Led by Wharton faculty and instructional staff, the Wharton high school programs explore topics that align with Wharton research and teaching. Students engage with our rigorous business education before making a post-secondary choice, and get the chance to study and network with global peers. All academic aspects of the programs are run by the Wharton School and Summer Discovery provides residential life and program management services.
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The Wharton Essentials of Entrepreneurship (formerly the Global Young Leaders Academy) provides a two-week intensive summer experience at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.This module adopts an entrepreneurial theme to give students a taste of accounting, marketing, management and finance knowledge. Students will work in teams to create a product and use their skills in an end-of-program competition.Who Should Take This Course?High school students with little to no business background who are looking to advance their entrepreneurial mindset.HighlightsAttend lectures and presentations from notable Wharton faculty, lecturers and PhD students in Wharton’s Jon M. Huntsman Hall. Work in teams to create and present an original final project, which is judged by Wharton faculty and business professionals. Advance their understanding of business through lectures, recitations and simulations.Explore historic Philadelphia and experience life in a college dormitory on an Ivy League campus.DatesJun 6 - Jun 19: Session 1: 2 Weeks | Jun 20 - Jul 3: Session 2: 2 Weeks | Jul 11 - Jul 24: Session 3: 2 Weeks | Jul 25 - Aug 7: Session 4: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
The Wharton Essentials of Finance program (formerly Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance), launched in 2019 provides current high school students from around the globe with a two-week summer experience at Wharton focusing on finance and investment. With the guidance of Wharton faculty and PhD students, participants will explore all aspects of finance, from the time value of money and corporate finance, to ethics and investment decision-making. Students will trade on Wharton’s Online Trading & Investment Simulator — using real-world market data without risking real money — and develop and deliver a team-based investment project. In addition to rigorous course work, GYLA students collaborate closely in smaller teams, experience campus life, develop relationships with classmates from around the world, and discover Philadelphia and other local destinations.Who Should Take This Course?High school students with some knowledge in economics and/or business who are looking to gain a foundation in finance and investingHighlightsAttend lectures and presentations from notable Wharton faculty, lecturers and PhD students in Wharton’s Jon M. Huntsman Hall. Work in teams to create and present an original final project, which is judged by Wharton faculty and business professionals. Advance their understanding of business through lectures, recitations and simulations. Explore historic Philadelphia and experience life in a college dormitory on an Ivy League campus.DatesJun 6 - Jun 19: Session 1: 2 Weeks | Jun 20 - Jul 3: Session 2: 2 Weeks | Jul 11 - Jul 24: Session 3: 2 Weeks | Jul 25 - Aug 7: Session 4: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
Sponsored by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is an intensive summer program for a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors who want an introduction to a top-notch undergraduate business education and the opportunity to hone their leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Since 1999, LBW has brought students from six continents and nearly every state to the Wharton School.Who Should Take This Course?Rising junior and senior high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership positions.HighlightsAttend lectures and presentations from outstanding Wharton faculty and guest speakers. Participate in classroom discussions about core business subjects, including research-based theories of leadership and teamwork. Practically apply real-world business practices through Wharton Interactive’s digital simulations and case competitions. Have the opportunity to engage with and learn from current Wharton students who serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) throughout the program. Visit business enterprises and speak with successful leaders across the industries of finance, entrepreneurship, entertainment, real estate, retail, and more. Develop and enhance leadership skills by working collaboratively to design and present an original business plan to be evaluated by a panel of business professionals. Test their potential as future business leaders. DatesMay 30 - Jun 19: Session 1: 3 Weeks | Jun 20 - Jul 10: Session 2: 3 Weeks | Jul 18 - Aug 7: Session 3: 3 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Moneyball Academy is a summer program that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports analytics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This program focuses on using data to make deep discoveries in sports with a focus on becoming a data driven decision maker. Instruction will focus on fundamentals of statistical thinking, real applications employed by statistics professionals in sports analytics and an introduction to statistical programming languages. In addition to learning statistical reasoning and key data analysis skills, students will be primed to be a leader in an increasingly data driven economy. Topics include introductory statistics (including graphical and numerical summaries of data), basic probability theory, statistical reasoning and regression analysis by examining sports stats. This program is ideal for students with a strong background in math and a love of sports. An interest in computer programming is strongly recommended but no specific background is necessary. Wharton professor Adi Wyner in conjunction with PhD students will teach the program.Who Should Take This Course?Rising junior and senior high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence (specifically in math/statistics) and have an interest in sports and analytics.HighlightsAttend lectures and presentations from outstanding Wharton faculty and guest instructors. Be introduced to basic statistical skills including linear regression. Learn basic statistical programming skills using R, the powerful statistical programming language. Cover the majority of AP level statistics. Explore topics including graphical and numerical summaries of data, basic probability theory, statistical reasoning and regression.DatesJul 11 - Jul 31: 3 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
Sponsored by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA) is a summer institute that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School. This program teaches students about ownership, sports agents, marketing, media, and labor as they meet and learn from leaders in the sports business world. The program examines various academic disciplines as they apply to the sports industry with an overview of the business and legal aspects of various intercollegiate, Olympic and professional sports enterprises. Students visit some of the region’s most important facilities, and ultimately gain insight into the leadership, management, and increasingly global nature of the sports business. Through academic and co-curricular activities, WSBA students have the opportunity to test their potential as future sports business leaders.Who Should Take This Course?Motivated high school students who are interested in a career involving sports and business. Those with a demonstrated background in athletics, academic excellence, and/or business preferred.HighlightsAttend lectures and presentations from outstanding Wharton faculty. Hear from sports agents, broadcast network executives, league and team executives and brand marketers. Be introduced to core business disciplines such as management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership as they intersect with the sports industry. Discover career opportunities available in the business of sports. Visit relevant sports businesses and meet with industry leaders. Explore the qualities essential to leading a successful sports organization. Develop and enhance leadership skills through collaborative teamwork in a small team of talented and diverse students. Work on case studies. Create a business plan for a new sports-focused business. Discover your potential for sports business leadership.DatesJul 11 - Jul 31: 3 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
Run by the Wharton Global Youth Program, the Wharton Academy of Data Science will bring stateof-the-art machine learning and data science tools to high school students. We aim to stimulate students’ curiosity in the fast-moving field of machine learning through this rigorous yet approachable program. Building up statistical foundations together with empirical and critical thinking skills will be the main theme throughout. By the end of the program, students will not only be equipped with essential data science techniques such as data visualization and data wrangling but will also be exposed to modern machine learning methodologies which are all building blocks for today’s AI field. Along the way, students will develop a working proficiency with the R language, which is among the most widely used by professional data scientists in both academia and industry.Who Should Take This Course?High school students who are looking to learn how to code using python and R and are considering a career in data science. Advanced math experience is preferred.HighlightsWharton professors who are data science experts will lead the lectures and will also be available to students outside of class. Students will advance their skills with data from real world cases and will be challenged to articulate their findings with a final project. Wharton undergraduate TAs will engage with students and share their experiences in studying data science. Guest speakers who will share their wisdom of data science as a career. Students will work in teams to complete a final project and present to their peers at the end of the program. DatesJul 11 - Jul 31: 3 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
The Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) is a rigorous and rewarding for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors and a select number rising high school juniors interested in exploring the integration of technological concepts and management principles. Run by the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology in partnership with Penn Engineering and the Wharton School, M&TSI features classes taught by leading Penn faculty and successful entrepreneurs, field trips to companies and R&D facilities, an intensive team prototyping project and other activities designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the principles and practice of technological innovation.Who Should Take This Course?Rigorous for-credit program for rising seniors and select rising juniors that is a dual program of Penn Engineering and Wharton. Program focuses on technology, innovation and business.HighlightsCourses taught by full-time Wharton and Penn Engineering faculty. Attendees explore Penn’s business and engineering offerings, hearing guest lectures from prominent faculty recognized as leaders in their field. Students build and present a prototype and go-to-market plan for their own high-tech venture. DatesJul 11 - Jul 31: 3 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
The Future of the Business World online course is a dynamic learning experience for exceptional high school students from around the world. It is designed to introduce students to areas of research by the Wharton faculty and engage them as the next generation of global business leaders. Students attend live daily online events and work independently. Ultimately, they use all the ideas and insights from the course to create final projects that make predictions about the future of the business world. This new course is a chance for students to begin to identify interests and lay the foundation for future education and career goals.
The course conversation is anchored by the idea that while the world is constantly changing, COVID-19 has greatly accelerated that change, propelling the business world into uncharted territory. Students gain new knowledge guided by the pillars of a Wharton education: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Data Analytics; and the Future of Finance. Throughout the experience, students are asked to contribute their points of view to the learning. The fully online course includes mini-lectures from Wharton faculty, opportunities for live engagements with faculty and Wharton instructors, collaborative projects with peers around the world, and original online real-time business simulationsWho Should Take This Course?High school students currently enrolled in grades 9-11 looking to advance their entrepreneurial mindset. No business background is required. International applicants are welcome.HighlightsExplore various business topics and perspectives as presented in a Wharton education. Examine current issues facing the business world, influenced by COVID-19. Engage with peers and instructors to express personal points of view about the changing business landscape. Make predictions about what global business may look like when students achieve leadership roles. Produce group projects that present predictions about the future of the business world.DatesJun 7 - Jun 18: 2 Weeks: Session 1 | Jun 21 - Jul 2: 2 Weeks: Session 2 | Jul 12 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks: Session 3 | Jul 26 - Aug 6: 2 Weeks: Session 4Apply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), Wharton Moneyball Academy: Training Camp is a one-week program broadly introducing students to statistics through a sports lens. This program welcomes talented high school sophomores, juniors and seniors intrigued by statistics. Students applying to this program should have strong math skills and an interest in sports. The summer experience serves as an entrée into the sports statistics world as it is not heavily focused on computing but rather the fundamental principles of sports statistics. Wharton professor Adi Wyner in conjunction with PhD students will teach the program.Who Should Take This Course?High school students who are interested in analytics, sports, and/or statistics who do not have the foundation of advanced math classes or coding (python/R).HighlightsMorning hands-on work with afternoon guest speakers and lecture. Graphical and numerical summaries of data, basic probability theory, statistical reasoning Introduction to data analysis with computers. Students will Learn the concepts to Be able to analyze sports data. Students will spend the week in class learning the basic concepts of sports statistics and analytics.DatesJun 28 - Jul 2: 1 Week: Session 1 | Jul 26 - Jul 30: 1 Week: Session 2Apply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939