Summer Opportunities

Summer Residential Governor’s School

Summer Residential Governor’s School applications are available at the beginning of October for current 10th and 11th grade students who are identified gifted in the following areas:

  • Academics  (January deadline for applications)

  • Visual and Performing Arts (visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, theatre, and/or dance and (November deadline for applications)

  • World Language Academics (November deadline for applications)

For more information, please contact the resource teacher for the gifted at your high school about VDOE Summer Residential Governor’s School and your World Language Department head about VDOE World Language Academies.

Enrichment Opportunities

Compiled by Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) gifted education specialist, this list includes opportunities within and outside of Virginia. Please note: Not all listed programs are specifically structured for gifted students. Some programs may have a cost associated with participation. Some programs may offer scholarships. Reference within this document to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Arlington Public Schools.

Explore Virtual Virginia

  • Available courses in Computer Science, English, Health & PE, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and World Languages

  • Talk with the counseling department at your school to be sure you are able to receive credit for the course you would like to take.

  • Some may not be accepted for high school credit.

  • Cost $375.00 per course.

Online Summer Programs for enrichment, not for high school credit

Online Program

Grade Level 

Program Description


University of MD

Terp Young Scholars-Online

9th – 12th grades
Terp Young Scholars-Online delivers an academic
experience that is at the forefront of theory, thought,
and technology. Scholars attend class, learn about
career opportunities, study, work on projects, prepare
for exams, and interact with their peers in a virtual
academic setting. Classes meet every day, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course’s online structure. Acceptance is competitive and based upon academic performance.Two sessions and runs from June 1-Aug 21 with
courses offered in more than 20 areas of study
from African American to Women’s Studies,
tuition depends on many factors.
Johns Hopkins University
HOP Online
Rising 9th – 12th grades HOP Online and join fellow students and faculty in
these 2-week asynchronous programs available over
three sessions this summer. Interactive and flexibly
designed to meet today’s needs, you can select one
or a combination of these programs across the sessions.
While you are welcome to select more than one online
program per session, each is designed so that students
committing about 15-17 hours-per-week are able to
complete that program.

Session 1 June 22 – July 3, 2020
Session 2 July 6 – July 17, 2020
Session 3 July 20 – July 31, 2020


Duke Summer Session Online Rising 9th – 12th grades

Duke Summer Session Online

Session 1 – July 6 – 17
Session 2 – July 20 – 31

We are excited to offer a selection of online courses
for your personal enrichment! Join other academically
motivated students this summer in Duke Summer
Session Online. Our two-week certificate courses
will immerse you in an online experience where you
can build your skills, discover your passions, and
be exposed to fields that will equip you to help solve
today’s most pressing challenges. Each two-week,
online course includes a series of synchronous
and asynchronous sessions, Monday – Friday,
with meeting times to fit your busy schedule.


College Transitions

Rising 9th – 12th grades Top Online Programs for High School Students
 Educational Theatre Company PreK-12   Theatre & Film Camps in Arlington
Encore Stage & Studio Ages 3-15  Encore Stage & Studio is a national leader in theater
by and for young people. We engage kids on both
sides of the curtain, meeting them at their level to
help them learn, grow and succeed. Encore provides
inclusive opportunities for a diverse community of future
thinkers, creators, and leaders.
Writopia Creative Writing Ages 9 – 16  Writers choose Graphic Novel, Screenwriting, Sketch
Comedy, Worldbuilding, Songwriting, Musical Theater,
Sci-fi/Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Flash Fiction, Spoken
Word Poetry, and more!Multiple sessions begin on June 8th and continue
throughout the summer.
New York Film Academy

Kids Programs:  Ages 10-13

Teens Programs: Ages 14-17

New York Film Academy offers Online Summer
 and Online After School & Weekend
orkshops for teens and kids, providing an active,
creative learning experience where students have
the ability to interact with instructors and classmates
from all around the world, from home, while also
creating original work.Depending on the age of child, the options are
as follows: filmmaking, acting for film, music
theatre, photography, 3D animation, screenwriting,
broadcast journalism and game design
Fashion Institute of Technology
Middle School (grades 7-9) and High School (grades 9-12) Experience the cultural vibrancy of FIT and
NYC while choosing from over 130 long and
short-term courses in art, fashion, merchandising,
international marketing, photography, interior design,
film and media and more…
Skychief Narrative & Branded Filmmaking Middle School and High School Students pick from topics such as filmmaking,
photography, music videos

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Summer Advocacy Camp

Ages 15-18
Junior Achievement Rising 9th – 12th grade Over the course of five days, high school students
are challenged to design ready-to-launch,
socially-conscious businessesJuly 27-31
National Museum of Mathematics PreK-12 Engaging and fun online programs and virtual
field trips
June- August
National Museum of Mathematics Transformations Camp Grades 1 – 9 Students will experience the richness of mathematics
with America’s only museum dedicated to math.
Through interactive education sessions,
creative projects, and supervised independent
activities, math will come alive for each
and every participant.June 29 – September 4
STEM camps at NOVA Community College Rising 3rd – 12th grade Our Virtual STEM Camps will provide opportunities
for students to explore STEM and the engineering
design process from home. The curriculum
includes some hands-on projects coding
with micro:bit and scratch, VEX robotics, fabrication
and cybersecurity tools.June 1- August 7,Camps are one-two weeks long with one-three hour
of instruction daily
Juni Learning Ages 8 – 18  Juni Learning is an award-winning online Computer
Science & Mathematics academy that offers private,
online courses to students from ages 8–18. Juni
students follow our structured course sequence to
accelerate their learning.Developed by computer
scientists and Google alumni, our program helps
bright minds develop their interest and passion
for technical subjects outside of school.
Juni students meet with their instructor once or
twice a week, privately or in small groups (four students).
Mason Game & Technology Academy Ages 9 – 18 MGTA has developed an exciting and engaging
alternative STEM & Game summer program
curriculum, again taught by full-time Mason Faculty
and their most advanced undergraduate and
graduate students.All of our online courses, from our renown
MGTA–Envision Honors Program, from our
nationally recognized MGTA Preparatory Program,
or from our new cutting-edge AI Academy will
include a mix of live streamed interactive learning
experiences combined with team and/or virtual
classroom research, design, and creation time,
as well as help sessions from TA’s.
Outschool K-12 Small group, live online classes for K-12 learners
Smithsonian Associates K-11th grade Discover the Smithsonian collections and themes during
these specially designed week-long sessions, hosted by
many of your favorite amazing summer instructors. Live,
facilitated activities with peers online, and additional
challenges and projects to work on offline, provide new
summer adventures with the Smithsonian you know and love.
Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)
Spyglass Online Classes 
 Ages 9 – high school  Spyglass uses a digital platform to bring high-level
content into the homes of gifted and advanced
students across the country. Spyglass will consist of live,
interactive sessions, both standalone and in series,
on a variety of topics for a range of ages.

Enrichment Opportunities

Compiled by Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) gifted education specialist, this list includes opportunities within and outside of Virginia. Please note: Not all listed programs are specifically structured for gifted students. Some programs have been canceled or moved to online due to the pandemic.  Some may have a cost associated with participation. Some programs may offer scholarships. Reference within this document to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Arlington Public Schools.


Please note:  the information below highlights offerings sponsored by Gifted Services prior to COVID-19 and the closing of schools. 

Students in Arlington Public Schools have the opportunity to participate in many higher level thinking experiences throughout the summer.  These experiences cover all grade levels and give students opportunities to experience intellectual activities that might not be possible during the regular school year.  Learn more about these by clicking on the specific links below:

Within Arlington Public Schools

APS Summer School Catalog

Please visit the APS Summer School Catalog to learn of all the offerings.

The programs offered through the Gifted Services Office and/or in collaboration with other offices are highlighted below:

Elementary School Opportunities:

Summer Laureate – Rising 1st – Rising 6th Graders 

Summer Laureate is a challenging and fast-paced program providing experiences for students who demonstrate creativity, inquisitiveness, and a desire for an academic experience in the summer. Guided by concepts such as change, structure and cause/effect, students learn a topic of study in science through an integrated STEAM approach emphasizing critical and creative thinking, research skills, and technology integration and the arts. Through a personalized learning approach, students will have the opportunity to self select from areas of study for individual and/or group projects based on their readiness and interests, to demonstrate what they have learned in the summer experience.

Young Scholars Innovation Academy – Grade Levels Vary by School Implementation 

Available in all Title I schools in collaboration with Gifted Services, the Young Scholar’s Innovation Academy provides rich learning opportunities related to real-world thinking with a strong emphasis on science and technology. Students will increase and develop critical and creative thinking as well as problem-solving abilities through meaningful, authentic learning experiences. Students work with their peers to design, create and solve a problem while exploring various forms of technology.

Middle School Opportunities:

Democracy in Action – Rising 7th – 9th Graders

Using a variety of field studies, and debates, students will apply their conceptual knowledge to determine how our understanding of history and government help us take a more active role in our communities and our nation.

Leadership Academy on Global Issues – Rising 7th – 9th Graders

Using a variety of simulations, debates, and interactions with foreign policy experts, students will develop global competencies required for success in the 21st century.

High School Opportunities:

Superintendent’s Seminar – Rising 11th and 12th Graders

The Superintendent’s Seminar is an Arlington Public Schools summer enrichment program for rising 11th and 12th graders who have demonstrated a desire for academic experience beyond the classroom.  Applications are available in April of each year. Please contact the high school resource teacher for the gifted at your school for additional information. This year’s brochure can be found here: 2019 Superintendent Seminar brochure.

Additional Opportunities from universities focusing on gifted education:


University of Virginia School of Education

Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs


William and Mary School of Education
Focusing on the Future

Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP)


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Additional Programs Across the Country:

Programs Organized by State:

Davidson Institute
Davidson THINK Summer Institute


Duke TiP
Duke TiP Summer Studies


College of Education Belin-Blank The University of Iowa