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Summer Enrichment Opportunities


Summer Enrichment Programs

Please note these programs are not officially endorsed by Benicia High School.  Students and parents should investigate thoroughly prior to applying or attending.

Check this site regularly for new updates.  Some programs have early deadlines, so it is to your benefit to investigate early programs in which you have interest.  

Please also come to the Counseling Office and check the "Summer Programs" box for additional opportunities.

Interest-based Opportunities

Napa Valley College

NPV's annual Youth Entrepreneurship Business Plan Boot Camp is geared for students ages 14 to 27. During the week of June 17th through June 21st from 9am to 3pm, they will be working with students on everything from developing their passion to creating a full blown business plan. The students can look forward to some brilliant guest speakers, fun team-building activities, and a field trip to one of our top local businesses.

Here can be found a Boot Camp Flyer, Boot Camp Scholarship Application, and Boot Camp Waiver.


Cornish College of the Arts

Registration for Cornish College of Art, Summer at Cornish 2013, is now open.  There are many options for students interested in Arts & Design, Dance, Music, and Theater.  Students will find an environment where they can choose to have fun, experiment with art, do serious work in intensive study programs, or just about anything in between.


 Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles)

Summer of Art 2013 College Preparation Program…for more details see website above.


Armstrong Scholars Program: Brings young women, ages 15 to 18, together for a summer backpacking adventure and educational experience in the High Sierra, to inspire participants to reach their highest potential and develop a stronger sense of self  and community and a stronger connection to nature.


Vision New America offers Public Policy Summer Internships to high school students to gain professional/leadership experience and skills by working with a government office.


NASA’s DEVELOP Summer Internship Program is for juniors and seniors with an interest in Computer Science, Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems, or Remote Sensing.  This is a paid, full-time, 10-week program located at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.


Yosemite Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational programs to high school students entering grade 11.  Students can join park scientists and professional scientists in field research on biodiversity and ecosystems.  College credit and scholarships are available.


The Bank of America Leaders Program will arrange an eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization and a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to gain valuable civic, social, and business leadership skills to interested juniors or seniors.


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission Summer 2013 High School Internship Program is to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the transportation field and to provide assistance on entry-level tasks to planners at transit agencies or traffic engineers at city and county works departments.


The Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship is to provide twelve outstanding high school students (juniors and seniors) the opportunity to work in leading Bay Area research laboratories to get exposure to the methods of basic laboratory science or clinical research.


Camp BizSmart is a business and entrepreneur academy where students are challenged with “hot topic” real business problems sponsored by cool companies like HopeLab, NeuroSky, and Valence Energy.  Student inventions are transformed into full color product rendering by an industrial design firm, WAGIC.  Executives from Apple, Google, Cisco, Serious Energy, and more mentor the students with insights into the secrets of Silicon Valley.


Academic Programs


Sacramento State College of Continuing Education

Sacramento State is offering a series of week long academies so high school students can get hands on, in-depth career exploration.


Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Cornell University Summer College offers three and six week programs for talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Choose from more than 20 programs and 60 Cornell courses offered between June 22 and August 6, 2013.


University of Southern California

The USC Summer Programs will allow students to get a preview of “freshmen year” through two or four week summer courses on the USC campus.  Courses being offered include: Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Journalism, Global Studies, Pre-Law, Pre-Health, Visual and Performing Arts, and Science.


Washington University, St. Louis

High School Summer Scholars Program…Get a head start on the full college experience.  Take two college courses while living on campus for five weeks.

High School Summer Institutes…Explore your interests and experience life on campus with one of our institutes:  Pre-Medicine, Writing, Pre-Engineering, or Business.


The EPGY Summer Institutes are two-to-four week residential programs for academically talented and motivated students.  The institutes provide an opportunity for these students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their interests and abilities.


ATDP’s Secondary Division, administered through UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, offers challenging courses to highly motivated students. Students are invited to attend the program on the basis of exceptional academic talent. Course offerings cover a wide variety of disciplines and are taught by select university, college, and public school instructors. In addition to its regularly scheduled courses, ATDP offers through its Explorations program a selection of optional classes, workshops, and trips. These activities serve to enrich Secondary Division students’ summer experience with opportunities to learn new skills, to pursue career-oriented interests, and to visit interesting places.


The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for a selective group of highly motivated and talented high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies.


Be a summer Hoya!  Live on campus, attend classes, and learn from distinguished faculty and prominent Washington area guest speakers at Georgetown University’s summer program.


Join other high school students at UC Berkeley this summer, taking college level courses with world-renowned Berkeley professors and earning college credit. You can also receive a personal commendation letter from the Director of UC Berkeley Summer Sessions upon passing your courses.


The COSMOS program is offered by the University of California and provides an opportunity for students who wish to learn advanced mathematics and science and prepare for careers in these areas.  Four campuses serve as hosts: Davis, Irvine, San Diego, and Santa Cruz.  The link below is for the Davis website.


Offers residential and commuter programs at UC Berkeley and Stanford in academics, debate, public speaking, computer programming, drama, and SAT prep.


Camps where students read and discuss great literature.  Programs are offered at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Stanford, and Oxford University.


Free, one-week program for students interested in science, math, or engineering.  The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and the nature of life at a university.


STEM summer camps allow students to receive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment opportunities each summer.  Students explore theory and practice in week-long curriculum that blends hands-on exploration, field visits in industry, problem-solving, and expert viewpoints combined with college campus exposure and college credit.


The UC Davis Young Scholars program exposes and engages high achieving and high potential high school students to a variety of research experiences within the fields of the biological, agricultural, environmental, and natural sciences.  Each student will undertake a six-week research project in a university laboratory under the mentorship of university research faculty.


Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge with others who share the same interest!  During this weeklong summer program, students create iPhone and Android apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, robots, websites, and more.  Programs are held at Stanford, Santa Clara, UC Berkley, San Francisco State, Sac State, St. Mary’s, and other campuses throughout the U.S.


Northeastern University (Boston) offers credit and noncredit options designed to prepare high school students for the academic, social, and campus experiences of freshmen year in college.  The program focuses on bringing together classroom learning and real-world experiences.  Entrepreneurship, sports leadership, and information technology are 2013 Summer Seminar topics.


Sports Camps

St. Mary’s College (Moraga) Summer Athletic Camps will be offered in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.


UC Davis hosts camps in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, volleyball, football, softball, and water polo.


Student Exchange Programs

Started in 1947, AFS (American Field Service) Student Intercultural Exchange Programs are the oldest student exchange programs in the world.  In addition to year-long and semester exchanges, AFS offers summer programs that run from two weeks up to three months that focus on cultural immersion, language study, and community service.


EF Education First offers language courses and study abroad programs in over 50 countries. They offer courses tailored to all levels and ages in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Chinese, plus a full range of student exchange and academic programs.


Affiliated with Rotary Clubs International, short-term youth exchanges with Rotary vary in length from several days to several weeks.  You may be able to tailor the exchange to match your interests or to include tours of specific places or regions.  Applicants must by sponsored by a local Rotary club.