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A+ Summer

For students who are driven by creative ideas or intuitive talents, who are above average in the classroom and want a fun, intellectual challenge this summer, A+ Summer is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students 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 longest tenured academic traditions. With the help of a dynamic staff of dedicated “live-in” instructors, participants will push beyond standard school curriculum and learn to think outside of the box. 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 9th and 10th graders, and one for entering 11th and 12th graders. 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.

  • The A+ Summer Pre-College program engages 11th and 12th grade students in college-level academic activities that build the practical skills necessary for college success.

  • The A+ Summer High School program challenges 9th and 10th grade students in high-level academic activities that develop skills that promote high school success and achievement.

  • The A+ Summer Middle School program challenges 6th to 8th grade students to design and execute their own solutions to contemporary problems, as they explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists.

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.

“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 Ghatge, A+ Pre-College camper

“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 Zina, A+ High School camper

A+ Summer - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...

Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert Loy is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Los Angeles Pierce College.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at CSU Northridge in the areas of public speaking and argumentation.  A director with Education Unlimited since...

Education Unlimited - James Webb, PhD (Camp Director )

James Webb, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. James Webb is a seasoned instructor and lecturer with a PhD in Educational Theater from New York University. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the greater New York City area, with...

Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel was born in Nigeria where he spent the majority of his teenage...

Education Unlimited - Jacob Burdette (Instructor)

Jacob Burdette — Instructor

Jacob Burdette is a full-time educator and part-time activist/scientist/essayist/ukulele player.  He is returning for his second summer with Education Unlimited and he is overjoyed!

Jacob was born in Beckley, West Virginia and currently resides in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from...

Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, PhD (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, PhD — Instructor

Amanda DeDiego is returning for her fourth year teaching with EU camps....

Education Unlimited - Carlina Duan (Instructor)

Carlina Duan — Instructor

Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia...

Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison is from LA and has a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. He's been a tutor for five years, and specializes in test prepation such as for the SAT and ACT. He's also taught many large groups of students over the years.  


Education Unlimited - Rob Goldman, MFA (Instructor)

Rob Goldman, MFA — Instructor

Rob Goldman is a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. His work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness and action as a means of personal and professional development while fostering community.


Goldman’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including...

Education Unlimited - Eva Gordon, MFA (Instructor)

Eva Gordon, MFA — Instructor

Eva Gordon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, and will be graduating in August with her M.A. in English Literature from Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. She has taught ESL at the...

Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and...

Education Unlimited - Michael Melzer (Instructor)

Michael Melzer — Instructor

Mike is a California native that loves the sunshine, sports, the beach, a good book, and a good history lesson. He is an avid traveler and beach-goer. Born in Bakersfield, CA, Mike found his home on the Central Coast in the lovely town of Atascadero.


After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Mike lived...

Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Based in New York City, Brett moved east from Sacramento, Calif., in...

Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Instructor & Counselor)

Oishee Shemontee — Instructor & Counselor

An avid fan of all things science and science fiction, Oishee Shemontee decided to pursue both her twin loves of science and literature by obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology, as well as a minor in English, from the University of California, Irvine. She was part of a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and...

Education Unlimited - Adeline Tran, PhD (Instructor)

Adeline Tran, PhD — Instructor

Adeline received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she studied British, American, and French detective fiction and film noir. She has taught literature and writing at UC Berkeley,...

Education Unlimited - Daniel Williams, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Lead Instructor

Daniel was born in Texas. He holds a BSFS in Arab Culture and Politics...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Camps

A+ Summer High School

A+ Summer High School challenges rising 9th and 10th grade stude...

A+ Summer Leadership

We developed our summer leadership training programs around the premise that students should strive to be effective leader...

A+ Summer Middle School

A+ Summer Middle School immerses rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in an environment that encourages advanced ...

A+ Summer Pre-College

A+ Summer Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th grade students prepare for college-level academics and build skills to q...