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Top 10 Best High School Summer Programs! January 3, 2019

Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Top 10 Best High School Summer Programs!, Brooklyn, New York

Pre-College Programs for High School Students: 10 Best Summer Programs


Not many parents are informed about the benefits of “Pre-College” Summer Programs offered at top tier universities. Although we strongly believe our students must rest in order to succeed in their academics, students should not avoid additional opportunities, which could potentially alter their chances to be accepted into their “dream school.” Summer programs not only allow students to explore their intellectual curiosity in a specified field and/or help ease the academic transition from high school to college, psychologically and physiologically, but they also provide an exclusive window into understanding how a certain school could become the chosen school for any applicant.

So here we are, attempting to address the infamous question, “What is a summer program, and how does it benefit me?” In this article, the JM Learning team will answer 3 main questions:

  • What are the benefits of a “Pre-College” summer program?

  • Which program to choose?

  • When to sign up for summer programs?


  1. What are the benefits of a “Pre-College” summer program?

It’s not a secret that kids would rather relax than participate in a 6-week intensive, academic summer program in a rigorous university; therefore, it is our job, as educators and parents, to encourage our students to participate in activities that are not only “fun,” but also, beneficial.

Pre-college summer programs help students gain a better understanding of what college life is truly like, what their career path entails, and how to succeed in said career path. Participation in such summer programs can often lead to obtainment of nearly 6 college credits, which is equivalent to completion of 2 college semester-long courses. Aside from academic benefit, students can also explore individual independence and understand whether or not “going away to college” is for them.

The most significant benefit of a summer program, however, is its noble presence on the  the students’ college applications. Such programs allow the students to learn of the opportunities offered at their “dream schools,” while also developing a relationship with professors and staff of their chosen school. Those connections will benefit the students in multiple ways:

  1. Personal connection to staff members of the chosen university will allow the students to inquire about information, which is not offered during school tours or “open houses.”

  2. Understanding the way the chosen university operates, academically and socially, will ease the research the student must do prior to the submission of his/her supplemental essays for any university.


Summer programs are also extremely crucial when seeking internships. High school students are doing everything they can to land some sort of internship in their chosen field. With such notion in mind, many pre-law summer programs have internship placements right after the completion of the summer program. STEM and Pre-med programs also give a greater accessibility to more research opportunities, for those who want to pursue a career in science, medicine, and technology. Internships allow the students to practice what they had learned during their summer at the university, while still developing future connections to those in their respective fields.

The overall purpose of Pre-College Summer Programs is to help students target and explore specific areas of their educational curiosity. Most students have a difficult time trying to figure out who they want to be, or what kind of career they want, but those who do know should be the first ones signing up to these programs. Educational curiosity is rare; hence, dedicating a few weeks of summer to learning more about the field of choice is something to be proud of. If a student dreams about entering the field of graphic design, a summer at UCLA - learning all the ins and outs of art and design - would be an incredible experience for them. The same goes for Pre-Law, Pre-Med, STEM, Business and more. Even if a student attends a summer program for Business and then changes their mind and decides to pursue Law, there is no disadvantage in the time spent at the Business program because there is always something new to be learned and applied to everyday life.


  1. Which program to choose...

Whether a teenager wants to be a doctor, a lawyer, an artist or an engineer, research is essential to all decision-making. Deciding on a career path as a teenager is never easy, which is why our tutoring center is keen on educating our students from a young age. The JM Learning Prep team believes that “it’s not about the ‘what?’ and ‘where?’, it’s about ‘why?’ and ‘how?’” Once we provide our students with fundamental knowledge, they can begin to make the right decisions. Teenagers should begin thinking about what they would like to pursue during their Freshman year of High School; this gives them just enough time to plan, prepare, try and fail or succeed. Currently, the top five fields to study are STEM, Business, Pre-Med, Law, and Graphic Design. Listed below are two pre-college summer programs, for each field respectively, which are going to have the greatest benefit for your student. To be clear, these programs were researched and chosen by the JM Learning team. They are not certified as the top 10 programs.


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  • Boston University - Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)


  • Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES) at MIT



  • Leadership in the Business World Program at University of Pennsylvania

  • Boston College Experience Honors Program



  • Boston College Experience Honors Program


  • Medical Immersion at Georgetown University


Graphic Design

  • Design Media Arts Summer Institute at UCLA


  • University of Connecticut Pre-College Summer Program



  • NYU Summer High School Program





  1. When to Sign up?

Once students are informed about all the different kinds of summer programs, it’s time to learn about tuition and deadlines. Each program has its own specific deadline for applications, so research is a MUST. Majority of the programs have deadlines between the beginning of February and the end of April, but again, each program has its own regulations. Not many High Schools thoroughly explain the significance, or benefits, of  summer programs to their students, which is why JM Learning Prep is encouraging parents AND students to do their own research. The JM Learning team is very adamant about educating our students on any pre-college program, internship or volunteer opportunity, which can lead them one step closer to the college of their dreams. The best times to attend summer programs are during the summers going into Junior and Senior year. After a student completes a summer program, it is best to dedicate the following summer to an internship. The more extracurricular activities an applicant has, the better his/her college application will look.  Circling back to deadlines, here are some of the registration dates for the 10 programs listed above...




  • Boston University - Research in Science & Engineering (RISE): Information will be posted on December 15, 2018.

  • Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES) at MIT: Application deadline is February 1st, 2019.



  • Leadership in the Business World Program at University of Pennsylvania: Application deadline is February 1st, 2019.

  • Boston College Experience Honors Program: Application deadline is February 15th, 2019.



  • Boston College Experience Honors Program: Application deadline is February 15th, 2019.

  • Medical Immersion at Georgetown University: Early bird application deadline is January 1st, 2019 and Final application deadline is May 31st, 2019.


Graphic Design

  • Design Media Arts Summer Institute at UCLA: Application period is from February 15, 2019- April 1st, 2019.

  • University of Connecticut Pre-College Summer Program: Application information will be coming out soon.



  • NYU Summer High School Program: Residential Priority Application deadline is March 1st, 2019, Commuter Priority Application deadline is April 14, 2019 and Final Application Deadline is July 1st, 2019.

  • Harvard Pre-College Program: Early application deadline is February 1st, 2019 by noon, Regular application deadline is March 15th, 2019 by noon, and Late application deadline is May 15th, 2019 by noon.                                        


These are just a few of the hundreds of pre-college programs that are offered to High School Students. JM Learning wanted to present two of our favorite programs from five different fields of study. Of course, our list of top recommended programs goes on and on, but because we value your time, we thought it be best to share just a few. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone, email or messenger. We hope you found this article to be enlightening and helpful! Stay tuned for more academic insight from JM Learning Prep.