Summer Programs

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.

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 and/or VDOE Summer Residential Governor’s School or VDOE World Language Academies.

Outside of Arlington Public Schools

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.


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