Summer Institute: Pre-Scholars

Please note that due to COVID-19, an update will be provided on the status of the 2021 Summer Institute in January 2021. 

Pre-Scholars are rising 8th and rising 9th graders. The total cost for residential participants is $5,000.* Parents or sponsors must cover costs for tuition, room, board, books, field trips, recreation services, and insurance. Students keep books and other materials provided by the Institute. The fee for field trips is used to cover all expenses including travel, food, lodging, entertainment, and supervision. 



Summer Institute: Scholars

Please note that due to COVID-19, an update will be provided on the status of the 2021 Summer Institute in January 2021. 

Scholars are rising 10th - rising 12th graders. There is a limited number of scholarships available to cover tuition. The amount of the scholarship will vary according to need with $1,000 as a maximum award. Priority for scholarships will be given to applications received before February 21, 2019. Parents or sponsors must cover costs for room, board, books, field trips, recreational services, and insurance. The total cost for residential participants is $6,500.* 

Students keep books and other materials provided by the Institute. The fee for field trips is used to cover all expenses including travel, food, lodging, entertainment, and supervision. The SAT prep course is optional for an additional $550 fee.



For the Accelerated Learning Academy (for 8th & 9th graders)

Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Accelerated Learning Academy will be an ONLINE PROGRAM. The Accelerated Learning Academy provides online STEM instruction, on-going academic and college preparation, mentoring and interaction with world-class scientists throughout the school year for only $500.**  Applicant profiles will be reviewed on a rolling basis upon receipt of application & supporting materials; therefore, prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. Students will be informed of acceptance into the program by Friday February 12, 2021. If applicable, the materials list will also be shared with families for personal purchasing and future reimbursement according to the materials policy. Families and students must inform us of their desired attendence by Monday February 15, 2021. Program payment must be completed by March 1, 2021.

Materials Policy 

For ALA STEM Tracks that require students to have physical materials while participating in the online workshops at home, participants and guardians will be emailed a materials list and accompanying policy in advance - complete with website links for personal purchasing of each item. The total cost of materials aims not exceed $25 per weekend workshop. Upon electronic submission of receipts, the Institute will reimburse families via Visa electronic gift card. 



For the Accelerated Learning Academy (for 10th & 11th graders)

Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Accelerated Learning Academy will be an ONLINE PROGRAM. The Accelerated Learning Academy provides online STEM instruction, on-going academic and college preparation, mentoring and interaction with world-class scientists throughout the school year for only $500.** Applicant profiles will be reviewed on a rolling basis upon receipt of application & supporting materials; therefore, prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. Students will be informed of acceptance into the program by Friday December 18, 2020. If applicable, the materials list will also be shared with families for personal purchasing and future reimbursement according to the materials policy. Families and students must inform us of their desired attendence by Monday December 21, 2020. Program payment must be completed online by Saturday January 2, 2021.

Materials Policy 

For ALA STEM Tracks that require students to have physical materials while participating in the online workshops at home, participants and guardians will be emailed a materials list and accompanying policy in advance - complete with website links for personal purchasing of each item. The total cost of materials aims not exceed $25 per weekend workshop. Upon electronic submission of receipts, the Institute will reimburse families via Visa electronic gift card. 



* Payments are non-refundable and subject to change each year.
**Please note that payments cover all three weekend sessions, are non-refundable and subject to change each year. Online payment includes a 2.9% transaction fee.