Summer Opportunities

Information about summer programs is received throughout the year. Some programs are offered every year and some are not.  The programs listed below are recurring programs.  Please visit the websites to see when the organizations will offer the program for this school year.

Students should also refer to the counseling Schoology course for their graduating class for announcements about programs.

Summer Opportunities

Camp Kesem at Christopher Newport University will offer its first virtual annual summer program from August 1st - 6th 2021, open to 30 campers from throughout the area. Our programs are offered free of charge, and are open to any 6-18 year old who has, or has had, a parent or primary caregiver with cancer. Not only does Kesem support children during the week of camp, but we provide year-round support to both the children and families impacted by cancer. This is known as our “Through and Beyond” program, which includes: welcome packages, Friends and Family Days, birthday cards, care packages, and grief support. Camp is run by volunteer college students we fundraise, find families to support, plan camp, and run the actual week of camp as well.

Camper Applications are now OPEN, and can be accessed by prospective camper families by going to, logging in, and selecting "Pick a Camp". Campers are accepted on a rolling basis, so we highly encourage families to apply as soon as possible! Open our Newsletter to learn more about camper applications!
Students enrolled in Computer Science Scholars’ remote offering will experience the same academic rigor and engagement that the program typically delivers in-person/the residential setting. Participants will attend lectures by Carnegie Mellon faculty with expertise in various aspects of computing. They will also attend two academic seminars focused on programming and higher level mathematics. Project based learning will supplement classroom experiences and offer students an opportunity to apply learned concepts to real world challenges.

Outside of the academic experience students will engage virtually with industry leaders to learn about the vast opportunities in the field of computing. Students will have an opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders throughout the country. At the conclusion of the program students will receive a comprehensive evaluation which can be integrated into their academic portfolios for college admission purposes.

For specific questions related to how the curriculum and student experience will be delivered in a virtual framework please email .
  • Required hardware and wireless connectivity. If students do not have a computer or access to the internet, please let us know and a solution will be found to allow participation.
  • U.S. Location. The Program is available only to individuals in the United States. Students are required to be physically located in the United States at all times when accessing Program courses and/or activities.
Visit for more information and application
The MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is a rigorous, world-class STEM program for talented students who will be entering their senior year in high school. The four-week program teaches STEM skills through project-based, workshop-style courses. BWSI began in 2016 with a single course offered to 46 students, a mix of local daytime students and out-of-state residential students. In this course, RACECAR (Rapid Autonomous Complex Environment Competing Ackermann steering) students programmed small robotic cars to autonomously navigate a racetrack. For more information visit
The Virginia Latino Higher Education Network's Hispanic College Institute (HCI) will be a free, 3-day program that gives you the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process while meeting Latinx professional and engaging with Latinx college students from all over our Commonwealth. Benefits of attending HCI:
  • Gain peer mentorship from college students attending various universities nationally
  • Learn about the college life experience of residential living, campus dining, and engagement with Virginia Tech and other universities
  • Daily workshops on navigating and completing the college application process, applying for scholarships and financial aid
  • Learn about local resources available to Latinx Virginia high school students
  • Networking with professionals and building community
Requirements to apply:
  • 2.5 GPA or above
  • Rising junior or senior
  • Enrolled full-time in a Virginia high school
  • Access to internet and electronic device
For more information about the Hispanic College Institute, visit this website or email .
As SAMS Scholars, students engage in a rigorous curriculum taught by our renowned faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success. The program allows students to develop deeper understanding in areas such as mathematics, biology, and physics via traditional classroom instruction, through hands-on projects and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. In addition to their academic experiences, students also have the opportunity to collaborate, and develop meaningful relationships with peers from across the country. Through SAMS and other outreach initiatives, the university:
  • Develops a diverse and supportive community of STEM Scholars interested in attending top-tier universities.
  • Strengthens students’ commitment to pursuing STEM-related disciplines.
  • Broadens students understanding and access to opportunities made available through study in STEM.
  • Equips students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful STEM scholars.
Visit for more information and application
The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is the first step in navigating your future to becoming one of our nation’s next generation of leaders. If you are currently in your junior year of high school and considering the Naval Academy as your college of choice, we strongly recommend you consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at the #1 public college in the U.S.* (Top 25 Public College in the U.S. 2017, Forbes). Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year For more information please visit:
Virginia Tech is hosting its 5th annual Black College Institute! We invite high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors to apply to participate in a virtual academic leadership program. Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer three-day sessions twice during the summer of 2021: June 13 -June 16 and June 20- June 23. Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a three-day session for the summer of 2021: June 27 - June 30. All programs are FREE of cost to students! Application closes: April 1, 2021 Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2021 Confirm attendance: May 10, 2021 Unofficial Transcripts due: May 20, 2021 For more information, please visit .
Virginia Tech’s College of Science is offering several fun and educational camps this summer for rising 6th through 12th graders. Campers will carry out experiments, work with cutting-edge technology, and solve real-life problems. Our talented professors and staff will inspire and prepare campers for a great future in science! Camps include: Explore Science (an array of topics) CSI: Blacksburg Outbreak at Virginia Tech Geosciences: Using Data & Technology to Understand Earth and Mars Nanocamp Visit for more information.

William & Mary’s SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students.  The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.  Click for More Information.

Summer 2021 SEP registration is now open for high ability students in grades 2-12. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to offer 2 weeks of virtual opportunities with courses available in the morning and afternoon each week.   We have virtual courses available in the areas of robotics, civics, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Please see our Summer 2021 brochure for more information.