University of Wisconsin–Madison

High School (Grades 9-12)

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American Culture | English
  • College Preparation

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Participants must be at least 14 years old and no older than 17, and must have at least an intermediate level of English. Participants study and improve their English skills and learn how to succeed at an American University. Registration information and cost of program available on their webpage.

  • Sports

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to offer a variety of residential and commuter summer camps in addition to one-day fall, winter, and spring camps.

Business
  • College Preparation

  • Business

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

The Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program is designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.

  • College Preparation

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

CAP is a three-weeks residential summer program for first-generation students and/or students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The student must be a rising 10th or 11th grader at the time of application. CAP will enrich the students’ math, science, writing, and problem-solving skills to prepare them for college.

Technology
  • STEM

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Interact with PhD students from the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center to help each side gain a better understanding of research topics in the field of Computational Dynamics.

Science
  • STEM

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Summer nature programs to help children develop an understanding of ecosystems, nurture a sense of wonder, and explore habitats, plants, and animals of the UW–Madison Arboretum. Establish joint research projects that might continue beyond the scope of this visit.

Science
  • STEM

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Camp activities include outdoor discovery hikes and observations, hands-on science exploration, and nature games and activities. Returning campers will find new and exciting experiences every year. Children are encouraged to ask questions, play, and share, create, discover, construct, and cooperate.

Engineering
  • STEM

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.

  • Languages & Culture

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Experience Languages! offers Wisconsin middle and high school students the opportunity to experience world languages classes at the college level and learn about related learning opportunities such as study abroad, international internships, and residential language communities. Groups of up to 30 students come to the UW–Madison campus to experience at least two different world languages from among those offered at UW–Madison. Students may participate in demonstration lessons taught exclusively for the group or may observe or participate in a current UW–Madison language class.

Multicultural
  • College Preparation

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

TEEM Scholars’ programming is designed to prepare students for college and careers in education. TEEM Scholars is interested in recruiting a diverse pool of Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students each year who have an interest in improving the educational opportunities for all students in the district.

I have gotten so many great opportunities and have met so many amazing people through TEEM Scholars which has really shown me, that we matter, and that we can do a lot in the future. TEEM has shaped my goals by helping me strive for better things.

German
  • Languages & Culture

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

German School of Madison offers a summer camp with language instruction.

Academic Enrichment
  • Communications & Writing

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Young writers meet in the beautiful setting of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and use their surroundings as inspiration for writing, in a supportive environment, led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teaching of writing. Participants then share their favorite pieces from the week with their families and friends at an evening celebration.

Spanish
  • Languages & Culture

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Daytime and after-school Spanish lessons taught through music and games at childcare centers, community centers, and after-school programs in the Madison area.

For Credit
  • College Preparation

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Qualified high school juniors and seniors may apply for admission to UW–Madison as a University Special student to enroll in one course per term for which they may earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both.

Hmong
  • Languages & Culture

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

This 6-week summer curriculum for Hmong students offers an opportunity to learn about their cultural origins and history. Students also participate in arts and crafts, traditional music, and more.

Ho-Chunk
  • Languages & Culture

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Support services are available to tribal members and families. The program aims to preserve cultural values, history, and language.

Horseback riding
  • Outdoor Adventure

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Our youth day camps build confidence and self-esteem through a positive and fun learning environment. Kids will have the opportunity to engage in several horse-related activities each day, including horseback riding taught by experienced instructors, horse care lessons, and exciting demonstrations. In addition, we’ll enjoy the warm weather outside (weather permitting) while partaking in sports, arts and crafts, and additional pony time. Camp wraps up on Friday with a mini horse show for parents to see what their children have learned over the week.

Windsurfing
  • Outdoor Adventure

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

The Hoofer Youth Program offers quality on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun and learning. Courses in sailing, windsurfing, and racing are open to youth ages 10-18 and range from beginner to advanced. Programs are designed to teach outdoor recreation skills while encouraging youth to have fun and develop personally in the areas of communication, self-reliance, sportsmanship, and respect for others. Hoofers promotes a constant awareness of safety, emphasizes the importance of working together, and teaches students to adapt themselves to the forces of nature.

  • Outdoor Adventure

  • Grade School Students (Grades K-5)

  • Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

Courses in sailing, windsurfing, and racing for youth from beginner to advanced, designed to teach outdoor recreation skills and support personal growth.

Dance | Drama | For Credit | Visual Arts
  • Arts

  • College Preparation

  • High School Students (Grades 9-12)

  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Rising high school juniors and seniors will explore art and college life in Imaging Self: School of Education Precollege Summer Arts Intensive, a for-credit, residential experience at UW–Madison. Students will choose from three tracks: visual art, dance, or theatre and drama, and work with world-class instructors and faculty. They will learn about themselves through artistic expression and work with practicing artists. This is a unique chance to earn three college credits, improve communication and writing skills, contribute to a portfolio, and prepare for college while living on campus.

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