- WHAT SETS SUMMERFUEL APART FROM OTHER SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS?
- WHAT IS SUMMERFUEL’S MISSION?
- IT’S SUMMER. WILL I HAVE FUN ON A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
- CAN I TALK TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE ATTENDED A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM IN THE PAST?
- CAN I MEET SOMEONE FROM SUMMERFUEL BEFORE MAKING A DECISION?
- HOW DO I APPLY TO A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
- DOES SUMMERFUEL OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL AID?
SAFETY & SUPERVISION
- WHAT SAFETY PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE?
- HOW DO YOU SELECT YOUR STAFF?
- WHAT SUPERVISORY STAFF DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE AT YOUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS?
- WHAT SUPERVISORY STAFF DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE AT YOUR HOMESTAY PROGRAMS?
- WHAT IF I GET SICK?
- HOW STRICT IS THE PROGRAM?
- WHAT IF I BREAK SUMMERFUEL RULES?
CHOOSING A PROGRAM
- HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN ALL THE SUMMERFUEL PROGRAMS OFFERED?
- WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A HOMESTAY AND A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM?
- HOW IS THE PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM AT OXFORD DIFFERENT FROM THE PROGRAMS IN THE US?
- ARE THE PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS AT TUFTS, UC BERKELEY AND OXFORD THE SAME?
- WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE AND PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS?
- ARE YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE PROGRAMS AT TUFTS AND UC BERKELEY THE SAME?
- WHEN SHOULD I ATTEND A COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE PROGRAM?
OUR STUDENT BODY
- WHERE DO STUDENTS COME FROM?
- WHO IS THE TYPICAL SUMMERFUEL STUDENT?
- DO MOST STUDENTS COME ALONE OR WITH FRIENDS?
- IF I COME ALONE HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO MAKE FRIENDS?
- WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF SUMMERFUEL STUDENTS?
- WHAT IS THE MALE/FEMALE RATIO AT A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
- WHAT KIND OF STUDENT IS THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR?
APPLYING TO COLLEGE
- WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM HELP ME GET INTO COLLEGE?
- HOW DOES A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM PREPARE ME FOR COLLEGE?
- WILL I LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT APPLYING TO COLLEGE WHILE ON A SUMMERFUEL PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM?
- WHEN I AM READY TO APPLY TO COLLEGE, HOW DO I ADD MY ATTENDANCE AT A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM TO MY APPLICATION PACKET?
WHAT SETS SUMMERFUEL APART FROM OTHER SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS?
As an independent organization specializing in summer programs, Summerfuel offers programs that address the academic, personal and extracurricular needs of the student comprehensively. Summerfuel prides itself on prioritizing high quality academics and high quality extracurriculars — in equal parts. Our unique combination of excellent locations, quality academics, careful supervision, exciting weekend excursions and extensive recreational programming has resulted in years of student success.
Summerfuel has over thirty years of experience in designing programs to challenge students and to build academic skills, social maturity and self-confidence. Hand-picked, highly experienced faculty and senior staff, many of whom return to Summerfuel each summer, provide consistency and excellence in every Summerfuel program. Today, high school parents and students consider Summerfuel as the premier organization offering these type of programs.
WHAT IS SUMMERFUEL’S MISSION?
Since 1984 Summerfuel has worked to inspire teens by elevating their cultural engagement, academic enrichment, social approach, sense of responsibility, independence and personal growth. Summerfuel is dedicated to offering the best summer enrichment programs in the US and abroad and to providing the highest value, quality and service. Academic excellence, expert faculty and staff, careful supervision and an exciting recreational and excursion program are the hallmarks of every Summerfuel program.
IT’S SUMMER. WILL I HAVE FUN ON A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
Summerfuel is well aware of the academic pressures today and know that this is your summer vacation, so we strive to ensure that we balance academics with a great deal of fun. Once classes are over, you will find an amazing variety of afternoon and evening activities and weekend trips. Perhaps the greatest source of fun comes from the unique opportunity to live in a community with a group of diverse and enthusiastic friends from all over the world. Over and over our students tell us, ”It was the best summer I’ve ever had.”
CAN I TALK TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE ATTENDED A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM IN THE PAST?
Certainly, Summerfuel has a list of students who have kindly agreed to serve as references. Please call or email the Summerfuel office to get the name(s) of students and parents who are able to tell you first-hand about the Summerfuel program of your choice. We also encourage you to read through our student and staff interviews and student testimonials.
CAN I MEET SOMEONE FROM SUMMERFUEL BEFORE MAKING A DECISION?
Please check our schedule of informational meetings to see if a Summerfuel representative will be visiting a city near you. If you cannot attend an informational meeting, we would be happy to arrange a home visit at your convenience or, please feel free meet with us in our offices in New York City’s Flatiron District. Of course, we are always happy to discuss our programs and answer any questions you may have over the phone.
HOW DO I APPLY TO A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
Please read our ’How To Apply’ section for detailed information regarding the application process. You can apply online or by calling 212 796 8340, and a representative will be happy to do your application with you over the phone. You can also request a pdf Application Form.
DOES SUMMERFUEL OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL AID?
Summerfuel is committed to providing exciting summer opportunities to a diverse group of high school students. We have established the Summerfuel Scholars program, which awards competitive partial-tuition scholarships to motivated and accomplished students from across the United States to attend any Summerfuel program. To learn more about our scholarship program and to download an application, please visit our Scholarships and Partners page.
SAFETY & SUPERVISION
WHAT SAFETY PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE?
We have numerous procedures and precautions in place to ensure the safety and security of our students. We have selected safe, secure campuses and homestay sites for all of our programs. Our dormitories are carefully supervised and are restricted to Summerfuel students, staff and faculty only. In the evenings, when students are out and about in town, staff are posted at centrally located landmarks so students know where to find them should they need any assistance. Students are instructed to carry the program office phone number with them at all times. Staff are trained to follow emergency response plans should any emergency arise on campus or while on an excursion. Senior staff are first-aid trained and certified, as are university personnel. Medical facilities are available at every program location and students requiring medical attention are always escorted by staff.
WHAT SUPERVISORY STAFF DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE AT YOUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS?
In addition to our staff of residential advisors (RAs) hired at a ratio of one RA to every ten students, Summerfuel hires the following personnel for its dorm-based programs: a Director; a Residential Life or Assistant Director; a Recreational Director and, for larger programs, an Administrative Director. All of these personnel are resident in the dormitories and primarily responsible for the safety and security of all of our students. Staff at our programs abroad are fluent in the language of the host country. Nearly all of our Senior Staff return year after year, and some have worked for Summerfuel for over a decade. In addition, many of our residential staff members return for at least two years of service. Such continuity contributes to the excellence of all Summerfuel programs.
HOW DO YOU SELECT YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADVISORS?
Our residential staff all have a great deal of experience working with young adults. Summerfuel recruits its staff from among the best universities in the country. Applicants must have completed their junior year at college, with the majority being recent college graduates. Many have experience working as undergraduate resident advisors, camp counselors, teachers or tutors. All applicants must complete an extensive Summerfuel application, attend a personal interview, require three strong references, and submit to a background check. All Summerfuel staff undergo a one-week orientation period prior to the start of the program.
WHAT SUPERVISORY STAFF DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE AT YOUR HOMESTAY PROGRAMS?
Your homestay family and Summerfuel staff members will work together to ensure your safety throughout your stay. At each Summerfuel homestay program, a program director and team of 6-7 staff members provide support to the homestay families. Many of our homestay families and nearly all of our directors and assistants return year after year, and somehave worked with Summerfuel for more than ten years insuring that continuity engenders excellence.
WHAT IF I GET SICK?
Before the start of the program, every family must complete the required Summerfuel Medical Form, detailing any medical conditions, and any non-prescription and prescription medications that the student regularly takes. Finally, all students must show immunization histories and evidence of medical insurance. If you are an international student attending a U.S. program, you will automatically be enrolled in a health insurance program for the duration of the program. If you are sick or injured, you will be escorted by Summerfuel staff to the nearest medical facility and your parents will be notified. Your family is responsible for any costs incurred.
HOW STRICT IS THE PROGRAM?
Summerfuel has some broad guidelines that must be followed by all students: you must attend all of your academic courses; you must report to your Resident Advisor (RA) or host family at check-in time; you cannot leave your dormitory or homestay after check-in; you may not break any laws; you may not possess or consume alcohol or drugs; you may not smoke in your dormitory, excursion buses, classrooms or in the vicinity of any of these, and you must respect your fellow students, Summerfuel staff and university representatives. You can find more information about our policies in the ‘Parent-Student Agreement’ form. Within these parameters, we are able to establish a safe, caring and mature community where every student can develop at their own pace.
WHAT IF I BREAK SUMMERFUEL RULES?
Every applicant to Summerfuel and the applicant’s parent/guardian is required to review and sign Summerfuel’s Parent-Student Agreement. Breaking the law or any of the rules & policies detailed in the ‘Parent-Student Agreement’ will result in immediate dismissal or probation at the discretion of the Summerfuel staff. If you are on probation and you break another rule, you will be sent home immediately. Please review the Summerfuel Parent-Student Agreement form carefully.
CHOOSING A PROGRAM
HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN ALL THE SUMMERFUEL PROGRAMS OFFERED?
The best way to decide between Summerfuel programs is to get in touch with us. We love advising applicants to help them meet their goals for the summer. Is this the summer you want to go to Europe or would you rather get a taste of college life on a U.S. campus? Do you want to develop your language skills, get a head start on college applications, or try your hand at developing a business plan? The best way to find out which of our programs would best suit your needs and interests is to call Summerfuel and talk to one of our representatives. We will take all of your requirements, goals and interests into consideration and help you reach a decision as to which program would be best for you. No matter what your choice, you are assured of the highest quality.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A HOMESTAY AND A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM?
There is no doubt that mastery of the host language is easier to obtain in a homestay program. The homestay programs in the South of Spain place you to become member of a local family where you will experience true language and cultural immersion. and will be able able to test your language acquisition in many new situations. However, there are students who feel more comfortable in a dormitory setting where they are part of a community of their peers and there are plenty of activities and excursions scheduled. Representatives at our main office are available to help you find the optimal fit for you.
HOW IS THE PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM AT OXFORD DIFFERENT FROM THE PROGRAMS IN THE US?
Our program in Oxford places a greater emphasis on the cultural experience of study abroad, while our programs in theUS offer better opportunities to experience collegiate life in the U.S. Also, course offerings and excursions vary from location to location, so be sure to compare course lists and itineraries.
ARE THE PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS AT UC BERKELEY AND TUFTS THE SAME?
Course offerings, excursions and activities vary from program to program, as does program size. Our program at Berkeley offers a more urban collegiate experience on a vast campus with easy access into San Francisco. Summerfuel’ s Boston program at Tufts University gives you Medford, the fourth English settlement in the U.S., as your home base, while being a short distance from the center of Boston. Whichever campus you choose, you can expect the highest quality instruction and overall experience.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE AND PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS?
College Admissions Edge is a 12-day, intensive program with one goal: to fully prepare students for college admissions. Other Pre-College programs, by contrast, range from 2 to 4 weeks in length, offer a variety of classes and disciplines, have more extracurricular programming, and are aimed at giving students a general introduction to college life.
ARE YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE PROGRAMS AT TUFTS AND UC BERKELEY THE SAME?
The structure of the program is identical at both locations. The primary difference is, of course, the location itself. Each unique campus affords students access to two very different, exciting cities—Boston, and San Francisco. In addition, each location offers different college visits. Lastly, at our Berkeley program, you will be able to choose between SAT or ACT Prep College Admissions Edge. As always, please rest assured, you will find the same high quality of instruction and personal attention at location you choose. College Admissions Edge students benefit from expert instruction in SAT prep and essay writing, in addition to hours of personal and small-group college counseling and included college visits. By attending a College Admissions Edge program, students will be fully armed to complete successfully the college application process.
WHEN SHOULD I ATTEND A COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE PROGRAM?
The College Admissions Edge program is designed for students completing either 10th or 11th grades. There is an emphasis on test prep with The Princeton Review, so consider when you plan to take your test to help determine whether junior or senior summer would be a better fit for you. Our College Admissions Edge programs cover SAT (and ACT*) prep, essay writing, college visits, one-on-one college admissions counseling, and a variety of practical workshops. They have been carefully designed to walk you through the daunting process, and significantly improve your chances, of selecting and getting into the right university.
*UC Berkeley only
OUR STUDENT BODY
WHERE DO STUDENTS COME FROM?
Summerfuel does not recruit its student body from one geographical area, instead drawing its student body from across the country and around the world. In the past few years, Summerfuel students have come from over 40 states and 30foreign countries. This makes for a diverse and exciting community of new friends.
WHO IS THE TYPICAL SUMMERFUEL STUDENT?
Summerfuel students tend to be bright, motivated students who are eager to meet new people and experience new things. The idea of studying during the summer does not bother them. They either want to learn more about something they have already studied, improve their language skills, experience a new culture or explore a new field of study previously unavailable to them. Summerfuel attracts students who want to get a head start on college life by living and studying within a collegiate environment, or experiencing a new culture on a study abroad program.
DO MOST STUDENTS COME ALONE OR WITH FRIENDS?
Most students come to our programs on their own.
IF I COME ALONE HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO MAKE FRIENDS?
During the first few days of the program a great deal of time is spent helping students to meet each other. Students have told us over the years that one of the things they enjoy most about Summerfuel programs are the new friends they have made from across the country and around the world, friendships that will last a lifetime. If you are attending a homestay program, you will find it is very easy to make friends with both the locals and other Summerfuel students.
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE OF SUMMERFUEL STUDENTS?
Summerfuel programs accept ages based on the program. Our homestay programs in Spain are open to students completing grades 10—12, and they must have completed at least 2 years of high school Spanish. Our French and Spanish Language programs are open to grades 9-12; Business and Entrepreneurship for grades 9-12, PC Berkeley for grades 9-12 and PC Oxford and Tufts grades 9-12. Finally, our College Admissions Edge programs are designed for students completing grades 10 and 11.
WHAT IS THE MALE/FEMALE RATIO AT A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM?
Although we aim for an equal ratio of males to females, this is not always the case. Our US programs, including CAP, often arrive at near parity, while our programs in Europe tend to have more girls than boys.
WHAT KIND OF STUDENT IS THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EDGE DESIGNED FOR?
College Admissions Edge is right for all students regardless of their level of collegiate aspirations. As our programs are kept small, we can offer a personalized, hands-on approach for every type of student.
APPLYING TO COLLEGE
WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM HELP ME GET INTO COLLEGE?
College admissions officers are more interested in students who have spent their summer vacations doing productive or unique things. Attendance at a program hosted on a US college campus or in Europe is definitely on the list of productive, stimulating and worthwhile things to do. Many students include a transcript of their grades to admissions offices and these are evaluated along with the student’ s high school transcript. Other students discuss the benefits of their experience with Summerfuel in their admissions essays. Although attendance at a Summerfuel program cannot guarantee admission to any one university, we have been told repeatedly that participation has not only helped our students get into their first choice college but, perhaps more importantly helped them succeed there, too.
HOW DOES A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM PREPARE ME FOR COLLEGE?
Our programs all feature challenging, seminar-style academic courses that model the kind of academic situation you can anticipate experiencing in college. The independence and free time you will experience on a Summerfuel program also prepares you for the challenge of managing your time effectively, and making important choices. We frequently hear from Summerfuel alumni that their participation in one of our programs helped them enormously in their first year of college, in balancing their academic commitments with all the freedom college offers. They had already gone through a similar experience on a Summerfuel program and had developed the maturity and skills to balance the two.
WILL I LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT APPLYING TO COLLEGE WHILE ON A SUMMERFUEL PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM?
Our Pre-College programs emphasize preparation for the college experience, and SAT prep with The Princeton Review and a college admissions workshop available at UC Berkeley.
WHEN I AM READY TO APPLY TO COLLEGE, HOW DO I ADD MY ATTENDANCE AT A SUMMERFUEL PROGRAM TO MY APPLICATION PACKET?
You can download a pdf of your Summerfuel transcript from your account at the end of the summer. If you would like your transcript sent directly from us to a number of college admissions offices, please send us a list of these colleges along with pre-addressed, stamped envelopes.
Still have questions? Please contact our New York office, so we can help you find the answers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 752-2250 or (212) 796-8340.