The Traditional Summer Institute

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute normally consists of various academies for Pre-Scholars, who are rising 8th and 9th graders, and Scholars, who are rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders.  Pre-Scholars, rising 8th and 9th graders, participate in one of two academies, the Junior Achievers Academy (for rising 8th graders) or the Fellows Mentoring Academy (for rising 9th graders). These pre-scholars receive four weeks of instruction. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, with each class meeting every day for 75 minutes. Students are in class from 8:45am to 3:15pm.

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Scholars, rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, participate in one of five academies, including the Management and Business, Leadership, Engineering, Pre-Med/Neuroscience, or Talented Tenth Academy. These Scholars receive five weeks of instruction in university level courses. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, with each class meeting every other day for 120 minutes. Students are in class from 8:00am to 4:50pm.


The 2021 Online Summer Program

In light of the pandemic, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute will be operating the 2021 Online Summer Program. 

The Online Summer Program will operate from June 28, 2021 to July 26, 2021. It will consist of 3 Academic Sessions. Students can apply for various courses held in each session. Please visit our “Academies” page to view the courses offered in each session and accompanying course descriptions. The cost per student per course is $300. Please note the time for rolling admissions has officially passed. The Institute is no longer accepting applications for the program.

Session 1: June 28th – July 6th  (5 courses available)

Session 2: June 7th – July 15th (6 courses available)

Session 3: July 16th – July 26th (6 courses available)

Course Duration: Each course operates over 7 class days (EXCLUDING WEEKENDS). Each class meeting is 90 minutes a day. Students can apply to multiple courses. However, given that space in each course is limited to 20 students, finalists will be assigned to a course before additional courses are granted.

Our curriculum structure is based on the philosophical assumption that self-knowledge, motivation, good skills, and an interest in the well-being of others are essential for effective leadership and academic success.  For the 2021 online summer program, courses emphasize time management, collaborative learning, critical thinking and problem solving. The important elements of effective leadership and community service are emphasized across the curriculum. 


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