Summer Learning and Opportunities

Please Find the Summer Preparedness Learning Information for the 2020-2021 School Year Below:

Please See a Comprehensive List of ALL Learning Activities – Listed by Grade

Please Find Other Summer Opportunities for 2020 Below:

Philly Math Corps Summer Camp @ Drexel University: 

Philly Math Corps is a four-week mathematics enrichment and mentoring program on the campus of Drexel University for students in grades 7-12 who live and attend public/charter schools in Philadelphia. The program, which will run this year from Monday, June 22, 2020 – Thursday, July 16, 2020, brings middle and high school students together with college students and mathematicians, to share in the teaching and learning of mathematics, in a university setting.

Students who are rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, please apply here.
Students who are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, please apply here.
Students who are currently recent graduates or college students, please apply here.

UPenn Rising Senior Summer Academy:

  • OpenRSSA: This is a self-paced free online program offered to all rising seniors to learn how to apply to college. This course is taught by the UPenn Dean of Admissions and the President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. There is no GPA requirement to join.
  • PennRSSA: This academy is a free four-week virtual program, including three hours a day Monday – Friday from July 6th – 31st, 2020, 10 am – 2 pm (with breaks). The goal of this program is to increase students’ access to high-quality learning and provide them with real-world learning experiences in order to prepare them for success after high school. Each student will take four virtual courses: “Applying to College”, “Applied Economics and Finance”, “Storytelling: Writing for Different Audiences”, and “Career and Pathways” hosted through Canvas and Google Meet. This program is a blend of live and asynchronous classes, and upon completion, students will earn 1 credit towards their high-school transcript and a certificate, which is great to include on college applications and resumes. There is no GPA requirement to join.

Students can apply to either or both programs in the academy. Read more about the programs through two articles: The Daily Pennsylvanian and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Learn more about the program and apply to the academy through the University of Pennsylvania’s RSSA website.

Jacobson Institute Virtual Entrepenural Camp: Grades 5 – 9

The dates for the entrepreneurial camp are June 22 – 26 and are 75-minute sessions each day. Each 75-minute session will be engaging and fun. Campers will have the opportunity to work with other participants in online break out rooms. They will use their innovation and creativity skills to transform items around them into new inventions and products.

Learn more and register through their website: 

Mighty Writers: Virtual Writing Workshops

MW at Home workshops was created in response to the Coronavirus and is aimed to teach kids aged 7-17 to think and write with clarity while building a virtual writing community. All programs are FREE!

Sign up for a variety of virtual workshops throughout the summer here.

Youth Summer Virtual Writing Camp

If you are a student that loves to write and wants to learn more this event is a good fit for you. Whether you’re obsessed with poetry, plays, short stories, songwriting, or all of the above. Each day will be filled with exciting theater games and thought-provoking writing exercises to sharpen your pen. You’ll have several opportunities to meet new friends, share your work, and engage in constructive feedback.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is hosting a virtual writing camp on June 22nd at 11:00 AM for students ages 11-15. Registration is FREE!

Read more and register here.

Free African Society: “I Can, I Have, I Will” Virtual Summer Camp

This summer, the Free African Society is bringing traditional elements of education into the “classroom” while simultaneously innovating the academic experience considering the limitations of virtual learning. This opportunity is available for students K-12 and beyond!

Read more about this exciting summer camp here.

Enrollment is through June 15th, and Programming runs from June 22nd – July 21st.

Work Ready

Connect with a summer job experience! Ages 13 – 24 are eligible, and ages under 13 require a parent/guardian to submit a request. Work Ready has been redesigned for the summer of 2020. Please check out their website for more information and/or to submit an application.

TriZen has saved 20 spots for SLAB students with the referral code: IN007

Girls Who Code

This 2-week virtual program teaches girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech. This opportunity is available to rising 10th – 12th graders.

Find out more information and register here.

Villanova Pre-College Summer Academy ($1200 per course)

Students will explore future academic and career pathways through college-level coursework, differentiate and enhance college applications with rich academic experience, and cultivate relationships with current Villanova students and faculty.

Students will also engage in professional and personal development opportunities through interactive workshops delivered by individuals from across Villanova, including the Career Center, Service Learning, and Undergraduate Admission. This is available for rising 10th – 12th graders.

Online sessions: July 6-17 and July 20-31

Find out more information and register here.

WHYY Virtual Summer Journalist

In this Virtual Journalism camp, students will be learning to write and produce original news stories, utilizing what students have available to them at home. Students will be part of a virtual youth news team where they will learn to find and research stories, interview subjects and create multimedia packages, all while staying safe and socially distant. This opportunity is available for students in 9th – 12th grade.

Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 21st, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Course fee: $125 – scholarships available

Find out more information and register here.

WHYY Virtual Introduction to Photography and Photojournalism

Come learn the basics of photography, virtually! Through daily lessons and prompts, students will learn the basics of photography and visual storytelling. All you need is any device that can snap a picture! We will touch on shot framing, exposure, and how to tell stories through photographs while practicing every day. This opportunity is available for students in 7th – 12th grade.

Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 17th, 2020:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Course fee: $125 – scholarships available

Find out more information and register here.

WHYY Stop Motion and Animation Virtual Summer Program

Animating on a budget! In this camp, students will be learning stop-motion animation using their smartphones (or tablets) and a few simple everyday objects. While the materials are cheap, the content is rich as we’ll dive into animation concepts such as the “Principles of Animation,” stop-motion software, story-boarding, and creative writing. Participants will have the opportunity to exercise their creative side by creating their very own stop-motion movie. This opportunity is available for students in 6th – 12th grade.

Materials needed: A smartphone or tablet, Internet access, Play-doh, and a tripod or stand to help secure your device and keep it in place.

Monday, July 20th – Friday, August 7th, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Course fee: $220 – scholarships available

Find out more information and register here.