How to Apply
Who Should Apply?
We welcome applications from academically qualified students who have completed the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth or eleventh grade. Students who have graduated from high school or who are 19 years of age or older are not eligible for admission.The admission committee seeks evidence that the applicant has the intellectual ability, diligence, and character to make the most of this summer opportunity. The committee expects the applicant to have a strong academic record and a serious desire to spend the summer in challenging, disciplined study.
Due to the fast, intense pace of Summer Session, we do not permit
weddings, family functions, athletic or unrelated academic pursuits to
interfere with classes, which are held six days a week. Students must
arrive on campus for the scheduled beginning of Summer Session and
remain through the closing. Early departure means forfeiture of the
Certificate of Attendance, course grades, instructor and house counselor
reports, and payments.
Who can apply as a Day Student?
Candidates applying to Summer Session as day students must currently
live in one of the following Massachusetts communities: Andover, North
Andover, Boxford, Bradford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill,
Lawrence, Lowell, Lynnfield, Methuen, MIddleton, North Reading, Reading,
Tewksbury or Wilmington; or one of the following New Hampshire
communities: Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, or Salem. All other students
must apply as boarding students.
Any falsification of information, misrepresentation, or omission of facts called for in this application may result in revocation of admission.
When Should I Apply?
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as the application forms are posted on this page. Because we have rolling admission, there is no hard and fast deadline; however, we will post our online application on this page on January 1, and will begin making decisions immediately; many courses are filled by late March. Decisions are made soon after a completed application is received.
What does Summer Session Cost?
Tuition and costs may be found on the Tuition page.
Is There Financial Aid?
Students who would need financial assistance in order to attend Summer Session should apply for financial aid. Financial awards are granted according to financial need, which is determined by computation based upon parental income and not academic performance. Because our funds are limited, and in fairness to everyone, we ask students to apply for financial aid only if they cannot attend without it. Our limited funds also preclude offering financial aid to international students, students who have received financial aid from Summer Session in previous years, or to students applying for our hybrid or online programs.
All application forms, including the Financial Aid Form, copies of your IRS supporting documents, and all other income tax forms used, must be completely and accurately filled out. Financial aid applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis until the financial aid funds are exhausted. There are no full scholarships, and all families are expected to contribute toward the cost of the program.
Students are informed of financial aid awards with their acceptance letter.
What English Language Proficiency is Needed?
The Upper School offers an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)
program designed for beginning to intermediate speakers of the language.
All ESL students must have some basic fluency with speaking and reading
the language, but the more intensive language-development courses are
appropriate for those in the early phases of their language study.
None of our LSI courses are designed to accommodate a beginning learner of English. However, the LSI course, Bridges to English: Connecting Our Past and Present, requires only an intermediate understanding of spoken and written English, and is designed for second-language speakers.
Any student interested in taking the LSI courses Charting the Natural World: Marine Biology Meets Math, CSI Andover: Anatomy of a Crime, Express Yourself: A Study of Literature, Performance, and Film, or Revolution! Continuity and Change In our World, should be fluent in spoken and written English.
To begin the online application, click on the button at the top of the page.
You may contact the Summer Session office with any questions about the application or admission processes.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Number: (978) 749-4400