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Summer Learning Tour 2017

Summer Learning Tour 2017

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Summer Academic Challenge 2016

Summer Academic Challenge 2016


Summer Academic Challenge 2015

Summer Academic Challenge 2015


Summer Academic Challenge 2014 Group Photo

Summer Academic Challenge 2014 Group Photo

Our 2014 Summer Academic Challenge Group Picture. This photo includes teaching staff and all students for the program year.


Summer Academic Challenge 2013 Group Photo

Summer Academic Challenge 2013 Group Photo

Our 2013 Summer Academic Challenge Group Picture. This photo includes teaching staff and all students for the program year.


Summer Academic Challenge 2011 Group Photo

Summer Academic Challenge 2011 Group Photo

Summer Academic Challenge 2011 was our 20th year anniversary! This Group Photo includes all students and staff of the Summer Academic Challenge 2011.

Summer Academic Challenge

Summer Academic Challenge (SAC) is an integral component of the University of Puget Sound's commitment to diversity and our institution’s diversity strategic goal to increase the recruitment of individuals from underrepresented minoritized groups, improve structural diversity, and promote their retention and success.

This tuition-free summer math and science enrichment program enhances the programs provided during the academic year and prepares students for the next academic year. Programs are available for students in grades seven through twelve.

Students study material centered on a theme that changes from year to year. Themes from past years have included flight, salmon survival, sustainability, and communication. Students study specific mathematical and scientific topics that support the theme and relate those topics to larger questions. They attend classes, build models, execute computer programs, conduct laboratory experiments, and participate in field trips.

Teachers are drawn from both the community and the university. Current university students serve as mentors and teaching assistants to the middle and high school students participating in the program.

College Scholarship Opportunity

Puget Sound will provide a package that meets the full financial need of Summer Academic Challenge students who wish to attend the college, if they meet the following criteria: 1) Successfully complete Summer Academic Challenge; 2) Graduate from high school; 3) Apply to, are admitted, and enroll at Puget Sound.

Who should apply?

  • Students who want to feel more comfortable with math and science and want to strengthen their skills in these subjects.
  • Students who enjoy math and science and would like to see how these subjects are used in the world around them.
  • Students must be currently attending a public school.
  • Priority is given to student applicants from underrepresented minoritized groups, first generation college students, and/or from underrepresented socio-economic status as determined by FFRL.  

This year the SAC application is available online! Students should fill out an application with a Parent or Guardian. You should also have contact information for your recommender, as they will be emailed to fill out a form on your behalf online. 

The Application for Summer Academic Challenge 2017 Is Closed

Apply Below: To Other Great Summer Learning Opportunities. 

Summer Learning Tacoma 

 

Frequently Asked Questions Q&A.pdf

See the short video created during the 23th year of the Summer Academic Challenge for student reflections on the program and to learn more about what participating in this program can do for you.