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Middle School Summer Challenge

Build a strong academic foundation

Program Overview

Our Middle School Summer Challenge program is designed to expand students' critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovative environment. Students participate in an arts and humanities themed course, leadership and team building activities, and a STEM course creating a well-rounded summer experience. This program is noncredit.

This program is ideal for students looking to build a strong academic foundation and engage with peers from across the St. Louis area.

Middle School Summer Challenge participants commute to campus. We provide a full daily schedule that includes classes, lunch, and social activities. Students are supervised at all times by our dedicated program staff. 


Each week of Middle School Summer Challenge is divided by grade-level as follows. The grades listed are the grade your child is in during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

  • 5th grade: June 13-17, 2022
  • 6th grade: June 20-24, 2022
  • 7th grade: June 27-July 1, 2022
  • 8th grade: July 11-15, 2022


To be eligible for Middle School Summer Challenge students should:

  • Be a current fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade student from the St. Louis area during the 2021-2022 academic school year.
  • Have a strong academic record.

COVID-19 Information

Washington University is taking significant measures to protect the community from COVID-19. Visit WashU Together for more information on WashU's COVID-19 response. 


Students interested in enrolling should submit a registration form, copy of their current grade report, and $100 nonrefundable registration fee to our office by May 2, 2022. The $100 nonrefundable registration fee is applied to the total balance due. Once registration is approved and enrollment processed, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance due before the start of classes.

Space is limited, so we encourage students not to wait until the deadline to submit registration materials.

Fees and Scholarships

The 2022 program fee for Middle School Summer Challenge is $785. The program fee includes all activities, course materials, and lunch. Need-based scholarship assistance is available. Children of Washington University employees and returning students are eligible for a 10% discount. Additional details on fees, need-based scholarships, and discounts are available here.


Middle School Summer Challenge is a noncredit program. Grades are not issued for courses. Instead students will earn digital badges or certificates awarded via Badgr. Students are evaluated based on interaction with peers, engagement during activities, fulfillment of assignments, and work produced. Students who have met all expectations of a course will receive a badge for that course.

Courses and Schedule

The Middle School Summer Challenge courses are designed to expand on students' current knowledge and challenge them to explore further topics that interest them. 2022 schedule details will be available beginning October 15.