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1/20/2020

Preparing for Summer 2021

Many students and parents have asked questions about our COVID-19 plans for on-campus programs in summer 2021. The reality is that our plans are rapidly evolving based on the latest scientific evidence, guidance from the CDC, and advice and learnings from our university partners. We are preparing for a new normal, but the safety and health of our students has always been our number one priority. Our commitment to student and staff safety is the driver behind all of our planning, decisions, and protocols. 

Because guidance, protocols and scientific evidence is changing daily, we don't have all the answers yet. However, we promise open, transparent and two-way communication with all of our Summer Discovery families.

Below are some of the common questions we've received:

Are you planning to run on-campus programs this summer?

Yes, at this time we are planning to operate on-campus programs. Our ability to operate on-campus is dictated by city, state, and local COVID-19 protocols. In addition, Summer Discovery must work within the guidelines of each university's COVID plans. 

What if Summer Discovery cannot run on-campus programs this summer? Will I get a refund?

Yes, if we are unable to operate your program we will give you the option of transferring to one of our online programs, rolling over your tuition to the summer of 2022, or having your tuition refunded in full.

What if I want to cancel my student’s program?

We are offering Risk Free Enrollment. You can cancel for any reason prior to April 1, and receive a full refund less the application fee, and any optional travel insurance.

Will students and staff need to get tested for COVID prior to arriving on-campus?

If testing protocols are still in place, Summer Discovery will require students to have a PCR test prior to arriving on-campus, with additional testing while on-campus. As we get closer to the start of our programs we will provide all guidance and specific requirements.

Will Summer Discovery require students to wear masks?

In accordance with the health and safety regulations of our university partners, along with guidance from the CDC, we will require students and staff wear face masks while indoors, in vehicles, and within 6 feet of other individuals.


Apply and Enroll with Confidence

At Summer Discovery, we understand the unpredictability in the world right now. That’s why we are giving our students the option to protect their investment in their educational future. 

Apply, enroll, and pay your deposit today, and you have until April 1, 2021, to cancel your enrollment without penalty. That’s right, just let us know by the deadline and you’ll get your money back minus the application fee and any optional travel insurance.

  • Apply to any program ($100 application fee)  
  • Enroll in the program and pay your $750 deposit **
  • Let us know your plans by April 1, 2021, if you want to cancel! (Yes, it's that easy.)

**Some programs have different deposit requirements. Check our policies for more details.


Flexibility and Options

We’re also working hard to give our students a variety of program options to meet their specific pre-college needs. Pick your path!

Choose from the following options: 

Summer Discovery On-Campus Residential Programs - We’re planning to be on-campus this summer. Join us at one of our world-class partner universities. 

Summer Discovery Summer Online Programs - We’ve got a robust lineup of online courses in partnership with world-class universities with the added benefit of our virtual community and our college and career readiness program. 

Summer Discovery Summer On-Campus Commuter Programs - Commute to campus and take part in a Summer Discovery academic experience.

Summer Discovery Spring Term Online Courses - We’re opening our pre-college course offerings starting in February 2021. Take pre-college courses from home and amplify your learning. 

Junior Discovery On-Campus Programs - We’ve got some amazing offerings for middle school students who want to begin their college exploration! 

Please note that all on-campus activities are subject to change due to current safety protocols.


COVID-19 Taskforce

We've created an internal Coronavirus Taskforce to monitor the global situation and provide recommendations on how Summer Discovery can adapt this summer. Our goal is to provide proactive, timely and transparent communication so our families can make the most informed decisions about their summer plans. Our taskforce is making decisions rooted in science, research, best-practices, and CDC Guidelines. We are also partnering with universities to understand challenges, opportunities, and best practices.


a message from our leadership


To Our Friends and Partners Around the World,  

We hope this message finds safe and well. As you may know, Summer Discovery is based in the United States and we continue to see the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Our staff members are still working remotely to meet our partners’ and our students’ needs, while keeping our team members safe.  

Many industries have been severely impacted by COVID-19, including education. In these turbulent times, know that Summer Discovery’s foundations remain strong. We pride ourselves in our family roots and have been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Sons of the company’s founding family, Jimmy and Bob Musiker, are directly engaged in the day-to-day business to ensure long-term growth and success. In addition, Summer Discovery, in recent years, has added the support of majority investor, Verlinvest. This family-owned, consumer-focused investment firm manages nearly $2B in assets globally across the education, food and beverage, consumer technology, and healthcare markets.  

Our team is committed to innovating and pivoting our program offerings to meet the needs of our students as we did this year with an online initiative with several of our world-renowned university partners. This innovative, team spirit is helping Summer Discovery to maintain operational and financial resiliency so we can continue to provide unparalleled experiences for our students - today and always. We look ahead with optimism to Summer 2021 and are excited to share with you our new and updated on-campus programs. We continue to remain financially strong and student-focused, now and in the future.  

Sincerely, 
Adriane Thorpe  
Managing Director  


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