Summer Programs

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COSMOS- Math and Science                                                            

The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders of California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.  See website for specific dates and locations. There is a $30 application fee.


The Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Training for Students (SMARTS) program is a six-week engineering college preparatory program sponsored by the UCLA HSSEAS Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED). Its purpose is to increase the number of high school students in urban areas who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based fields.  The target grades are current 10th and 11th. See website for further details. 

UCLA Summer Sessions and UCLA Extension                  

UCLA Summer Sessions and Special Programs offers summer programs to motivated high school students who would like to get a jump start on their college career and gain enrichment in a variety of interesting and challenging subjects.  You can also enroll in UCLA Extension courses designed for college-bound students.  These intensive academic courses can provide high school credit, with prior agreement from your school counselor.  You can also take regular UCLA Extension degree-credit courses, available evenings and weekends.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp                                

Goals: To bring mathematically talented and motivated high-school students from across the United States, and from around the world, to Stanford University for four weeks of serious mathematical pursuits. – To provide access for these students to advanced topics in mathematics, in a way that is fun and interesting. – To lead these students through topics that are of great significance in the historical development of mathematics, that are important to current lines of mathematical research, and that have applications in the sciences. – To provide a friendly social environment for interaction between SUMaC participants and Stanford Mathematics Department faculty and students. The target grades are current 10th and 11th. See website for more details.

Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project                                    

Sacramento Leadership Program.This free conference was organized in 1982 with the primary purpose of preparing students to participate in California’s economic, social and political development. CLYLP is guided by the overall theme "Future Leaders," and the leadership training emphasizes the importance of culture, community, college and careers. To date more than 2,000 students have gone through the program. Since its inception, the CLYLP has held a weeklong, intensive leadership training conference for high school sophomores and juniors from California. There are three main components of the conference: guest lectures about California’s public policy process, meeting with Latino legislators and role playing public policy development.

California Youth think Tank (CYTT) Summer Residential Program at USC                                    
Students reside in a dormitory housing facility on the campus of the University of Southern California during this intensive week-long training program.  Students attend daily training sessions taught by a dedicated staff of educators and college mentors who guide and evaluate their progress during each phase of training.  They participate with other dynamic youth leaders in a variety of challenging activities designed to bolster their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Residence Program Cost: $700 – Fee includes: USC campus housing, 3 daily buffet meals, leadership/skill training, all educational materials, supplies, use of campus facilities, field trip transportation, trophies and awards, Student Evaluation Report, and letters of recommendation for college admission and scholarships. See site for further details.

Concurrent Enrollment at your nearest community College                                                                                   

Concurrent Enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college/university level classes.  Classes taken at community colleges cost significantly lower than those at a four-year institution.  Such college-level courses help high school students become competitively eligible in the university admission process.  Students and parents should contact the college center at their high school to learn about the concurrent enrollment policy at school.