A camp for academically talented and highly-motivated students who love to learn

For students completing grades 5-8 

June 19th - June 25th, 2022

ACADEMY 2022 Destination: Discovery!

How do I Apply for ACADEMY? 

Start your application here

What will ACADEMY look like in 2022? 

ACADEMY 2022 will return to the beloved in-person model you all know and love. After 2 years of  online and/or hybrid programming, our residential program is back! Students will stay on campus and take classes in person. This format is subjust to change depending on University, state and federal guidelines. Stay tuned for more details on how we are approaching the program in relation to COVID. 

COIVID-19 Policy for 2022

Southern Oregon University is operating under specific protocols for in-person classes and on campus events to ensure community safety and compliance with current state and federal guidelines. Please note that students will need to provide proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 24 hours before arrival at SOU for camp. Masks will also be required while students are on campus in classes and workshops regardless of vaccination status. These requirements are subject to change depending on state and federal guidelines. 

Who is ACADEMY for? 

ACADEMY is a camp experience tailored to the needs of academically talented and highly motivated students who love to learn. Participation is open to students who have completed grades 5-8 to explore a broad range of classes, cultural events, and recreational activities. ACADEMY provides an opportunity for intellectually curious youth 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. 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. 

Click here for Junior Counselor information and Senior Counselor information.  

What is ACADEMY? 

ACADEMY is in its 41st year! ACADEMY is a week-long residential camp and has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest and  beyond. Students that are accepted into the program join us on campus to be challenged by creative and imaginative instructors, peers, and activities. Students have the opportunity to attend engaging classes in topics such as: Mock Trial, Japanese Art and Culture, Creative Coding, Fencing, Chemistry, Ancient Civilizations, and more. An annual theme that cultivates leadership skills and civic engagement underpins the week's activities. Students also attend evening workshops, recreation activities, and a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Staff carefully supervise and mentor the 10-12 person living groups. 

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 traditional daily schedule includes classes on a wide variety of topics, workshops built around the year's theme, and creative recreational and cultural activities. ACADEMY concludes with a closing ceremony and check-out on Saturday morning.

Already Accepted for ACADEMY? 

Upon notification of acceptance, students are prompted to complete the ACADEMY acceptance paper work 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. For 2022, regular student tuition is $950. Tuition for Junior Counselors is $675. The tuition covers housing and meals for the week as well as all instruction, activities, and supervision. Pre-College Youth Programs offers some need-based tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is determined by expressed financial need within the application. Tuition assistance award amounts will vary and are dependent upon the funds we have available, but may be up to 50% of the total tuition cost. If you are applying for tuition assistance, your application must be complete by April 30, 2022. Read more about tuition assistance on our FAQ page

More questions? 

You are welcome to email our team at youthprograms@sou.edu. You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.

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