As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston is home to the most prestigious universities—Harvard, MIT, Simmons, and more! We leverage resources from top institutions to create an elite learning experience at Simmons University. Students will also hear from guest speakers and industry experts from Harvard. Boston is an idyllic place for Summer Springboard students to experience college life.
Residential Price: $4,998*
Extended Commuter Price: $3,398*
Commuter Price: $2,798*
June 20, 2021 July 2, 2021
July 4, 2021 July 16, 2021
July 18, 2021 July 30, 2021
At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Boston area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.
Each afternoon we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Boston has to offer.
Business & Entrepreneurship
Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.
Excursions in Boston (MIT) – Students will hear from Boston entrepreneurs working on their latest startup business. We will visit dynamic business incubators such as the MIT Delta V Accelerator where student entrepreneurs incubate before launching businesses in the real world. In addition, students tour the Cambridge Innovation Center, a center that fosters collaborative communities of entrepreneurs. Some of these entrepreneurs and business leaders will judge the students’ business plan pitches at the end of the program.
Our summer medical program for high school students in Boston will be taught by Dr. Enrique Valdespino, a Harvard trained instructor and Doctors Without Borders provider. This program gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field through immersive learning and hands-on projects.
Excursions in Boston – Students will visit the medical simulation center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, a nationally-recognized teaching hospital for Harvard University, as well as Harvard Medical School.
Finance & Investing
Students will break into teams with each team selecting a promising stock that the team will research throughout the course and ultimately pitch to a group of investors. Faculty will provide hands-on help to students throughout this process. Along the way; students will be introduced to core investment concepts including the characteristics of different asset classes, public vs private equity, the workings of the stock market, company financials, company valuation and portfolio design.
Excursions in Boston – Students will visit to an investment company in the Boston area.
Fundamentals of Engineering
Engineering is one of the most desired careers, but also least understood. There are many branches of engineering to explore. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you learn what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.
Excursions in Boston: In past years, students have visited engineering consulting firms, construction firms, and companies that develop engineering technology.
Psychology & Neuroscience
Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience.
Excursions in Boston – Students may visits to local medical and research facilities in Boston.
This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts.
Excursions in Boston – students will visit a courthouse. The Suffolk County Courthouse, now formally the John Adams Courthouse, is a historic courthouse building at 3 Pemberton Square in Boston, Massachusetts. It is home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the state’s highest court) and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Activities & Trips
There is so much to do in Boston! The city is full of history, charm and endless attractions. Additional highlights include shopping at Quincy Market, walking the Freedom Trail, and exploring the interactive exhibits at top museums.
There are over 50,000 students at the nearly 120 college and university campuses located within 25 miles of Boston. With it's rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone and you'll get a true sense of a college town.
Freedom Trail / Harvard Yard
Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1951, the Freedom Trail (a 2.5 mile long path through downtown Boston) is a unique collection of museums, churches, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.
Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England has over 100 rides, shows, attractions and is home to New England’s largest water park, Hurricane Harbor. New in 2019, the park launched CYBORG™ a new indoor spinning dark ride!
Each academic course may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Excursions may include: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners In Health, Museum of Science in Boston, Suffolk County Superior Court, and more.
Boston is known as a center of education and culture with a multitude of educational resources at your fingertips. No matter the course, you’ll experience a buzzing campus filled with fellow bright, ambitious, energetic students.
Students live at Simmons University. Students share a dorm room in Morse Hall with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.
Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay in Boston. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.
All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Boston summer program for high school students.
Campus Director, Jake Friedman
Jake Friedman is a mathematics and economics teacher as well as the athletic director at Community Charter School of Cambridge in Massachusetts. Jake holds a Masters in Effective Teaching from Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education and a BA from Duke University.
Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.
The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.
Most meals on campus will be at the local dining hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.
Recreational Activity or Academic Excursion
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