Middle School Summer Challenge

Expand critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovating environment

Our Middle School Summer Challenge program is designed to expand students' critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovative environment. Students participate in one morning arts or humanities course and one afternoon STEM course both specifically designed to build on a student's strong academic foundation. In addition to course work, students participate in a series of leadership and team building activities creating a well-rounded summer experience. This program is noncredit. 

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

2021 Program Dates

Dates for the 2021 summer will be announced in November.

Please note that this commuter program meets Monday-Friday only. 


To be eligible for Middle School Summer Challenge students should:

  • Be a current fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade student during the 2020-2021 academic school year.
  • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) or better.
  • As an international student, have a TOEFL score of at least 90, IELTS score of at least 6.5 or Duolingo score of at least 115.

2021 Courses and Schedule

The Middle School Summer Challenge schedule is a busy one! Courses are designed to build on students' current knowledge and challenge them to explore further topics that interest them. The 2021 schedule will be available beginning in November.

Program Fees

The program fee for Middle School Summer Challenge is $985. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

Learn more about fees and scholarships

How to Apply

In order to apply to Middle School Summer Challenge, students must complete an online application, including a short essay, and submit the following supplemental information:

  • $35 nonrefundable application fee
  • Teacher recommendation
  • International applicants must send a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report

The deadline to submit an application with essay and all supplemental information is April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Applications for 2020 summer have closed. Applications for 2021 will open November 2020.

I love meeting new people who share similar interests as myself. I also enjoy learning things that are not taught in my school.

―Lilyanarising 8th grader from Eureka, MO