Many colleges and universities offer summer programs for high school students. These are great programs that cover specific academic areas and hope to introduce the student to academic areas that are unique to a college experience and to expand upon their current knowledge in different areas.
It's a great chance to:
*Learn about new research, technology, and discoveries in different areas
*Explore a college campus and the college experience
*Meet a variety of people from around the country who are also interested in a topic
*Add this experience to your college applications to show your interest and initiative in your subject area
*Earn College Credit
If a college is offering college credit for their summer course, it's worth noting two things:
1. The credits may not transfer. If you end up attending a different college, that college may not accept your summer credits. OR
2. The credits may count as a general elective. Every student in a 4-year, Bachelor degree program will need about 60 units of general education classes. These summer classes may count ONLY as a general credit, which would count towards graduation, but not towards a specific area like English, Social Studies, etc.
Having said that, I HIGHLY encourage students to participate in these programs if they have the interest in the subject area and the college offering the program!