Summer Outreach and Enrichment Programs

  • ***Please contact each school or program for exact dates and times for the summer  sessions !!!! Opportunities are listed alphabetically by sponsoring school or organization.

    Please note that many colleges offer diverse summer programs for juniors.  Students interested in this sort of experience at a specific college should look on the college website to learn if that school has a program.

    Alfred University

    Summer Institute in Astronomy- Grades 10 - 12, ages 15 - 18. 5 Day residential program. Contact Office of Summer Programs @ 607-871-2612 or

    Theatre Institute for High School students- Grades 10 - 12, ages 15 -18.  11 day residential program.  Contact Office of Summer Programs @ 607-871-2612 or

    Creative Writing Institute- Students explore creative and critical writing. Grades 10 - 12, ages 15 - 18. Contact Office of Summer Programs @ 607-871-2612 or

    How to Get in to the Top Art Schools- Preparing art students for the college admissions process. Grades 11 & 12 ages 16 - 18. 5 day program. Contact Office of Summer Programs @ 607-871-2612 or

    Theatre Day Camps- Intro to theatre, younger students focus on theater games and improvisation;older students work on acting costumes, props, and production development. Grades 3-9, 1 week. Contact Office of Summer Programs @ 607-871-2612 or

    American Academy of Dramatic Arts:

    College Degree Conservatory Program. Four week and two week summer intensives.  Scholarships and student housing are available.  Visit


    SUMMER ART DAY CAMP PROGRAM for students 5 - 14, at Performing Arts.  Applications and information are available in Guidance and on on the District website.  Please note that Summer Youth internships are available for this program, and those applications are also available in Guidance or on the District website.

    Boston University

    Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists.  PROMYS will offer an intensive experience in creative mathematical exploration to approximately 65 ambitious high school students with an exceptionally strong interest in mathematics.  Is is a 6 week residential program with a per student cost of $2700. Financial aid is available.  If you would like more information contact or call 617-353-2563.  Applications are available at


    Journalism Summer Workshop- Open to all high school students going into their junior or senior year.  Work with Buffalo State journalism faculty and local journalists, get hands on experience with state of the art equipment, have your multi media report published on line.   $150.00 tuition includes all supplies and lunches for 5 days.  -   Applications are in Guidance.

    Canisius College

    Summer Science Camp- Canisius will offer a week long summer science camp for children entering grades 5-8. Each day will be dedicated to a different type of science with exciting hands on activities.  The cost is $100 and includes a daily hot lunch. For enrollment information call 888-2355.

    Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM)- Summer program for enrichment in science and technology. Grades 9-11, ages 14-17, 4 weeks- Contact Marilyn Helenbrook 645-3066.

    Summer Honors Program- Credit bearing coursework (3 - 6 credit hours) for high school students. Grades 11 & 12, ages 16 - 18, 6 weeks. Contact Dr. Bruce Dierenfield 888-2683.

    Cazenovia College

    SummerStage- An exciting 2 week intensive theatre experience for students in grades 7-10.  The program focuses on many facets of the theatre including singing, acting, dance and scenery.  Participants receive daily instruction on vocal production, interpretation, improvisation, movement and design combined with the opportunity to interact with and learn from visiting theater professionals.  Grades 7 -10, ages 12 - 16. Contact 315-655-4392.

    Cornish College of the Arts

    Emerging Artist Program- An intensive summer experience for students , Ages 15 - 18, who wish to explore the performing and visual arts in a professional art school setting.  Students hone their skills, learn new techniques, and meet other students who share an interest in the arts. For complete course descriptions visit

    Culinary institute of America

    Career Discovery for High School Students- A program for high school students considering a culinary career: demonstrations, lectures and hands on kitchen production in addition to visits to establishments in culinary related fields.  Grades 11 & 12, ages 16-18, 4 days.  Contact: ask for the culinary discovery coordinator 1-800-285-4627,

    DYouville College

    EXCEL Program - A multidimensional program to prepare for college entry at DYouville. Grade 12 graduates, 5 weeks. Contact Sr. Mary Connors 892-7690,

    Hamilton College

    Leaders for Life High School Leadership Camp- Program to enhance teen leadership skills. Students work in small and large groups that teach them to become a positive influence in their schools and communities.  Grades 9 -12, ages 14 - 18, 1 week. Contact:  Teresa Huggins @ 315-525-3296 or

    Hobart and William Smith College

    Environmental Studies Summer Program- The institute offers students classes in environmental studies.  Ages 16 - 18, 2 weeks.  Contact:  Jim Makinster Director of Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute 315-781-4401 or

    Hofstra University

    Hofstra University Specialty Camps- Various summer camps including athletics, academics, and arts.  Various ages from 5-18. Contact: Hofstra Summer Camps 516-463-2267 or

    Houghton College-Summer Excellence Camps- For high achieving high school juniors and seniors and some sophomores, camps will include in depth exploration of leadership, mathematics, visual arts, piano, and media.  Grades 11 - 12, ages 16 - 18, 6 days. Contact conference office at 585-567-9647.

    Ithaca College Pre College Residential Program- Students are in class from 9:30am to 1130am , break for lunch, and resume class from 1:00pm to 2:30pm followed by free time and/or afternoon and evening activities.  Some classes are:  general psychology, acting 1, Intro to sports management and a variety of others. Visit for info. or see the flyer in guidance.

    Maryland Institute College of Art Pre College Studio Residency Program-  Offers a college level experience on the campus of one of the nation's top colleges of art and design. Choose from among 11 core courses in fine arts, design, photography, digital art and 12 focused studio workshops. For more information call 410-225-2219 or email 

    National Federationf for Just Communities: A yearly camp held by NFJC of WNY which has received high praise from past attendees.  This is a free 5 day residential program help at Camp Centerland in Elma.  Thirty young leaders, ages 14-16 from across WNY will be invited to attend the camp.  Students will be selected based on their interest/involvement in school and community activities and their desire to interact with both those of diverse backgrounds and the deputies.

    The purpose of the camp is to foster positive & direct interaction between the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the youth.  The Deputies will engage with the campers in honest dialogue about misconceptions about youth and law enforcement.  Through demonstrations, hands on activities, & group discussions facilitated by NFJC staff, the Deputies educate the campers on the multi-faceted nature of their work. 

    Campers will have an opportunity to hike, swim, play many sports, enjoy crafts, and share campfire discussions. 

    Transportation to and from the camp is provided.

    As this is a residential program, application information must be more detailed.  Please pick up your application from Guidance quickly so as to have time to complete it.

    National Security Language Initiative for Youth:  600 full scholarships to US high school students to study abroad and learn Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Arabic and Turkish.  Programs immerse participant sin the cultural and social life of their host families giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultural. Must be a US citizen, between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of departure, be enrolled in high school at the time of application, have at least a 2.5 GPA. For more information visit

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation- DEC operates 4 residential environmental education camps across the state including in the Catskills, Adirondacks and in Rushford.   The camps serve youth who are 12 - 14 years old.  There is also a Teen Ecology Workshop for 15 - 17 year olds. The camps operate for 8 weeks in the summer. Applications are available at or call 518-402-8014. The fee is $325.00 but the camper can be sponsored by a local sportsmen group or community or civic organization.

    Princeton University Summer Journalism Program-

    Program is for high school student journalists from low income backgrounds that will take place for 10 days in August on the campus on Princeton University. Students should submit an application at then email it to as a Microsoft word attachment. There are complete details on their website. Financial aid information will also be requested. Students must currently be juniors in high school, have at least a 3.5 unweighted average, live in the US, have an interest in journalism and theri parents combined income must not exceed $45,000.

    Skidmore College- New York State Summer Young Writers Institute:  Visit or call 518-580-5599 for more information.  This is a residential program, tuition is $725, and financial aid is available.

    St. John Fisher has announced their College Bound Program for this summer.  It is a 5 day intensive residential program of college guidance AT NO COST.  Attendees must be between their junior and seniors years of high school and their families must be considered low-income, qualifying for free or reduced lunches.  Their parents did not graduate from a 2 or 4 year college.  For questions, or call 585-385-8064.  This is a wonderful opportunity for any junior, who, if he or she does well, will increase their chances of being accepted at this or any college. 

    University at Buffalo

    Computer Science and Engineering Summer Courses - UB North Campus- No prerequisites to enroll, all classes are 4 credits each upon completion:  Computers, A General Introduction, Great Ideas in Computer Science 1, Introduction to Computer Programming 1, and Introduction to Computer Science Majors 1. Limited Seating!! For more information and to register visit

    Journey To Success- The Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program is an all expense paid 4 day learning program which exposes minority high school junior students to careers in the business world.  It is jointly sponsored by the University at Buffalo. UB Students are selected for the program based on GPA, extra curricular activities, and short essays. There is no cost to attend the program. for more information.

    Writing Program: The University at Buffalo is offering a 4 day intensive writing course designed for High School graduates who are heading to college. See the attached flyer for registration information.

    Villa Maria College of Buffalo

    Offers numerous summer camps for students in elementary, middle and high school. Past courses have included: beginning sewing, color and trending, digital recording, fashion sketching, jazz camp, design and drawing, digital imaging and screen printing.  Contact Ann Rubin at 961-1866 or or for an updated list and dates.

    YMCA Buffalo Niagara Camp Weona- Visit for complete information. Only an hour from Buffalo. Summer residence camps which run for a variety of sessions at different lengths. Offers both traditional and high adventure activities. Serves children age 7 to 17. Financial assistance is available and based on an application review and personal interview with applicant.  

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