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Monday, February 29, 2016

Time to Think About Summer!

 Yes, I know we are still in the season of winter, but students interested in more formal summer program opportunities will find application deadlines as early as March. Summer is a great time to explore some interests and learn some new skills. A summer program shouldn't feel like work, though. This should be a fun enriching experience and the great news is that there are options from one day to 10 weeks, from no fee to thousands of dollars,
from computer game design to building bridges in a far off land. If you can think of it, likely there's a summer experience for it!

When researching summer opportunities for your student, here are a few things to consider:

  • Is the program accredited?
  • How long has the program been running?
  • Who makes up the staff and faculty and how they are hired, screened and trained?
  • What is the student to faculty ratio?
  • What safety protocols are in place?
  • How are medical needs handled?
You are looking for a good fit opportunity, so seeing the facilities in advance, talking with previous campers and having clear expectations about what your student hopes to get out of the experience will go a long way in ensuring a successful and valuable outcome.