and general fun & games. Some weeks will include a field trip to some local attractions. See the link below for more information.


Hampton University is the setting for over 21 special programs during the summer. These programs provide valuable enrichment and academic opportunities for participants of all ages. Some programs are day camps and other are residential.  A fee may be required for some programs.  Please see the link below for more information about each program.


Summer STEAM is a free, one-week, residential academy intended to inspire and expose rising 6th-8th grade students drawn from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to STEAM content, applied learning, and leadership developing opportunities.


  • Governor’s School Summer Residential Academies for 2017 … click for more info
  • Each high school selects applicants before February 2017. 
  • BLAST 2017 Summer Program     … click for more info
    The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) Program goal is to increase students’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The program is for current 8th and 9th graders with STEM interests who have a C+ or greater grade point average (2.3 or greater).  Participants may attend BLAST only one time.  There is no charge for either of the two three day programs which will tale place at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.  Applications are due by Feb. 6.  For more information, visit


Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session     This 5-week academic program takes place on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  Participants may choose from among 60 courses.  Hybrid and online programs are also available.  For more information and to apply go to

Duke University Summer Session  2017     Current 10th and 11th graders may consider applying for this month-long summer session that will take place in July 2017.  For more information, visit the Duke University Summer Session 2017 website or contact Nicki Charles, Ed.D at

2017 High School Diplomats Program     Current sophomores and Juniors may apply for this 10-day “cultural exchange program”  that will take place on July 25th-August 5th on the campus of Princeton University.  For more information and to apply go to

Experiment Leadership Institute 2017     There are two opportunities:  1) India Public Health and Community Development; and 2) South Africa Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights.  Both programs develop and enhance leadership skills, language skills, and problem-solving skills as well as cultivate global competency and a complex understanding of the world.  Both programs are fully funded and take place over a six-week period in the summer of 2017.  Rising seniors may apply but must not be older than 18 years old at the time of the exchange.  The application deadline is January 18th.  For more information go to or call 1-800-345-2929.

Experiment Summer Abroad 2017     There are 30 programs in 24 countries.  Two new programs are:  1) India Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice.  Participants will learn about modern and traditional healthcare practices and health care access. 2) Brazil Culture and Environmental Sustainability. Participating students learn about Brazil’s culture as well as about the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability and environmental conservation. Both programs develop and enhance leadership skills, language skills, and problem-solving skills as well as cultivate global competency and a complex understanding of the word.  The application deadline is January 18th.  For more information go to or call 1-800-345-2929.


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