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A+ Summer

For students who are driven by creative ideas or intuitive talents, who are above average in the classroom and want a fun, intellectual challenge this summer, A+ Summer is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students have the exclusive opportunity to live and study with like-minded peers at Stanford University, the academic heart of American innovation and entrepreneurship, or at Yale University, home to one of America's most revered academic traditions. With the help of a dynamic staff of dedicated “live-in” instructors, participants will push beyond standard school curriculum and learn to think outside of the box. Our stimulating courses build student proficiency in the logic, critical thinking, and writing skills that are essential for academic success at any level.

A+ Summer is divided into three separate sessions—one for middle school students, one for rising 9th and 10th grade students, and one for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Each program boasts an exciting schedule of classes and unforgettable recreational activities, including Bay Area excursions, guest speakers and daily entertainment. To learn more about a particular session, click on the pertinent link below.

  • The A+ Summer Pre-College program engages rising 11th and 12th grade students in college-level academic activities that build the practical skills necessary for college success.

  • The A+ Summer High School program challenges rising 9th and 10th grade students in high-level academic activities that develop skills that promote high school success and achievement.

  • The A+ Summer Middle School program challenges rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to design and execute their own solutions to contemporary problems, as they explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists.

Admission Requirements A+ Summer programs are selective. Students must demonstrate academic abilities by submitting a copy of their report card or transcript evidencing a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis and require a writing sample.

“The bonds and relationships that I formed with fellow students is going to be ever lasting…This whole experience is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things in my life.” – Manasi Ghatge, A+ Pre-College camper

“I expected camp to be filled with nerdy kids and I was completely blown out of the water. The classes were interesting and captivating, and the people were some of the best I have ever met.” - Arielle Zina, A+ High School camper


A+ Summer - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert Loy is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Los Angeles Pierce College. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at CSU Northridge in the areas of public speaking and argumentation.  A director with Education Unlimited since...


Education Unlimited - James Webb, PhD (Camp Director )

James Webb, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. James Webb is a seasoned instructor and lecturer with a PhD in Educational Theater from New York University. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the greater New York City area, with...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel Balogun is a missionary math teacher at the CEAD Christian...


Education Unlimited - Maximillian Brichta (Instructor)

Maximillian Brichta — Instructor

Max is a public speaking teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Cal State University, Northridge, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. He's taught public speaking for the last 3 years, including a year with Communication for Youth Institute at CSUN and two as a graduate teaching...


Education Unlimited - Jacob Burdette (Instructor)

Jacob Burdette — Instructor

Jacob Burdette is a high school teacher and curriculum developer.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in Women’s and Gender Studies from Berea College in Kentucky.  During his undergraduate years, Jacob served as a manager and tutor for three years at the university’s writing center and as Editor-in-Chief of their undergraduate...


Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, PhD (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Amanda DeDiego is an Assistant Professor at the University of...


Education Unlimited - Alex DeJean, MA (Instructor)

Alex DeJean, MA — Instructor

Alex DeJean is a college instructor in the Los Angeles Area, teaching courses related to communication such as public speaking, argumentation, and interpersonal communication. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication from California State University Los Angeles, where he also earned his Bachelor’s of Art degree my Communication,...


Education Unlimited - Carlina Duan (Instructor)

Carlina Duan — Instructor

Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia...


Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. His love of language and the power of words has inspired his teaching career.  He has taught in both class and individual format, developed curriculum and materials, and worked to build confidence in high school students as they prepare for the...


Education Unlimited - Rob Goldman, MFA (Instructor)

Rob Goldman, MFA — Instructor

Rob Goldman is a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. His work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness and action as a means of personal and professional development while fostering community.

 

Goldman’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including...


Education Unlimited - Aaliyah Henry (Instructor)

Aaliyah Henry — Instructor

Aaliyah Henry is an experienced English teacher and reading specialist with a Master of Science degree in Literacy Education for grades 5th-12th from St. John’s University.  She also received her Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education with a concentration in English from Saint John’s. During her time in higher education Aaliyah was honored...


Education Unlimited - Patricia Hicks (Instructor)

Patricia Hicks — Instructor

Patricia Hicks is an educator, writer, and passionate teaching artist with over 20 years of experience.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University, she has numerous certifications in specialized curriculum including intensive drama therapy training and work as a certified seminar leader...


Education Unlimited - Shaun Holloway (Instructor)

Shaun Holloway — Instructor

Shaun Holloway is an English and Composition Instructor at George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.  Through his writing workshops, he focuses on a wide variety of genres including novel, short story, personal and personal and philosophical essays, poetry, radio drama, and graphic novels.  Shaun is a...


Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche is an adjunct instructor currently teaching...


Education Unlimited - Hannah Nguyen (Instructor)

Hannah Nguyen — Instructor

Hannah Nguyen is a teacher currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Teaching at the University of San Francisco, with a focus on Urban Education and Social Justice and teaching credentials in Math and History/Social Science.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California, which she attended on a...


Education Unlimited - Andrea Rivard (Instructor)

Andrea Rivard — Instructor

Andrea Rivard is a teacher currently teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition at Summit Public Schools: Tahoma in South San Jose.  Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Earth Science, from University of Northern Colorado. A high school teacher since 2015, Andrea has taught Intro to Journalism,...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett Shanley is a writer and English lecturer currently pursuing a PhD...


Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Instructor)

Oishee Shemontee — Instructor

Oishee Shemontee is an experience science instructor and SAT tutor with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English from the University of California, Irvine.  Oishee is passionate about making science more relevant and easily accessible to people from a young age. In high school, she co-founded a peer tutoring program to help...


Education Unlimited - Adeline Tran, PhD (Instructor)

Adeline Tran, PhD — Instructor

Adeline received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she studied British, American, and French detective fiction and film noir. She has taught literature and writing at UC Berkeley,...


Education Unlimited - Gaby Williams (Instructor)

Gaby Williams — Instructor

Gaby Williams is a teacher and writer with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. During her time as a graduate student, she taught poetry, fiction, and composition, and tutored in the Writing Center on topics...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Williams, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Lead Instructor

Daniel Williams is an instructor and copywriter with a Master of Fine...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


Upcoming Camps

A+ Summer High School

A+ Summer High School challenges rising 9th and 10th grade students with high-level academic activities that develop the skills needed for high school success and achievement. Over the course of seven days, students will attend classes in advanced argumentative writing, critical reading, and logic/problem solving. Students will also receive...

A+ Summer Leadership

We developed our summer leadership training programs around the premise that students should strive to be effective leaders who demonstrate excellence by their approach and by their accomplishment -- the kind of leaders that, by virtue of their ability to lead and superior service, will prompt a teacher to write them an uncommonly powerful letter of recommendation for college, or will justify having a teach...

A+ Summer Middle School

A+ Summer Middle School immerses rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning. For six days, students will explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists. Interdisciplinary classes will strengthen stud...

A+ Summer Pre-College

A+ Summer Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th grade students prepare for college-level academics and build skills to qualify for top colleges at A+ Summer Pre-College, held on the campuses of Stanford University and Yale University. Students attend courses in logic, research, writing, and presentations and develop the vocabulary, proble...