2020 Virtual Summer Opportunities

With the majority of camps and summer programs shifting to online/virtual opportunities, the below is a list of external opportunities suggested by our faculty and staff for summer. Resources such as Blueprint4Summer and Teen Life also provide additional ideas. Upper grade students looking for particular college preparatory summer opportunities can connect with our college counselor, Becky, for suggestions and further guidance:


FOCUS St. Louis Virtual Summer Institutes: FOCUS St. Louis will offer a new program for high school-age leaders to stay connected, engaged and learning – all without leaving home! With our Virtual Summer Institutes, students will have the opportunity to explore leadership through a new lens alongside a small cohort of their peers. They’ll also strengthen their creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, and communication – skills that serve them in the classroom and as civic leaders. Registration is now open for both of our upcoming sessions! 

UMSL Bridge Programs: Our Virtual Summer Academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and activities that support college planning.

  • The Bridge Program Summer Academy is held from mid-June to mid-July for students in grades 9 through 10.
  • The “Bridge to the ACT” Summer Intensive provides rising seniors in-depth sectional analysis and a tactical learning approach that will assist students in managing the stress associated with taking the ACT test and produce better outcomes.
  • The Office of Precollegiate Student Services will host three summer writing workshops to cover the outline, writing, and editing process for three Common Application essay prompts. Student will learn to tell their unique stories and use their own voice as they prepare application essays.

Washington University: Summer Program for High School Students: Various programs conducted virtually.

SLU Virtual Robotics Summer Academy
Campers build and program their own robot from the comfort of their home while receiving virtual instruction from Parks engineering faculty in real-time. At the end of camp, students will have their own functioning robot to keep! View information on the program here.

Challenger Learning Center Ground Control Camp Starting June 8, we are offering three week-long sessions of virtual camp for kids ages 8-15. In this week-long experience, campers will take on the roles of scientists and engineers working together from around the world to launch robotic probes that explore our solar system. Each day, the small crew will gather (remotely) with Challenger Learning Center staff for one hour to complete team building, learn about space exploration, and advance their mission. Then, on their own time, crew members must use creative problem solving to complete challenges using only the materials they have at home.


Princeton Review: The Princeton Review will be hosting two free webinars for students: one focusing on math/science, the other on reading/English. Here is the link to sign up for math/science, here for reading/English. Enrollment will be first come, first serve. We have countless other free prep sessions available to your students if they are unable to sign up for those sample classes. If you’d like to see us in action, here is the recording from our webinar a couple weeks ago.

Project Athena 2020
Project Athena is a 3-hour conference specifically for middle schoolers who identify as girls. The speakers panel will include an aerospace engineer, a biotech/medical field pioneer, an expert in the investment banking/financial field, and keynote speaker, Ashley Judd. If you are interested in STEAM associated fields, or enjoy seeing and hearing strong female role models, THIS IS FOR YOU! (Bonus, it was designed by a high school girl!) Find registration details and information here.

Rhodes College: Summer Writing Institute and Mock Trial Academy

GA Tech: Pre-College Program in Architecture

Wake Forest: Summer Immersion Programs

CloseUp IMPACT 2020:  (Financial Aid available to qualifying families) Are you a young activist looking to hone your advocacy skills and meet other young people interested in making an impact? If so, IMPACT 2020 is for you! Join young activists from across the country for this unique and engaging virtual summer program designed to help middle and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with other young leaders. During IMPACT 2020, you will have a chance to hear from other young activists on different strategies and models of advocacy and activism, share your own story, deepen your understanding of the challenges and issues in your community, work with your peers to create meaningful solutions, and present your action plan to an exciting guest panel! Register today to reserve your spot for this exciting summer experience!