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, UCLA 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.
Enjoy the benefits of the UCLA experience without living directly on-campus.Explore Our Commuter Program
Do you have a gifted middle schooler looking for a summer program? Through over 35 years of experience and resources in gifted education, our sister company Summer Institute for Gifted (SIG) provides a unique environment for gifted and talented students to connect with peers in a community of like-minded learners from all over the world. SIG as now part of the Summer Discovery family and offers specialized programs for gifted learners.Discover SIG's Gifted Programs
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.
Soak up the sun at Santa Monica, Manhattan, or Huntington Beach.
Cheer for the Dodgers, Angels, or Galaxy at a major league baseball or soccer game.
Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the stars.
Look for celebrities at Century City, Rodeo Drive, and The Grove.
See great works of art and culture at places like the J. Paul Getty Museum, Armand Hammer Museum, or Griffith Observatory.
Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at our beach bonfire.
Put on some bowling shoes and Rock-n-Bowl the night away.
Show off your talent at the Junior Discovery Talent Show.
All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.
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.
Commuter Student Tuition Includes: Courses & Workshops, lunch in Reiber Dining Hall Monday-Thursday, Friday trips, daily afternoon activity, and access to Hedrick Hall lounges.