Deer Lakes

School District

Enrichment Programs

Education doesn't just happen in the classroom. It also happens in the community. There are various programs out there for students to apply to and be apart of. These programs can help students gain a better understanding of the world around them and dive deeper into a career path of their choice. The following are some the DLSD is aware of:
  • Lehigh University Summer Academy
    • Designed to help students achieve their full potential, Lehigh University Summer Academy offers innovative, thought-provoking and enriching course work, combined with learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Service-learning projects, leadership development, field trips and social events will also be an integral part of the program. Participants will build their “tool belt” for success both in school and life. Most importantly, students will make meaningful connections and create friendships that will last a lifetime! Two three-week sessions are available this summer. Each session is limited to only 80 students to ensure a highly personal enrichment experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial assistance is available.To learn more about the program and to nominate students, visit If you have questions about the Summer Academy, please feel free to contact Kristin Weinstein, Managing Director, at 610.758.0655 or [email protected].
  •  Wildlife Leadership Academy
    • They are looking for highly motivated 14-17 year-old students with an interest in wildlife and/or fisheries conservation and the outdoors. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievements and activities, non-academic achievements and activities, and a personal essay. At the Wildlife Leadership Academy they will empower you to become a Conservation Ambassador in order to create a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. Your journey to become a Conservation Ambassador begins by attending one of the 5-day residential summer field schools. Each of our field schools focus on a different wildlife or fish species. If you are interested in applying, please visit and let your school counselor know. At each field school you will:
    • Learn hands-on about wildlife, habitat management and conservation in an enriching environment from over 20+ wildlife professionals from the PA Game Commission, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, and more.
    • Hone your leadership and communications skills.
    • Leave prepared to use these skills to become an ambassador for conservation in your community.


  • High School Summer Conservatory at AMDA
    • Each summer, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy's High School Summer Conservatory provides world-class performing arts training - changing the lives of young performers. Choose between AMDA campuses in New York City of Hollywood for this once in a lifetime opportunity to live and train in the heart of the entertainment capitals of the world. Please call 323-603-5932 for more information. The programs to choose from are as follows:
      • Musical Theatre
      • Acting for the Stage
      • Dance Theratre
      • Acting for Film + TV
      • Pop Star: Recording Artist

  •  Health Career Scholars Academy
    •  The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy introduces the students to the world of health care, including issues of primary care, prevention, public health, career exploration, human growth and development, and areas of practice. Academically talented high school students who are sophomores or juniors and age 15 at the time of the application deadline may apply to the Health Career Scholars Academy. Applicants are asked to demonstrate academic achievement, especially in the sciences, an interest or potential in health care and a record of leadership and service activities. For more information or how to apply, take a look at their fact sheet linked here.

  • Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive
    • This is the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive, from Lehigh University’s Iacocca Institute, an innovator in global leadership experiences for 20+ years. This summer program for international and U.S. high school students includes dynamic learning opportunities, workshops and design labs, a team project with a partner organization, visits to local companies and start-ups and mentoring from entrepreneurs, executives, investors and other professionals. For more information on how to apply, take a look at their fact sheet linked here.

  • Career Connections (AIU Learning Experience) 
    • Career Connections offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore a career in programs that consist of a one to four day on site learning experience. Students meet and work with professionals who share their experience, expertise, and enthusiasm for what they do for a living. Programs range from Animation to Zoo and Animal Care. A registration fee of $75.00 if due at the time of application. To find out more information, the list of programs offered, and how to apply, visit

  • Stanford Pre-Collegiant Studies Summer Programs
    • Deadlines for most of the summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available. For more information on the following programs and how to apply, visit
      • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities. Seminars are led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.  
      • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.   
      • Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.   
      • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem-solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.  
      • Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.