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


Hello ACADEMY Family!

We have some sad news... Unfortunately, we have fallen well short of enough registrations to make an ACADEMY 2020 online program viable for this year.

ACADEMY has a rich 40-year history, and we plan to be back next year with a full program in 2021!
We know that this means 8th graders are missing out on their final year as campers. We are currently dreaming up ways for all of you to join us again in 2021. More details on our plans will be available on our website later this fall. 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions. We hope to see you all next year, on campus and in person so that together we can inspire bright minds, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
Until then, be well, and we'll see you soon! 
ACADEMY and SOU YP Pre-College Youth Program Staff

Please see ACADEMY 2020 Director Steve Roby's message below.

Click here to watch Steve Roby's video on our YouTube channel


Who is ACADEMY for? 

ACADEMY is traditionally 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. Variations coming summer 2020. 

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 traditionally 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 traditional 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? 

Check back for the applications for 2021 in December 2020. 

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. The tuition covers instruction, activities, and supervision. Pre-College Youth Programs offers some tution assistance for those students who are in need. We are also pleased to offer some tuition assistance at all levels of engagement. 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.

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