Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

Located just 15 miles from Raymond, Phillips Exeter welcomes nearly 800 students from around the world each summer for an academic experience unlike any other. The PEA Summer School runs for five weeks and accepts students who have finished grades 7 through 12. The program enrolls about 300 students in the Access Exeter program (for rising 8th and 9th graders) and 500 students in the Upper School (for rising 10th graders through graduated seniors).

Students have the choice to attend the PEA Summer School as either a boarding or day student. In Access Exeter, students take three courses in one of six thematic areas: Project Exeter: A Greener Earth; The Land and the Sea; Problem-Solving: An Odyssey of the Mind; The Global Community; The Creative Arts or Exeter C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. The Upper School offers over 100 courses covering a wide array of subjects. Boarding students select three courses, while day students may take anywhere from one to three courses. Courses include Western Philosophy, Observational Astronomy, The Media and Society, Introduction to Arabic, and Digital Photography.

Instead of receiving letter grades, all students receive written evaluations from their instructors and dorm advisers, which can be sent to colleges as supplementary application materials. These reports often include a description of the work done in the course/dorm, as well as a detailed evaluation of the student's progress, engagement, and effort level demonstrated throughout the five weeks.

In addition to taking classes, boarding students sign up for two different afternoon activities of their choice. The program also offers many evening extracurricular activities, such as dance, quiz bowl, talent shows, special interest meetings and open-mic nights. Students also have the option to participate in day trips to Portsmouth and Boston, as well as several college visits throughout the summer.

An important aspect of the PEA Summer School is its diverse student body. Students come from as many as 45 states and 40 countries, resulting in a community that boasts the utmost diversity in culture, language, religion, and worldviews. Any student who attends the Summer School will gain incredible exposure to different cultures and ways of thinking both in and out of the classroom--an invaluable global experience merely a few towns over from Raymond.

For the 2016 session, tuition is $8,400 for the Upper School and $8,775 for Access Exeter. Substantial financial aid is available and no student should be deterred by financial limitations from applying to the program.