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Summer Learning Opportunities

The information below contains extended summer learning opportunities for students. These programs are not connected to WOHS and WOHS is not responsible for enrollment in these programs. Use the links below to find out more information and to enroll for summer 2019. Best of luck!



(Incoming 11th and 12th Grade Students):  Within this two week program, students have the opportunity to work in teams at a local company to explore a real-world issue that the business is facing.  The solutions that students develop are then presented back to leadership at the company and a panel of judges at the end of the program.  Participating students have the opportunity to earn articulated college credit and the winning team and the Most Valuable Innovator (MVI) will receive scholarship funds.

To view an overview of the IChallengeU Program, click here:

Students interested in IChallengeU can apply here:

University of Michigan Pre-College Programs

Stamps School of Art and Design

Students Live United – United Way

United Way’s Students Live United program is designed to connect you to your community through the Live United model of Give, Advocate, Volunteer.

Michigan State University

Camp Kesem MSU

Camp Kesem MSU is a national nonprofit organization that provides a free weeklong, overnight camp for children who have a parent with cancer. Our camp is held at Camp Pinewood in Twin Lake, MI.  Camp Kesem is currently looking for CITs for this summer. The CITs work with a unit for the entire week, as well as spending time learning leadership and teamwork skills. The only qualification is that they are 17 or 18 years old, and they have to want to work with kids (ages 6-16) for a week. They don’t have to have a parent or family member with cancer to be a CIT.

Ferris State University Summer Tech Camps

Ferris State University offers week-long summer camps for you in Grand Rapids. Get a taste of what its like to be a computer animator or a game designer. Create your own app for a smartphone or tablet. Explore the world of DNA and genetics in our molecular diagnostics lab. Get a taste of one area or all three and see if you’re cut out for a career in software engineering, digital animation, game design or molecular diagnostics. And have a blast while you do! For more information go to or call 800-562-9130.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes offer a three-week residential program for academically talented and motivated high school students. Participants live in supervised Stanford housing and are taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. Students engage in intensive study in a single course and are introduced to topics not typically presented at the high school level. The Summer Institutes provide a taste of college life in the beautiful surroundings of the Stanford campus.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer school of the arts located on a 1,400 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers.

NYU PreCollege

With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need.

Precollege hosts social events and activities to create a sense of community and help students get to know one another while exploring the city around them.

Join us for a High School Programs Information Session to learn more about NYU Precollege and other opportunities for high school students to attend NYU.

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs

Summer camp? Sort of… but better. Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs aren’t ordinary, and neither are its students. They build robots, rappel down cliffs, perform chemical diagnostics, fly airplanes, and make movies. They come from across the country and around the world to learn engineering, film production, molten metal casting, and more–all in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way.

Compass College of Cinematic Arts’ Film and Acting Summer Camps

Create something incredible!

Become an on-camera actor or a filmmaker for a week during Compass College of Cinematic Arts’ Film and Acting Summer Camps! The camps run simultaneously June 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are available to teens ages 13-18.

In the film camp, students learn from seasoned filmmakers as they write, shoot, and edit their very own short films!

In the acting camp, students learn on-camera acting techniques from the pros, then apply these skills as they star in the films being produced by the students in the film camp.

To learn more or register, visit (Keyword: Summer Camps). For more information, call Compass College at 616-988-1000, email at, or visit in person at 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Be sure to register early—spaces fill up quickly!

Central Michigan University Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp will take place on the campus of Central Michigan University.  Camp is offered to admitted CMU students for the Fall and high school juniors who are considering CMU as their school of choice​. Our follow-up program, LCamp 2.0, is also being offered for juniors who attended prevously and are admitted to CMU for fall 2018. A $125 conference fee is required to reserve your space. The Office of Residence Life will cover all remaining meal and lodging expenses.

Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp

The Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp is celebrating its fifth year. The camp is for teens headed into ninth grade through 12th grade. It’s a leadership training camp, with activities that aim to teach young people morals, ethics, problem solving, teamwork, and life skills.

MIYLT only costs families $20 for the entire week of camp, thanks to the generosity of State Farm Insurance. There are also scholarships available for families who cannot afford to pay.

Davenport University Summer Camps

University of Detroit Mercy Summer Reading Programs

Programs on Campus and over 19 other locations throughout Michigan

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our eight different reading skills programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs have been offered as a community service by the University of Detroit Mercy Special Programs since 1996.

Cornerstone University

Business Camp

Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace

In our rapidly changing global marketplace, business professionals work to solve problems with better solutions. But entrepreneurs ask different questions. Entrepreneurs make it a priority to create value for employees, stakeholders and customers that matters.

Sharpen your entrepreneurial skills and business acumen this summer at Cornerstone University. Join Business Division faculty and area high school students for the Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace Camp July 31 to Aug. 2, 2019.


Boston University

Pre-College Programs

This summer, prepare for your future in college with exciting and challenging summer programs for high school students at Boston University Summer Term. With five programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making friends with fellow students, and engaging in social activities around Boston and on campus.

 Duke University Summer Session

We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:

  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
  • seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.

Elevate Leadership Lab at Gordon College

Elevate is a seven-day leadership program that equips high-caliber students to engage in collaborative problem-solving in response to social problems. Students are sorted strategically into hand-picked teams that each address a tangible social issue in their community. These teams pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win up to $1,500 in seed money to start their venture.

Jacobs University Summer Camp

Join us for an amazing experience over the summer! The Jacobs University Summer Camp is a great opportunity for high school students to find out what it is like to study at an academically-challenging, international, English-speaking university.

Explore an academic field of your choice with our professors, and have fun along the way with excursions, campus activities, and a big final night party!

For the fourth year running, we offer the summer camp workshops in collaboration with the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure), Germany’s largest association of engineers.

Quarter Zero

Catapult Incubator

Over 6 weeks, you will be growing an actual venture with a team. The program covers a 5-stage process and each team will have to take those learnings, apply it to their venture, and then test it in the real world. While the stage of each venture varies, you’ll leave the program with the knowledge and skills to do it again on your own in the future. Check out what it’s like behind the scenes at Demo Day, the grand finale of the Incubator.

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school students over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, creative writing, or information technology — learn more about our summer programming

UCLA-Summer Discovery

The sun. The surf. The sky. The beach. The sand. The waves. Yes, it sounds like we’re describing the perfect vacation – but a picturesque setting can also be a great place to learn. A relaxing atmosphere and beautiful backdrop are perfect conditions for studying and keeping your focus.

Summer Discovery at UCLA helps you prepare for your transition from high school to college. Our pre-college program combines academics, athletics, and activities to give high school students a great introduction to college life.

During our 33 year partnership with UCLA, UCLA Anderson, UCLA Extension, and UCLA Recreation, we have provided incredible summer experiences for over 15,000 high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. This summer, join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.


Cornell University-Precollege Studies

Challenge yourself with a real college experience. Spend 2 to 6 weeks living on campus, taking fascinating classes with Cornell faculty, earning credits, and prepping for college admissions.