Summer Academies for High School Students

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Summer Academies for High School Students

This summer our Summer Academies for High School Students will provide hands-on career exploration in an exciting virtual world. Please check our 2020 Summer Academies schedule. 

NEW: This summer we are providing a $50 or $100 scholarship voucher (depending on the class) that can be applied toward each academy a student selects. This amount will be applied during registration.


Our Summer Academies for High School Students provides career exploration with hands-on activities, interactive projects and coaching. The one-week academies include topics in computer science, teaching, entrepreneurship, and hospitality and tourism. The sessions will be held online, due to COVID-19.

“I’ve accumulated rich experience teaching online, and I look forward to teaching high school students once again this summer.” – Jun Dai, Sacramento State Professor


  • Explore educational and career opportunities in various fields
  • Work with other students on real-world projects
  • Learn from Sacramento State faculty and professionals in different fields


Open to high school students who have completed the 8th grade, and including seniors who have just graduated.


Classes are offered on weekdays, Monday through Friday, in weeklong sessions in June and July.

Article Sacramento State NewsJune 2020

Summer Youth Programs offer respite for isolation-weary kids

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures beginning in March, Jill Matsueda was initially optimistic about the potential for Sacramento State’s Summer Youth Programs to offer welcome respite to local kids and teens cooped up in their homes throughout spring.

That optimism changed first to heartbreak when she realized that the programs, held on campus each June and July, also would be affected by social-distancing protocols remaining in force into summer. Her keen disappointment, however, changed to determination when she and other University leaders decided to forge ahead and offer the much-loved courses online.

Course Listing

Course Descriptions

The 2020 Summer Academies will be offered entirely online. We have an exciting lineup of courses taught by Sacramento State professors and industry professionals. Please take a look at the course descriptions and schedule.

And remember: we hope to be back on campus for 2021.

Article By Professor Abhijeet Shirsat, Sacramento StateDepartment of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management

Hospitality and Tourism Academy
Preparing Students for the Industry's Future

The worldwide pandemic has been especially tough on hospitality and tourism. How do you make traveling or dining out a safer experience? High school students will tackle a real-world issue, learn to navigate change and see a new world of possibilities, says Professor Shirsat.

Here’s his blog on the Hospitality and Tourism Academy: