A Residential Camp for Talented and High-Achieving Students Completing Grades 5-8  

June 21 - 27, 2020

SOU Youth Programs and COVID-19

We understand that planning fun summer activities for your students may seem hard to imagine right now, but we also recognize that by summer young people will need a return to socialization, enrichment, and interactive learning! With summer still three months away, we are continuing our plans for engaging and exciting youth programs and hope you are doing the same.

It’s true that things might change, and we will respond in a way that is best for our students and staff. For now, we hope you will join us as we plan a fun, informative, and collaborative summer full of learning opportunities.

Our policies regarding cancellations for summer programming are still in place, and if you need to cancel your student’s registration for a summer day camp or residential camp due to issues related to COVID-19 we will honor a full refund.

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About the Theme

ACADEMY has held a special place in the hearts and minds of Pacific Northwest students and parents for four decades.

Celebrating that milestone is a great chance to think about Legacy. What can we learn from people who come before us? What inspiration can we find? Exploring these ideas, this summer's session will celebrate alumni and key moments of ACADEMY history. We'll bring back some classic workshop experiences and test your puzzle-solving skills, as you go on scavenger hunts to discover ACADEMY alumni and their legacies

You'll also have the chance to think about your own Legacy. How do you make your own mark? In what ways do you want to change the world?

Come join us for a thought-provoking summer. You'll be challenged and inspired as you connect with fellow students through this engaging week of connection and recollection.

Come explore Legacy with us!

See you at ACADEMY!

-Steve Roby, ACADEMY Director

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? 

Click here to head to our application page. Please read the information on the page before starting a new application. Our application system is hosted on a new platform in 2020 so if you are returning, please take a minute a read over our announcement on the page. The deadline to apply is now May 8, 2020.  

Already Accepted for ACADEMY? 

Upon notification of acceptance, students are prompted to complete the ACADEMY acceptance paper work and provide tuition payment. Selecting classes will happen after all acceptance forms are complete, in May. 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 8, 2020. 

Fees for 2020:

New Student tuition: $925

Returning Student tuition: $900 ($25 discount for returning)

New Junior Counselor Intern: $900

Returning Junior Counselor Intern: $875 ($25 discount for returning)

New Junior Counselor tuition: $675

Returning Junior Counselor tuition: $650 ($25 discount for returning)

Accepted Student Information

Click here for Guidelines for Expected Behavior of Campers

Sample Calendar

2019 Class Selection Information (TO BE USED AS SAMPLE FOR 2020)

Only accepted students who have completed their accepted forms 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 2020 SOON! 

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