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Summer Discovery Middle School Enrichment Programs at UCLA

Los Angeles, California

3 Week Program$3,399 - 8,499
Residential and commuter programs for middle school students in 2023
  • Commuter Options
  • Middle School Options
Grade Level
6, 7, 8
12, 13, 14
Course Highlights
  • - 3D Design & Printing
  • - Computer Science
  • - Forensic Science
  • - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • - Mock Trial
  • - Skills for Academic Success
  • - Fashion Design
  • - Film Production
  • - Introduction to Marketing & Advertising
  • - Music Production
  • - Robotics
  • - Workshop: Adventure Sports (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Art Exploration (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Basketball (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Graphic Novels and Comic Books (T/Th)
  • - Workshop: Healthy Lifestyles (M/W or T/Th)
  • - Workshop: Hip Hop Dance (T/Th)
  • - Workshop: Improv (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Rec Sports (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Self Defense (M/W)
  • - Workshop: Sports Conditioning (T/Th)
  • - Workshop: Tennis (T/Th)
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Junior Discovery at UCLA

UCLA is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 25 universities, making it a great partner for our summer middle school program. Located in a beautiful Los Angeles neighborhood, Junior Discovery's middle school program participants have numerous course options to choose from while honing their leadership, communication, and academic skills.

This program has just the right balance of academic rigor and all-inclusive activities, combined with active supervision to ensure students get the mentorship and guidance they need. We also actively communicate with parents during the students’ stay for parent peace-of-mind. Choose our 3-week enrichment program which offers focused academics and fun activities.

Junior Discovery at UCLA

Sample Courses and Academies

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Campus Life & Guided Activities

After class, explore campus with a group of friends or soak up some sun by the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center pool. Follow in the footsteps of fame with our organized trips to TCL Chinese Theater and Hollywood & Highland. Shoot some hoops at the John Wooden Sports and Recreation Center – and maybe even run into some NBA legends and UCLA alums while you are at it! 

Our students live in their own air conditioned residence hall in Hedrick Summit Suites, right next the Sunset Rec Pool and Hitch Basketball courts. This residence hall is exclusive to Summer Discovery students, so you can get to know your peers in a comfortable setting that’s separate from the university students. Whether you’re watching a movie or working on a group project, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your resident counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you, 24/7.

Just outside our door is Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. You'll enjoy guided exploration of the city famous for theme parks, television and movie studios, theaters, museums and more. We'll organize trips to discover the neighborhoods of L.A., which include Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Melrose. Prefer the outdoors? Los Angeles has some of America’s greatest beaches which are included in our trips. We can't wait to see you there. 

*All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

Sample Activities

  • Trip to Rodeo Drive
  • Trip to the Los Angeles Zoo
  • Bonfire on the beach
  • Show Nights with Hypnotist, Magicians
  • Movies in the Quad
  • Festival Under the Stars –  outdoor “Carnival” with outdoor photo booths, inflatables, henna tattoos, and more.
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Volleyball Tournament
  • Themed Kickball Games
  • Arts & Crafts Nights - tie dye masks and t-shirts

*All on campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

Dates & Tuition

  • Jun 25 - Jul 14 $8,4993 Weeks *No courses July 4th - Tuition includes morning and afternoon courses.ResidentialSee Available Courses
  • Jun 26 - Jul 13 $3,9993 Weeks *No courses July 4th - Tuition includes morning and afternoon courses.CommuterSee Available Courses


  • "It was a great experience. I loved meeting people from different countries and backgrounds. I learned so much and it is an experience that made me become a better person."Maria O.2018 Alumni
  • "I liked the classes because they allowed us to creatively share our thoughts and ideas. It was an overall amazing experience and I had a lot of fun."Maxine P. 2018 Alumni
  • "It was so fun and you got to meet people from all over the world and be able to keep in contact with them. An amazing opportunity that I will hopefully do again next year."Gabrielle C. 2019 Alumni
  • "I had an amazing time. I couldn’t have made more friends. So many people here have impacted my life and I could never replace this experience." Ava Z.2019 Alumni

Program Details

Living: Our home on campus is Hedrick Hall. Students live in a double or triple room with communal hallway bathrooms. Every room includes a bed, study desk, closet, and free Wi-Fi. Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Junior Discovery Office are all in our residence hall. We are located only a short walk from Rieber Dining Hall (with gluten-free and vegan options), academic buildings, and the John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center. Did we mention that we can see the Sunset Canyon Pool from our windows?

Dining: Unique to Summer Discovery is our all-inclusive meal plan. Enjoy three meals every weekday, and two on the weekends, while on campus in the modern Rieber Dining Hall. Choose from daily options at the salad bar, deli counter, pizza oven, stir fry station, dessert bar, and more. Are you a vegetarian? Do you have food allergies? Special diets are not a problem.

Tuition Includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing in UCLA Residence Hall, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, meals on campus, use of UCLA athletic and recreation facilities, activities, trips, excursions per catalog, transportation to and from all included activities, blanket, pillow, sheets, and towel.

Not Included: $100 application fee (non-refundable); $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers, books/class materials and course supplements, meals off campus, laundry, shopping, spending money, medical expenses. COVID-19 Supplemental Fee.

Commuter Student Tuition Includes: Courses & Workshops, lunch Monday-Thursday, Friday trips, daily afternoon activity, and access to Hedrick Hall lounges. Note: Commuter students are not permitted to attend other evening or off-campus activities and excursions.


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