ACU's Summer Academy gives high school students a glimpse of life on a college campus

Posted April 22, 2010

"This is the perfect opportunity for high school students who want to explore their academic interests and get a feel for the college experience," says Lisa Wiggins, co-director of ACU's Summer Academy. "The courses being offered cover a wide range of interests and are taught by our own ACU faculty."

 Students choose one course to take for the week, and each day they attend class, eat meals in ACU's World Famous Bean, spend free time in fun and games with their fellow campers, and take part in special group activities around Abilene.

The classes offered include:

  • Dance, Monster, to My Soft Song – a ceramics course examining the intersection of art and monster culture
  • Paper, Pixel and Place: Visualizing Architecture – an architecture course walking campers through the entire design process, from hand sketches to computer models to maquettes to full-scale environments
  • Collaborative Robotics: Distributed Problem Solving – a computer science course in which students apply control strategies to manipulate individual robots and robot teams.
  • Spies, Secrets, and Codes: The Math of Cryptography – a cryptography course exploring the mathematics behind making and breaking secret codes
  • PianoFest! – a music course providing campers with an intense week of practice, concerts, masterclasses, and workshops on all aspects of piano performance

Each class is taught by ACU professors and has a maximum of 15 students. "The small class sizes promise ample time for discussion and one-on-one interaction," says Wiggins.

Summer Academy students live in ACU residence halls for the week under the supervision of 10 Summer Academy counselors, a group of carefully selected ACU students who also assist professors and guide campers during the week.

Special group activities include a trip to PrimeTime Entertainment and dinner at Perini's Steakhouse.

At the end of the week, students earn an hour of college credit and complete a unique project from start to finish.

Tuition is $300 if the application is submitted by May 1 or $350 if the application is submitted after that date.

For more information and to apply for ACU's Summer Academy, go online or call 1-800-460-6228.