Keep Your Kids on Track with Upper Manhattan Summer Programs

Editor's note:

We will be updating this article over the next couple of months as we become aware of new programs.

Maggie Barrows
March 04, 2020

Summer is just around the corner and Columbia University has a wide range of summer programs for kids and teens. A number of great programs are also available from local community organizations supported by Columbia Community Service (CCS).

Here are some great ways to keep your kids on track (and out of your hair) this summer! Looking for other programs and resources? Check out our directory of University programs and resources for our neighbors.

Columbia University Summer Programs

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Freedom & Citizenship
A four-week residential summer program on Columbia's campus for rising seniors in high school. Applicants must attend a New York City high school and be low-income or the first in their generation to attend college.
Registration: Applications are now open.
Cost: Free.

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Columbia University Facilities and Operations High School Summer Internship Program
A six week internship for high school students from the community, where they gain practical work experience with Columbia University Facilities and Operations.
Registration: Information will be available this spring.
Cost: Free.

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Columbia Engineering SHAPE
A selective program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with an interest in STEM. Sessions are from June 29th to July 17th and July 20th to August 7th.
Registration: The priority application deadline is March 9th. 
Cost: $4,315. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Barnard Pre-College Summer Program
Two-week summer institutes at Barnard for female-identifying students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school.
Registration: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and close May 15th.
Cost: $4,995-$9,165. Need-based financial aid is available.

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Summer Immersion Program
Students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall can spend 1 or 3 weeks studying on the Columbia campus.
Registration: The final application deadline is March 19.
Cost: $2,376-$11,566. Financial aid is available.

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College Edge Summer Sessions
Open to students entering grades 11 or 12, or first year of college in the fall, as well as those that graduated within the past two academic years.
Registration: The application deadline for session 1 is April 20, and the deadline for session 2 is June 1.
Cost: $6,360/3 points of credit.

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Little Lions Camp
A Columbia Athletics day camp for children ages 6-12. There will be 10 week-long sessions this summer.
Registration: Now open for all sessions.
Cost: $435 and up. Scholarships are available through the West Harlem Development Corporation's application.

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Sports Camps
Training in different sports at the Dodge Fitness Center or the Baker Athletics Complex.
Registration: Varies by sport.
Cost: Varies by sport.

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Teachers College Arts Summer Camp
Two weeks of music, art, dance, and musical theater discovery experiences with arts education professionals. August 3rd-14th.
Registration: Open now.
Cost: $800-$1,300. Tuition assistance is available.

Programs Provided by CCS Grantees

Columbia Community Service is Columbia, Barnard College, and Teachers College's way of contributing to our local communities in Morningside Heights and Harlem. Last year, thanks to donations from employees, CCS distributed $300,000 in grants to programs for youth, elder care, the arts, the environment, and more. 

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Legal Outreach Summer Law Institute
A 5-week program for rising 9th graders, from last week of June through last week of July, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Registration: Eighth grade students can apply online at the Legal Outreach website. Rolling admissions until May.
Cost: No cost for families who meet the income guidelines. All students will receive a monetary stipend upon successful completion of the program.

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Three weeks, from August 3rd-21st, for rising grades 6-8. The program focus is on engineering.
Registration: Open now. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis starting March 15th.
Cost: $1,946. Scholarships are available.

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A summer science club for girls going into 4th and 5th grades. Two two-week sessions, starting July 6th and July 20th.
Registration: Open now!
Cost: $1,390 per session. Scholarships are available.

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The Art and the Gardens Summer Youth Enrichment Program
A 7-hour program that runs Monday to Friday for 7 weeks, from early July to late August.
Registration: Mid-to-late March through May.
Cost: Free to low-income Harlem families.

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America SCORES New York Summer Program
For rising 3rd graders to rising 9th graders. Three locations: Harlem (Monday, July 6th - Friday, August 7th, M-F 9am-1pm), Brooklyn (TBD, usually the last two weeks of July), Uptown Soccer Academy (Monday, July 13th - Thursday, August 13th, M-Th 9am-2pm).
Registration: From the end of May to mid June.
Cost: Free.

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Riverside Park Conservancy Summer Sports Camp
A weekly, high-quality multi-sport summer camp in Riverside Park for children ages 4 to 16, from June 8 to August 28.
Registration: Open now.
Cost: $500+. Scholarships are available through the West Harlem Development Corporation application.

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