Explore & Experience Your Future College & Career Path.

Welcome to the NAPCA Summer Academy! For the past 10 years, we have welcomed students from around the world to our exciting academic preparation, college readiness, and career exploration summer programs for elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Now, you can join them.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Career Exploration Seminars & Simulations

Students will explore up to 45 different career paths with hands on simulations based on real-life career scenarios to help them discover their future career interests and learn about various types of careers.

Academic Enrichment in Mathematics, Pre-College Writing,Reading Comprehension, and Public Speaking

The academic enrichment component of the program provides supplemental academic instruction, which focuses on the following:

  • Closing the learning gaps in your student’s reading, writing, and math skills to improve their overall performance in school.
  • Preparing your student academically to get at least one grade level ahead in reading, writing, and math.
  • Preparing your student academically to get at least one grade level ahead in reading, writing, and math

Experience College Life through College Tours

Students will experience college life through interactive visits to two year and four year college campuses designed exclusively for elementary school students.

Dining on Campus

Continental breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks, and occasional treats will be provided to all students that participate in the program. We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions and selective food eaters.

Living on Campus

University Residence Halls are the recommended and preferred home for college freshman. NAPCA students will gain a sense of independence as they live within a safe and secure college environment while learning to live and interact with their peers and residential staff.

College Planning, Preparation, & Personalized Guidance

Navigate the competitive and complex college admissions and financial aid process with greater confidence.

Students will receive one-on-one/small group college admission and financial aid/scholarship counseling from an experienced counselor. Additionally, students will gain the tools, hands on experience, and resources to approach the competitive and complex college admissions and financial aid process with greater confidence, reduced stress and anxiety, and competitive edge.

NAPCA Student Health Center

At NAPCA, a licensed registered nurse is on duty 24 hours a day. At the beginning of the session, parents are required to give all prescription and non-prescription medication to the nurse, including over-the-counter products such as aspirin, decongestants, antacids, vitamins, etc. Unless the nurse authorizes it, students may not keep any medication in their rooms. Students who are not feeling well during the program must report to the student health center, escorted by a staff member. Any medication use outside of approved medications from the nurse is strictly prohibited.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

NAPCA will arrange to have guest speakers from different industries speak to students to gain insight on their future careers and learn valuable strategies on how to achieve their education and career goals.

Social - Emotional Skills Development

Social-emotional skills help us manage our emotions, build healthy relationships, and show empathy and understanding. Kids with healthy social-emotional skills are more likely to succeed in school, work, and life. The social-emotional skills development course focuses on helping students acquire the following skills:

  • Make friends and maintain friendships
  • Gain confidence
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Learn social norms
  • Make appropriate decisions
  • Resist negative social pressure
  • Learn strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain awareness of what others are feeling

Student Leadership Training

Students will develop the knowledge, confidence, and practical leadership skills required to achieve their goals.

Student Safety & Supervision

Student safety and supervision are our first priority at NAPCA. All NAPCA programs are held at safe campus locations and have campus security. Campus security officers frequently patrol all campus facilities used by the program. Students are supervised by a NAPCA staff member throughout their entire day as they move from activity to activity in our small group format. Our student-to-staff ratio of 10:1 will ensure that your student is supervised and cared for during their entire stay with us.

Improve SAT or ACT Scores

SAT & ACT Test Prep.

Receive up to 20 hours of SAT/ACT Test Prep, includes small group and one-on-one tutoring.

Career Planning and Development

Empowering Students to Find their Purpose/ Career Path

Students will receive 40 hours of Personal Strategic Planning (Education and Career Planning) instruction to help empower them to find their purpose/career path, learn how to break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future post-secondary education and career goals.

Visit your Intended Academic Major Department

Choosing and declaring an academic major by the end of your college sophomore year should be your number one schedule planning priority. NAPCA students will visit their intended major department(s) to learn about the process to declare their intended academic major. If you are not yet sure of a major or you are choosing between a few majors, don’t worry about it. We are here to help you make an informed decision

Career Tours

Students will participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes career tours to get a taste of what a future career might be like and make connections with professionals from different career fields to help them gain insight into their future careers.

Academic Skills Development

NAPCA offers academic skills development seminars that provide students with the tools and strategies to become self motivated and responsible learners with a positive attitude and effective learning habits to succeed in school. Seminar topics include:

  • Effective study skills
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Keeping yourself organized
  • Managing your stress and anxiety

Fun Activities

We turn up the fun up each day with exciting indoor and outdoor activities. All summer long, we bring our carnival and water park that has water slides, rides, interactive games, and tasty treats for all students to enjoy.

Program Culmination: Poster Session

Students will showcase their Personal Strategic Plan (education and career plan) and celebrate their NAPCA Summer Academy experience with their peers, NAPCA Staff, and family.

Fun & Engaging College and Career Readiness Courses & Activities

Our college and career readiness program curriculum (courses offered on and off campus) will prepare students to break through the social, cultural, and academic barriers that most college students face on their path to college graduation and career entry. Our goal is to connect students with the knowledge, tools, and resources to help them become prepared to navigate the path to college entry and completion, and their career.

Welcome Ceremony

The Welcome Ceremony is an event specially organized by NAPCA Summer Academy staff and alumni to officially welcome all new and returning students and their parents to the NAPCA family. This event will take place on Move-In/ Check-In Day, which is the first day of your program session. The program includes short speeches by the Program Director and staff of the program session and other distinguished guest speakers such as NAPCA Alumni. Immediately after the official ceremony, students and their parents will attend the student and parent orientation. Special welcome/student and parent orientation packages with important information will be distributed.

Explore Our College & Career Exploration Programs

For Elementary, Middle, High School, and College Students

Choosing an education program and a career path is one of the most important decisions you will make, which affects your financial and emotional well-being for years to come. Instead of graduating from high school and/or college with a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh of, “Well, I guess I need to figure out what I want to do with my life now…” you should be intentionally exploring different careers that align with your core values, interest, and strengths to help define your life’s purpose/career path. In return for your investment in exploring different careers of interest, you are preparing to have a career that will give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Your College and Career Path Starts Here.
Find the Program That's Right for You.

Explore. Strategize. Thrive.

Building A Pathway to Your Future

Explore.

 

          All NAPCA students will explore different career pathways to help them learn about future academic and career possibilities and make connections with professionals from different career fields to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Strategize.

 

          By the end of high school, all NAPCA students will have a comprehensive personal strategic action plan, which is an education and career plan with specific action steps. The action plan shall serve as a road map to help students enter and complete a post secondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Thrive.

 

          We prepare our students to vigorously work the personal strategic action plan that they developed at NAPCA to reach their future college and career aspirations. Our college and career advising staff will follow up with students monthly to provide support and encouragement.

NAPCA Difference: “The NAPCA Family Commitment”

          After students complete one of our college and career exploration summer programs, they will be invited to remain in the NAPCA family through participating in our college and career readiness counseling program, which operates throughout the year. Students will be assigned to a NAPCA college and career readiness counselor, who will provide year-round academic support and college and career advising services to ensure their continued academic success during their time in high school and college at no cost. After our students graduate from college, they will continue to receive academic and career advising services at no cost until they have reached their future career goal. To learn more about the NAPCA Family Commitment, contact us at support@NAPCAonline.org.

NAPCA Goal 2030

By 2030, we will help 1,000,000 students enter and complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Our Impact

College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.

Student & Parent Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2009, the NAPCA Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit education organization, has provided college readiness and career exploration summer programs for thousands of students across the globe. Each summer program empowers students with the tools and mindsets to define their career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

Students strengthen their academic preparation for college through pre-college writing, mathematics, and public speaking courses and experience college life through exclusive college tours and guest speakers.

Students explore different career paths through interactive career simulations, clinical experiences, worksite career tours, and exclusive guest speakers from different careers.

While students gain insight on potential future careers, they develop a personal strategic action plan (education and career plan), which will provide students with a roadmap to achieve their education and career goals.

Students gain essential leadership skills, social and emotional learning strategies, and resiliency strategies to break through their barriers to achieve their education and career goals.

Students develop the college knowledge to become better prepared and a competitive applicant for admission to the college of their choice. In addition, students will gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully navigate the complex processes of applying to colleges, securing financial aid and scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two-or four-year college or postsecondary career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter and succeed in high skilled career or trades.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Grade Level Requirement:  

Elementary school students (Rising 2nd – 4th grade students), middle school students (Rising 5th – 7th grade students), high school students (Rising 8th – 11th grade students), and college students (two and four year college students) are eligible to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. Admission is open to all students across the world. To that end, U.S. citizenship is not necessary, but excellent command of the English language, both written and oral, is required.


Eligibility Requirements for International Students

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency by taking a standardized test called the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website, or contact TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100.

This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial academic transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.


Academic Performance: We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic courses.​

Note: Students who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for admission. Please contact us to speak with one of our staff to discuss your interest in our summer programs.


Your Personal Commitment: We admit students that show a high commitment level to taking ownership of their future college and career goals. We look at your specific activities during school and outside of school that demonstrate your commitment to achieving your future college and career aspirations. Your commitment is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission.


Admission Essay: Your admission essay is key to your application. It tells us something about you beyond your grades. We want to know about your extracurricular activities outside the classroom. Your interests outside of the classroom will help paint the full picture of who you are.

Directions

All applicants must respond to one essay prompt in no more than 1000 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

  • Please choose one essay prompt out of the three prompts below and respond.
  • Do not respond to more than one essay prompt.
  • Responses to your chosen essay prompt must not exceed 1,000 words total.

Prompt A: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. In addition, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Prompt B: What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement. In addition, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Prompt C: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? Additionally, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Notes:

  • Please put your full name, school name, grade level, and phone number in the header (top right hand corner) of your admissions essay.
  • Please compose your admissions essay in Microsoft Word and upload in your online admissions application. If your having difficulty uploading your essay in your admissions essay, you can email directly to our office at admissions@napcaonline.org

Recommendations: We require at least one recommendation but please do not submit more than two letters of recommendations. It’s best to select people who can speak to your character, like teachers, counselors, and mentors.

Submit Online Letter of Recommendation form

Ask your school counselor, teacher, or mentor to complete the Online Letter of Recommendation form, which can be found and completed at www.napcaonline.org/recommendation.


Admission & Scholarship Interview (Telephone or via Skype): Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and parent will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admission and scholarship interview over the telephone or via Skype.

Student Interview (Telephone or via Skype)

The student interview typically takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions about the student’s academic and career goals, why they decided to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy, and the activities they are involved in at their school and outside of school. Please be prepared to do most of the talking! Additionally, applicants along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or via Skype)

The parent interview will help us determine if your son or daughter is a good fit for our college and career exploration programs. The parent interview typically takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions to get a better insight on the areas (academic and non-academic) you think your son or daughter needs improvement, and where your son or daughter is today as it relates to discovering their future career path.

Absolutely! We can accommodate children with special needs—within the limitations of our resources, natural surroundings, facilities, staff ratios, and program standards—while preserving the nature of the learning experience for all students. We are not able to provide an attendant (one-on-one staff member) to address a student’s personal needs, nor can we accommodate medical conditions or impairments requiring treatment beyond the scope of our staff.

Before enrolling a child with special medical, mental, or psychological needs, please contact us to discuss potential accommodations.

10 STUDENTS PER STAFF – GUARANTEED

Our student’s safety and providing the best supervision day and night is our priority. Our student to staff ratio is 10 students or fewer per staff, guaranteed.

Yes. Criminal background checks, sexual offender checks, and personal and professional references are mandatory for all staff members. Each program location has a Director and staff members who are CPR & First-Aid certified. We regularly evaluate our program staff and instructors to make sure our high standards are met.

Yes. All summer program staff are required to attend regional training sessions prior to the start of each summer program.

FRIENDLY AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED STAFF

Our instructors are passionate about teaching college and career readiness courses—this is a must. We recruit industry professionals, college graduates, current Masters and PhD degree students, and upper-level undergraduates. Many NAPCA alumni return to “pay it forward” once they’re qualified to serve on our staff roster.

NAPCA’s mission is to “close the college and career aspirations – attainment gap” by equipping students from all backgrounds and communities across the globe with the knowledge, skills, relevant experiences, and resources needed to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

 

Definition.

College and Career Aspirations – Attainment Gap:

The distance between a student’s stated college and career aspirations and the realization of completing some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Working toward the day that all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and internationally will have the opportunity to be prepared to successfully enter and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.

Empowering students in communities across the globe to:

  • Explore their future college and career paths
  • Find their life’s purpose/career path
  • Recondition their mindset for success
  • Break through the barriers to academic and career success (i.e., The fear of failure, success, and the unknown including mental, social, emotional, and cultural barriers)
  • Enroll and complete a regionally accredited two- or four-year college degree and/or career and technical training certificate or licensure program
  • Walk with hope and purpose while taking ownership of their future education and career goals

College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.