There are many opportunities for junior high and high school students to challenge themselves outside of Villa. One can find academic programs, service opportunities, and leadership groups that will help students develop life skills and friendships. 

Below are some summer learning and college touring opportunities that you may find worth exploring. Many programs start accepting applications in early October.

Kentucky Summer Programs - this site features programs at colleges in Kentucky. It includes tech, culinary, engineering and other programs.

INTERalliance - this local organization hosts tech camps that include a one week stay at a local college. 

Medical Observation Opportunity Network (MOON Program) - this program offered by St. Elizabeth Healthcare gives students an opportunity to explore life as a physician. 

Camp Cardiac - this is a camp run by medical students to expose students to careers in healthcare.  It is hosted in cities around the country including Cincinnati. 

Camp Neuro - this is similar to Camp Cardiac (above). Its focus is on the brain and psychology.  

Miami University - students from around the world attend this program. It includes college immersion, test prep, and excursions to Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo.

UC Design Art Architecture and Planning - DAAP offers summer camps to expand students' artistic skills. 

TSI Summer Institute - students interested in STEM can spend a week living and working at the Thomas More Field Station on the Ohio River.

University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame offers summer scholars, summer abroad and leadership opportunities. Applications accepted starting October 1st.

SCAD Summer Seminars - Savannah College of Art & Design offers seminars in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. 

Summer Experiences Washington University in St. Louis - motivated middle school and high school students are invited to apply for a variety of summer programs.

Young Leaders Academy - this program is held at the University of Louisville. Students debate the impact of the U.S. Constitution in today's world.

Constitutional Academy - students from across the country gather in D.C. to discuss national issues and to connect with leaders from around the country. 

Columbia University - the school offers college immersion programs and allows students to earn credit while still in high school.  

Duke University - Duke offers a variety of programs from video production to bioengineering to SAT prep. 

GPSA - this program designed for students interested in the medical field. Students travel to Appalachia, Guatemala, or Belize to help deliver healthcare to communities in need.

USC Summer Programs - students are immersed in campus life through a two or four week course. The 2018 offerings included sports journalism, video game design, and law.

University of St. Andrews Summer Programs - study in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews. Programs that cover various interests are offered. 

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center - the center offers summer leadership programs for girls. 

National Geographic Student Expeditions - the magazine that brings you pictures from around the world takes students around the world to explore conservation, photography, and service. 

Oxbridge Academics - this company pairs students up with academic programs at schools around the United States and Europe. Students select their grade level, city of interest, and their area of study and then find programs to fit their criteria.

Summer Discovery - this program pairs students up with courses offered  at colleges such as Johns Hopkins, Penn State, and London Business.  

American Camp Association - this website is a resource for finding camps based on interest, location, cost, and other criteria. 

Teen Ink - this for teens, by teens organization features camps and courses at colleges around the country. Featured programs for 2018 included journalism courses at Yale and Stanford, creative writing at Duke, Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Institute, and many more. 

College Visits - this program arranges college visits in various areas of the country. For instance, their Middle Atlantic tour took students to University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Villanova. 

TS Tours - this is another program that offers college tour packages in specific areas. The 2019 tour dates are online.

Educational Travel Consultants - this program creates college tours in different regions of the country. One can plan an Ivy League tour, a midwest, south, or west tour as well.