Whitney Summer Academy 2020

Enrollment for summer 2020 is now closed


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

We have made a decision to cancel this season of Whitney Summer Academy.

As a consequence of the season cancellation, we will be refunding 100% of your payments within next few days.

This was a difficult decision triggered by the review of health/safety risks, and influenced by the guidance from the district, the county and the state authorities.

We look forward to the next Whitney Summer Academy season of Summer-2021, and hope that you consider Whitney Summer Academy in 2021 again.


In 2020, Whitney Summer Academy opens 7 camps and two sessions of classes. Camps run for 1, 2 or 4 weeks (see individual schedules), and each session of classes is 12-day long . The first session starts on Monday June 15 and ends Tuesday June 30. The second session follows starting Wednesday July 1 and ending Friday July 17. A student can take one of the sessions or join for both sessions for most of the classes. See Classes and Sessions page for more information and to see the list of available classes.

The course directory is updated with new classes and new focus for some of the continued classes. We did our best to offer you options that will complement the school year and set students for best chances to succeed next year. The enrollment starts Sunday, March 1 this year and ends Friday June 12. We recommend that you enroll early to secure the spot in the classes of your choice. From past years’ experience, Performing Arts Camp fills up quickest, and then does Critical Writing and Reading I. There are two options for the Performing Arts Camp this year (9am and 12:45pm) and two options of Critical Writing and Reading I (10:15am and 12:45pm), but if you want a specific period it’s a safe choice to enroll right now!

Details for some of the classes are still being finalized, and 1-2 more classes/camps may be added to the schedule by early April. We will be posting detailed information (including finalized teacher assignments) through March-April.

Summer Academy is run by Whitney High School, #1 public high school in California and consistent Top20 in the US by many ratings including current US News ranking. In 2020, we are building on the experience of over 10 years of running Summer Academy, as well as information from last years’ surveys of students and parents to offer you the best selection of classes at affordable prices, in convenient time. The program was created by highly acclaimed Whitney staff, and most classes are taught by teachers with years of Whitney experience.

We researched the feedback from parents and students that came last years, and made some adjustments to the classes. First, we continue focusing on providing fun, hands-on learning that complements the school year program and gives students more chances to truly excel the knowledge and love the subject. We still keep it balanced for summer time, offering a healthy selection of Performing Arts and Life/Study skills classes along with Math, Language Arts, Computer Science and History. We highly encourage you to sign up for the whole day with 3 periods when possible, including two more traditional academic study sessions in the morning, and one outside-of-the-box afternoon session that helps develops a happy, creative, energetic student. However, for last 3 years we support the flexibility to sign up only for half of the Summer Academy and still get an experience of a complete course taken from the beginning to an end. Also, we keep adding to the much asked for Science classes, as well as running a full-scale second period for Performing Arts Camp.