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Washington High School
Guidance Office
600 Blue Jay Drive
Washington, MO 63090
Phone: (636) 231-2170
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Enrichment Programs

Missouri Colleges : Summer Programs

Colleges and Universities across Missouri offer a wide variety of summer programs for all academic areas; this includes leadership and career exploration. We encourage all of our students to become involved in summer programs across the state! Click on the College or University logo to go to their main summer program website.



Summer Program Listings



Summer Program Listings







Summer Program Listings



These are not the only colleges that have summer programs! If you are interested in summer programs that these colleges do not offer, contact the guidance office and we can help you find additional summer programs that might suit you or your student's goals.

Enrichment Programs

The following is a listing of Enrichment Programs offered in Washington, Missouri and across the nation. These programs are updated and changed throughout the year. Please make sure you are aware of deadlines for the individual programs.


  • Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference
  • Boys and Girls State
  • Missouri Highway Patrol Academy
  • Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies
  • Zombie Scholars Academy


Please note! The dates of these programs will change for the 2013-2014 school year. As we obtain new and updated information for these programs, we will update our website. You can also contact the guidance office if you have any questions.

Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference

The Audrey Walton Youth leadership Conference is an important part of the Show-Me-State Games and is geared towards Juniors and Seniors in high school for the 2015-2016 school year. Due to the generous financial support of Ms. Audrey Walton, our conference provides a three-day experience filled with exciting seminars based on building leadership skills, a teams challenge course, and positive group interaction - ALL FREE OF CHARGE! The conference will take place July 16-18, 2015


Students have the opportunity to make new friends, become familiar with the University of Missouri - Columbia and acquire valuable information for successful futures. The three-day conference focuses on teaching youth about leadership, higher education, and a healthy lifestyle.


Applications are due May 1st, 2015 and must include the student data form, an essay, one letter of recommendation, signed excellent expectations form, and signed medical release form. See the application in the guidance office for more details. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Boys State and Girls State

American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you, will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program.


You’ll meet other students from across your state who will become friends for life. You’ll develop confidence and leadership skills that will shape your future. Many states offer scholarships or admission preference for attendees of Boys or Girls State.



Leadership in Practice

Looking for solid leadership program for your students?  For nearly 20 years, students from around the state have come together to be immersed in leadership activities and simulations led by civic, business and education leaders at Leadership In Practice, a statewide leadership development camp.

View the 2014 video HERE to see what Leadership In Practice is all about!


 The application period will run from January 1, 2015 to April 1, 2015.  Please save the date and look for future information on this solid youth leadership program that some of your top freshmen students can participate in next summer.  You can find out more on our website or contact us with any questions.

Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy

Missouri Cadet Patrol academy sponsored by the American Legion Department of Missouri in cooperation with the Missouri Highway Patrol nomination forms are available. The underlying purpose of the Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy is to provide firsthand experience of the role of our law enforcement officers in promoting and safeguarding American freedoms and rights. It is hoped that the young men and women who participate in the Cadet Patrol Academy will develop favorable attitudes toward law enforcement and help disseminate these attitudes throughout the community. Qualifications are :


  • Age16-18
  • C Average or Higher
  • In excellent physical condition


More information can be found at  The Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy Website. The application can also be found here.

Missouri Leadership Seminar

Missouri Leadership Seminar is an unforgettable weekend experience that immerses a select group of high school sophomores in an environment that brings out the leader inside. Student ambassadors are exposed to panels of professional speakers on many of today’s most pressing issues, are encouraged to express their unique opinions in a supportive environment, and learn to lead through team building activities. The MLS experience is free of charge to those ambassador’s selected to attend.


MLS 2015, the 30th Missouri Leadership Seminar, will take place June 5-7 at the University of Central Missouri!


Go to http://moleadership.com/ for more information!

Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program

The University of Missouri would like to invite your students to attend the Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program! The objective of our program is to introduce outstanding high school students to the numerous engineering opportunities available at Mizzou. We want to expose your students to the fun and excitement of engineering and computer technology through hands-on design projects, and then give them a taste of what we’re all about at Mizzou. 


Two 6-day sessions on the University of Missouri campus:

  • Week 1: July 13-18, 2014
  • Week 2: July 20-25, 2014


Summer Camp Info and Registration Form: http://engineering.missouri.edu/k-12/high-school-summer-camp/


There is also have a Diversity Scholars program set up for underrepresented minority groups with an interest in attending camp.  For more information regarding Diversity Scholarships, please click here: http://engineering.missouri.edu/k-12/high-school-summer-camp/#diversity


If you or your students have any questions regarding the Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program, please feel free to contact me directly at (573) 884-3403 or fleenort@missouri.edu.

Mizzou Engineering - High School Weekend

October 17-18, 2014

Hosted by the Mizzou Engineering Student Council, High School Weekend gives high school sophomores, juniors and seniors a taste of various engineering disciplines and a flavor of campus life. Groups will meet with faculty and current engineering students, work in groups on design challenges and dine in the MU residence and dining halls.

2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle and high school grades who have demonstrated exemplary community service. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, are presented annually on the local, state and national level.


Award winners are given $1000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C. for several days of national recognition events, including spectacular award ceremonies, celebrity speakers, a dinner cruise and senate visits on Capitol Hill.


In order to be eligible, students must complete an online application form at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit. More information can be provided online.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

This year, Stanford University will once again select the finest students from across the United States and around the world to participate in its summer programs for high school students. As a high school college counselor, we hope you will discuss these opportunities with your top students and encourage them to learn more about Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes and Summer College.


Summer Institutes

At Summer Institutes, students ages 14-17 will engage in 3-4 week intensive study single-subject courses with instructors and peers who share their talents, passions, and interests. Coursework is tightly integrated with the social experience in academically themed houses. Courses in areas ranging from biotechnology to entrepreneurship and creative writing are customized to give students deep exposure and hands-on experience.


Summer College

At Summer College, students from around the world ages 16-19 will choose from more than 125 college courses in 30 academic departments, earning undergraduate course credit and an official Stanford University transcript. Students in the residential and the commuting Summer College programs create their own course schedules and experience what life is like as an undergraduate student at Stanford.


To learn more about both programs and their application process, visit: spcs.stanford.edu/explore.



STAPH - Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health

Students who are currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade may be nominated by their school counselor or principal if they hold a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences.


Students who have previously attended, and successfully completed, Truman’s three-week Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA), do not need to be nominated; however, they must notify the STAPH office of their interest by the nomination deadline in order to receive application materials and must have the required GPA to be admitted.


Students do not need to provide standardized test scores for admission to the program. However, since entry into the program is competitive, students are welcome to submit such scores if they feel that they will strengthen their application. Grades, letters of support, and essays, as well as optional test scores, will all be considered when making admissions decisions.


The number of students admitted to the program will be limited to no more than 50 students.


Important Dates

  • All nominations from principals and counselors should be postmarked no later than November 24, 2014.
  • All student applications should be postmarked no later than January 30, 2015.


STAPH is a collaborative effort between Truman, AT Still University of Health Sciences, and the Area Heath Education Centers (AHEC) in northeast Missouri. STAPH aims to educate students about careers in health care and to provide a jump-start to a future in medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. STAPH offers taleted students a head start on their future by allowing them to spend a week on campus exploring high-tech health facilities, simulations, and a working cadaver lab. Unlike other medical summer programs, the curriculum is broad-based, giving students exposure to fields as wide-ranging as sports medicine, nursing, nutrition, communication disorders, emergency response, and of course, pre-medical topics. Our curriculum is aimed at helping students sort out career possibilities as well as reinforcing interest in chosen paths. We help students develop enthusiasm for the possibilities of the field. Instruction is conducted by experts who are themselves practitioners. The week culminates in formal research presentations focused on assigned topics.


The following link takes you to the STAPH website. Please be aware of nomination and application deadlines.

Westminster College Academies and Programs

Westminster College is now accepting registrations online for two great summer global experiences for high school students. Please help us share these exciting opportunities with students in your classes who are ready to connect with and learn from other students from across the world - and earn college credit in the process.

One week will change how you see the world. 
Westminster Global Summer Academy, July 19 - 24, 2015

Earn college credit and interact with students from the U.S., Turkey, and China.
Global Online Summer Program, June 1 - July 10, 2015

These programs offer college-level enrichment and interaction with Westminster's expert faculty, in addition to a dynamic, global experience to help broaden students' horizons and challenge their thinking.

If you would like more information, please contact the university at GlobalSummerAcademy@westminster-mo.edu. Please forward this information to students you think may benefit from this program. Thank you for helping us serve your students!

Zombie Scholars Academy

The Zombie Scholar's Academy is a program that takes the unprecedented interest in young people have in the fiction of a "zombie apocalypse," and turns that creative energy into a vehicle for learning about some of society's most pressing needs.


The ZSA curriculum is designed by a team of national experts - some who lecture as part of our faculty - who have tested the concept of popular culture as a tool for energizing interest in complex real life subjects. Students in last year's Academy dissected brains under the tutelage of a nationally-known Harvard psychologist and physician, chatted about creative zombie fiction with a CNN writer, worked with a Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons response unit to learn about quarantine procedures, built field shelters with limited resources, and explored the philosophical, psychological, and sociological issues of disasters and crises with Truman faculty, among many other projects.


For more information, stop by the guidance office or visit the Zombie Scholar Academy at http://zombie.truman.edu. There are two steps in applying to the ZSA: First, is the nomination (due November 22nd, 2013) and the second is the application (due January 24, 2014). The camp will be held July 6th-13th, 2014.