Sarah Lawrence Offers Summer Intensives for High School Students

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Whether it’s filmmaking, creative writing, social justice, or building assistive technology devices for children with disabilities, Sarah Lawrence College is offering a wide range of summer programs that will allow high school students to explore their interests and prepare for college.

Students can live on campus for most courses, offering them a taste of the college experience, or commute to classes, offering flexibility.

“At Sarah Lawrence we offer immersive experiences that can be life-changing,’’ said Kody Trauger, director of professional and summer programs. “This year we have added an exciting new computer programming course in which students collaborate with children and therapists from a local pediatric center to develop prototypes of assistive technology devices. This is just one example of the unique residential and non-residential summer programs we offer.”

Summer programs are open to rising 10th, 11th, or 12th graders. Residential students must be age 15 or older at the start of the program. To learn about costs, schedules and housing options visit the Summer Programs website.

Code Community: An Assistive Technology Intensive
July 15 – August 3, 2018
Students will learn coding and hardware design to make their own assistive technology device in just three weeks. Students will visit the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, a residential care center for children with disabilities and medically complex needs. There they will learn firsthand the challenges that children face so they can more effectively design adapted devices to increase accessibility to toys, games, and other objects used daily. Learn more

Writer’s Week
July 2 – 7, 2018
Directed by distinguished faculty members, this program lets high school students explore creative writing in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment that values the risks and adventure of the creative process. Each day, participants attend fiction, poetry and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets, and performance artists. The program also includes faculty and student readings and a celebration of student work on the final day. Learn more

Social Justice Collective
July 15 – August 3, 2018
This program provides students theoretical, historical, and present-day perspectives on social justice issues involving class, gender, sexuality, and race. This interdisciplinary intensive will give students a chance to learn, discuss, and apply their knowledge of the social justice issues that matter most to them. Students will create films, photographs, writing, performance pieces and more in response to these issues. The program will culminate in an exhibition of each student’s work. Learn more

Filmmakers Collective
July 1 – August 3, 2018
As part of a long-running partnership, Sarah Lawrence College and the International Film Institute of New York (IFI) offer a unique opportunity to learn storytelling and develop the skill sets necessary to translate the written page onto the screen. Every student will produce and direct their own four- to six-minute film. In small classes, students will learn everything from operating cameras, to setting up lights, to capturing sound. Learn more

Writer’s Village: A Creative Writing Intensive
July 15 – August 3, 2018
Students will participate in fiction and poetry workshops led by members and guests of Sarah Lawrence’s celebrated writing faculty. Readings, craft talks, and free writing periods supplement learning in the classroom. Students work alongside instructors generate new work and improve each other’s writing. Together, students produce an anthology of work created in the program and form lasting artistic connections. Learn more


About Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.