College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

College Counseling

Holton’s rigorous curriculum and many extracurricular opportunities support and promote the "education of the mind, soul and spirit" of each individual student and prepare her to continue her academic growth at the college level.

Two full-time counselors work closely with each girl and her family to guide her through the college search and application process. We want her to:

  • Understand her interests
  • Be empowered to make confident and constructive decisions about her academic and personal goals
  • Present herself honestly and confidently to college admissions offices

Although our ultimate objective is to help students achieve admission to institutions of higher education, self-development and self-awareness are also important outcomes of the process.

2019-2020 School Profile (PDF)

Freshman Year

The goal in ninth grade is for students to adjust to the rigors of high school, to learn more about themselves, and to become involved in the life of Holton-Arms School and the larger world around them.

Though this list may not sound like preparation for applying to college, girls develop the skills and goals that set the stage for a successful high school career and a smooth college application process. The objectives listed below reflect Holton's mission and school philosophy.

  • Learn time management skills. Learn to balance academic demands, social interests, and extracurricular passions.
  • Get involved! Explore the extracurricular life of Holton-Arms School. Try out for plays, join a club to explore your interests or hobbies, play an instrument, sing, write for one of our publications, paint.
  • Play a sport or exercise regularly.
  • Expand your friendship circle. Reach out to new students.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with your teachers outside of class when you have questions or want to explore a topic further.
  • Get to know at least one adult (advisor, coach, teacher) in the community well to help you navigate the Upper School.
  • Make time to read for pleasure. Read a novel. Read the newspaper.
  • Explore Washington, D.C. Bike the Capital Crescent Trail. Hike the Billy Goat Trail.
  • Work hard in school.
  • Be kind and respectful to your parents and siblings.
  • Do community service. Make a plan to fulfill the community service requirement.
  • Select your academic courses for 10th grade with the help of your advisor. You should seek appropriate challenges and balance. You need to enjoy your classes and do well, and still have time for other aspects of life.
  • Plan ahead for standardized testing.
  • Take the SAT subject test in Biology - if appropriate. Speak to your biology teacher.
  • During the summer or as a sidelight on a family trip, swing by a college campus or two to begin to get a feeling for the types of schools that you find appealing - large, small, urban, rural, strong campus feeling, etc.
  • Use your summer to continue to expand your horizons. Find a job, take a class, continue with your art or music, attend sports camp, volunteer.

Sophomore Year

In the sophomore year students should continue to take advantage of the opportunities that Holton-Arms School presents. Strong academic and extracurricular involvement continues to be the keys to thriving in high school and beyond.

The college process gently begins when the sophomores take a pre-ACT in the winter and a PSAT in the spring. This marks the beginning of taking the standardized tests. Although the scores from these tests are NOT used for admissions, scores do help students begin to gauge testing strengths and weaknesses.

As students head into the junior year, they should continue to strive for balance in their academic, extracurricular, social and family lives. Eating well and getting enough sleep are also very important.

  • Keep goals from the freshman year!
  • Develop a passion.
  • Get and stay involved - drama, music, sports, art, service, etc. You still have time to explore new activities.
  • Stay balanced. Don't feel that you must do it all; do what you do well.
  • Work hard in school.
  • Be kind and respectful to your parents and siblings.
  • Take the PSAT-10 in the spring. If your selection index is over 200, you might consider preparing for the SAT in 11th grade as you could qualify for the National Merit program. Discuss this with one of the college counselors.
  • Take the pre-ACT in December.

  • Give back to your community. Feel free to go beyond the service requirement!
  • Select your academic courses for 11th grade with the help of your advisor. You should seek appropriate challenges and balance. You need to enjoy your classes, do well in your classes and have time for other aspects of life. The college counselors, grade deans and advisors are in close contact regarding course selection as well.
  • Begin reading college guide books.
  • Consider taking an SAT subject test (in math, foreign language, chemistry) at the end of the year - but only if appropriate; speak with your teachers and college counselors for guidance.
  • Visit college campuses, if time permits. You are still in the early research phase of choosing what types of schools you prefer.
  • Again, use your summer to continue to expand your horizons. Find a job, take a class, continue with your art or music, attend sports camp, do a language immersion program, find and internship, volunteer.

Junior & Senior Years

College Admission Options

Types of Application Options Offered by U.S. Colleges and Universities.

Regular Admission:

These colleges have a firm application deadline and notify the applicant of her admissions decision in late March/early April. Admissions decisions fall into three responses: admit, deny, or wait list. This acceptance decision is NON-binding - the student may choose whether or not to attend. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide whether they will submit an enrollment deposit.

Rolling Admission:

These colleges accept and reject applicants until their freshman classes are full. They usually publish a final deadline by which all applications are due, or they may have a priority deadline for scholarship consideration. It is best to apply to universities with rolling decision fairly early, as they may deny competitive applicants who apply late in the admissions cycle. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide whether they will enroll. This acceptance decision is NON-binding.

Priority Deadline:

Many state universities have established a priority deadline in October or November, and students whose applications are received by that date are considered for admission as a group. Decisions of admit, deny or defer and usually released in December or January. Students applying after the priority deadline may have diminished chances of admission if many spaces in the freshman class have already been filled.

Early Action:

These colleges typically require application by early November to mid-December with an admit, deny, or defer response by late December, January or February. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide on enrollment. This acceptance decision is NON-binding.

Early Action Single Choice:

A few colleges have chosen to restrict their early action applicants from concurrently applying to any other college's early action or early decision program. This program is NON-binding. Students admitted under Single Choice Early could still apply under the Regular Decision plan to other colleges.

Early Decision I:

These colleges typically require application in early November, with notification of the admissions decision by the end of December. The decision may be to admit, defer, or deny. In exchange for being considered early, the student agrees to withdraw all other college applications and commit to attend that college if admitted at early decision. This decision is BINDING*.

Early Decision II:

A relatively new option, these college typically require application in December or January and notify students of their decision in February or March. At this point, the student is usually admitted or denied. Upon acceptance, a student needs to withdraw all other college applications as this decision is BINDING*.

*BINDING means a student makes a commitment to go to the college if they accept her. Applications to all other colleges MUST be withdrawn.

The enrollment deposit deadline of May 1 is shared by U.S. colleges and universities. Students may only deposit at one institution, and violation of this policy can result in both institutions withdrawing their offers of admission. "Double-depositing" is also a violation of the Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Counseling (of which Holton-Arms is a member) and therefore can not be supported by the school.

Financing College

No matter what your financial resources, do not allow the cost of a college education to cut short your daughter's educational plans. Financial aid to attend college is available from a variety of sources - grant aid (institutional and/or outside scholarships) and self-help (loans and work-study funds). Once you submit information about your family's financial status, college and university financial aid administrators will take many factors into consideration to prepare a financial aid package for your daughter.

Although some of the college price tags can be quite daunting -- many colleges are more affordable than one might think. Recent information sent by various institutions indicates that even families with substantial incomes may qualify. After financial aid or merit scholarships are taken into consideration, the net price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is significantly lower than the published tuition and fees.

Talk with your college counselor about information sources in the College Resource Room or public library. Many websites will assist you in locating relevant information about the different types of financial aid, including state and private sources, and what colleges may offer. We hope this information will be helpful as you begin your college search. For more information, contact the web site of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).


College Resource Room

  • Guidebooks on both need-based and merit-based scholarship materials offered by colleges or other private and public sponsors

Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Parents

  • Held in January to assist with the completion of the FAFSA application- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available online after January 1 of senior year and is required for ALL need-based aid.

CSS (College Scholarship Service) PROFILE

  • This financial aid form is available online beignning October 1 of senior year and is required in addtion to the FAFSA at many private colleges and by some scholarship organizations.


Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers

  • General information about the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs, assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): 1.800.433.3243
  • To check on the processing of your FAFSA or request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR): 1.319.337.5665
  • TDD number for hearing-impaired individuals to call with any federal student aid questions: 1.800.730.8913
  • To order FAFSA Express on diskette: 1.800.801.0576
  • To report fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid funds: 1.800.647.8733
  • FAFSA on the Web (general information and technical assistance): 1.800.801.0576


The college and career online Family Connection for Holton Juniors and Seniors and their families. (Juniors will receive username and password during fall semester.)

Ten Strategies for Parents

Help Your Child Find a Good College Match
1. Emphasize inherent value of college education versus prestige value of particular colleges.

2. Be open from the start regarding your expectations, biases, and geographic or financial restrictions.

3. Seek balance between under-involvement and over-involvement as parent. Your role is supportive; child's role is central.

4. Assist your daughter with a preliminary investigation of colleges and admissions requirements; she will focus attention during spring of junior year and narrow a list of colleges during the summer of eleventh grade and fall of twelfth grade.

5. Provide a role model of open-mindedness, curiosity and discovery throughout the college search process. (Thoughtful questions vs. quick answers and assumptions).

6. Encourage your daughter's self-appraisal (interests, abilities, social needs, values) as the key to finding a good fit. (Larger school or smaller; more urban or more rural; spirited or quieter; more intellectual or social; more liberal or conservative; etc.).

7. Discuss your daughter's course selection, standardized test results, and initial college interests with her college counselor. Then encourage your daughter to work closely with the college counselor throughout the process, informing her of any changing needs or concerns.

8. Be sure your daughter visits campuses - if possible while colleges are in session and before applying. Spring vacation of junior year is a great time. Summer visits can be good for interviews.

9. Try to reduce pressure about college admission rather than add to it. Do not make college choice the daily dinner topic.

10. Remember that highly selective colleges look for:
  • Rigorous curriculum in secondary school
  • Strong motivation and performance (grades, class standing, teacher recommendations)
  • Test scores "in range" of their enrolled students
  • Special talents, service to others, personal qualities, potential for growth.

Candidates will be compared within the applicant pool and the number admitted will depend on the ratio of applicants to spaces in the freshman class, even if most candidates are "qualified."


Each girl is encouraged to pursue admission to a college that provides an appropriate match for her unique intellectual abilities, passions, talents, and personal values.

Throughout the Upper School sequence, students are guided by academic deans and advisors to maximize their learning experience and pursue choices that match their interests and abilities.

A college counseling curriculum aimed at developing self-awareness, maximizing academic and leadership opportunities, and exploring college options takes place in group meetings during freshman and sophomore years.

During junior year our efforts become more focused on the skills that girls will need to create a resume, fill out applications, and undertake research to identify colleges of possible interest. Each girl and her parents meet with a college counselor to initiate an examination of the family’s priorities, and with help from the counseling staff, she will explore specific colleges and universities that may be a good match for her.

Standardized Testing

Many factors (such as course history, learning differences, recruitment opportunities, etc.) influence the timeline a student will follow when taking standardized tests. Below is general information regarding the various standardized tests a student will want to consider.


Sophomore Year

In grade 10, students will have the opportunity to take both the PSAT-10 and the Pre-ACT at Holton. After having the opportunity to experience both, students will start thinking about whether they prefer the SAT or ACT. Every college will accept either with equal consideration. The College Counselors have created a “Student Roadmap to College Admissions Testing” to help each girl individually with this decision process.

For whichever test a student intends to pursue, she should:

  • Begin to determine how she will prepare: buy test prep books, use online resources, find individual tutoring, join group classes, etc.
  • Pursue accommodations with ACT or SAT if applicable. If a student qualifies for accommodations, she must make sure to apply now as the process takes several months. She should speak with the Learning Specialist for more information.

Junior Year

  • Study and prepare.
  • An individual testing plan will be discussed in a family meeting with the student’s College Counselor.
  • Test when ready. Students should make sure to leave time for additional test dates should they want to retake a test.

Senior Year

Tests taken too close to college deadlines might not be considered, so students should complete any final testing in the first couple test dates of their senior year.

SAT Subject Tests:

Many colleges do not require SAT Subject Tests. However, students may want to take them in case colleges on their list do end up having the requirement.

Below are recommendations on when to take subject tests. Students should discuss their plans with their teachers, as teachers may be able to recommend additional material students should study.

Test you are able to take...

…if you have completed this class

Math 1

Algebra 2/Trig

Math 2

Precalculus or Precalculus Honors


Physics or Physics Honors


Chemistry or Chem Honors

Biology E

Biology or Biology Honors

Biology M

Biology or Biology Honors

(M is more close to course than E)


English 11 complete (junior year)

US History

Completed US/Euro Hist 1 and 2

(junior year complete)

Language exams

Completed Level 3 of a course

AP Exams:

Holton’s courses do not teach to the AP exams. However, juniors and seniors may wish to prepare on their own for AP exams in order to earn college credit or to strengthen their applications to international universities.

Students who wish to have an AP exam ordered for them must work with Holton’s AP Coordinator. Information about deadlines and the process will be shared early in the school year.

  • AP Ordering Deadline: Mid-November (set by College Board)
  • AP Exams: First two weeks of May, take place at Holton

Speakers & Workshops

As part of an ongoing series, we sponsor speakers and workshops on aspects of the college application process such as planning campus visits, interviewing skills, essay writing, and financial aid, to be attended by students, parents, or both.

College Visitors

Each year during the fall semester, Holton’s College Counseling Office hosts visits from approximately 100 prominent colleges, which allow girls to gather first-hand impressions from admissions officers. The college counselor uses these appointments to cultivate professional relationships and rapport with the representatives, and to further educate them about Holton’s distinctive strengths and rigorous academic offerings.

By expanding their understanding of the Holton mission and curriculum, we seek to ensure the fullest and fairest assessment of our applicants during the admissions selection by the college representatives and their colleagues.

For College Admission Officers

Founded in 1901, Holton-Arms is a college-preparatory school for girls grades 3-12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.*”

The School provides rigorous and dynamic programs in the traditional academic areas, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Here, young women of diverse backgrounds can take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships. Holton-Arms is a vibrant community that values consistency and order as well as creativity and freedom.

Whether you are just learning about Holton or are already familiar with the school, we invite you to explore our website, visit our campus, or to contact us with any questions you might have.

    Visit Policy

    We welcome college representatives to visit our campus and spend time getting to know us. With approximately 120 college visitors each fall, we have found that most girls are not able to miss class for longer meetings. In order to provide more student accessibility to our college visitors, Holton offers a mini-fair setting from 1-1:30 p.m. on most weekdays. Up to five college representatives are located in an attractive gallery space at a time when students have a free lunch/clubs period. All Upper School students are encouraged to circulate and chat with the college visitors.

    For colleges which we anticipate will receive a larger audience (12-20 girls), we can arrange for a private visit at a separate time of day. Only seniors (and juniors with a free period) will be permitted to attend those meetings.

    Please contact Tish Peterson or Katie McEnroe to schedule a visit.


    To 7303 River Road Bethesda, MD 20817

    From the Capital Beltway
    Take Exit 39; head east on River Road (toward Washington); at the second traffic light, turn left onto the School grounds, and then immediately right onto Mary Happer Drive.

    From Washington, D.C.
    Head west on River Road, turn right at Royal Dominion Drive onto the School grounds and then immediately turn right onto Mary Happer Drive.

    By Metro bus:
    T-2 Route stops directly in front of the School.

    Parking on campus:
    Visitor parking spaces are available in the main parking lot; handicapped parking is available on the front circle.

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    In the Area

    Nearby schools (grouped with closest neighbors):

    • Landon School
      6101 Wilson Ln, Bethesda, MD 20817 1.65 mi
    • Walt Whitman High School
      7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817 1.97 mi

    • Connelly School of the Holy Child
      9029 Bradley Blvd. Potomac, MD 20854 2.35 mi
    • Deutsche Schule/German School Washington, DC
      8617 Chateau Dr, Potomac, MD 20854 3.08 mi
    • Bullis School
      10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854 4.7 mi
    • Winston Churchill High School
      11300 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD 20854 5.08 mi
    • St. Andrews Episcopal School
      8804 Postoak Rd, Potomac, MD 20854 5.56 mi

    • Washington Waldorf School
      4800 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 3.94 mi

    • Walter Johnson High School
      6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814 4.06 mi
    • Lycee Rochambeau/The French International School
      9600 Forest Rd Bethesda, MD 4.54 mi

    Nearby restaurants/food stores:

    Whole Foods, Georgetown Bagelry, Ledo's Pizza, Hunan Kitchen Kenwood Station Shopping Center 5241 River Rd Bethesda MD

    Fish Taco, Wild Tomato, The Market On the Boulevard, Indigo House 7945 MacArthur Blvd Cabin John, MD (Intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Seven Locks Rd)

    Bethesda Food Co-op 6500 Seven Locks Rd, Cabin John, MD (Intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Seven Locks Rd)

    Irish Inn at Glen Echo 6119 Tulane Ave, Glen Echo MD (faces MacArthur Blvd)

    Safeway, Starbucks, Vie de France (and other shopping options like CVS) Potomac Village Shopping Center, 10104 River Rd, Potomac MD

Summer Programs

Summer Program Finder

(for pre-college programs or camps)

Johns Hopkins CTY Imagine resource page

(check out the academic program and internship listings)

College Express

(a college and scholarship search site with a long summer program listing)

(a great resource for volunteer opportunities, locally, across the US and internationally)

Summer Architecture Programs (list compiled by the American Institute of Architects

Summer Programs in Marine Science

Summer College for High School Students, Stanford University

Eight week residential intended for college preparation. For advanced students 16-19. All Stanford undergraduate courses for which the student has met the prerequisites are open to Summer College Students. Earn College credit and explore the sciences, humanities, arts, and languages.

University of Notre Dame Summer Experience, Indiana

As a Summer Scholar or a participant in the Notre Dame Leadership Seminars, you'll have access to the Grotto, the Golden Dome, the hallowed halls. If you go abroad with us to Rome or Ireland in our Study Abroad programs, you'll have access to the sweeping sights of the Eternal City or the rich history of the Emerald Isle. You’ll spend a summer living, learning, and preparing to lead a life for the greater good.

Northwestern College Program for Rising Seniors 3, 6, or 9 week programs. College credit for all classes; weekly Get Ready seminars help to explore college admission process and adjustment to college. Choose from 350 courses in Arts and Sciences, Music, Communications, Theatre, Engineering, and Continuing Studies.

Tufts University Summer Programs

6 week program for college preparation, academic enrichment, and writing instruction. Choose from The Writing Program, Health Science Honors, Ethics and Global Citizenship, or tackle one of the nearly 40 undergraduate courses for credit in the College for Juniors (a broader selection of course choices from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering).

Brown University Pre-college Program

7 week residential summer program of freshman level courses for credit for high school students. Each student takes 2 courses reflecting first year college work with final project or oral presentation. Also check out Pre-College Courses, The Leadership Institute, Environmental Leadership Labs, TheatreBridge, Location-based Programs.

Georgetown University High School Programs (1, 2, 4 weeks) in academic subjects as part of pre-college program, also three different opportunities to do programs specifically focused on the medical field, plus week-long institutes in Foreign Policy, Business and Law and Arts and Humanities.

Johns Hopkins University Pre-college Credit Programs

2 and 5 week terms: Summer University (with over 100 courses) and Discover Hopkins (short-term intensive programs). Or check out Engineering Innovation, a hands-on summer course for engineering offered at the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD and at other sites in Maryland, California, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Cornell University Summer Honors Program and College

3-, 4- or 6-week programs in Architecture, Art, Design, and Fashion, Business, Hospitality, and Leadership, Debate and Literature, Engineering and Robotics, Psychology, Research, and Science, Government, History, and International Relations, Social Change and Sustainability, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.

High School Summer Scholars Program, Washington University

5 or 8 week residential summer scholars program for academically talented rising seniors. Students earn up to 7 semester credits, choose from nearly 100 college courses. Cultural trips, cinematic film series, social activities. Also view 1-week Summer Institutes,

Boston University Summer Programs

6 week Summer Honors Program, RISE Internship or Practicum, 3 week Academic Immersion or 2 week Challenge Program. Variety of options and requirements: residential, experiential, academic, for college credit or research experience.

The Boston College Experience

6 week residential academic program. Introduces students to a campus environment and encourages personal exploration, growth and discovery. Carry two courses and earn college credit. Daytime activities in greater Boston area. Experience college life with roommates, scheduling, dining, etc.

Syracuse University Summer College

2, 3, 4 and 6 week programs representing the various colleges and schools at Syracuse University. Options include: Acting and Musical Theatre, Music Recording, Creative Writing, Forensics, Engineering, Criminal Justice, in addition to Liberal Arts and Science.

Barnard Pre-College Programs

1 week and 4 week programs for women – choose from a variety of courses and explore New York City or pursue 1 week Young Women's Leadership Institute (leadership training) Live in NYC (in Morningside Heights, across the street from Columbia); gain access to museums, cultural events.

USC Summer Programs

USC offers a variety of 3-4 week summer seminars in science, fine arts, acting, debate, film, screenwriting, playwriting, engineering, psychology, physiology. And, more specifically, for students interested in Architecture, check out: School of Architecture – 2 and 4 week programs for high school students who have no previous experience but are interested in architecture

Summer Fuel (formerly Academic Study Associates)

3-5 week residential programs for grades 9-12. Pre-college programs in Oxford, Tufts, UC Berkeley or Cultural Language Immersion/Travel programs in France, Spain or Business and Social Entrepreneurship in Barcelona, Boston or Georgetown. A variety of programs is available.

Summer Discovery at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, CU-Boulder, U Texas Austin, U Michigan, Penn State, Georgetown U, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Pace NYC, Emerson Boston, Cambridge U & London

2-6 week residential programs focused on pre-college enrichment. Academic

courses, sports, arts, trips, and outdoors adventures as well as writing workshops, study skills, test preparation, community service. Programs have been in existence

for over four decades.

The Cambridge Tradition, A Summer Program at Cambridge and the Oxford Tradition, A Summer program at Oxford University

Four-week residential summer academic program for eighth-through-twelfth grade students to study first in Oxford, then in Paris, Cambridge, Barcelona, Montpellier, New York, Salamanca, St Andrews, Los Angeles, and Boston. Courses taught in the Oxford/Cambridge Tradition, seminar style, subject immersion. Social Sciences and Sciences, Computers & Culture, Humanities, Studio Art, Video Journalism, Music and Drama.

Cooper Union Outreach Program

The Outreach Pre-College Art Program was created in 1992 as a full scholarship program to support New York City area high school students interested in pursuing a degree in art. The Outreach Program serves the needs of talented local high school students who would benefit most from a fully funded college level education. It helps students develop a portfolio worthy of art college admissions and scholarships.

The Rockefeller University's Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)

The program is designed to offer intellectually curious, highly motivated high school students with a strong aptitude in the life or physical sciences a total-immersion experience in laboratory research. Students are matched to a lab according to their stated field of interest and are individually mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or lab heads.

Research at the Biological Field Station (BFS)

Research teams made up of faculty, staff, selected graduate and undergraduate college students, and high school students focus on specific areas of concern such as water quality monitoring, fisheries management, biological control studies and surveys.

High School internships last 9 weeks, five days per week. All students participating in an internship are responsible for executing a project under the guidance of BFS faculty and staff. Presentation of a digital presentation and participation in weekly seminars are required, as is the creation of a digital poster synthesizing the student's research.

New Jersey Institute of Technology Experience STEM through

Engineering Design (ESTEMED) Robotics program designed to expand the STEM experience through engineering design. Working in collaborative groups, students research a real-world problem that can be solved by a robot, and will follow the Engineering Design Cycle. The goal is for high school students to improve their problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills (for 9th or 10th graders).

After School Program Exploratory and Science Research at the American Museum of Natural History

Free courses offered to New York City high school students interested in the sciences (anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity). Each course makes use of the Museum's resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities. ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year--each is six weeks and courses meet once or twice a week. (Also check out the High School Summer Science Institute or the Saltz Internship Program.)

NYC Ladders for Leaders

An innovative program that offers students summer internships with some of the most dynamic corporations and businesses in New York City. Participants receive pre-employment training before starting their seven-week summer internships, and also attend regular workshops throughout the summer that focus on work readiness, college orientation, health, and leadership development. An initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC)

An urban environmental internship for high school students. RCC participants work on environmental restoration in Forever Wild sites located in our flagship parks. There are two RCC sessions each year (fall and spring), and each session lasts about 8-10 weeks. The program occurs one day a week, on a school day afternoon for 2 to 2.5 hours. There are openings for 900 students each year. RCC participants receive community service hours and go on exciting field trips, such as trips on the Clearwater Sloop.

The Bronx Westchester Area Health Education Center Summer Health Internship

Provides a six week summer placement for students entering their junior and senior years of high school, and freshmen and sophomore in college, who have expressed an interest in the health field. Students are exposed to a variety of careers in the health fields as well as to health issues affecting their communities. SHIP students are encouraged to observe health professionals and inquire whenever possible about their career paths, education paths, job descriptions, and responsibilities.

Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program

Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics. HUSSRP provides selected research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with our science faculty during the summer in an on campus research program. The program culminates in a science "poster session" in early Fall where students display the work they performed during the summer.

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

Intensive six-week residential academic program specifically for high school students. Boarding students take 3 courses in Liberal Arts: Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Strong Performing Arts, international forum component. Summer study abroad programs in Mexico, France, and Britain.

Northfield Mount Hermon Summer School, Northfield, MA

Residential programs: five to six weeks of intensive enrichment courses: Advanced Topics in Physics, Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, Spanish Intensive Language, and College prep. Workshops and sports activities.

Hotchkiss Summer Programs, Hotchkiss, CT

Hotchkiss Summer Portals is a residential program that offers middle and high-school age students the opportunity to hone a talent, try something new, and experience life at a New England boarding school. In each two or three-week session, you will learn from dedicated faculty members and experts.

Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Programs, Wallingford, CT

2 and 5 week residential summer programs including Summer in Paris, Spain or China as well as John F. Kennedy Institute in Government (including Washington trip), and Writing Project. Enrichment courses are offered to better the understanding of a topic. Social, sports, cultural activities and college visit trips.

Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

5 week intensive residential academic enrichment program, many opportunities

for cultural, academic, experiential learning, arts programs, outdoor adventure, theater, music, athletics, technology, marine biology and expository writing as part

of the OCEANS program, lectures and colloquia on Tuesday morning sessions,

college counseling.

Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

6 week residential summer session program. Academic and athletic program (with special Ice Hockey Player Development program) Study skill techniques in English, mathematics, standardized testing. College Prep courses in English, mathematics, science, history, language and studio art. Other electives in liberal arts, performing arts, visual arts, athletics. Special events, class trips, weekend excursions.

Summer at Taft, Watertown, Connecticut

5 week residential summer enrichment program. Academic courses offered in class sizes of 8 students in English, math, science, language, history, and the arts. Computer and SAT prep. classes also available. Athletics and volunteer programs also available. Study Abroad programs to Spain, France and China. Cello and String Performers Program.

Interlochen (Music)

Boston U Tanglewood Institute (Music)

Boston U Summer Theatre Inst (Theatre)

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (variety of Arts programs)

Northwestern University National High School Institute (Journalism (print or broadcast), Music, Debate, Speech, Film and Video Production, and Theatre Arts)

Skidmore Summer Accelerated Program in Art

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program

Ox-bow Summer Art Program

Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program

NYU Tisch School of the Arts (film, dance, drama, recorded music)

NY Film Academy Programs (film/acting)

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program (Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, Music)

Emerson College Summer Academy (Acting/ Theatre/Design, Animation, Journalism, TV, Film, Writing)

Iowa Young Writers Studio

Duke Writers Workshop

Lake Forest Writing and Thinking Workshop

Carleton Summer Writing Program

Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute

Sarah Lawrence Summer Writers Workshop

Sewanee Young Writers Conference

Kenyon Young Writers Program

Concordia Language Villages (MN)

Join a community of learners in which opportunities to interact in a second language and experience other cultures permeate life at the Villages. The ultimate goal of all immersion programming is to create an experience in language and culture that motivates participants to be life-long learners and to become responsible citizens in

a global community.

Middlebury Summer Language Academy (VT)

The Academy is an enriching immersion language program for motivated students who want to accelerate their language skills, while enjoying a pre-college summer camp experience with other like-minded teens. Programs taught at St. Michael’s College, Green Mountain College. Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, German, Spanish

National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent grads to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and school-year overseas immersion programs. Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish

Pathways to Science (useful search tool for summer science programs)

NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The Pre-Engineering Summer Academy at Rutgers University is an intensive one-week program that will introduce participants to aerospace, biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, forensic, industrial, material science, mechanical and systems engineering through an integrated program of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours, and field trips.

Smith College Science & Engineering (for women)

1 month program for young women interested in math and science. Participants choose two 2 week long research programs and learn how scientists and engineers formulate questions, work on some amazingly sophisticated scientific instruments, and develop valuable critical thinking and analytical skills.

MITES Engineering Program at MIT

This intense six-week program immerses students from across the country in life at MIT. Students take academically rigorous math, science & humanities courses. Outside of the classroom, they participate in admissions counseling sessions, lab tours and social events.

Carnegie Mellon University SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics + Science (designed for students underrepresented in math and science fields)

Six-week program for students with a strong interest in math and science. Students entering junior or senior year and considering careers in STEM disciplines are eligible. In addition to classroom instruction, students learn hands-on engineering through application of concepts.

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

SEAP provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 290 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks doing research at one of 24 laboratories.

Garcia Research Scholar Program at Stonybrook

High School Honors Science Math and Engineering Program

Clark Scholars Program at Texas Tech


Student Science Training Program at U Florida

Secondary Student Training Program at U Iowa

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

BU Rise Internship Program

School for Ethics and Global Leadership Program

The program is for 20 rising high school juniors and seniors from across the country. Intentionally small to build a tight-knit community and enhance collaboration. Students visit think tanks, NGOs, and government offices, meet with local experts, and enhance their public speaking, debate skills.

JSA Summer School

Programs at Stanford, Georgetown and Princeton or Diplomat Program in China. Courses offered in government and politics, speech and communication, speakers program, and debate Introduction to democratic government, leadership, policy making. Q and A sessions as part of the Speakers Program. Cultural and historical trips.

Baruch College Leadership Academy

Intensive workshops and lectures from distinguished university professors and accomplished professionals in addition to field trips throughout New York City connecting theories to practice in professional settings. Topics include: Entrepreneurship, Global Finance and Economics, Financial Engineering &

Applied Math.

Leadership Exchange

A global community network connecting individuals of various socioeconomic backgrounds. Using service as the mechanism, they use dialogue, focus groups, team building, and shared experiences, to help students identify their relative advantages and influence positive effects on their local and global communities. Programs in Botswana and Haiti.

HMI Summer Term

Participants explore sense of place, leadership, and environmental ethics. On two backcountry expeditions, learn wilderness travel skills and use the mountains as an extended classroom. Small, residential community.

Girls Leadership Pgm at Mt. Holyoke

Art + Activism = Artivism

Program that brings together young women from around the country/world to learn about identity. Conversations bring together core skills: emotional intelligence, internal voice, navigating conflict, and self-expression with social justice awareness.

Spelman Early College Program

A residential program for female high school students, who are college bound rising juniors, rising seniors or graduating seniors seeking an early college experience. Since 1989 ECP has been chosen as the program to launch the college career of hundreds of exceptional young scholars. Choose from Biology, Math course or STEM.

Barnard Young Women’s Leadership Institute

Program takes the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. Students develop action-oriented leadership plans during the session. The foundation of the institute will focus on gender issues, social change, and leadership in the form of a morning class, afternoons of workshops, and discussions.

Sadie Nash Leadership Program

The Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) includes rigorous coursework, mentoring, as well as service, experiential, and skill learning, including community organizing and youth-designed activism projects. Every aspect of the program is designed to support and develop young women to both visualize themselves as leaders and actualize their leadership. Short term summer leadership institute or 2-year program.

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