Living and Learning

Living and learning at Andover Summer is more than just where you go to sleep and what you study. It is an opportunity to develop lasting friendships and experiences.


See their progression as well as other images of scholars living and learning at Andover in our gallery.

The (MS)2 Class of 2017 took the same photo in front of American House each of their three summers.

Living at Andover

(MS)2 scholars live on the Andover’s historic campus with over 500 other summer students from around the world. The campus is arranged into five residential neighborhoods called clusters. Everyone belongs to one, and that feeling of belonging is the point. Each cluster includes a dean and a handful of dorms ranging in size from five to 45 students. House counselors live in the dorms with the students and are the primary adults responsible for the students. To foster a sense of belonging, we also pair new (MS)2 scholars with a returning scholar. This “big sibling” acts as a mentor—answering questions, offering advice, or sharing a meal.

All of the dormitories have wireless access, and students are provided with a login and email address upon arrival. Every dormitory room is outfitted with bed linens, a pillow, blanket, towels, and a fan. Laundry machines are available in most dormitories and are pay-per-load.

Our Andover Summer Core Blue document reflects fundamental community standards and expectations for all students participating in summer programming offered at Phillips Academy. Rules and regulations, such as prohibitions on smoking and drug and alcohol use, are clearly noted in our Upper School Handbook which is made available to admitted students upon enrollment. Students sign a community agreement, thus committing to living honestly, safely, responsibly, and respectfully in a multicultural setting.

“The friends I have made have become family, and the teachers are the best ones I have ever met.”

Alyssa, Ganado, AZ


The Gelb Science Center has three floors of flexible, contemporary lab and classroom space; college-level scientific equipment and digital integration. A seismometer; fish tanks, reptiles and ornithological collections; and, on the roof, an observatory dome with a research-grade telescope used for astronomy discoveries and wondrous celestial viewings.

(MS)2 science courses, which have a strong laboratory component, are held in the state-of-the-art Gelb Science Center.

Learning at Andover

Rigorous—yet infused with fun—(MS)2 is designed to help scholars become more academically proficient, socially adept, independent, and self-confident. We offer three levels of math and science enrichment with placement based on an initial math assessment. Scholars also take English to develop sound writing skills as well as a college counseling course that focuses on the college application process.


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(MS)2 scholars from across the U.S.

(MS)2 scholars attend classes Monday through Friday and on Saturday morning. Afternoon activities include clubs, sports, career and college fairs. Mandatory study halls are held five evenings.

(MS)2 Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Morning Meeting

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Math or Science

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Math or Science

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
English or College Counseling

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Afternoon Activities

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Study Hall

9:30 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Presence required in Dorm


Weekend Activities

There are many possibilities for fun and entertainment on and off campus—movies, dances, special events, and field trips to area attractions, beaches, malls, and towns.


Health & Wellness

There is no higher priority than the safety and well-being of our students. There is a nurse in the Wellness Center at all times, and our experienced public safety officers are on duty 24/7.



We know you have questions about (MS)2. Here are some answers to what everyone always asks.