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A+ Summer

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For students who are driven by creative ideas or intuitive talents, who are above average in the classroom and want a fun, intellectual challenge this summer, A+ Summer is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students have the exclusive opportunity to live and study with like-minded peers at Stanford University, the academic heart of American innovation and entrepreneurship, or at Yale University, home to one of America's longest tenured academic traditions. With the help of a dynamic staff of dedicated “live-in” instructors, participants will push beyond standard school curriculum and learn to think outside of the box. Our stimulating courses build student proficiency in the logic, critical thinking, and writing skills that are essential for academic success at any level.

A+ Summer is divided into three separate sessions- one for middle school students, one for 9th and 10th graders, and one for entering 11th and 12th graders. Each program boasts an exciting schedule of classes and unforgettable recreational activities, including Bay Area excursions, guest speakers and daily entertainment. To learn more about a particular session, click on the pertinent link below.

  • The A+ Summer Pre-College program engages 11th and 12th grade students in college-level academic activities that build the practical skills necessary for college success.

  • The A+ Summer High School program challenges 9th and 10th grade students in high-level academic activities that develop skills that promote high school success and achievement.

  • The A+ Summer Middle School program challenges 6th to 8th grade students to design and execute their own solutions to contemporary problems, as they explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists.

Admission Requirements A+ Summer programs are selective. Students must demonstrate academic abilities by submitting a copy of their report card or transcript evidencing a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis and require a writing sample.

“The bonds and relationships that I formed with fellow students is going to be ever lasting…This whole experience is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things in my life.” – Manasi Ghatge, A+ Pre-College camper

“I expected camp to be filled with nerdy kids and I was completely blown out of the water. The classes were interesting and captivating, and the people were some of the best I have ever met.” - Arielle Zina, A+ High School camper


A+ Summer - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Born in sunny Southern California, and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, John Kephart III is a Los Angeles native who has never (yet) broken a bone, loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the sound of his own voice.

He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for...


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert received his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and recently completed his course work for his Master's Degree in Communication Studies. While at CSUN, he was also a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation courses. Robert was also the assistant debate coach for the Matador Speech...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel was born in Nigeria where he spent the majority of his teenage...


Education Unlimited - Becky Bosshart, MFA (Instructor)

Becky Bosshart, MFA — Instructor

Becky is a 2015/2016 Fulbright grantee to Romania, where she will teach at a university in the fall. She is a graduate of the Master’s International Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2012 to 2014, where she taught writing and American literature at Chernivtsi...


Education Unlimited - Leslie Butler, PhD (Instructor)

Leslie Butler, PhD — Instructor

In 2014 I completed my doctorate in Education in the department of Language, Literacy, Social and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.   The focus of my dissertation study was to identify emerging twenty-first century skills and practices in digital multi-networked after school programs in the San Francisco bay area.  The...


Education Unlimited - Shelby  Dale DeWeese (Instructor)

Shelby Dale DeWeese — Instructor

Shelby Dale DeWeese grew up on a farm in western Kentucky, but always knew she was a city dweller at heart. At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she was a Trustee and Dornsife Scholar and...


Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, MS (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, MS — Instructor

Amanda is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. She is currently completing a dissertation on experiential learning. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has a M.S. in community...


Education Unlimited - Carlina Duan (Instructor)

Carlina Duan — Instructor

Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia...


Education Unlimited - Rob Goldman, MFA (Instructor)

Rob Goldman, MFA — Instructor

Rob Goldman is a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. His work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness and action as a means of personal and professional development while fostering community.

 

Goldman’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including...


Education Unlimited - Eva Gordon, MFA (Instructor)

Eva Gordon, MFA — Instructor

Eva Gordon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, and will be graduating in August with her M.A. in English Literature from Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. She has taught ESL at the...


Education Unlimited - Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA ( Instructor)

Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA — Instructor

Sam Haley-Hill is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley who teaches Public Speaking and Acting in the department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Sam also coaches Policy and Public Forum debate for the...


Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia...


Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack — Instructor

Jessica is currently a Teaching Associate and graduate student in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As a teaching associate at CSUN, she teaches courses in Fundamentals of Public Speaking. In addition to teaching, Jessica also serves as an assistant coach for CSUN’s Matador Speech and Debate...


Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...


Education Unlimited - Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA (Instructor)

Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA — Instructor

Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. She received an MFA in creative writing...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 8 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett has been fortunate enough to experience a wide array of what life has to offer. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., he moved to Oregon for college, has lived in Europe for two years. Having moved to NYC...


Education Unlimited - Ian Walters (Instructor)

Ian Walters — Instructor

Ian Walters is a 6th grade History and Science teacher at The Head Royce School in Oakland. He received his B.A. in English from U.C. Davis in 2011 with an emphasis in Critical Theory. During that time, he...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


Upcoming Camps

A+ Summer High School

A+ Summer High School challenges rising 9th and 10th grade students with high-level academic activities that develop the skills needed for high school success and achievement. Over the course of seven days, students will attend classes in advanced argumentative writing, critical reading, and logic/problem solving. Students will also receive seminars and lectures covering study skills and strategies such as time management, note taking and course planning.

The progr...

A+ Summer Leadership

We developed our summer leadership training programs around the premise that students should strive to be effective leaders who demonstrate excellence by their approach and by their accomplishment -- the kind of leaders that, by virtue of their ability to lead and superior service, will prompt a teacher to write them an uncommonly powerful letter of recommendation for college, or will justify having a teacher or even their peers consider nominating and advocating for that student...

A+ Summer Middle School

A+ Summer Middle School immerses rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning. For six days, students will explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists. Interdisciplinary classes will strengthen students’ talents in reading, writing, math, and science, while pushing them to employ these skills in new and imaginative ways.

Every morning...

A+ Summer Pre-College

A+ Summer Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th grade students prepare for college-level academics and build skills to qualify for top colleges at A+ Summer Pre-College, held on the campuses of Stanford University and Yale University. Students attend courses in logic, research, writing, and presentations and develop the vocabulary, problem solving and critical reading skills necessary for success on exams and in college-level courses.

Students from even the best high sc...