COVID-19 Updates

August 20, 2020

COVID-19 Planning

We realize there is a lot of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 situation. What remains certain, however, is our commitment to the safety and security of our students, parents, staff, and university partners. All decisions we make are rooted in this philosophy of students and families first.

To assist in our planning, we've created an internal Coronavirus Taskforce to monitor the global situation and provide recommendations on how Summer Discovery can adapt. Our goal is to provide proactive, timely and transparent communication so our families can make the most informed decisions about their summer plans. We've also enacted a risk-free enrollment guarantee for summer 2021. Students who apply and enroll can cancel for any reason prior to March 1, 2021, and receive a full refund minus the application fee.

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 optimisim 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.  

Adriane Thorpe  
Managing Director