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UGA Programs for K-12 Students

Welcome parents, students, teachers and school administrators! 

This site is designed to provide you a listing of programs and activities available for children and pre-college students at the University of Georgia.

Academic Programs for K-12 students
Leadership Programs
Performing Arts Programs
Programs for Middle and High School Groups
Summer Camps and other opportunities at UGA


About UGA's Pre-Collegiate Initiative

A University of Georgia outreach goal is to support academic pre-collegiate programs that address Georgia's educational pipeline needs. Learn more about the Strategic Plan of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.

In 2007, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach began exploring strategies for enhancing institution-wide support for academically based, pre-collegiate programming provided by a variety of units on campus. Now housed at The Fanning Institute, a public service unit, this initiative is convened jointly by Fanning and the Office of Admissions. For more information, contact Sarah Stack at sestack@uga.edu.


Academic Programs for K-12 Students

Animal Science in Action:  Grades 11 - 12

Animal Science in Action Program is a 2-day program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in a Bachelor of Science degree and career in the animal science field. The University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Department encompasses science and hands-on learning opportunities with beef and dairy cattle, horses, swine, and sheep.

Athens Peer Court: Grades 9-12

Athens Peer Court is a diversionary program that offers arrested youth a chance to have their disposition decided by trained teenagers who serve as the lawyers, judges, jurors and bailiff.  The Fanning Institute created Athens Peer Court to offer such training and continue to fulfill its goal of helping students become leaders in their communities. Students interested in serving should contact the Fanning Institute.

Avian Adventures:  Grades 11 - 12

Avian Adventures:  This short course (3 days) provided by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is open to high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the field of poultry science. Participants apply new skills and have fun sharing a unique educational experience.

The Dog Doctors Youth Outreach: For Elementary, Middle and High Schools

The Dog Doctors make stops at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Georgia. Dr. Paige Carmichael and UGA veterinary students come into your classroom with three large Bernese Mountain dogs—the Dog Doctors.  Dr. Carmichael will talk about her research and the roles that the Dog Doctors play in her development of tests to detect genetic diseases in dogs. She will answer students' questions about the dogs, her research, and careers in Veterinary Medicine, and will show photographs of the Dog Doctors as they grew from babies to full-grown animals. Students will also be able to interact with the dogs as well as with the veterinary students who will show them X-Rays and bones of animals.

Georgia 4-H:    Grades K - 12

Georgia 4-H:  Georgia's 4-H summer camping program, administered through the county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, offers a 4-H summer camping experience unparalleled in the nation. Over 8,000 children ages 9-19 annually descend on five unique 4-H centers for a week of camp that will be reflected upon for years to come. Every camp offers great adventure, friendship and fun, and all seek to develop the camper's Head, Heart, Hands and Health to make him or her a better person.

Georgia Journalism Academy:   Grades 9 - 12

The Georgia Journalism Academy is a program offered by UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication that gives students the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and Grady College faculty and staff. Students produce a newspaper or a broadcast show, live in UGA's residence halls and eat at Georgia's award-winning dining halls, experience college life and the city of Athens, and meet fellow student journalists and form new friendships. Seminars will also be offered in advertising, public relations, staff leadership, media rights and criteria for applying to UGA and Grady. Registration fee includes tuition, housing, most meals and supplies. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and a passion for journalism.

Georgia Plant Science Scholars:  Grades 9 - 12

Georgia Plant Science Scholars: Georgia Plant Science Scholars, or GAPSS, offered by UGA's Plant Pathology Department, is a program for high school students who are trying to identify their career goals. GAPSS gives students the opportunity to visit four different plant science areas (Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology and Entomology). Students spend a week on campus visiting the departments, going on various tours of the area, and having fun at socials held in their honor.

High School Residency Program (Business):  Grades 11 - 12

The High School Residency Program, offered by the Georgia Society of CPAs and hosted at UGA, provides an introduction and overview of the many opportunities available in the world of accounting. Presentations from representatives of national and local accounting firms, industry (Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific), and government (FBI, SEC) help show the exciting and different types of job opportunities available in accounting. Students get a hands-on experience through accounting case studies and computer classes.

Peach State LSAMP High School Bridge Program:   Incoming UGA First-Year Students

Peach State LSAMP's goal is to double the number of underrepresented minority students who earn bachelor's degrees in the STEM disciplines and to encourage more of our degree recipients to pursue graduate studies in these fields.

Pharmacy Summer Science Academy: Rising 12th Grade Males

The purpose of the Pharmacy Summer Science Academy is to provide students with more exposure to the science career field. Students will spend some of their time in the classroom as well as in laboratories working with distinguished faculty and will present their research at the end of the week.  The Pharmacy Summer Science Academy to be held June 6- June 12, 2010. The inaugural cohort will consist of rising high school seniors who have shown a strong interest in science and pharmacy.

SAT Summer Intensive Program

 SAT Summer Intensive Program:  The University of Georgia's SAT Summer Intensive Programs offer serious preparation for your high stakes undergraduate admissions exam. Take four days out of your summer to get an edge on this important gatekeeper test, and discover techniques that the test designers don't want you to know. This is truly a study-till-you-drop experience, but it will be well worth it when you get your SAT scores in the mail. Study 24 hours over four days. Gwinnett or Athens. 706-542-3537. Space is limited: Register early.

Summer Academy at UGA:  Grades 5 - 12

Summer Academy at UGA:  The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers an exciting series of specialty day and overnight camps, designed for middle school and high school students who want to do amazing things. Students attend camps focusing on a wide variety of topics in the sciences, arts, technology and more, and get the chance to work with educators and professionals who are experts in their field. All programs focus on hands-on experiences and are presented in exciting and dynamic ways.

Summer Marine Science Camps:  Ages 4 - 15

Summer Marine Science Camps: The Summer Marine Science Camp (SMSC) program allows kids to grow up learning about the Georgia coast. Camps for kids aged 4-15 provide a range of age and academically appropriate science opportunities. All SMSC sessions emphasize "doing science, not viewing science" in marine science and coastal ecology. All sessions are designed to offer a continuum of experiences together over a series of summers. Staff includes UGA marine education faculty, public school teachers, and Georgia Sea Grant marine education interns. The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) serves as the education unit of the Marine Extension Service and is part of the Public Service and Outreach Division of the University of Georgia.

Terry Business Academy:  Grades 11 - 12

The Terry Business Academy is a highly selective pre-collegiate program at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. This intensive one week program will expose approximately 30 high school rising juniors and seniors to the various fields of business and provide each student with practical experience developing and presenting a business plan.

Test Preparation:  Grades 10 - 12

UGA Test Prep Coaching:   The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers SAT Test Preparation in multiple formats, including One-on-One Coaching and Summer Intensive programs. Get an edge on this important gatekeeper test by studying at UGA! Earn the points you deserve by getting the skills and knowledge you need and discovering techniques that the test designers don’t want you to know. Call 706-542-3537 or 1-800-811-6640 for more details.

UGA Stars (Tifton Campus):  Grades K - 12

The University of Georgia's Tifton Campus K-12 educational outreach program is designed to enrich the science, math, and technology experiences of K-12 teachers and students by providing a real-world application of classroom textbook science and exposing them to real issues in scientific research.

UGA Pre-College Summer Programs: Grades 11 - 12

UGA Pre-College Summer Programs give high school students the chance to experience college life. Students will live in a close-knit residential community, and attend challenging classes during the day. In the evenings and on the weekends, students will participate in a wide variety of academic, leadership and personal development workshops, as well as social activities and off-campus trips. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, and students must apply for acceptance into the program.

VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program): Grades 11-12

At VetCAMP, students will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, providing mentorship and helping them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path.  The seven-day-long on-site summer program will provide opportunities for observation of and participation in various services in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center and the Diagnostic Laboratories, as well as a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium for a behind-the-scenes view of the facilities.

Vet School for a Day:  Grades 9 - 12

The Vet School for a Day Program is designed to educate high school students and guidance counselors about the many career opportunities within the field of veterinary medicine.   Space for this popular program is limited.

Young Dawgs UGA:  A Workforce Solution:  Grades 11 - 12

Young Dawgs UGA: A Workforce Solution: The Young Dawgs Academic Year Program, hosted by UGA's Office of Human Resources, provides high school (juniors and senior) students with the opportunity to acquire skill training and work experience directly related to their career and occupational interests. As a result, students develop employability and occupational-specific skills, setting the stage for further post-secondary education and/or work. The Young Dawgs Program is training the highly skilled workforce required of the 21st century.

Young Dawgs Summer Program:  Grades 9 - 11

Young Dawgs Summer Program, hosted by UGA's Office of Human Resources, is a partnership between The University of Georgia, the Clarke County school district, and Athens/Clarke Leisure Services. The Young Dawgs Summer Program is created for fourteen-, fifteen-, and sixteen-year-old students. Each potential apprentice completes a weeklong career services training program during his/her spring break, then interviews for the summer positions.

Young Scholars Program:  Grades 10 - 12

Young Scholars Program:  The Young Scholars program at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is a 6-week summer internship program for talented high school students who show a high aptitude in math and science related subjects. Selected summer interns work side-by-side with CAES researchers for six weeks, and are paid a salary for up to 40 hours of work per week. The students earn money, learn job responsibility and, most importantly, are introduced to the work of agricultural scientists.


Leadership Programs

Camp College Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: Grades 10-11

Youth from a nine-county area in South Georgia may apply to be selected to participate in this summer program. Participants will develop leadership skills through activities such as teambuilding on a ropes course, learning leadership theory, and examining their personal leadership style. Youth will explore entrepreneurship through activities such as playing the stock market game, developing a business plan, talking with small business owners, and going on field trips to local businesses.

Sígueme: Latino Shadow Day at UGA:  Grades 11 - 12

Sígueme is a one-day event hosted by the UGA student organization Students for Latino/a Empowerment that focuses on bringing Latino high school juniors and seniors from surrounding counties to the UGA campus to shadow a UGA student. Each Sígueme participant, based on their interests, is matched up with a current UGA student. Sígueme participants will attend classes, eat at the dinning halls, and take part of a campus tour and admissions workshop. They also will be provided with informational packets that include HSF information as well as Admission materials. In the fall semester of 2007, the program hosted 80 students and became the largest in SLE history. The event meets it's goals of providing real life experience of college life to the Latino youth in a very direct and passionate manner.

¡Si, Se Puede! Latino Youth Conference:  Grades 6 - 12

¡Si, Se Puede! is a one-day conference targeted to rising ninth to twelfth grade students that are interested in learning about higher education and being active in their communities. UGA student organization Students for Latino/a Empowerment named the conference ¡Si, Se Puede! in honor of Cesar Chavez's works as a human rights activist. The conference consists of workshops in which students interact and learn about a variety of subjects: US Latino culture, art, and activism, as well as benefits of graduating from high school and pursuing a post-secondary education. UGA representatives and speakers from organizations were invited to speak with the students. Lastly, the youth conference provides high school students with vital information via resource fair, where they can learn about other organizations that will aid them when applying for college, and scholarships.

Padres e Hijos Fin de Semana: Parent Student Bilingual UGA Weekend:  Grade 12

Padres e Hijos, a program of the Fanning Institute, invites twenty-five highly academically competitive high school seniors and their parents to visit the University of Georgia. The weekend is an English/Spanish bilingual educational forum specially designed to welcome and encourage potential UGA applicants. Current Latino UGA students, parents, faculty, and alumni welcome the visitors and share their experiences. English/Spanish interpreters are available throughout the program. Participants spend two days on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. The program commences Friday evening with a welcoming reception and an introduction to the bilingual college student ambassadors who will be available throughout the event. Contact Sarah Stack at sestack@uga.edu for more information.

Leadership Leadership ¡Sin Limites! Youth Leadership Program:  Grades 10 - 12

The Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia developed the Youth Leadership Program as a vehicle to develop leadership skills in high school-aged students and to encourage the attainment of a higher education. It is our philosophy that developing youth as leaders will increase their knowledge of and access to educational opportunities. High school students throughout the state with a demonstrated interest in building leadership in Latino communities are encouraged to apply for the program.

Leadership Without Limits! Migrant Education Youth Program: Grades 9-12

Migrant high school youth from across the state apply and are selected to participate in this weeklong summer program at the University of Georgia. During the program, they explore leadership through activities such as teambuilding on a ropes course, study issues relevant to youth and migrant students, and design a community service project to implement in their home communities. More information here.


Performing Arts Programs

Community Music School:  Grades K - 12

The Community Music School offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, music theory, music composition and, most recently, recorder. In addition to private lessons, CMS offers group classes, music ensembles, and music theory lessons to all who aspire to enhance their musical knowledge and ability.

Festival Dance Camp:  Grades 6 - 12

Festival Dance Camp offers a one or two-week intensive dance program, designed to provide high-quality training for the serious-minded dancer. The highly professional faculty will provide an experienced insight into all aspects of dance, understanding of their goals as a dancer and how to achieve them.

UGA Summer Music Camp:  Grades 9 - 12

The University of Georgia Summer Music Camp is an intensive five-day musical experience offered by the . It offers students a place to grow musically in a fun and exciting learning environment. During this time, students will rehearse, take private lessons, attend musicianship class, perform, and have daily master classes with our internationally renowned University of Georgia School of Music Faculty. Please note: Students must have at least one year of experience on their instrument!

UGA Summer Music Institute:  Grades 10 - 12

The UGA Summer Music Institute has performance-intensive curriculum that will serve advanced students who are seriously considering music as a major area of study in college. All Summer Music Institute students will participate in a chamber ensemble coached by Institute faculty. Students will also enjoy numerous lectures and laboratory exercises which are designed for the advanced musician. Summer Music Institute students will also receive a free one-hour private lesson from UGA Hodgson School of Music faculty. In order to concentrate our resources on the most serious musicians, several criteria will be used to select students for the Summer Music Institute. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors will be considered for the experience. Students who have been selected as members of All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir or Jazz Band, Governor's schools, Regional Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensembles will receive strong consideration for acceptance into the Summer Music Institute. Students will be considered based upon faculty evaluation of a recorded audition. The recording should include a lyrical and technical selection of the applicant's choice.

UGA Marching Band Camp:  Grades 9 - 12

The University of Georgia Summer Marching Band Camp is an intensive five-day event. Campers choose to develop techniques and practices from the various areas of marching band including Drum Major, Marching Percussion, Twirlers, Dancers, Rifles, Sabers, Color Guard, and Band Leadership. The camp staff includes award-winning specialists in each area, drum corps instructors, Redcoat Band members, and faculty instructional staff from the University of Georgia Redcoat Band.


Programs for Middle and High School Groups

Road To UGA

A special visitation program, Road To UGA, offered by the Office of Admissions, targets Georgia middle and secondary schools enrolling a high concentration of students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch or schools with traditionally lower percentages of students pursuing 4-year college after high school. Contact Des Potier at dpotier@uga.edu for more information.

Campus Visit Program

The Campus Visit Program, offered by the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Programs & Outreach, is an opportunity during the school year to provide enrichment and motivation to elementary, middle, and high school students who have been limited in their exposure to the college experience. It provides students with the opportunity to take an active role in pursuing a postsecondary education. The campus tour is designed to provide students with an exposure to University of Georgia.


Summer Camps and other opportunities at UGA

Georgia Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps and Clinics
Georgia Museum of Art
McPhaul Center Child Development Lab
Rec Sports and Teen Fitness Program
Rec Sports Youth Camp
State Botanical Garden Summer Camps
UGA Insect Zoo

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