San Francisco Summer Camps for High School Students

Written By Trent Lorcher

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to check out one of these San Francisco Summer Camps for high school students. The Bay Area has summer camps for just about any interest. #San Francisco Summer Camps for High School Students

The first two summer camps on our list are geared toward international students looking to improve their English skills while preparing for college in the United States.

San Francisco Youth Robotics Camp

Silicon Valley is a region in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area that serves as a global center for technology and innovation. Technological giants located in Silicon Valley include Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Google, NetFlix, Facebook, and more. It's also the location of San Jose State University where you can attend the Tamwood San Francisco Youth Robotics Camp. Students in the program use the LEGO Robotics System for learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The goal of the program is to help students solve complex problems, develop critical thinking skills, and increase their passion for learning.

The program goes beyond science, teaching students teamwork and leadership, too. The camp includes field trips to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and more.

San Francisco Teen Global Learner Camp

Any kid can visit a far off place, have a little fun, and come back more or less the same person. Teens that attend the San Francisco Teen Global Learner Camp visit one of the United States' most popular destinations while learning new skills, expanding abilities, discovering talents, and transforming themselves. Tamwood's Teen Global Learner Camp uses the core subject of English and combines it with technology training, leadership activities, the arts, sports, culture, and outdoor recreation.

At the Teen Global Leader Camp, students get an international perspective and gain practical English skills. Attractions and activities abound. They include the Golden Gate Bridge, historic neighborhoods, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and more. The camp is located on the campus of San Jose State University, minutes from San Francisco. The San Francisco English and Activity Camp is a similar program for youth 7-12.

Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

High school seniors with a passion for technology could probably learn a thing or two from Google. Google's CSSI is an intense, interactive, fun, hands-on program that helps future innovators learn computer science, software engineering, and other similar subjects. The program's goals include exposing interested students to careers in computer science, helping students develop technical skills, helping individuals network and build friendships with like-minded scholars, and giving students an inside look at what goes on at Google.

Google's three-week course supports students from all backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups in the field. The program runs at different times throughout the summer. Scholarships are available.

San Francisco Art Institute Pre-College Program

The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) Pre-College Program provides motivated art students opportunities to build skills and prepare for art study at a prestigious school. The camp takes place at SFAI's beautiful campus in the heart of San Francisco's Russian Hill District. Those applying must have completed their 10th-grade year of high school. Specific subjects include painting, photography, film, sculpture, exhibition, museum studies, and more.

University of San Francisco Pre-College Summer STEM Camp

USF's pre-college summer STEM camp prepares students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in college. The school's Upward Bound six-week program allows students to experience college life firsthand. Besides coursework, students take part in culturally enriching activities that include physical fitness, community building, field trips, and discussions about real-life issues.

NLSC Engineering Intensive

The National Student Leadership Conference Engineering Intensive 18-day program helps students explore fields in engineering. By the end of the NLSC Engineering Camp, students will have the experience to decide whether they wish to pursue engineering beyond high school. Program highlights include engineering design challenges and robotics simulations. The camp takes place on the campus of UC-Berkeley and includes field trips to iconic San Francisco landmarks


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Trent Lorcher has taught high school English for 19 years. In addition to hosting a foreign exchange student from China, he's traveled extensively, including 18 months in Central America, 2 years in Italy, and additional time in Mexico, France, Morocco, and Spain. He dreams of one day retiring to Spain with his beautiful bride in a place big enough for their 5 kids to visit.

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