Middle School Program

Your College and Career Path Starts Here.

Overview

Middle School Programs

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 middle school students (current 6th – 8th grade students). Now, you can join them.

We invite you to devote a portion of your summer to explore and experience different career pathways to help you learn about various types of careers and discover your future career interests.

  • You will experience a variety of careers through 17 different simulation studios – such as the Engineering Studio, Science Lab, Nursing & Health Care Studio, and Website Design & Development Studio – to get a taste of what a future career might be like.
  • You will participate in indoor and outdoor fun activities as well as supplemental academic instruction courses in mathematics, writing and grammar, and public speaking.
  • You will engage in academic skills development seminars, social-emotional development workshops, and up to 45 different career exploration seminars.
  • You will be introduced to college life through interactive college tours designed specifically for middle school students.

We will help you become academically prepared with the mindsets, confidence, resilience, and social- emotional skills to break through the barriers to achieve your future college and career aspirations.

NAPCA Difference: “The NAPCA Family Commitment”

  • After students complete one of our college and career exploration summer programs, students will be invited to remain in the NAPCA family through participating in our year-round college and career readiness counseling program.
  • Students will be assigned to a NAPCA college and career readiness counselor, who will provide academic support and college and career advising services during elementary, middle, high school, and college at no cost.
  • After our students graduate from college, students 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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Career Simulation Studios

Students will experience a variety of career paths through 17 career simulation studios to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Career Exploration Seminars & Guest Speakers

Students will participate in career exploration seminars to discover their future career interests and learn about various types of careers.

College Tours: Experience College Life

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

Summer Mathematics Course

Students will strengthen their confidence and foundational skills in mathematics to improve their overall performance in school for the next grade level.

Academic Writing Course

Students will improve their vocabulary and receive instruction in English grammar and the mechanics of writing.


Public Speaking Course

Students will discover how to speak confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups.

Dining on Campus

Continental breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks, and occasional treats will be provided. We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions and selective food eaters.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

Students will gain valuable insight on future careers and learn strategies on how to achieve their education and career goals from guest speakers from various industries.


Virtual Career Simulations

Students will participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual career simulations to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

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.

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
  • Validating your assumptions
  • Controlling your impulses, negative thoughts, and feelings

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

Program Culmination: Poster Session

Students will showcase their personal strategic action plan poster (education and career plan) and celebrate their NAPCA Summer Academy experience with their peers, NAPCA Staff, and family. The poster presentation will display each student's written post secondary education and career goal along with specific action steps to achieve their future academic and career aspirations.

Career Tours

All NAPCA participants will experience exclusive career tours to get a taste of what a future career might be like and build connections with professionals from different career fields to help them gain insight into their future careers.

Student Safety & Supervision

Student safety and supervision are our first priority at NAPCA. 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.

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 OUTCOMES

College & Career Exploration

  • Develop new friendships while experiencing college life, exploring and experiencing different career paths, and developing the mindsets and skills needed to succeed in college.
  • A written post secondary education and career goal for the student along with specific action steps to achieve their future college and career aspirations.
  • Learn about post secondary education and the variety of post secondary training that leads to various careers.
  • Build awareness around the world of work and the importance of education to a successful life.
  • Build awareness that learning, critical thinking, and working hard are key habits to develop to be a happy and successful worker in the future.
  • Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work, resiliency, and persistence.
  • Understand the relationship of academic achievement to current and future success in primary and secondary school, college, and career.
  • Students understand the effect of career choices on quality of life.

 

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

  • 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 perform at grade level standards and get at least one grade level ahead in reading, writing, and math to prepare for advanced classes in middle and high school (such as Honors (H) , International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses), which will help students prepare academically for college.

PROGRAM FEATURES

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16 CAREER SIMULATION STUDIOS

Our career simulation studios help students explore and experience different career options through experiential learning activities and cutting-edge technologies where students can dig deep into their passions and get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Fashion Design Studio

T-Shirt Decorating

Students will have the opportunity to decorate their own t-shirt with various design tools such as fabric markers, gemstones, and tulle.

Footwear Design

Students will be able to decorate a pair of sneakers or any old shoes that they have at home that they would like to clean and design to give their shoes a fresh new look.

Dress Making

Students will turn everyday pillowcases into little fashionable attire and then donate them (choice of light sewing or double-sided fabric tape).

Footwear Design

Students will be able to decorate a pair of sneakers or any old shoes that they have at home that they would like to clean and design to give their shoes a fresh new look.

Beauty & Skin Care Studio

Spa Facials

Students will get dressed in spa robes and learn proper skin care techniques.

Manicures and Pedicures

Students will experience a manicure and pedicure and learn about nail and foot care.

Arts & Crafts Studio

Painting

Students will create a finished work of art during each class. Students will show off their own work in a student exhibition. We provide all the painting supplies and even clean up the mess after!

Plastic Lace Crafts & Accessories

Students will learn how to make key chains, lanyards, jewelry, and other accessories.

Scented Candle Making

Students will learn how to make scented candles using eco-friendly, nontoxic ingredients to take home as a gift to someone they love.

Screenwriting, Film making & Photography Studio

Screenwriting

In a fun and productive space, students will write, shoot, and edit short films under the guidance of professional screenwriters and filmmakers.

Photography

Learn how to create stunning digital photography and enhance imagery in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build up their digital photography techniques first, then transition to developing their software and editing skills.

Filmmaking

While creating a short commercial or similar project, students will practice shooting and editing techniques to create a cohesive movie and apply the design thinking process to peer critiquing.

Agricultural Science Studio

Students will learn basic techniques for planting seeds in the garden, explore the plant life cycle and discover what plants need to grow, and compare plant food needs to human food needs.

Dance Studio

Dancing to the likes of Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and other popular artists, dancers will have a fun time learning new dance moves and choreography each day! All dance moves and choreography are age-appropriate and family friendly. At the end of summer program, parents are invited for a brief showcase so dancers can show all they have learned.

The Baking Studio

Students will have fun baking a variety of healthy snacks and treats.

Engineering Studio

Our engineering studio will provide students with fun and educational engineering activities that will inspire them to pursue a career in the field of engineering. Students will also discover what engineers do and explore different types of engineering.

Nursing & Health Care Studio

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of nursing. Students will explore the role and specific responsibilities of nurses.

America’s Next Top Model Studio

Students will receive hands on experience with the fast-paced world of modeling.

DJ Music Mixing & Beat Making Studio

Students will get hands on experience with beat making and mixing and recording music using two turntables and a DJ mixer, music production software, and beat maker machine.

Acting for Film & Television Studio

Students will learn the technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of the camera in a relaxed and truthful way.

Graphic Design Studio

Students will receive hands-on introduction to the creative process and core elements of graphic design for a variety of outputs, including print and electronic media. Topics include research, typography, imagery, and concept development.

Website Design & Development Studio

Students will learn the essentials for building a website, including basic content creation, insertion of images and multimedia, installation of various plug-ins and extensions, how to apply and customize templates, and more.

Video Editing Studio

Adobe Premiere Pro is used by professionals across the spectrum of filmed entertainment, including feature films, music videos, and documentaries. Students will receive hands on instruction and practice with simple editing techniques to more complex compositing, layering, tilting, motion graphics, and sound design.

The Science Lab

Students will engage in hands-on science activities and fun experiments that will help them develop confidence and enthusiasm about science as they experience and understand the science they see around them everyday.

Slime Making

Students will take a class that is all about making slime! They will have the opportunity to make fluffy slime, glow in the dark slime, and more! Participants will get to take home all of the slime that they make at the end of the class.

Make Homemade Ice Cream

Have you ever made ice cream? It can be a lot of fun, and you end up with a tasty frozen treat! There is actually a lot of interesting chemistry that goes on behind making ice cream. In this science activity, you will make your own ice cream in a bag and explore the best way to chill the ingredients to make them become a creamy delicious treat!

Architecture Studio

Architecture is defined as the art and science of designing buildings and structures that will be suited for living, working, entertaining, and so much more. NAPCA students will be introduced to the field of architecture.

CAREER EXPLORATION SEMINARS & EXCLUSIVE GUEST SPEAKERS

CAREER DAY IS EVERYDAY AT NAPCA

Explore and Experience Various Career Paths

Each day of the program, students will participate in a career exploration seminar and simulation, where they will explore and experience a future career path to help them discover their future career interests and learn about various types of careers. Students will also make connections with professionals from different career fields to help them gain insight into their future careers while learning valuable strategies on how to achieve their specific career interests. Additionally, students will participate in behind-the-scenes virtual career simulations to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Visual & Performing Arts Seminars

Acting for Film & Television

Film and television acting is different than acting on commercials and in theater. Students will gain an insider's perspective to acting in the film and television industries and explore the different types of career paths in the field.

Screenwriting & Film making

Students will be introduced to filmmaking and screenwriting from industry professionals and explore the different types of career paths in the field.

Architecture Studio

Architecture is defined as the art and science of designing buildings and structures that will be suited for living, working, entertaining, and so much more. NAPCA students will be introduced to the field of architecture.

Fashion Design – Apparel & Footwear

Students will meet with industry professionals to explore the field of apparel and footwear design and the different types of career paths in the field.

Music Production & Beat Making

Students will be introduced to music production and beat making industry and explore the different types of career paths in the field.

Website Design & Development

Students will be introduced to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the website design and development industry.

Graphic Design & Photography

Students will be introduced to the graphic design industry and explore the different types of career paths in the field.

Video Game Design

Our young gaming enthusiasts will be introduced to the tools and techniques of designing and building their very own unique video game. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the video game industry.

S.T.E.M. Seminars

Aviation & Aerospace

Students will explore the fields of aviation and aerospace. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Nursing

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of nursing. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the nursing industry.

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Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of veterinary medicine and animal care.

Dentistry

Students will explore and be inspired to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the dental industry.

Future Physicians

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career as a future medical physician. Students will explore different types of career paths as a medical doctor.

Pharmacy

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of pharmacy.

Engineering

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of engineering. Students will explore the different types of career paths in the engineering industry.

Optometry

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career in the field of optometry.

Law & Government Seminars

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Pre - Law

Students will be introduced and inspired to pursue a career as a future lawyer. Students will learn about the different types of lawyers and the many roles lawyers play in our society, from courtroom advocates to policy-makers.

Law Enforcement

Students will learn about the various types of law enforcement agencies across the United States and the specific roles and responsibilities. Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in law enforcement.

Business Seminars

Advertising, Marketing & PR

Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in marketing and advertising. Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the advertising and marketing industry.

Entertainment Management

Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in entertainment management. Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the entertainment management industry.

Real Estate Industry

Students will learn about various types of career paths from professionals in the real estate industry. Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in real estate.

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Automotive Industry

Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in the automotive industry. Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the automotive industry.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the field of entrepreneurship. Students will be inspired to pursue a future career as an entrepreneur.

Hotel Management

Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in hotel management. Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the hotel management industry.

Beauty & Skin Care Industry

Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the beauty and skin care industry. Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in the beauty and skin care industry.

Insurance Industry

Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in the insurance industry. Students will learn about various types of career opportunities from professionals in the insurance industry.

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Sports Management

Students will learn about various types of careers from professionals in the sports management industry. Students will be inspired to pursue a future career in sports management.

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Virtual Career Tours

Virtual career tours include career details such as work tasks and settings, education or training needed, average salary, and more. Students will explore different types of careers.

Registered Nurses
Engineers
Medical Physicians
Dentists
Optometrist
Lawyers

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Summer Mathematics Course

Students will strengthen their confidence and foundational skills in mathematics to improve their overall performance in school for the next grade level.

Academic Tutoring

NAPCA provides tutoring in Math, Writing, and Public Speaking daily from to help improve your student’s confidence and academic performance.

Our tutoring program focuses on two key areas. First, we look to fill any learning gaps so each student has a strong foundation on which to build. To fill your student’s learning gaps, we will begin by providing a free assessment that will identify the perfect starting point for the program. Then, we work to help each student learn and master each new concept that arise each week. The goal is to ensure that each student has mastered the material, and is prepared for important tests, quizzes, and other assignments. Over time, many NAPCA parents ultimately find their children mastering concepts that put them at grade level or ahead of their peers.

Public Speaking Course

Your child can become an effective public speaker! In this course, students will discover how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. Students will learn how to plan and deliver presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear of failure. Students will also get tips on how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively.

The Public Speaking course focuses on the following:

  • Improving your child’s ability to use correct english grammar when verbally presenting well-reasoned, well-supported arguments.
  • Developing your child’s personal style of speaking that is confident, spontaneous, energetic, and vocally and physically expressive.
  • Improving your child’s ability to speak in front of small or large groups, regardless of experience.
  • Strengthening your child’s public speaking skills for college and career success.
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Academic Writing, Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Building Course

Students will improve their vocabulary, reading comprehension, and receive targeted instruction in sentence writing, paragraph writing, grammar and mechanics, and introductory essay writing.

SOCIAL - EMOTIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Social-Emotional Skills Development Seminar

NAPCA offers a social-emotional skills development seminar that help students manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, and show empathy and understanding. Social-emotional skills allow kids and adults alike to understand and recognize our thoughts and feelings in order to connect with others. They help us communicate and express ourselves in the appropriate way in different environments and with different people. For example, a child may see her friend is upset and ask if she is okay. Kids with healthy social-emotional skills are more likely to succeed in school, work, and life. The social-emotional skills development seminar focuses on helping kids 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
  • Validating your assumptions
  • Controlling your impulses, negative thoughts, and feelings

ACADEMIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Student Success Seminars

NAPCA offers an academic skills development seminar 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

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND HEALTHY SNACKS

We serve continental breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks, and occasional treats.  Most of our lunches come from local food vendors and are prepared fresh just moments before lunch. 

If you decide, for whatever reason, to pack a lunch or additional snacks for your child, please leave out any products containing nuts for the safety of other children who may have severe allergies.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions and selective food eaters. If you don’t see something on the posted menu that works for your child, we ask parents to contact us in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

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CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Should students need a little extra “pick-me-up” in the morning, we provide our students with a light continental breakfast, which includes items such as bagels, fruit, yogurt, and french toast sticks.

LUNCH

Students choose their lunch: During the morning check in, students order their lunch which includes an entree and a number of sides.

HEALTHY SNACKS

Healthy snacks include items such as fruit, veggies, and yogurt, which are served from 10am to 5pm. We also provide an organic popsicle as a healthy treat.

Note: Our lunch menu will be provided to all admitted camp participants prior to the first day of the program.

Delivered by staff directly to students: Lunch is delivered by staff directly to students while they sit back and connect with their friends. No long buffet lines.

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College Tours

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

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Santa Monica College
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
California State University, Northridge
University of California, Santa Barbara
Occidental College

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Fun Activities & Excursions

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Are you a thrill seeker? Come out to Six Flags with NAPCA and the Staff and enjoy the gold standard of theme parks. Six Flags has 160 world-class roller coasters, upscale restaurants, and entertainment.

Game Night

Prepare yourself for a fun night of games and tap into the strategist within.

An Evening at LA Dodgers Baseball Game

NAPCA students and staff will spend an evening cheering on a professional American baseball team such as the LA Dodgers.

Bowling

Bowling is an evening of fun for everyone! Come show your skills on the lane or just hang out and eat some delicious pizza and wings while you relax in the lounge areas.

Karaoke

Think you can sing like Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and the Jonas Brothers? Or do you think you can rap like Drake? Come show off your singing or rapping skills at the NAPCA Karaoke studio.

Hurricane Harbor Waterpark

Be cool! NAPCA is ready to take you out to the water slides and lots of refreshingly cool water.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sky Zone is the world's first indoor trampoline park. You can join in on a fitness class for a workout, slam dunk on a 10 ft basketball net, flip into a pool of foam, or simply bounce around!

NAPCA Dance Party

You came in as strangers and you now prepare to part as close friends - but not before you party together at the final dance! There will be a live DJ mixing up your favorite tunes and plenty of snacks and beverages to keep you going.

Fun Under the Sun at the Beach

NAPCA students and staff will spend an afternoon enjoying the beach. Join the fun and relax a little with your new friends!

Swimming / Pool Party

It's time to bring out the sunglasses, tanning lotion and get your swim on! Feel the vibes with music thumping and relaxing by the pool with your friends while you soak up the sun.

Movie Night

Lights, Camera, Popcorn! Students and NAPCA program staff will watch an entertaining movie at one of the top movie theaters in the U.S.

Skating with NAPCA

Want to race? Come out and join NAPCA and staff on a beautiful night by taking some Laps around the skating rink and enjoy your new friends!

Ice Cream Socials

I Scream, you scream, well all scream for ice cream! Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, whatever your favorite flavor is, it is time to indulge with your friends and NAPCA program staff.

Open Mic / Talent Show

Whether it's singing a pop culture song, playing a Beethoven sonata, or sharing an athletic feat, the Talent Show at NAPCA is sure to be a time of amazing entertainment.

Netflix Movie Room

We bring the movie theater to camp. Students will be able to watch and enjoy all of their favorite kid movies and tv shows on Netflix.

Student Lounge & Game Room

Students will have the opportunity to explore the fun and exciting world of the digital gaming world!  Students can expect to play games such as Minecraft, Roblox, and much much MORE! Healthy snacks and treats will be provided.

Video Games

Arcade Games

Board Games

Healthy Snacks & Treats

Indoor & Outdoor Sports/Group Activities

Students will have the opportunity to engage in healthy competition as they participate in various sports and group activities.

Soccer

Yoga

Flag Football

Dodgeball

Basketball

Go-carts

T-Ball

Softball

Track & Field

Carnival Games

Students will have a great time playing games, winning prizes, and eating delicious snacks and treats with their friends at the NAPCA Carnival.

Inflatable Water Park

Students will have the opportunity to splash around and cool down from the summer heat by enjoying our Inflatable Water Park!

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Sample Program Schedule

Before and after program care is available Monday – Friday from 6:30am – 7:30am and in the evening from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Please contact us directly at support@napcaonline.org for additional information and pricing.

Campus Tours are available for new students and their parents each day during the summer. Please contact us directly at support@napcaonline.org for more information about tours.

6:30am - 7:30am Pre-Program Care

7:00am - 7:50am Academic Tutoring

Pre – Program Care is available daily from 6:30am – 7:30am

Our program starts at 8:00am. Parents can drop off their child as early as 7:30am.

If parents need to drop off their child before 7:30am, students must be enrolled in pre-program care.

Academic Tutoring: Tutoring is available daily from 7:00am – 7:50am in Mathematics & English Language Arts.

Continental Breakfast: We provide our students with a light continental breakfast daily from 7:30 – 8:00am, which includes items such as bagels, fruit, yogurt, and french toast sticks.

Healthy Snacks Offered to Students During Break Time: Fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other healthy snacks are served during break times throughout the day from 10am to 5pm. We also provide an organic popsicle as a healthy treat.

8:00am-11:30am Academic Preparation for College

Mathematics Course: 1 hour of Math instruction plus a 10 minute break per day.
Writing & Grammar Course: 1 hour of Pre-College Writing & Grammar instruction plus a 10 minute break per day.
Public Speaking course:  1 hour of public speaking instruction plus a 10 minute break per day.

Healthy Snacks Offered During Break Time: Fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other healthy snacks are served during break times.

 

11:30am -1:00pm Career Simulation Studios

Career Simulation Studios: 1.5 hours including a 10 minute break

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Our career simulation studios help students explore and experience different career options through experiential learning activities and cutting-edge technologies where students can dig deep into their passions and get a taste of what a future career might be like.

  • Fashion Design Studio
  • Beauty & Skin Care Studio
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Screenwriting, Film making & Photography Studio
  • Gardening Studio
  • Dance Studio
  • The Baking Studio
  • Engineering Studio
  • Nursing & Health Care Studio
  • America’s Next Top Model Studio
  • DJ Music Mixing & Beat Making Studio
  • Acting for Film & Television Studio
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Website Design & Development Studio
  • Video Editing Studio
  • The Science Lab

 

Healthy Snacks Offered During Break Time: Fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other healthy snacks are served during break times.

1:00pm - 1:50pm Lunch & Recreational Activities

Lunch: Students choose their lunch. During the morning check in, students order their lunch which includes an entree, beverage, and a number of sides.

Recreational Activities: Students will have the opportunity to engage in healthy competition as they participate in various sports and group activities.

2:00pm - 3:00pm College Readiness & Career Exploration

3:00pm - 4:00pm Academic Skills Development & Social-Emotional Skills Development

GROUP A

Career Exploration Seminars & Demonstrations: 2:00pm to 2:50pm

50 minutes per day

Academic Skills Development Workshops for Student Success: 2:55pm to 3:25pm

30 minutes per day

Social-Emotional Development Workshops: 3:30pm to 4:00pm

30 minutes per day

GROUP B

Academic Skills Development Workshops for Student Success: 2:00pm to 2:30pm

30 minutes per day

Social-Emotional Development Workshops: 2:35pm to 3:05pm (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

30 minutes per day

Career Exploration Seminars & Demonstrations: 3:10PM to 4:00PM

50 minutes per day

 

Healthy Snacks Offered to Students During Break Time: Fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other healthy snacks are served during break times.

4:00pm - 6:00pm Indoor & Outdoor Activities

Indoor & Outdoor Fun Activities: 2 hrs

Students participate in a variety of high-energy indoor and outdoor games and activities.

Healthy Snacks Offered to Students (4:30pm): Fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other healthy snacks are served.

6:00pm - 7:00pm After Program Care

After Program Care Available

Students that participate in after program care will be provided with dinner at 6:00pm. During the morning check in, students order their dinner which includes an entree, beverage, and a number of sides.

Please contact us directly at support@napcaonline.org for additional information and pricing.

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Faculty & Staff:

Carefully-vetted program staff recruited from top universities

Our selective hiring practices yield the most highly qualified, passionate instructors from top universities such as UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Stanford.

 

Thorough background checks

We take safety seriously. All staff members undergo extensive background and reference checks.

 

Trained in person

There’s no substitute for in-person training. We train our staff to ensure they are prepared to educate and inspire students.

 

Experienced and passionate teachers and counseling staff

We adhere to a policy of no “Teachers or Counselors in Training.” Instead, you’ll find experienced and passionate teachers and counseling staff that know how to engage students, break down difficult academic concepts, and place students on a path for success.

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Program Dates, Hours, and Locations

Program Dates

Program takes place during summer vacation, from June 15 to August 14. Specific dates vary by location and are subject to change depending on school calendars.  Our program is closed on Friday, July 4th, 2020.

Program Hours of Operations

Our program operates from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Parents can drop off their child as early as 7:30am.

Before and after program care is available Monday – Friday from 6:30am – 7:30am and in the evening from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Please contact us directly at support@napcaonline.org for additional information and pricing.

Program Locations

Each program site has limited space availability and spots fill up fast.  Programs will be held in the following areas across Southern California:

  • Calabasas
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Malibu
  • Santa Monica
  • Westchester
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Van Nuys
  • Encino
  • Woodland Hills
  • West Hills
  • Northridge
  • Porter Ranch
  • Chatsworth
  • Palmdale
  • Victorville
  • Los Angeles
  • Inglewood
  • El Segundo
  • Redondo Beach
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
  • Ventura
  • San Diego
  • Carlsbad
  • Anaheim
  • Buena Park
  • Huntington Beach
  • Santa Barbara
  • Glendora
  • Chino Hills
  • Claremont
  • West Hollywood
  • Valley Village
  • North Hollywood
  • Pasadena
  • Glendale
  • Burbank
  • Culver City
  • Beverly Hills
  • West Los Angeles
  • Carson
  • Long Beach
  • Irvine
  • Aliso Viejo
  • Newport Beach
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Ontario
  • Riverside

When completing the online application, please designate which program location you would like to attend.  Please choose your top three program locations. We will do our best to enroll your student in their top choice location.

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NAPCA Summer Academy | Membership Options & Fees
Financial Aid & Scholarships Available

Day Pass Membership

One Day Pass Only

June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Season Pass Membership

One fee covers the entire summer

June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Free Trial Membership

One Day Pass Only

June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Membership Benefits
  • Buy 1 or more: $110 per day
  • Buy 5 or more: $100 per day
  • Buy 10 or more: $90 per day
  • Buy 15 or more: $80 per day
  • Buy 20 or more: $70 per day

$2,700 ($300 per week)

An automatic recurring payment agreement is required if parents choose to pay weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly installments.

$0.00

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Course Materials
Indoor & Outdoor Fun Activities: 5 hours of fun with your friends per day
Mathematics Course: 1 hour of Math instruction per day
Writing & Grammar Course: 1 hour of Pre-College Writing & Grammar instruction per day
Public Speaking course: 1 hour of public speaking instruction per day
Academic Tutoring: 1 hour of tutoring in Mathematics and Writing is available for students that need assistance daily from 7:00am - 7:55am before the program day starts.
Career Exploration Seminars & Simulations: 2.5 hours per day of students exploring and experiencing a future career path.
Academic Skills Development Workshops 30 minutes per day
Social-Emotional Development Workshops 30 minutes per day
Experience College Life through Interactive College Tours, designed specifically for middle school students
Free day pass that can be gifted to a Friend or Family member. Must be used in the same summer as purchased

DAY PASS June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them anytime.
  • Unused Day Passes can be used for summer programs offered the following year.
  • You can even upgrade to our Season Pass and have your previous Day Pass purchases credited towards the season pass membership fee.
  • Day Passes can be transferred between family members and friends.  Pass transfer is only good for summer 2020.
  • Buy 1 or more: $110 per day
  • Buy 5 or more: $100 per day
  • Buy 20 or more: $90 per day
  • With the purchase of 20 or more day passes for one camper, receive a free day pass that can be gifted to another account*.
  • We do not prorate membership fees or give refunds for any missed or sick days. No Exceptions.

SEASON PASS June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

  • One fee covers the entire summer.
  • Upgrade to a Season Pass from a day pass plan at any point.
  • Includes a free day pass that can be gifted to a family member or friend. Free Day Pass requires advance registration, is good for summer 2020 only, and has no monetary value.
  • If you don’t use more than 20 days of your Season Pass Membership, we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the 20 Day Pass rate and refund the difference.
  • Membership: $2700 ($300 per week). Parents can pay weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, however, they must enroll in an automatic recurring payment agreement authorizing electronic charges to a designated payment card on the scheduled charge dates for the amounts due.

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Admission Requirements

Grade Requirement:

Current 6th – 8th grade students are invited to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations.

 

Academic Performance:

We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.00 GPA or higher (cumulative GPA as indicated on the students unofficial academic transcript) 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 academy.

 

Personal Commitment:

Your commitment to taking ownership of your future college and career goals is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission.

 

Teacher Recommendation:

We require one recommendation for each child applying for admission. The recommender must be from an academic teacher. Ask the recommender to complete the Online Recommendation form for your child, which can be found and completed at summer.napcaonline.org/teacher-recommendation

DOWNLOAD: TEACHER RECOMMENDATION REQUEST LETTER

  • Instructions: We highly suggest that parents download and print the Teacher Recommendation Request Letter.
    • Students applying to the program should take the responsibility to hand deliver the letter to their academic teacher and kindly ask their teacher to complete the online teacher recommendation form.
    • Alternatively, the parent can send their child’s teacher an email asking to complete the online teacher Recommendation form. Parent should attach the Teacher Recommendation Request Letter to the email.

 

Admissions Interview:

Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and their parent(s) will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admissions interview via telephone or video chat.

 

Student Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The student interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask your child questions related to their academic performance in school, favorite and least favorite part of the day at school, activities they are involved in at school and outside of school, and the types of activities they expect to engage in at our summer program. The purpose of the interview is to get to know each student to ensure our program will be a good fit for them. Additionally, students along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

 

Parent Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The parent interview typically takes approximately 10 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 child is today as it relates to exploring and experiencing different career pathways to help your child discover their future career path.

 

Unofficial Academic Transcript

Ask your school or academic counselor to provide you with a copy of your unofficial school transcript as you will need to upload to your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Essay :

While your admissions essay is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application.

 

Directions:

All applicants must respond to the essay prompt in no more than 500 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

 

Essay Prompt:

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.

 

Admissions Process:

  • Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application.
  • There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.
  • After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (non-refundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% non-refundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you are having difficulty making your non-refundable deposit.

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Scholarships

We provide financial assistance to students and families who demonstrate a financial need. Limited aid is available and an application is not a guarantee of financial assistance. Scholarships will be distributed until all funds are exhausted.

 

Applying for a NAPCA Scholarship

Parents will need to complete the online scholarship application and upload additional financial information to be considered.  Parents should submit ONE scholarship application per family.

Online Scholarship Application: https://summer.napcaonline.org/scholarship-application

The scholarship application deadline is on a rolling basis until all funds set aside for families in need have been distributed. We will do our best to help as many students and families as possible but we cannot guarantee that every student that applies for a scholarship will receive the financial support they need.

Fundraising

Online Fundraising

Many of our students have used gofundme.com, kickstarter.com, and indiegogo.com to do online fundraising. Students and parents have reported that online fundraising was one of the best ways to secure the additional funds needed to cover their cost to attend the NAPCA Summer Academy. Our students and parents wrote a compelling letter to ask for donations from family and friends. Additionally, parents that maintained a Facebook page, they placed the donation letter on their Facebook page to spread the word to family and friends.

Online fundraising has proven to work for our students and parents. If you need help setting up your online fundraising website, our student support team is here for you. You can set up your personal online fundraising website in about 15 – 20 minutes. 

To start raising funds online now, go to:

gofundme.com

kickstarter.com 

indiegogo.com 

Please contact our NAPCA Student Support Team (support@napcaonline.org) to receive assistance with your fundraising efforts. We can help you develop your own personal fundraising web page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Program

The heart of the NAPCA Summer Academy is our career focused curriculum, which is designed to help students explore different career paths 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. This will also help students have a better idea of what they want to study in college and start participating in internships or volunteering their time to experience their future career path. Students may find that they actually don’t like a certain career, and it’s better to learn this now, than when they are already in college and have spent a lot of time and money on an academic major or career training program that they no longer want to pursue.

While building lasting relationships with peers, students will participate in a rigorous weekly program schedule filled with lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities and supplemental academic instruction courses in mathematics, writing and grammar, and public speaking. Students will also engage in academic skills development seminars, social-emotional development workshops, and career exploration seminars and simulations. Additionally, students will experience college life through interactive college tours designed specifically for elementary and middle school students.

Yes!  In California, organized camps are under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Health and therefore exempt from Child Care Licensing, which is overseen by the Department of Social Services. All of our California locations adhere to the 300 health and safety standards by the American Camp Association. Each Spring, we reach out to all local health departments to notify them of our summer program operations to ensure that we’re satisfying all of their requirements for Day Camps. Since licensing requirements and exemptions do change from time-to-time, we’ll continue to monitor and respond to updates in our requirements as a Day Camp in California.

We provide continental breakfast, lunch, and healthy snacks for our students.  Most of our lunches come from local food vendors and are prepared fresh just moments before lunch. If you decide, for whatever reason, to pack a lunch or additional snacks for your child, please leave out any products containing nuts for the safety of other children who may have severe allergies.

Admissions & Scholarships

Admission Requirements for Middle School Programs

Grade Requirement: 

Current 6th – 8th grade students are invited to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. 

 

Academic Performance:

We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.00 GPA or higher (cumulative GPA as indicated on the students unofficial academic transcript) 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 academy.

 

Personal Commitment:

Your commitment to taking ownership of your future college and career goals is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission. 

 

Teacher Recommendation:

We require one recommendation for each child applying for admission. The recommender must be from an academic teacher. Ask the recommender to complete the Online Recommendation form for your child, which can be found and completed at summer.napcaonline.org/teacher-recommendation

 

Admissions Interview:

Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and their parent(s) will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admissions interview via telephone or video chat.

Student Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The student interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask your child questions related to their academic performance in school, favorite and least favorite part of the day at school, activities they are involved in at school and outside of school, and the types of activities they expect to engage in at our summer program. The purpose of the interview is to get to know each student to ensure our program will be a good fit for them. Additionally, students along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The parent interview typically takes approximately 10 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 child is today as it relates to exploring and experiencing different career pathways to help your child discover their future career path.

 

Unofficial Academic Transcript 

Ask your school or academic counselor to provide you with a copy of your unofficial school transcript as you will need to upload to your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Essay 

While your admissions essay is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application. 

Directions: All applicants must respond to the essay prompt in no more than 500 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

Essay Prompt: 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.

 

Admissions Process:

  • Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application.
  • There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.
  • After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you are having difficulty making your nonrefundable deposit.

Yes. Parents will need to complete the online scholarship application and upload additional financial information to be considered.  Parents should submit ONE scholarship application per family.

Online Scholarship Application: https://summer.napcaonline.org/scholarship-application

Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application including required documents and completion of the student and parent admissions interview.

There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.

You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your online application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.

After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our Staff

10 STUDENTS PER STAFF

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

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 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.

Our Students

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.

Every state has different regulations on how to store and administer medication in a program setting. We are aware of, and follow, each state’s specific requirements. We have a consulting physician that has set our policies and procedures according to the regulations of the state. Additionally, at each location, there is at least one person who has the state required training around first aid practices. You can reach out to our office to find out the specifics for how we can support your child’s needs.

We have had students who used insulin pumps or needed injections attend our program. We are happy to remind students to come to the program main office, giving them a quiet place to administer their insulin and rest. If a student requires support in order to interpret the results or receive their insulin, we can work with you to provide that.

Each situation will be addressed differently depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident. If there is an incident that is pretty minor (i.e. first time incident, no one seriously hurt), we’ll speak to the children to let them know that sort of behavior is unacceptable. We’ll also connect with their parents to let them know about the incident. If this were to happen repeatedly, we would consider asking a child not to come back. If there is a more serious incident involving any kind of significant injury or if a child poses a risk to himself/herself or others, we would call the parents immediately to have that child picked up and would consider asking them not to come back.

Very rarely does bullying (unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time) occur at our program. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. We take bullying very seriously and involve the parents and children of all parties to have a deeper discussion and take action from there accordingly to keep all students safe.

Safety and Security

Safety and security are always top of mind. There are a number of things we do to ensure the safety of our students. At each location, we closely monitor who is entering and leaving the campus at all times. We set up our locations so there is one main entrance/exit. If there is a gate that cannot be closed to secure that entrance/exit, we’ll have someone stationed at or near it at all times so there is constant supervision of who is coming and going.

Any adult who is on-campus (beyond our check-in/out area) must have a valid background check on file with us or be escorted the entire time by one of our staff members. This is for the safety of all students in our care. Parents, guardians, or other designated pick-up persons who may wish to come onto a location must wait until a staff member is able to escort them.

When students arrive to the program, they sign into our custom-built database, which has all of the information that was provided by the parent when they registered, including who is allowed to pick up their child. When students sign in, they receive a badge, which is a physical indicator that the child has signed in and is registered.

At the end of the day, anyone who comes to pick-up a student must be on the authorized pick-up list. A staff member will check the list (and the person’s ID) before letting the student leave. 

When choosing new locations for our program, security is one of the top priorities. We choose locations that are contained and easy to supervise. We also go to great lengths to set up our own physical barriers or to supervise entry and exit points on campus.

Weather

There are several things we do to address the summer heat. We set up shade tents so students can get some relief from the sun. We provide large water activities such as giant water slides and inflatable water play structures which will be offered on hot days. We always have lots of sunscreen on hand. Drinking water is always readily available. There are lots of indoor activities taking place throughout the day, and many of these take place in rooms that are air conditioned or equipped with fans.