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Middle School Summer Challenge

Build a strong academic foundation

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 course, and a STEM course creating a well-rounded summer experience. This program is ideal for students looking to build a strong academic foundation and engage with peers. This program is noncredit. 

For the 2021 summer, Middle School Summer Challenge will be offered remotely. 

2021 Program Dates

Each week of Middle School Summer Challenge is divided by grade-level as follows:

  • Current 5th graders: June 14-June 18
  • Current 6th graders: June 21-June 25
  • Current 7th graders: June 28-July 2
  • Current 8th graders: July 5-July 9


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.
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2021 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.

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Program Fees

The program fee for Middle School Summer Challenge is $285. 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 short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Grade Report
  • Teacher recommendation
  • International applicants must send a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report

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

Questions about applying? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

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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