A camp for academically talented and highly-motivated students who love to learn, for students completing grades 5-8 

See you in 2023!

ACADEMY 2022 Destination: Discovery!

How do I Apply for ACADEMY? 

Start your application here! Looking for the recommendation form? Download here. General application deadline is April 30th. We are no longer accepting new applications. 

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 42nd 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. Read more about tuition assistance on our FAQ page

UPDATE FOR 2022: We anticipate receiving more tuition assistance dollars to pass along to students for this summer's ACADEMY. While this funding isn't finalized yet, our hope is to provide tuition assistance on a sliding scale based on household need with no cap on the maximum award, until funds run out. If you are holding off on applying for camp this summer due to a financial barrier, please don't wait! We'd love to see your child's application and will work with your family to make these opportunities available until we reach program capacity.

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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