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Taking a Break From Formal Education

Although many high school seniors are making final decisions about which college to attend in the fall, some are still undecided. After twelve years of formal schooling, you may be feeling that what you really need is a timeout.

Planning For a Productive Summer

How you spend your summers can influence your admission to college. While summer activities will not compensate for mediocre grades and poor test scores, careful planning can tip the scales in your favor. Let’s look at the kinds of experiences that can make a difference.

Summer on Campus

Although not yet spring, now is the right time to start planning for your summer vacation. For underclassmen just beginning to think about college choices, a summer on campus serves as a trial run. Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. offer summer programs for high school students.

Low-Cost Summer Enrichment

Money may be tight, but it’s not necessary to give up on finding a cost-effective way to spend a productive summer. Free and low cost summer enrichment programs are out there—you just need to look a bit harder to find them, or think outside the box about what a makes a productive summer.

Those Lazy Days of Summer

As competition for college admission increases, those lazy days of summer are a distant memory for most high school students.

Using Enrichment Alley

We hope you’ll use Enrichment Alley to discover experiences that will change the course of your life. Through SEARCH FOR A PROGRAM (click on signpost above) you'll find programs that will allow you to immerse yourself in a new subject, learn about a future career, experience life in a different culture, try out life as a college student, or make a difference though community service.

To make EnrichmentAlley truly useful, we need your help. We encourage you to tell others about your experiences with these programs and help them to make informed choices that will enhance their own learning. We welcome comments by former participants, their parents, and by educational advisors, counselors, and teachers. Please click on the REVIEW A PROGRAM signpost to provide us with feedback and a program review.

For Program Directors

We're counting on the directors of enrichment programs to create listings for their programs, and to update these listings on a regular basis. If you are a program director and you did not receive login information, please contact us through the PROGRAM DIRECTORS signpost.

As you can see, EnrichmentAlley is truly a collaborative effort. Through the input of students, advisors, parents, and program directors, we can enhance the opportunities for learning for all of our young people.

We Need Your Help

With your help, Enrichment Alley will become the most comprehensive and useful site on the web to explore educational enrichment opportunities. We plan to include an unlimited number of programs designed to enhance the learning of students of all ages. There will never be a charge for searching our site, and we will neither collect nor sell information about individual users.