Our Junior Scholars Program for rising 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders is led by Webb’s own experienced faculty who engage with students in what they do best. Ours is a boarding-only program that offers four different tracks: Paleontology (taking advantage of our one-of-a-kind resource in the Alf Museum, Science and Engineering (utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratories), Digital Arts and Global Ethics (leaning into our 100 years of work with putting honor and moral courage above all else).
We are nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains just minutes away from the Claremont Colleges – a 150-acre campus that is a safe and inspiring place for students to make new friends, challenge themselves academically and explore their passions.
Summer program students experience all that boarding school life has to offer. They live in our dormitories under the supervision of experienced faculty and residential staff and have full rein of our beautiful campus. Afternoon and evening activities complement the daily learning goals and engage students in an array of sports, games and outings.
From field trips to Southern California’s best tourist attractions to impromptu movies in Claremont Village, from swimming in our state-of-the-art aquatics center to hiking the foothills behind campus, from gathering around fire pits in front of the dorm to enjoying our healthy, delicious dining hall food, students truly make Webb their summer home.
Summer Program for July 2021
Session 1: July 9-18
Session 2: July 20-29
$2,650 (Domestic Students)
$2,800 (International Students)
$325 (Bridge Program)
For more information, contact the Summer Office.
Dr. Susanna Linsley
Director of Summer Programs
Summer At Webb
Areas of Exploration
Learn how to ask probing scientific questions and design hands-on experiments in this 10-day study of science & engineering. This course will guide students to think like scientists as they engage in research in our cutting-edge advanced science lab. From chemistry to neuroscience and robotics to marine biology, students will be immersed in real science. Students will use everything from Bunsen burners and beakers to circuit boards and microscopes to construct an understanding of how the world works.
- Engage in 10 days of hands-on lab research in our advanced science lab.
- Learn to create a unique research question and design an experiment.
- Meet professional scientists and engineers and learn about their work through field trips around the Los Angeles area to real world labs, such as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
- Design and compete in an engineering challenge with other junior scholars.
Students in the Paleontology program will be immersed in the world of the research paleontologist as they learn the latest methods and technologies for reconstructing our prehistoric world. The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools is a one-of-a-kind science research institution: a nationally accredited museum housed on the school campus. With a collection of over 195,000 specimens, including rare discoveries spanning 500 million years of global history, the museum is a perfect site for students to dig into science and explore the fossil record.
- Learn alongside world-renowned paleontologists through hands-on work with real fossils in the Alf Museum’s state-of-the-art research and fossil prep labs.
- Go into the field, investigating the tide pools on Solana Beach and finding connections with the fossil record, and explore the museums of Los Angeles, such as the Natural History Museum and California Science Center.
- Travel through the cosmos at Webb’s own Hefner Observatory, housing a Celestron-14 telescope
- Create 3-D prints of fossils and catalog your fossil finds so they can be placed into the permanent collection of the Alf Museum with your name listed as identifier.
The major political and social issues our world faces — including environmental protection, immigration, economic development and human rights — affect all nations and are not restricted to national boundaries. Join peers from around the world in uncovering the complexity behind these issues. You will participate in a series of case studies and simulations that offer the opportunity to deliberate on and debate the very same issues that community leaders around the globe confront. What constitutes an ethical decision? How do different belief systems and traditions shape ethical decision making? How can a community promote economic growth while protecting its natural resources? Who is entitled to what rights? What responsibility do nations have to one another? Interactive challenges will help you develop skills required to explore ethical decisions: communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and empathy.
- Expand your understanding of global and national affairs through case studies and global forum simulations.
- Sharpen your research and debate skills to better advocate for issues you care about.
- Learn how to foster collaboration in experiential challenges, including a high ropes course.
- Engage with professionals leading change.
- Volunteer for a local community initiative.
Students in our Digital Arts program will make, create and explore at the intersection of art, media and technology. From graphic design to coding and photography, 3-D printing to rotoscoping, students will cultivate their artistic interests and discover new passions.
- Work in our cutting-edge facilities, including our digital media studio and maker’s space.
- Design and create your own short film, 3-D model and more.
- Explore the local arts and technology scene through field trips around the Los Angeles area.
- Hone your creativity, test your collaboration skills and cultivate your voice and confidence.
Highlight & Features
- State-of-the-art facilities, including our digital media lab and makers space, the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and the Webb Observatory.
- Live and study alongside students from around the country and the world in our global residential community.
- Teaching and mentorship from Webb’s incredible summer program faculty and chances for authentic engagement with dedicated faculty devoted to your personal growth.
- Field study at cutting-edge companies, museums and cultural destinations across the region, from the desert to the sea.
- Much, much more!
Summer At Webb
Students have the opportunity to choose between Science & Engineering, Paleontology, Global Ethics and Digital Arts. There are two 10-day sessions offered each summer. Students can stay for both sessions and chose two different offerings.
Yes, students in the paleontology program within Junior Scholars do have the opportunity to work in the Alf Museum. The museum includes two floors of installations and displays and holds over 175,000 fossil specimens.
Yes, students are welcome to enroll in both summer sessions. There is a bridge program you can enroll in and remain on campus as well.
Junior Scholars Summer Program 2021 Brochure and Course Descriptions