Enrichment Programs

The Counseling Center is notified throughout the school year of many summer programs offered by colleges and universities nationwide. Valley does not specifically endorse any program listed below and we recommend thorough research into any program before registering.


JJ Kapur (VHS ’18) and Jacob Bedia (VHS ’17) compiled a wealth of online resources for students in the areas of summer programs, internships, clubs, and scholarships.- https://sites.google.com/view/vhsenrichment/home?authuser=0


Central College STEM Exploration

June 27-29, 2019 * Explore the world of STEM at Central College with several hands-on sessions. Sessions offered: Bat Net Crazy, Hidden Structures and Heat, Slime, Time and Alchemy, Statistics with Dolphins, What’s Your DNA Sequence?, Picobot: Robots, Logic and Computer Science. Join in for one day or both! For more information visit: https://www.central.edu/admission/events/stem-exploration/

Augustana College Summer Academy (Rock Island, IL)

June 16-20, 2019 * Augustana College offers the chance to explore your interests or something new for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Courses and workshops include The Amazing Brain: A Neuroscience Experience, Anatomy of Injury, The Art of Coding, Business Investigations: The Case of the Missing Money, Creative Writing Workshop, CSI: Augustana, Engineering: Design and Processing, Entertainment and Media Production, Environmental Studies: Sustainable Forests and Watersheds, Greek Mythology to Marketing, Piano Academy, The Psychology of Happiness, Radioastronomy: Signals from the Universe, Speech Pathology, Stage Combat 101, Urban Education in America: Myths and Realities, Vocal Academy and The World of Harry Potter. www.augustana.edu/summeracademy

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL JUNE 1, 2019

June 25-27, 2019 – Open to all students (not limited to member of the 4-H program) completing grades 8-12 at the end of this school year. The conference features keynote speakers, innovative workshops, community service projects in the Ames area, dances, and games. For information and registration materials visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa4hyouthconference.

Cornell College Summer Dance Intensive

June 9-14, 2019  * This dance intensive offers an engaging learning and performance environment for dancers of all skill levels (Ages 12-18). Students complete technique classes in musical theatre, contemporary modern and West African styles. The intensive concludes with a student performance of original choreographed works in the Kimmel Theatre. Students have the option to commute, commute plus breakfast and lunch, and reside in campus housing with three meals per day. Register online at http://www.cornellcollegedanceintensive.com/. Have questions? Contact Julie Barnes, Summer Programs Director, at jbarnes@cornellcollege.edu or at 319-895-4350.

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Summer Seminars

Weeklong workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year. This program is available at three of SCAD’s campus locations: SCAD Savannah, SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Hong Kong. For session dates and registration information visit https://www.scad.edu/academics/pre-college-summer-programs/scad-summer-seminars/workshops

AgDiscovery 2019

July 14-27, 2019 * A summer in-residence outreach program at Iowa State University to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! For more information, and to apply, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA) Summer Institute

June 11-29, 2019 * Incoming juniors, seniors or 2019 high school graduates are eligible to attend Cornell’s One Course Summer Institute. Six hands-on courses are available: Peak Performance: Applied Sport & Performance Psychology, Engineering Product Design, Books that Come to Life, DNA: It’s in Your Genes, Costume Creation: Design and Construction for the Stage, 17 Days Later: Zombies, Brains, and Basic Neuroscience. https://www.cornellcollege.edu/one-course-summer-institute/

Carleton College Summer Academic Programs

Summer Writing Program: July 7-26

Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute: July 7-26

Summer Computer Science Institute: July 14-August 2

Summer Humanitites Institute: July 14-August 2

go.carleton.edu/summer  Early Decision Applications due by February 15, 2019; Regular Decision Applications due by March 22, 2019

Northwestern University National High School Institute Cherubs Program

The Cherubs program dates back to 1931 and is comprised of three summer Institutes: Theatre Arts, Film & Video, and Debate. The Theatre Arts program is open exclusively to current high school juniors; our Film & Video program is open to current sophomores and juniors; and the Debate programs are open to current freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Find more information at https://nhsi.northwestern.edu. Each of the programs has various application deadlines with the earliest deadline being January 11, 2019 for early admissions for the Theatre Arts and Film & Video Program.

Belin-Blank Secondary Student Training Program

June 19, 2019 – July 26, 2019 – Starting November 1, 2018 and continuing until February 1, 2019 students can apply for the Belin-Blank SSTP at the University of Iowa. Participants spend approximately 40 hours a week conducting original research under the guidance of a University of Iowa faculty mentor. Nights and weekends are filled with social and academic activities. Find out more at sstpuiowa.wordpress.com or www.belinblank.org/summer.

Washington University in St. Louis

High School Summer Scholars Program   APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2019

Session A: June 9-July 13 (five weeks)
Session B: July 14-August 16 (five weeks)
Session C: June 9-August 3 (eight weeks)

High School Summer Institutes — High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for you to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You will have assigned readings and assignments throughout the program. Every student completes a student reflection essay and a final project which varies for each institute. In the evenings, students attend academic seminars, workshops, and social events. Institutes are open to current high school students from across the country and around the world. You will live on campus, enjoy a variety of social opportunities, and prepare yourself for college success! summerexperiences.wustl.edu/institutes


(As we’re notified of programs being offered for Summer 2019, they’ll be moved above with updated deadlines)

BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare – Drake Opportunities for Gaining Skills in Healthcare – June 28-30, 2018

BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare is a program that introduces students to careers in the health professions by educating them about opportunities in health sciences and inspiring them to explore different pathways. Students participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, educational sessions, and interactive discussions with students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to understand how to best prepare for a career in healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on promoting careers in athletic training, occupational therapy, pharmacy and many others. The overarching goal of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of opportunities within healthcare and educate them about how they can best prepare for a career in the health professions. For more information and to register visit http://www.drake.edu/cphs/visit/bulldogsinhealthcare/.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

In addition to the many year-round programs offered at Stanford for students in grades 7-12, there are several summer programs offered as well. Check out the Summer Humanities Institute, the Summer Arts Institute, the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute, the University Mathematics Camp, the Medical Youth Science Program, Sports Business Academy, and AI4ALL (Artificial Intelligence) at https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs.

South Dakota School of Mines STEM Summer Camps

These summer camps are designed to be fun and hands-on, and are for high school students (grades 9 – 12). Each camp lasts five days and students come here from all over the country to attend. Students live on campus and also get to explore some of the activities and attractions that the Rushmore Region is famous for. The School of Mines offers unique and high-quality programming for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Their goal is to turn young minds on to the astounding, challenging, and FUN worlds of science and engineering, through hands-on activities and one-on-one interactions with faculty and graduate students. It’s a great opportunity for participants to get a glimpse of what their future might hold and meet other students who share similar abilities and interests.

For more information on each camp visit https://www.sdsmt.edu/SummerCamps/


At the Leadership & Service Summit students will learn how to best serve your community through team-building, self discovery, service learning, and leadership development. They will also earn college credit and a scholarship while exploring their leadership potential this summer. Choose from two locations: Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa): June 24-30, 2018 or Wartburg West (Mt. Evans and Denver, Colo.): July 8-14, 2018. To learn more visit http://www.wartburg.edu/lss. Students who register by Feb. 1 will save $100 on the registration fee.