A Residential Camp for Talented and Gifted Students Completed Grades 5-8  

Dates for 2020 will come out in December 2019!

Who is ACADEMY for? 

ACADEMY is a camp experience allowing talented and highly motivated students in grades 5-8 to explore a broad range of classes, cultural events, and recreational activities. ACADEMY is for students who want to be around like-minded students and deepen their love of learning. 

ACADEMY students exhibit the ability to quickly explore topics in great depth and often require stimulation beyond that which is provided by the regular school system. A lot of ACADEMY students fall into the Talented and Gifted (TAG) designation. In addition to having a 3.4 GPA or equivalent, students should demonstrate above-average measured intelligence, proven leadership ability, special talents, exceptional ability in the visual and performing arts, and/or unusual creative or productive thinking. 

Are you older than 8th grade and still want to participate in this program? Click here for Junior Counselor Intern/Junior Counselor information and Senior Counselor information.

What is ACADEMY? 

ACADEMY is a week-long residential camp and has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest and even beyond! Students that are accepted into the program stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, Oregon, and are challenged by creative and imaginative instructors, peers, and activities. Students attend classes of their choosing such as Fencing, LEGO Robotics, Mock Trial, Japanese Art and Culture, and Creative Coding. Students also attend an evening theatrical production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Administrative and residential staff carefully supervise and mentor the 12-person living groups. Students develop close friendships with fellow students from around the country.

When is ACADEMY? 

ACADEMY occurs annually, usually during the last full week of June. What better way to kick off summer than with ACADEMY?! The week begins with check-in on Sunday evening with classes occurring Monday through Friday. The daily schedule includes four one-hour classes on a wide variety of topics, workshops built around the year's theme, and creative recreational and cultural activities. Academy concludes on Saturday morning with a closing ceremony.

How do I Apply for ACADEMY? 

Our application period is closed for summer 2019. If you are interested in attending the 40th annual ACADEMY in 2020, please consider applying in winter 2019! See you next year!

Already Accepted for ACADEMY? 

Upon notification of acceptance, students are prompted to complete the ACADEMY acceptance paper work, select their classes, and provide tuition payment. Note that tuition payments are not required until notification of acceptance. 

Tuition for ACADEMY

ACADEMY is a self-supporting program funded through student tuition. The tuition covers instruction, room, meals, activities, and supervision. Pre-College Youth Programs offers some tution assistance for those students who are in need. For more information on tuition assistance, please see our FAQ page. To be considered for tuition assistance, application must be completed by May 3rd, 2019. 

New Student tuition is $875 (this includes a first-time applicant non-refundable application fee of $25)

Returning Student tuition is $850. 

Junior Counselor Intern tuition is $850.

Junior Counselor tuition is $600.

Accepted Student Information

Click here for Guidelines for Expected Behavior of Campers

Sample Calendar

2019 Class Selection Information

Only accepted students who have completed their CampDoc accepted paperwork will receive an email with a link to rank classes. We send emails out once a week based on who has completed paperwork that week. 

More Questions?

Click here for our ACADEMY FAQ page

View our ACADEMY 2019 Brochure!

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