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Top 6 Downtown NYC High School Summer Camps

Posted by Suniti Mathur on Mon, Apr 09, 2018

NYC has a ton to offer when it comes to camps for young kids, and for high school students there are programs out there. They're just a little harder to find. You can find just about anything for your child. If your child is interested in tech, there are camps for that. If they like sports or outdoors activity then yes, there's a camp for that. 

We spent a lot of time vetting and curating a list of the TOP 6 programs (listed below in alphabetical order) for Downtown NYC  area high school student to take part in this summer. This list consists of tech, science, acting,  leadership and even academic based programs.

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Camp Broadway

Camp Broadway has 2 programs for teens. 

Mainstage: Camp Broadway® Mainstage is designed for theater-loving kids, ages 10-17, to develop their confidence, character and presentation skills through ensemble performance. Open to all children, regardless of previous performing experience, this 5-day program encourages aspiring artists and future audiences through a wide array of classes, workshops and experiences.

Ages 10 – 17

New York City: July 9 – 13, 2018

Tuition: $1,350

The Next Step: a specialized musical theater intensive of musical theater classes taught by Broadway professionals, for aspiring teen performers, ages 14-17, who have had some previous on-stage experience. A highly unique program, The Next Step weaves traditional musical theater training into an immersive theatrical environment designed to give participants the opportunity to understand what it’s really like to be a Broadway “Gypsy”.

Ages 14-17


New York City: July 16-20 & July 23-27, 2018

Tuition: $1,495




Camp Fashion Design

Ages: 11-17

Price: $999

Dates: July 10-13th & July 31st- Aug 3rd

Camp fashion design is the summer camp for fashionistas. Students between 11-17 can learn about fashion in NYC and take part in boot camps to learn from industry professionals.

Through workshops, teamwork, field trips, and tours the designers will get a well rounded experience of the fashion world. Held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, campers will be in time square and the heart of the fashion world.



Grades 9-10

Price: FREE

STEM Summer in the City, a free, five week for current 2nd - 10th graders that is engaging and a fun summer program designed around STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.  

In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions.   

  • Students are accepted into this program via a lottery  
  • Program runs from July 5, 2018 to August 09, 2018
  • Monday through Thursdays from 8:30AM - 2: 30PM 
  • Breakfast and lunch are included 
  • Free transportation is provided, depending on students’ grade level and the distance between their residence and school. Learn more about student transportation services.

STEM Summer in the City takes place in 11 locations across the city. To learn more about these locations, click on the school names below.


NYU Teen Summer Programs

Grades 9-12

NYU’s varied array of high school programs offer flexibility and options that can be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Application processes, requirements and deadlines are varied; as are housing and financial aid offerings.

Each program draws on the strengths of NYU’s various schools and colleges. Whether it’s by earning college credit or strengthening artistic or professional skills in an intensive non-credit offering, students will experience college and city life, first hand. Many of our programs allow students to increase their academic portfolio, while others enhance performance and studio art experiences. Be sure to visit each specific website to see which program is right for you.


Rockefeller Summer Neuroscience Program

Ages: 16-18


The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at The Rockefeller University is a two-week course aimed at introducing talented and enthusiastic high school students to the brain. Led by graduate students, the program takes a look at the most current research in neuroscience in an effort to understand how our brain works and how it relates to our daily life. In addition to the series of highly interactive lectures, students present fun and fascinating journal articles to their classmates. Students also visit research laboratories, dissect brains, and design and conduct neuroscience experiments.

SNP 2018 will take place from August 20-31, meeting Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Classes are held at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan (Map), and all expenses are covered, including MTA passes, meals, and school supplies throughout the program. Please note that accepted applicants will be required to commit to attending the entire program, barring any emergencies. Please do not apply if you will not be available for any part of the program.

We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or interest level in science. 


 TestRocker NYC PSAT, SAT & ACT Summer Classes

Location: The Farm SoHo - 447 Broadway 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013

Ages: Current 9th-12th Graders

Students of all ages that need to prepare for their upcoming high school admissions tests can join TestRocker for this Summer. The program will combine TestRocker's award winning online program with small in person classes conducted by a private tutor with over 18 years of experience. The curriculum will be based around keeping your child on track with their school education as well as getting them prepared for their upcoming entrance exams. 

Free Diagnostic Testing & Consultation Available

SSAT, SHSAT, & ISEE tests are also available for middle school students preparing for their high school entrance exam.

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See our list of NYC middle school camps here.

Do you have a Downtown NYC summer camp or program? Email john (at) testrocker (dot) com to be considered for this list.

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