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A+ Summer Critical Thinking and Writing

Our rigorous and engaging A+ Summer programs are designed for academically successful students who creative, intuitive, and driven by intellectual challenge.  A+ Summer provides students with an engaging, fast-paced, one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages critical thinking, inquiry, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students in A+ Summer have the exclusive opportunity to live and study with like-minded peers at Stanford University, the academic heart of American innovation and entrepreneurship, or at Yale University, home to one of America's most revered academic traditions.

Our stimulating courses build student proficiency in the logic, critical thinking, and writing skills that are essential for academic success at any level. A+ Summer is divided into three separate sessions—one for middle school students, one for rising 9th and 10th-grade students, and one for rising 11th and 12th-grade students. Each program boasts an exciting schedule of classes and unforgettable recreational activities, including Bay Area excursions, guest speakers and daily entertainment. To learn more about a particular session, click on the pertinent link below.

A+ Summer Programs at a Glance

Admission Requirements: A+ Summer programs are selective. Students must demonstrate academic abilities by submitting a copy of their report card or transcript evidencing a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis and require a writing sample.

Program Grades Key Focus
A+ Pre-College Rising 11th & 12th Graders College-level academic activities to build practical skills for college success
A+ High School Rising 9th & 10th Graders High-level academic courses that promote skills for high school success
A+ Middle School Rising 6th-8th Graders Challenging, multi-disciplinary program for middle schoolers centered around a central piece of text

“The bonds and relationships that I formed with fellow students is going to be ever lasting…This whole experience is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things in my life.”
– Manasi G, A+ Pre-College participant
“I expected camp to be filled with nerdy kids and I was completely blown out of the water. The classes were interesting and captivating, and the people were some of the best I have ever met.”
– Arielle Z., A+ High School participant

A+ Summer Critical Thinking and Writing Programs

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