Summer Programs for High School Students

Looking to build your art portfolio, develop your leadership skills, or immerse yourself in French or Spanish culture? Arcadia University is offering these short-term summer programs for high school students:

Registrations for Summer Programs are Closed


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Arcadia honors students partner with local high school students for an exciting Leadership Camp 101 experience. Together, they will learn about leadership, identify critical leadership skills and explore how and why young people can become leaders themselves. Leadership campers will meet local entrepreneurs and innovators while learning how they can make important changes to improve the lives of the people in their own communities. The camp experience will boost confidence, improve problem-solving skills and allow participants to create positive relationships with collaborators as they begin their own leadership opportunities. 

Dates and Times

When: June 25–29, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $365

Spanish Culture, Cuisine and Communication

Barcelona, SpainSpanish Language and Immersion Program

Engage in a variety of communicative, creative and hands-on activities to develop your spoken and written communication skills in Spanish. You’ll also gain an understanding of cultural features of diverse communities in the Spanish-speaking world during this one-week immersion program.

Dates and Times

When: July 16 –20, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $265

French Culture, Cuisine and Communication

Paris, FranceFrench Language and Francophone Immersion Program

Develop your spoken and written communication skills in French while engaging in a variety of communicative, creative and hands-on activities. You’ll also gain an understanding of cultural features of diverse communities in the French-speaking world during this one-week immersion program.

Dates and Times

When: July 16 – 20, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $265



The main theme for the camp will be AI with application areas including game and mobile app development, robotics and music programming, image and voice recognition, and interactive engineering and math challenges. Throughout the curriculum of the camp, we will be demonstrating different types of real-world Data Analytics applications. For instance, recognizing live drawings, analyzing images in Google Cloud Vision, IBM Watson Audio/Image Recognition, and Virtual Reality with Google Tilt Brush. Additionally, students will discover how our world is becoming a Smart World through such technology as Smart Home Appliances, Smart Self-Driving Vehicles, and Smart Internet of Things Devices.

Questions? Please contact Vitaly Ford:


We are providing scholarships to a limited number of students based on our enrollment. Scholarships to be announced at the end of the registration. The link to the scholarship is

Dates and Times

When: August 13 –17, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $350



Do you write songs? Do you want to learn how to compose music? This camp is for students that have skills playing an instrument and reading music but is not required. Beginners are welcome. Join like-minded musicians at this intensive two-week songwriting program designed so that students receive group instruction, work in songwriting teams, and have consultations with instructors. Students attending this summer camp will learn the basics of composing melody, applying chords, creating grooves, the basics of arrangement, and the importance of tension and release as a main principle of composition. Courses will be taught by Arcadia University Music Professors Samuel Heifetz, Steve Kleiman, Elizabeth Murphy and English Professor Tracey Levine.

Students will have master classes available to them with established songwriters and there will also be a social component to this program that will include open mic events, student concerts and general socializing events that may include short outings, and ice cream social and a pizza party. The two weeks will culminate in a concert where family and friends will be invited.

Dates and Times

When: July 16-20 and July 23-27
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $900

14-18 year old High School students
Schedule Sample
First Day: Orientation with the following weekly schedule:
Monday-Friday (Students are divided in 2 groups)
  • 9 a.m-10 a.m and 10 a.m-11 a.m: Composition and Lyrics workshops (Rotation every day)
  • 11 a.m-Noon: Instruction on modern music/popular genres
  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: Lunch break (provide your own)
  • 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m: Students are divided into 3 groups: group classes in voice, guitar, and piano
    (Students can prioritize one of classes or rotate, we are not offering private instructions)
  • 1:30 p.m -2:30 p.m: Working in teams, Master classes
  • 2:30 p.m-3 p.m: Recap and homework, discussion
Social event on first Friday (open mic with popcorn/soda/candy) and last Friday after concert (ice cream social)
*Snacks will be provided, bring your own water bottle.

Art Workshops

Immerse yourself in Arcadia University’s non-credit Summer Art Workshops! Through a range of projects in varying arts subjects, you'll be encouraged to develop your own ideas, enhance your creative skills and knowledge while building a body of work for your portfolio.

Morning Workshops, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 2-D Mixed Media: This workshop will focus on developing individual projects based on elements of art such as line quality, value, composition, color, etc. Both descriptive and expressive aspects will be explored through various subjects and materials.
  • 3-D Mixed Media: Explore three-dimensional design through the methodologies and principles on form and space relationships. This session will help you to assess aesthetic, conceptual and functional aspects of sculpture while exploring a variety of 3-D methods and materials such as metals, wood soapstone and plaster.
Afternoon Workshops, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Drawing: Explore the fundamentals of drawing as a descriptive and expressive skill for all types of visual work, using a variety of materials, subjects and techniques. You'll gain analytical skills through direct observation of studio set ups, creating strong portfolio pieces such as a self-portrait, a bicycle and still life subjects.
  • B&W Darkroom Photography: Learn how to operate a professional SLR film camera, and how to develop and print your own B&W negatives and photographic prints. By the end of each week-long session, you'll have added a series of new prints to your growing portfolio. Instruction and guidance will be given on both technical and conceptual aspects of the process. This workshop is suitable for any experience level in photography, beginner to intermediate.

Refund Policy for Summer Courses

Students unable to attend a course are entitled to a refund. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds, regardless of the reason. Refund requests must be submitted in writing PRIOR to one week before the start of the course session in which the student was originally enrolled. No refunds for any reason (i.e. injury, illness) will be given once the course session has begun.