Boston University’s Academy of Media Production

Boston University is offering AMP (Academy of Media Production), a collegiate media experience for high school students this summer. This four-week workshop presents the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the skills needed to be a successful storyteller.

AMP students learn the power of good writing and visual storytelling by creating videos, short films, webcasts, multi-camera productions, and more. This on-campus, live-in college program gives students the tools to pursue all facets of media production, while collaborating with like-minded students, making new friends, and having a life-changing summer experience in the heart of Boston.

To learn more about this program and/or to apply, click here.

Online Course Selection

It is that time of year again when you can select your courses for the 2020-21 school year. You will need your computer or Chromebook to complete the selection of courses.

The window for the Online Course Selection process for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on January 7, 2020, and will be accessible to students through February 9, 2020. The online course selection process should be completed using the Synergy StudentVUE or ParentVUE.

Students and families are reminded that this selection of courses does not mean that all will be scheduled into their 2020-2021 class schedule. There may be schedule conflicts, classes that don’t end up being offered due to low interest, or prerequisites that haven’t been met. These requests create an inventory of courses that will determine how the master schedule is built to accommodate the highest percentage of classes possible. Course selection does ensure that students have the opportunity to select the coursework that will best meet their needs and that we can plan our staffing resources for these courses.

Course menus, selection guidelines, and instructions can be found on our school’s website:

Help sessions will be held during PLC time on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 14th
  • Tuesday, January 21st
  • Tuesday, January 28th

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies’ Summer Program

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies will offer summer programs across a wide variety of disciplines—including arts, business, humanities, math, science, and more—allowing highly motivated students to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Deadlines for most of the summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

  • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities. Seminars are led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.
  • Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem-solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.

For more info, click here.


Missouri Western State University’s Esports Program

With the launch of varsity and club esports programs beginning Fall 2020, Missouri Western State University will bring new opportunities to students–opportunities to participate in esports at the collegiate level, make connections with other students, and prepare for careers in the multibillion-dollar esports industry, including shout casting, game development, marketing and more.

Missouri Western recently hired its first esports coach and will build a state-of-the-art esports arena in Blum Student Union over the summer. Hear more from Missouri Western President Matt Wilson about how we are paving the way for students to participate in these up-and-coming sports that have grown into a multibillion-dollar industry.

What is esports?

Esports is organized team-based, multiplayer competitive video gaming.  Competitions among collegiate teams and professionals can take place in arenas in front of large audiences and are streamed on the internet or broadcast on television.  To learn more go to

EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin

In EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin,  seniors are reminded to complete the following tasks if they have not already done so:

Juniors are encouraged to complete the steps listed below:

To read the January College Planning Bulletin, please click here.

Lehigh University Launch

Lehigh University has announced a unique experiential opportunity for students entering in Fall 2020. Lehigh Launch, an integrative, inquiry-based learning experience for intellectually curious and independent learners, takes students to the American West or Ecuador for an immersive first-semester experience before their arrival on Lehigh’s Bethlehem, Pa. campus in Spring 2021.

Lehigh Launch is open to students of any major who wish to develop leadership skills through a challenging, hands-on and somewhat unconventional first semester of college. Led by Lehigh faculty and staff, the program combines classroom- and field-based experiences in a living-learning community where you will explore some of the world’s most exciting regions while taking four courses and earning 16 credit hours toward your degree. The American West option includes backpacking and canoeing expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Ecuador option takes students to the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

Interested students who like the idea of starting their college career with a different kind of adventure, are invited to view the website by clicking here. Students can begin to apply to Lehigh Launch through their Lehigh Portal on January 1, 2020.

Texas Tech Updates

Below are updates from Texas Tech University:

  • Admitted students can now register for Red Raider Orientation and reserve campus housing for next academic year.

Red Raider Orientation

University Student Housing

  • This on-campus event is held specifically for admitted Seniors. Students can register for Connect Tech today!

  • Students who are denied admission or waitlisted are qualified to participate in the Summer Gateway Program. Successful completion of this program grants students full admission to Texas Tech for the fall semester. Learn more here.

Dual Degree Program: Tel Aviv University & Columbia university

There is a new Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University. The Program builds upon the success of Columbia’s Dual BA Programs with Sciences Po in France, now in its ninth year, and with Trinity College Dublin, now in its second year.

Students enrolled in the Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University begin their college educations in one of six academic tracks in Israel, where they undertake the intensive undergraduate curriculum at TAU, one of Israel’s most distinguished institutions of higher education. After two years in Tel Aviv, students matriculate at Columbia, where they complete the requirements for a major and fulfill the Columbia Core Curriculum featuring a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities. Upon completion of the Program, students graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, one each from Tel Aviv University and Columbia. For more information about TAU, Columbia, and the Dual Degree Program, please visit the Program website.

Students apply using an online application by February 3, 2020, for fall 2020 enrollment. For admissions requirements please visit the Program website. Students with a strong interest in a global approach to language and culture and a desire for an innovative, nontraditional college experience that combines the academic rigor of two world-renowned universities should consider the Dual Degree Program.

Interested students should review the Dual Degree Program website and the Columbia College/Columbia Engineering admissions website and contact Columbia with any questions they may have at (Dual Degree Program) or (Columbia College/Columbia Engineering).

Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program  provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of its partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country.

  • Barnard
  • Brown
  • Cornell
  • Emory
  • Harvard
  • John Hopkins
  • MIT
  • Smith
  • Stanford
  • Wash U

Scholars receive a full or partial scholarships, based on demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works directly with our set of program partners to combine Joyce Ivy scholarships with additional financial aid provided by the summer program. Click here to apply online.

The benefits:

  • Exposure to a diverse array of peers
  • Exposure to a broader range of college options
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Academic and intellectual growth
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Scholars describe the experience as transformative.

Summer Scholars may use their scholarship to participate in certain summer academic programs at our partner colleges and universities. Courses are two-weeks or longer in length, and in some cases students are eligible to receive college credit. In most cases, Scholars receive financial aid from the Joyce Ivy Foundation and a partner scholarship from the summer program. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need.


Female high school student in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, who is also attending high school in one of these seven states. Academically high-achieving student who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.


December 8, 2019                         2020 application available online
March 1, 2020                                 Application deadline
Late March 2020                            Decisions sent
April 22, 2020                                  Scholarship reply deadline

Summer Scholars applicants must also apply directly to our summer program partners for admission  financial aid. Please check our partners’ sites for deadlines.

College tours are a great way to learn more about a college no matter what point in the application process students are in. A college visit can give students a first-hand experience that will ultimately help them narrow down their choices and find the perfect school for them. The College Tour Checklist guides listed below can be helpful when planning campus visits;