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Summer and  Online Programs

Teaching Resources for Parents

Teen Life- Wonderful resource for all-things teen and specifically a listing 65 online academic offerings    FREE, high-quality educational materials to educators: teachers, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, scout troop leaders – to anyone interested in learning/teaching! Our entertaining & educational videos come with tons of additional resources – Teachers Guides, activities, quizzes, and much more! We also offer Current Events lessons – 2 each school day with vocabulary words and discussion questions.

OutSchool-  8000+ video chat classes for K-12 science, art, mindfulness, English, social studies, life skills, and more!

Khan Academy  Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Academic Online 

Fusion Online and Summer Programs Grades 6th-12th:    "Save Your Semester" – Families across the country are looking for support to continue educating their children at home. Fusion is offering a 5 pack of tutoring for $300 for new families to try our personalized education online. "20% Off Summer Courses"  – Many families are looking for summer options, particularly in light of many school districts closing for the rest of the school year. Fusion can assess students’ progress individually, and help students catch up or get ahead for next year.

Horizon Academic is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students to refine their interest in an academic subject. Students will develop a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor from a globally renowned university. 


Summer STEM Institute SSI is a 6-week summer program that will run from June 21 to August 1, 2020. SSI consists of (1) a bootcamp that teaches students scientific literacy and data science, (2) a Masterclass series where experts from Stanford, Harvard, and other elite institutions share their advice for high school students, and (3) a personalized and mentored research project that students can submit to science competitions or write about on their college applications.

AI Scholars Live Online is a 10 session (25-hour) program that exposes high school students to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful project. Students receive a personalized learning experience in small groups with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1. 

Summer Institute for the Gifted  The summer SIG Online Intensive Program sessions offer students a virtual opportunity to experience our unique onsite courses available for the 2020 SIG summer.  Students work on learning activities each day and attend virtual face-time sessions each week for course content and social experiences. This program is intensive in that it provides new material daily and compresses our usual longer online learning courses into a 3-week span.

Coursera Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.


  • 100% online

  • Learn something new in 4-6 weeks

  • Priced starting at about $39 (USD)

  • Earn a Course Certificate

Volunteer-Social Good

Benetechs mission is to empower communities with software for social good in the areas of education, human rights, and poverty. 

Code for Social Good: Changing the world, one project at a time. There are many great opportunities here, including the chance to work on an app to track the spread of Coronavirus. Coding has become more and more pertinent as the world becomes increasingly digital, so if you can code and want to improve that skill while contributing to the global community, this is a good place to start.

The Red Cross delivers vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. They also have a wide range of remote volunteer opportunities: search for “NHQ” or “virtual” in the search bar to find volunteer-from-home positions.


UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it. You could make a difference in another student’s education this year by connecting with them and taking the time to help with their school work! The volunteer experience is ultra-flexible so you can help students from anywhere with an internet connection.   We’re empowering the next generation of young volunteers and community leaders through youth and family-friendly volunteer opportunities and Days of Service, a Teen Leadership & Service Summer Program, and a service-learning curriculum that teaches students about community issues, leadership, and service, available to high schools


Citizen Science helps several federal agencies advance projects through public crowdsourcing. The variety is astounding, and the offerings span the globe. Students can choose to be involved in a variety of projects from monitoring wildfires to doing marine biology research to helping with reforestation efforts.  This is a wonderful way to get involved in global environmental efforts.

Languages and Reading

Great Books Summer Program: For over 19 years, GBSP has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world. In this program, you will read, discuss, and debate selections from the greatest works of literature. Students experience college-level seminars, engage in lively discussion, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. 

Concordia Language Villages During the 4-week online program, students will experience “live” language learning and cultural immersion with their Village staff, many of whom will be teaching directly from the Villages and bringing the program to homes across the country. Participants will be fully immersed in creative and fun ways within small cohorts. Students will receive a full year of language credits upon the successful completion of this program.

Translators Without Borders offers language and translation support for global humanitarian and development agencies. They need volunteers who are fluent in at least one language other than English to translate words for medical texts or for crisis response.

Leaders & Change Makers

Zooinverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. Zooinverse involves more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional research that otherwise would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. There is no minimum time requirement and students can choose from fields in the arts, biology, history, and climate among many other options.

Future Learner  We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet, and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

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