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Hamden High School

2040 Dixwell Avenue
(203) 407-2040
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Nadine GannonPrincipal

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Sleeping Giant House
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Whitney House
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Summer Programs

Below is a listing of reputable summer enrichment / academic programs that sent us recruiting letters this year.  Costs vary, and many offer financial aid.  For more information please see your counselor.  Some program deadlines may have passed, but it may be worth contacting the institution as they may still be looking to fill open slots or there may be a waiting list.


Adelphi University’s Summer Pre-College

Through this college-level program, high school students will explore an academic area of interest in a challenging and supportive University-based learning community. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue to be accepted until the program is fully enrolled. 


Bryant Global Leadership Summer Program

Are youa rising juniors or seniors who have dreamt of becoming successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, or leaders in international business? During this transformational five-day overnight experience, students will get to visit local businesses, listen to successful leaders from around the world, and learn from Bryant’s international business professors, and network with alumni. Scholarships are available. Students mus apply by Monday, April 8, 2019 to be considered.

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE)

BASE is a collaborative residential experience where students are invited to explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today’s world. At BASE, faculty and students from various academic disciplines will engage in classroom discussions in an effort to come up with creative solutions. High school students who will be rising juniors or seniors are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2019, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Case Western Reserve University’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Programs

Case Western Reserve University’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Programs fully immerse ambitious high school students (like you!) in a college curriculum for three weeks. You’ll experience conversations and activities just like our own undergraduates. Courses are taught by CWRU faculty, and you’ll live on campus, eat in the dining hall and take full advantage of the culture and inspiration of our location in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Program offerings include Imagine Science, Social Justice, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Women in STEM. 


Connecticut Health I-Team Summer High School Journalism Workshop

High school students, ages 16 and older, with an interest in journalism; prior experience writing for school publications an asset. Select from a week-long high school workshop on the campus of the University of Connecticut or Quinnipiac University. The deadline to register is May 1, 2019.


Duke Univerisity Summer Sessions

  • Summer College (four-week academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Accelerated STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)

Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. 


Fairfield University Summer Scholars Program

Earn 3 credit colleges in either Biology, Ecomonics, or Psychology in small class settings led by expert faculty. A full (and fun!) college, residential experience and access to Fairfield's safe and scenic campus environment and amenities. One-on-one meetings to discuss academic progress and successful course completion and workshops to discuss the college search process and other related topics. July 7-19, 2019.


Florida Atlantic University High School Criminal Justice Summer Camp 

During five days of action-packed day camp, students participate in mock crime scenes, see demonstrations of bomb squads, K-9 Units, and SWAT teams. They also have the opportunity to visit 911 call centers, FBI offices and much more! Enrollment is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Higher Heights Summer College Application Bootcamp

The objective of the Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs College Application Bootcamp® is to assist rising seniors with the college application process, looking specifically at the Common Application, but all of the work done is easily transferable to other applications. Student will receive help in developing a strong personal statement that tells a compelling yet unique story, create an activity resume that showcases individual talents and commitments, and discuss the benefits of the different application deadlines.


Long Island University Entrepreneurship Academy

Top candidates are passionate about business and leaders in their school communities who are eager for opportunities to advance their presentation and leadership skills while learning more about different business careerpaths. Ideal candidates meet the following criteria: Professional, driven leaders in their school communities; Current juniors planning to major in Business; Cumulative GPA above 90%, and 1200 SAT. See Mrs. Rosario in the Counseling Office to be nominated for this program.


Montclair State University Hispanic Student College Institute 

Held from August 6-8, 2019 at Montclair State University, the largest four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in New Jersey. Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. There will be no cost for your students to participate and attend. The Institute will be a transformational experience for students who identify as Hispanic. They will be challenged to think big about their future and the impact they will have on their community after college. Priority deadline is April 1, 2019.


NYU Precollege

NYU Precollege offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience academic and student life at New York University. This academically rigorous program places high school students in six-week, intensive, college-level courses with current college students and allows them to gain academic credit, which may be applied to a future degree. Courses are available in more than 30 academic areas. With NYU Precollege, you can explore the archeological history of New York City, begin to master a foreign language, practice the art of journalism, explore engineering and design, or delve into business and finance.


Pace University's 2019 Summer Scholars Institute

This program for high school students will be held from July 14 to July 27 on the New York City Campus. The five major academic tracks for this year are: Business, Criminal Justice, Digital Film Production, Psychology, and Theater Arts. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2019.


The cost of the program is $3,000 which includes course instruction, reading materials, two meals per day, housing, and events. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PREFACE 

PREFACE is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, July 6 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY. The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application. Completed applications must be submitted by March 15, 2019. 


Rutgers University Pre-College Summer Academies

Choose from a variety of one-week residential certificate programs designed for students ages 16-18: Engineering, Leadership, Political Engagement, or Physical Theraphy. Applications are due by May 18, 2019. 


Sacred Heart University Human Anatomy and Physiology Exploration of Structure and Function Summer Science Enrichment Program

An anatomy summer enrichment program for the week of July 15-20, 2019. The enrichment program is designed for high school students interested in biology and/or healthcare. The program will be held in the new, state-of-the-art Center for Healthcare Education Building, home to some of the latest educational innovations available for healthcare students. Students will examine pro-sections/cadavers and dissect animal specimens; students will also be exposed to the latest technology and simulations. In addition, participants will be trained in Basic Life Support/CPR.


Skidmore’s Pre-College Program

Five summer weeks of credit-bearing college courses and real college experiences (June 30 – August 3, 2019) at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Curriculum includes Liberal arts and studio art and workshops offered on selecting a college, applying, interviewing and more. Residence hall living and organized and free time for enjoying Saratoga Springs, a summer destination for art, music, festivals and more. The deadline for students applying for financial aid is April 1.


Stanford University Academic Enrichment Programs

Offers programs across a wide variety of disciplines including arts, humanities, science, and math, giving highly motivated students the opportunity to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.Deadlines for summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.


Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College Programs

You are eligible to apply to our pre-college programs if you are a rising junior or senior in high school. Admission to all Stevens pre-college programs is highly competitive and based on a number of factors, including your academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and recommendation letters. A variety of programs are available spanning such displines as engineering, science, technology, business, and the arts. Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until programs reach capacity.  


Temple University Tyler School of Art Pre-College

Summer programs for  creatively-driven high schoolers and offers them the challenging and meaningful experience of study art, design, or architecture with other young artists. Financial aid applications are due by May 15. Programs include Pre-College Summer Workshops, Summer Portfolio Bootcamps, and the Visual Studies Academy. 


UConn Pre-College Summer

UConn Pre-College Summer offers rising high school juniors and seniors (class of 2019 or 2020) the chance to study and live on a top-ranked public university campus through four challenging and intensive one-week sessions to choose from

Early Bird reduced price deadline is April 1 and the priority deadline is June 23, 2019. 


University of Virginia Cornerstone Summer Institute 

The Cornerstone Summer Institute is a week-long summer camp at the University of Virginia where high school students learn about slavery and its legacies by exploring the University, Charlottesville, and area landmarks. The camp provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to engage in historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement in order to learn and develop thinking skills that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until April 22, 2019. Some financial aid is available for students with demonstrated need. 


Wesleyan University Summer Session:

  • PreCollege Study Allows rising high school seniors (and exceptional rising juniors) to live on campus and become members of the University community for four weeks each summer. Accepting application until program spots are filled.
  • The Center for Creative Youth Talented high school students from across Connecticut, the United States and around the world will gather for four weeks of intensive study in the arts. Accepting application until program spots are filled.


Western New England University Pre-College Programs

Unique opportunities for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students to explore new ideas that will spark their passion and creativity. Students will discover new and exciting concepts that will not only put them light years ahead of their classmates, but will also jump start their futures.This program will take place on August 5-9, 2019 (Session 1) and August 12-16, 2019 (Session 2) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m and will be held on Western New England University campus. Programs include: Crime Scene Investigation, Trial Skills, Stem/Robotics, or Music Production and Coding.