Located just 15 miles from Raymond, Exeter Summer welcomes nearly 800 students from around the world each summer for an academic experience unlike any other. Exeter Summer 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).
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. Students have the choice to attend Exeter Summer as either a boarding or day student.
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 Exeter Summer 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 Exeter Summer 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.
The tuition is posted each year on the Exeter Summer website