Just because school is out for the summer does not mean your middle schooler has to stop learning. Many summer programs across the United States challenge middle school students and show them that learning is fun. Letting your middle schooler choose the program he wants to attend will make the program more worthwhile, for he will be engaged and excited about summer enrichment.
Concordia Language Village
Located in Moorhead, Minnesota, Concordia Language Village provides language courses and cultural immersion in fifteen languages for preschoolers to adults. Middle schoolers may participate in a one or two-week program in one of fourteen foreign languages or a four-week immersion program in either French or German. As of May 2010, Concordia's website states the price for the one-week program at approximately $800, the two-week program at just under $1,700, and the four-week program at just over $3,400.
Concordia Language Villages 901 8th Street, S. Moorhead, MN 56562 800-222-4750 concordialanguagevillages.org
Education Program for Gifted Youth Summer Institute
The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) offers a summer program for gifted middle school students between 11 and 13 years old at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Students may apply for one of three two-week sessions offered in June and July. Not only are students academically challenged, but they get a taste of college life and are surrounded by students with similar academic abilities and interests. Students apply to a specific subject area on which they will focus throughout the entire program. Computer programming, creative writing, expository writing, mathematics, and physical science are the available subjects. According to the EPGY website as of May 2010 each session costs approximately $3,200. This price includes housing, dining, towels, bedding, field trip expenses, course materials and transportation to and from the San Francisco airport.
EPGY Summer Institutes 220 Panama St. Stanford, CA 94305-4101 650-721-9325 epgy.stanford.edu
Summer at Rensselaer
During the summer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, offers a variety of week-long day camp enrichment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. Programs change each year, but Summer 2010 programs for middle schoolers include chemistry, creative writing, robotics and football. Each program is priced individually and as of May 2010 the Rensselaer website states that program prices range from $200 to $525.
Summer at Rensselaer Academic Outreach Programs Office Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 110 8th Street Troy, NY 12180-3590 518-276-8351 summer.rpi.edu
Summer Discovery offers Jr. Discovery, a three-week summer enrichment program at both University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Georgetown University for students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. Summer Discovery proclaims that the purpose of Jr. Discovery is to help middle schoolers make a positive transition from childhood into young adulthood, fostering independent thinking, self-confidence, time management and life skills through over thirty mind skill and body skill workshops. However, the program is not all work. There are numerous activities and outings for participants during evenings and weekends. The UCLA campus offers both a residential and day program option. According to the Summer Discovery website as of May 2010, the residential program costs $5,000 and the day program costs $2,000. The Georgetown campus only offers a residential program that costs $4,500.
Musiker Discovery Programs 1326 Old Northern Boulevard Roslyn, NY 11576 516-621-3939 summerdiscovery.com
Marjorie Hallenbeck-Huber holds a master's degree in language and literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and bachelor's degrees in English and international affairs from the George Washington University. For the past two years she has been an assistant editor at a book publishing company that specializes in history, military studies, and international publications. There she edited and wrote copy.