Imagine if you knew what it really took to succeed in your career and personal life when you were a teenager. Imagine the opportunities you could have seized, or the moments you would have appreciated, or the conversations you may have had if you knew more about your strengths, weaknesses, goals and dreams as a young person.

As parents, we know that you want the best for your son and daughter. We know that you’re always encouraging them to try new experiences, to succeed academically and reach their full potential.

A New Kind of Pre-College Summer Program for Teens

Summer Springboard is different from other programs. We’ve found a fun and engaging way to give you a strong base foundation to reflect on who you are as an individual with an exciting academic curriculum where you can learn about and explore new subject areas. Then we tie it all together with our True You curriculum that will help you better understand yourself and where you want to go in life.

We’ve been in your shoes and want to help you gain clarity on potential academic majors or career areas that you find interesting. We want to help you explore your passion…or find a new one. More importantly we want to help you understand and reflect on what really makes you tick. What’s important to you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Knowing this now before you even step foot on a college campus will help to better prepare for you the road ahead.

Learn More

  • Meet us : come to one of our informational sessions and talk to us in person
  • Virtual meeting : click here to schedule a one-on-one video call with us

Application Process

+ Submit online application
+ Complete three short-answer essays
+ Pay $95 non-refundable application fee and $400 program deposit
+ We notify students of final decision in three business days via email.

Criteria for Admission
+ Must have completed 9th grade of high school by program start date
+ 3.0 GPA or higher (or local equivalent) unless extenuating circumstances apply
+ Completed Summer Springboard application (including essays)

Commuter Students

Commuter students may enroll in any of our programs. They participate from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Lodging, meals, and weekend excursions are not included. Lunch may be added on for a nominal fee.

Extended Commuter Students

Extended Commuter students may participate from 9am to 8pm, everyday, including weekend excursions. Lunches and dinners are also included. Lodging is not provided.


“My son who’s a rising junior did the Medicine & Healthcare program at UC Berkeley. He absolutely loved the experience which gave him a taste of college dormitory life, what it would take to be a medical doctor, real-life interactions with doctors and medical professionals, fun and engaging field trips around the SF Bay Area, and social connections to peers around the world. Truly a top-notch experience for him.” – Amy F.

“I have to say that the program achieved exactly what I was hoping for. It opened the mind of my children to different professions and fields of study. The people they met made a great impact in their life. They are considering participating next year also!” – Anca P.

Want to speak to a reference? Call +1.858.780.5660 or email to get a list of parents who can share their experiences with you.