Enrichment Programs

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Enrichment Opportunity


The American Legion Boys’ State of Missouri

Boys’ State of MO is an eight-day hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. MO Boys’ State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through “doing”, not just learning.

BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute

Open to 9th, 10th, & 11th graders who excel in math & science and might want to pursue a future in the healthcare institute (emphasis on pharmacy).BESt is an acronym for Barnes Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Program Highlights:
* 100% of BESt graduates attend 4 year universities, 93% choose a career in healthcare
*11 hours of college credit available to program graduates
*Student stipends
*6 weeks of exposure to college life, health care providers

Camp Cardio

Camp Cardiac, run by local medical students in 16 cities nationwide, is a 1-week summer day camp open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting www.campcardiac.org.

Camp Neuro

Camp Neuro, run by local medical students in 11 cities nationwide, is a 1-week summer day camp open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting www.campneuro.org.

 Exploring Career Fields  Youth develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in selected career fields. Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities while gaining real-life, hands-on experiences in various career fields.


FOCUS ~ St. Louis is a regional leadership organization that brings high school students together to participate in solution focused activities tackling community concerns with in a 15-county metropolitan area. Please review the FOCUS website to ensure your ability to commit to this yearlong leadership experience. FHN candidates need to be ready to develop skills and collaborate with peers to improve FHN school climate.

Joseph Baldwin Academy

The Joseph Baldwin Academy offers highly talented students a head start on their future university careers by allowing them to spend three weeks as college freshmen: they move into a residence hall, adapt to living with a roommate, eat dorm food, make new friends, attend classes, and work with Truman State's faculty.The Academy wishes to provide students with an educational experience that will challenge and stimulate them academically. The primary goal of the Academy is, and will always be, that our students leave with an increased appreciation for the pleasures of education, intellectual engagement, and the college experience. Along the way we expect that they will grow both academically and socially as they interact with other high-ability students from across the country. Mr. Jon Travis (Spectra Teacher)is in charge of nominations at FHN.

Missouri Fine Arts Academy

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy is a three-week residential program for about 200 of Missouri's artistically talented students who are ready to begin their junior or senior year in high school. The Academy has three primary purposes:

1. To help artistically gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities in attaining higher goals.
2. To encourage local schools to establish and/or improve programs for artistically gifted youth by providing leadership in curriculum development and teaching strategies.
3. To provide the state with trained teachers and special materials that can help improve education for artistically gifted students.

Missouri Girls’ State

MO Girls’ State was first established in 1940 as one of 11 Girls’ State programs in the nation. The purpose is the promote pride in American and to create a mythical state that the citizens will govern at the city, county, and state level. They have speakers who serve as leaders in our MO government as well as hold important offices in our communities.

Missouri Scholars Academy

The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. The academy is a residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri (MU). Nominees must be Missouri residents enrolled in eligible Missouri schools. Schools nominating students for the Academy are required to provide specific information to the University of Missouri (MU). A special selection committee appointed by the University screens and evaluates nominations. Participants are selected on the basis of the following criteria and

Student scores from selected individual intelligence and aptitude tests

Grade point average

Student essays

Evidence of leadership, creativity, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving ability and initiative

Projected benefits to the student for participating in the Academy

Commitment to remain at the Academy throughout the entire three-week experience


MO Science & Technology Summer Programs

MO S&T offers a WIDE variety of summer enrichment programs for high school students. Check out their site for more information on the following camps:

Building Leaders for Tomorrow, CyberMiner Camp, EcoGirl, Explosives Camp, Formula SAE Electric Car Camp, Jackling Introduction to Engineering, Materials Camp, Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering (MITE), Nuclear Engineering Camp, Robotics Club, Space-The Final Frontier, Sports Camps, Summer Research Academy, Summer Solutions for Girls.

Missouri Youth Leadership Forum

MYLF is a unique career leadership training program for high school students with disabilities, ages 16-21. Youth delegates are selected from their local communities to cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills at this four-day summer program.

MU Summer Programs

Mizzou offers MANY different summer opportunities for high school students. Topics cover: 4H, Art, Athletic, Business, Engineering, Health, Journalism, Leadership, Music, Science, Vet Medicine. Check out their website for more information.

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

SAME-Society of American Military Engineers

Week-long camps where students from across the country and around the world can learn about engineering and related fields, as well as leadership.The camps are run by a cadre of professional engineers from both private industry and the military services.If interested, the first step is to determine if you are eligible and then go through the application process. For further questions: Steve Tupper ([email protected] 573-329-8515).

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies Opportunities Passionate about learning? Intellectually adventurous? Find programs that share your interests at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. Learn more at https://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/.

Summer at SLU Law & Advocacy Program

Through workshops, guest speakers and field trips, students will gain hands-on experience and observe first-hand what it is like to be a lawyer. Students will interact with judges, lawyers and law students, and observe actual court proceedings. Students will learn trial advocacy skills and the week will culminate with a mock trial competition followed by an awards ceremony and reception with family and friends.

Truman State University STAPH

The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (STAPH) offers highly-talented students interested in science and health a head start on college life and future careers in medicine and allied health professions. Students live as college students while exploring the work of medical professionals: they move into a residence hall, adapt to living with a roommate, eat dorm food, make new friends, attend classes, and—most importantly—they work with highly regarded faculty and health professionals from Truman State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences—home of the very first college of Osteopathic Medicine.

Truman State University Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that assists qualifying high school students in building the skills and motivation necessary for college success. Upward Bound does this by providing students with academic skill development,tutoring, college/career assistance and social/cultural exposure through a year-round support program for senior high school students.

Truman State University Zombie Scholars Academy

The Zombie Scholars Academy is a summer learning experience like you’ve never seen before! In one fast-paced week you’ll take great leaps forward in your problem solving and leadership skills, learn a lot about fascinating new topics, and make lots of new friends doing it. And if you think the Academy’s name tells you everything you need to know – think again! ZSA is a unique academic program that takes the unprecedented interest young people have in the thrilling – and often humorous – fiction of a zombie apocalypse and turns that energy into an engaging vehicle for learning about some of society’s most pressing needs.

UMKC Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about a career in health care. From gaining additional knowledge in the basic sciences to experiencing clinical rotations, you will spend three weeks investigating health care as a profession. In Summer Scholars, high school students learn about the health professions in hospitals, clinics and other resources on Hospital Hill, including Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Children’s Mercy, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Choosing a career in health care is a big investment and the Summer Scholars Program will assist you in determining whether or not it is the right choice for you.

UMSL Bridge Program

The Bridge Program Summer Academy is held from mid-June to mid-July for students in grades 9 and 10. The Summer Academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.

University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminars

Notre Dame Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills. Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars—including transportation to and from Notre Dame—will be paid for by the University. Approximately 100 students are admitted to Leadership Seminars each year, and students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program.


University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars

Notre Dame offers a two week program for interested students. The coursework is both rigorous and rewarding. Students will complete work for their track outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. Yet there is ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame. Our participants praise the program for its capacity to bring them out of their comfort zone with challenging academics, as well as inspire and excite them by providing a taste of what college life can be in all aspects. Students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of a program track. See website for available topics.

UMSL Stars Program (Students & Teachers as Research Scientists)

High potential, secondary school students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects. Financial Aid forms available.

Washington University Summer Programs

Washington University provides academically talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year with a unique opportunity—the chance to try out college, the ability to earn college credit, and the excitement of living and bonding with fellow students from around the country and the world.

West Point Summer Leaders Seminar

SLE is highly competitive - there are normally 6,000 applicants and 1,000 attendees. SLE gives high school juniors a week to experience life as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics conducted during the month of June each year.You must have standardized test scores to be considered for SLE.

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