Come experience a world-class college stay at UCLA and get a sneak peek at college life! Explore your personal interests with your choice of one morning course and one afternoon course or a full-day track option. With this summer program for high school students, take advantage of the incredible athletic facilities and discover the collegiate energy of the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Follow the stars at Universal Studios and CityWalk. Check out Hollywood & Highland, the Original Farmers Market, ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and laugh it up at Disneyland. Soak up the sun, fun and real characters at Venice and Santa Monica Beaches. Cap it off with a final week in Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
Get a taste of college life at the amazing UCLA campus – you just might want to apply!
There are many fascinating morning courses to choose from
Choose an engaging afternoon class
OR Choose from many Full-Day Track options
Tools to prepare for college included in your tuition
Stay active! Enjoy unlimited access to the world-class UCLA Recreation and Athletic facilities
Enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer with excursions to Universal Studios, IMPROV Comedy, a Dodgers Game and much more!
All classes are private and exclusive to Westcoast Connection students only. Morning courses meet from 9:30am to 11:30am. Afternoon courses meet from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Full-Day Track meets from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING WITH THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
New York Film Academy instructors with tremendous experience and training from the nation’s elite film schools teach you to write, direct, shoot and edit. Intensive study of camera operation, screenwriting and directing prepare you for the production day, where you enjoy the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to shoot a movie on the Universal Studios backlot. The course concludes with editing and post production work.
A supplementary fee of $495 applies for Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy.
Service is offered as a Full-Day Track or afternoon option. As a Full-Day Track, perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring; those currently planned are several days working with the children at a youth club and a few days helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. You make a difference in the lives of those we serve. A letter recognizing 60 hours of service is issued. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
COLLEGE PREP INTENSIVE
Get an extra leg up on the college application process. Combine the morning Navigating College Admissions and afternoon Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!) courses.
A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.
Combine a morning class option in Entrepreneurship or International Business with an afternoon Social Media Marketing or Sports Management class for an intensive business full-day track.
CAREERS IN FASHION WITH THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING (FIDM)*
*students must be 16 years old by June 28, 2020. College credit (3 units from FIDM) and a final grade will be awarded to each student. There will be some homework and out-of-class assignments to complete. WCC students are commingled with Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) students.
Students who choose Careers in Fashion with FIDM will select one of the following six college-credit fashion courses for the first two weeks. In week three, Westcoast Connection students participate in an exclusive Trends and Styling workshop.
Choose one of these six college-credit fashion courses for the first 2-weeks:
OPTION #1: TREND ANALYSIS & STYLING CONCEPTS
This course is an introduction to the methodology of tracking and forecasting trends in the fashion industry. Examine how world economy, popular culture, visual arts, runway collections, retail and street fashion combine in varying degrees to determine future style trends. A final, culminating styling project will challenge you to synthesize what you have learned, and you will make an informed prediction about future trends for a brand or target market of your choice.
OPTION #2: DIGITAL IMAGING
In this intermediate digital graphics track using Adobe Photoshop, learn how to use the program’s tools, layers and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original artwork into conceptual designs. Projects for the class are geared toward the entertainment and fashion industries with an emphasis on branding.
OPTION #3: FASHION STYLING & COORDINATION
This course focuses on various styling techniques, from photoshoots and runway shows to internet styling, online blogging and red carpet event planning. You will gain professional and editorial styling skills integral to art direction during lectures and projects. The course culminates in a themed fashion shoot.
OPTION #4: INDUSTRY SEWING
This course introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine. Students produce a completed garment by applying the techniques taught in the course.
OPTION #5: FASHION SKETCHING FOR DESIGN
In this course you will learn proportions techniques for sketching using the nine-head figure in a variety of poses. You will practice drawing the features of the face, hands and feet, and will gain an understanding of drawing dimension through the application of shading techniques.
OPTION #6: INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software design techniques, naming conventions and digital asset management. Gain basic knowledge of digital design components, vector, raster, tools, and menu items, which they will apply to their major areas of study. These concepts serve as a digital foundation for industry-standard, computer-aided design communication.
WEEK 3: TRENDS AND STYLING WORKSHOP
Explore the role of Creative Director. Beginning with a trend report and an inspiring tour of the Los Angeles Arts District, learn to plan, style and execute a photoshoot. Following the photoshoot, graphic artists will teach you to professionally Photoshop your images to make them “press-ready” for digital marketing.
A supplementary fee of $295 applies for Careers in Fashion with FIDM
This intensive hands-on entrepreneurship program focuses on all facets of business plan development. Learn to assess the competitive entrepreneurial environment, develop a venture concept and growth strategies, create marketing approaches, build a cohesive management team, launch operations and develop financial projections. During the program, participants work as a team to create a business and on the final day, each team presents their business plan and participates in a friendly “shark tank” type competition.
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR
This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.
MASTERING PUBLIC SPEAKING
This hands-on course of workshops helps students become comfortable, confident and masterful presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare and deliver a presentation. Students make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching to help them overcome emotional and mental blocks.
COOKING WITH SUR LA TABLE
From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. You even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you helped prepare!
A supplementary fee of $195 applies.
NAVIGATING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Sessions include how to create your college resumé, write a college essay, what to look for on-campus visits, select the college that best fits you, and navigate the application process. Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid, understand the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and make sure you are on the right track. Receive one-on-one counseling to find the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.
CODING & WEB DEVELOPMENT
If you have a desire to improve your computer science skills and learn to code, this course is for you! You will learn more about the business needs of coding and work in teams to develop web programs with basic front-end and back-end programming technologies. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their project in front of a panel of experts.
INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LAW
This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in law. Through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations, students will learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal issues relevant to their everyday lives. Students also have an opportunity to observe a court hearing, present an oral argument, and meet attorneys and judges. After an investigation of some of the complexities, challenges and strengths of the U.S. legal system, the program concludes with an interactive panel on legal career pathways.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
This program is designed to increase your overall fluency through real experiences with American culture. Improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, review proper grammatical structures, and practice your writing skills. Beyond the classroom, guided field trips provide you many opportunities to practice your English in the real world. If attending a university in the USA is one of your future goals, then this is the program for you!
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & WORLD MARKETS
Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.
INDEPENDENT WORKOUT (AVAILABLE MORNING OR AFTERNOON)
Enjoy access to UCLA’s recreational facilities. Plan your workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals
L.A. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). The course includes fieldwork in L.A. to delve into the art of street photography. The course also focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques.
A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small business, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.
Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring and you may work with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and organize donations at the LA Food Bank. A letter recognizing 22 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT (AND ACT TOO!)
Improve your SAT performance by becoming a better test taker. Learn Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies. Your instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. In addition to your course, you get the following materials and extras:
A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.
This course provides students with an overview of business for professional sports including finance, marketing and technology. Learn about professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, case studies and guest speakers explore topics such as producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, and sports law.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD ISSUES & GLOBAL AFFAIRS
Students will gain an understanding of differing worldviews stemming from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You will build an appreciation of the shifting international balance of power; which regions assert hegemony in our time and in the future. You will develop a further understanding of how conflicts arise and modern issues of global concern.
This course is designed for non-native English-speaking students interested in attending an English-speaking college or university and to help prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Thousands of schools worldwide rely on TOEFL scores to assist in admission decisions. Imagine the possibilities this test opens up to you as it demonstrates you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom. Our instructors guide you and offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam.
INDEPENDENT WORKOUT (AVAILABLE MORNING OR AFTERNOON)
Enjoy access to UCLA’s recreational facilities. Plan your workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals.
Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course heads to Santa Monica Beach where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.
A supplementary fee of $195 applies for Surfing.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION
TWO COLLEGE WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOP #1 – CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL & COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS – Choosing the college that is the right fit for your academic and personal interests is the first step in the application process and requires careful research and self-evaluation. This interactive workshop provides you with tools and resources to develop a list of criteria that is integral to choosing appropriate colleges to consider. Explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. Develop your academic/co-curricular profile, learn how to craft a high caliber application and set up your timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.
WORKSHOP #2 – COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING – Explore different essay topics and strategies to write a proper admission essay that distinguishes you. As one of the top qualitative measures in the admissions process, your personal essay is an integral part of your application. As a critical aspect of your first impression to an admissions officer, the essay is an opportunity for you to share your stories, adding greater depth and dimension to your application. This workshop includes an overview of fundamental writing skills using real examples of college essays. The focus is on practical tips for writing a great college essay, including finding your voice, brainstorming essay ideas, understanding the prompts, focusing on a theme and the importance of editing and proofreading.
Learn about what to look for on campus visits so you can select the college that best fits you. Visit Stanford and stay at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara to see the differences in your future school options.
NAVIGATING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS – AVAILABLE AS A MORNING COURSE
This comprehensive course covers sessions on creating your college resume, writing the perfect college essay, and finding and applying for scholarships and aid. Additional lessons address the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service, so you can make sure you’re on the right track in high school. This course includes a one-on-one college counseling session with Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor who will help guide you on finding the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.
THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT (AND ACT TOO!) – AVAILABLE AS AN AFTERNOON COURSE
Become a better test taker through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. Review math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams as your Princeton Review instructor teaches proven test-taking techniques and strategies. Lessons are focused on beating the SAT! The Princeton Review ACT live-online prep course is included with your SAT course.
A supplementary fee of $595 applies for Princeton Review.
You receive complimentary access to UCLA’s world-class facilities.
Enjoy their strength & condition zone that includes weight training equipment, cardio machines and stretching mats. Refresh in the pool or break a sweat on the basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, racquetball and squash courts. Try out the climbing wall or hang out in the games lounge.
Join in the games – Our Sports Coordinator organizes games of basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and more.
YOU’LL HAVE FREE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES:
ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION!
LOS ANGELES HIGHLIGHTS
Surf lessons, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Sign, IMPROV Comedy Club, Venice Beach, Diddy Riese popular ice cream spot, Universal Studios and CityWalk, Disneyland, Raging Waters Water Park, Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex, Santa Monica Pier and Ferris Wheel, Dodgers Baseball Game.
SANTA BARBARA HIGHLIGHTS
Sea kayaking, 4-person surrey biking, relax on the beach, explore State Street, UC Santa Barbara Campus Tour
SAN FRANCSCO HIGHLIGHTS
Alcatraz, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, ride a cable car, Golden Gate Bridge, Stanford University Visit
*As per the National Park Service, we disclose that Alcatraz tour has a retail value of $36.55 included in the trip tuition.
Continue exploring your future college path by flying to Boston and touring Boston University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern and Tufts.
Stay at Boston University, and along with these campus tours, enjoy exciting Boston highlights and receive additional college counseling from our college advisor.
Join up with students coming from our Pre-College Enrichment program in Montreal who after their first 3 weeks are heading to College Preview Week in Boston as well.
STAY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE – 7 NIGHTS
BU is on the banks of the Charles River and is a great location from which to explore this city. Your residence “1019 Commonwealth Avenue” has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
GUIDED CAMPUS VISITS
This leading private research institution encompasses over 33,000 students from more than 130 countries and counts Martin Luther King Jr. amongst its prestigious alumni.
This private Ivy League research university is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has an impressive list of eminent alumni such as U.S. Presidents J.F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama. It also has an impressive list of dropouts – Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates!
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world-renowned educational institution known for research and education in the physical sciences and engineering as well as biology, economics and management.
This private not-for-profit university located in Boston offers over 90 programs and global learning opportunities in 92 countries around the world.
This university is recognized as a leader in American higher education and is a blend of a research university and a liberal arts college.
BOSTON EXCITING ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS
Walk the historic street filled with trendy shops and restaurants that lead you to the beautiful Boston Public Garden.
Harvard Square is home to the oldest university in America! George Washington took command of the Continental Army here and in the 20th century it was famous for anti-war protests. Harvard Square has been a home and a gathering place for authors, poets, publishers, printers, teachers, students and booksellers. Various parts of the 1997 film Good Will Hunting were filmed in and around Harvard Square, as well as The Town and The Social Network.
Blue Man Group
Cap the program off with a live show! Performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991, the show is continuously refreshed by new music, stories and instruments. It’s a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
Located in the heart of downtown Boston and built in the 1800s, this market is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists alike. It is built on a landfill which was once a part of the Harbor. It was in this area that the Patriots (hence the sports team name) gathered to thrill the crowds with their anti-England rhetoric, further fueling the spirit of freedom. In this bustling outdoor marketplace, you will be entertained by street performers of all varieties.
Hampton Beach Day
Enjoy some beach time on this quaint Atlantic Ocean beach. Stroll the boardwalk filled with many shops and restaurants.
Famous Swan Boats at Boston Public Garden
Glide through the waterways of the famed Boston Public Garden. Wander the pathways and take in the many statues and artwork that adorn the park.
Take a walk through history as you explore the historic monuments and markers from colonial Boston.
New England Aquarium
This is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the country. Get up close and personal with dozens of fish species in their four-story giant ocean tank. Peek in on the penguin pen and be delighted as you watch them play. Don’t forget to check out the Marine Mammal Center and take in a sea lion show!
Evening in North End
Get ready for a night out in Boston’s Little Italy! Enjoy an authentic Italian feast at one of the many delectable restaurants in this quaint district.
There is an additional cost for the flight from Los Angeles to Boston. Call us at 800-767-0227 for more details.
The UCLA campus is so amazing that after your stay here, you might not be able to wait to send in your application. Enjoy their unmatched world-class recreation facilities and scenic campus situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the world and surrounded by iconic neighborhoods like Beverly Hills & Bel Air.
Delta Terrace, our suite-style residence, features double or triple rooms connected to another double or triple room with your own bathroom in each suite. Each room features your own workspace, closet space, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. This premium campus location is close to everything – multiple dining halls, the Sports and Rec Center, pools, classrooms, and the student union.
The University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, is considered as one of the flagship institutions of the University of California with over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With approximately 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California. UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins. The Bruins have won 134 national championships, including 113 NCAA team championships, more than any other university. The Bruins have had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception in 1924.
*Note that this summer program for high school students is operated by Westcoast Connection. While students stay at a UCLA residence, use UCLA classrooms, athletic facilities and some courses are taught by UCLA Extension instructors, this is not a UCLA program and responsibility for the program resides solely with Westcoast Connection.
The residence Santa Catalina is a pair of high-rise towers featuring four-person suites (two double rooms connected by a common bathroom), a 25-meter swimming pool, and a basketball court and volleyball court.Visit Website
Enjoy your stay at this comfortable all-suite hotel. When you aren’t out exploring San Francisco, hangout with your new friends in the indoor heated pool, or stay active in the fitness center.Visit Website
At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive program planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Program Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.
As a participant on this program, you may fly on our chaperoned group flight from the New York area to Los Angeles. Our leaders greet you at the airport and are with you from check in onward. For the many travelers from outside the New York area, you may fly to LA and be greeted upon arrival and for flights in designated times, enjoy complimentary transfer from the airport to our UCLA residence. If you prefer, you may be dropped off directly at our UCLA residence and meet your staff there.
For your return from San Francisco, we offer a chaperoned flight back to the New York area. You may choose to join that flight and arrange transfers (if required) at suitable times after it lands; or you may fly from San Francisco directly to your home city and our leaders help you to check in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed.
Course offerings cover a diverse range of academic disciplines and interests so you can explore your passion, whether it’s business, photography, psychology or social media marketing to name a few. We work with highly qualified instructors so courses are taught by university faculty, graduate teaching instructors, secondary school teachers, local industry professionals and specialists. Students receive a letter of completion for courses taken. Westcoast Connection staff is pleased to write letters of recommendation. For those who choose community service options, a letter is issued for the hours completed.
Once you are on your program, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Program Director and Program Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more. Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.
Our Program Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it! We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.
Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.
We can’t say it too many times this is a really incredible group experience. Great dynamics on every program starts with our secrets for group bonding. Our bag of tricks goes way beyond traditional ice breakers. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our participants come as individuals and we have a geographically diverse enrollment. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.
|OPTION 1: Morning & Afternoon Courses||OPTION 2: Full Day Track|
|8:00 AM – Wake Up
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – 11:30AM – Morning Course
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Afternoon Course
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Student's Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:30 PM – Curfew
|8:00AM – Wake Up
8:30AM – Breakfast
9:30AM – 3:30PM – Full Day Option
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Student's Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:30 PM – Curfew
Note the schedule above is “typical”, your personal schedule and lunch time may vary based on your course choices
Talk about an incredible summer. This program is the perfect balance of college preparation and activity highlights. Staying on campus in a college residence gives you the opportunity to experience college life, preparing you for what’s ahead! Attend the courses of your choice, meet new people, share a dorm room, use the gym and sports facilities, all while getting acquainted with the campus grounds. You will have the unique opportunity to study at one of the most popular universities in the United States while living in the Westwood Village district of Los Angeles.
Getting a sneak peek at college life wouldn’t be complete without gaining some independence. Within structured daily schedules, our summer leaders provide guidance and supervision and are always available at designated meeting spots. This means that, together with your classmates, you’ll be able to navigate your way around campus, and explore neighboring sights, restaurants and cafes. Our tightly knit groups also come together for evening meals and activities, making it easy for our students to meet and build lasting friendships!
As you travel to new places and experience different cultures, your journey may challenge your ideas and preconceived notions. We recognize this and strive to provide an environment where you are free to question and learn. This is nurtured by our leaders’ open and non-judgmental guidance.
Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. While living, working and learning together, you are afforded the chance to interact with very different communities. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. Your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for others grows. Whereas prior to your travels, you may have held stereotypes for some communities, your new first-hand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.
There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated students going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.
Your Program Director and Program Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to program staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office. Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Program Directors, allows staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching program goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Program Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively this supervisory and management team has an incredible resource with 420+ summers of combined teen travel experience. This way we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year we had 208 scheduled supervisory program visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field, and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!
Included in the tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!
With 37 years of experience creating perfectly-planned summer programs, students will also take in the sights, impressive weekend and day trips, all included in the program tuition. Considering travel as education in itself, students get to immerse themselves in a new city for an overall enriching experience. This study - travel balance is unique as, when not in class, our groups can be seen enjoying California’s most famous beaches, having a ball at Universal Studios and simply having the summer of a lifetime!
A big part of your Pre-College Enrichment program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality, quantity, and choice of food! Breakfasts on this program are served at the UCLA dining hall or grab and go café at Café 1919 and at restaurants and the residence dining halls in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups and choosing from small restaurants if you are off campus or the UCLA dining hall or local Westwood restaurant if you are on campus. Dinner is either at the UCLA dining hall or at restaurants. Food options are varied and plentiful. The UCLA dining hall is terrific and features a different menu every night, with staples always available including a fresh salad bar, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and pizza.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area.
You will travel to off-campus courses or excursions by passenger van or school bus while in Los Angeles and on a highway coach in Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity to do laundry at your convenience in our residence hall.
While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well. We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Program Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any program operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.
In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!