June 24 - June 30, 2018

A Residential Camp for Talented and Highly Able Students in grades 5-8  Academy Save Date 2018 Turn Yourself Up! June 24-June 30, 2018 Pre-College Youth Programs Session 1: Students completing grades 5 & 6 Session 2: Students completing grades 7 & 8

Academy is a week-long experience allowing talented and highly motivated students in grades 5-8 to explore a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural events, and recreational activities. Academy is entering its thirty-seventh year, and has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest. Students selected for each residential session on the SOU campus in Ashland interact with peers, and are challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities.

The week begins with check-in on Sunday evening, and classes occurring Monday through Friday. The daily schedule includes four one-hour classes, plus special presentations built around the years theme. Academy students select course offerings from humanities, mathematics, science, social studies, and fine and performing arts. After-class programs are coordinated with in-class activities to provide supervised recreation, as well as academic challenges. Students also attend an evening theatrical production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Academy concludes on Saturday morning with the presentation of certificates and a closing ceremony for students and their families.

Administrative and residential staff carefully supervise the 12-person living groups. Students develop close friendships with fellow students from around the country.

2018 Brochure [PDF]                                                                 Start Application button guiding to CampDoc registration software    

DOWNLOAD A RECOMMENDATION FORM (PDF)                                                                     DOWNLOAD A JUNIOR COUNSELOR RECOMMENDATION FORM (PDF)






To be considered for Academy, students must be highly motivated with a love of learning. Generally, Academy students exhibit the ability to quickly explore topics in great depth and often require services beyond those provided by the regular school system. Students often demonstrate at least one of the following: 

  • Measured intelligence above average
  • Proven leadership ability
  • A special talent
  • Exceptional ability in the visual and performing arts
  • Unusual creative or productive thinking ability

Fees for Academy

Application Fee: $25 (first time applicants only) Pay online or mail a check to SOU Youth Programs, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520.
Student Tuition: $850
Junior Counselor Tuition: $600

We are offering a Sibling Discount of $25 (first sibling pays regular price, subsequent siblings get $25 sibling discount)

Fees cover all cost for tuition, activities, housing, meals, and supervision  

Note: Tuition payment is not required until notification of acceptance.  

 *Recommendation forms, report cards, or assessment scores can be mailed to:
        SOU Pre-College Youth Programs
        1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
        Ashland, OR 97520 

Important Dates:

Priority application Deadline - April 16
General Application Deadline - April 30

Instructor Information

If you are interested in teaching Academy courses, please complete the forms in the link below:

2018 Instructor Information and Course Proposal Forms [Fillable pdf] 

For further information please contact:
 Pre-College/Youth Programs Office
(541) 552-6452

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