The DaVinci Camp Summer Institute is non-residential and consists of three-week all-day sessions that seamlessly integrate social and academic components from the arts and applied sciences. The program is designed to develop the interests and abilities of talented and highly motivated middle school and high school students (rising 6th – 12th grades and graduating seniors).
The camp activities blend mathematics, engineering, science, and art instruction in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci’s concept of a Renaissance scholar. Hands-on workshops and a mix of other activities reinforce instruction while balancing the students’ day. Students engage their entire analytical and creative potentials in a fast-paced academic environment while meeting others who share their interests and abilities. By having the camp at world-renowned academic institutions, we provide our students the opportunity to experience life on college campuses while getting to know Alumni from Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, and Caltech who lead the program and expose students to the world of possibilities and opportunities that await them.
During the program, we emphasize the development of the child’s ability to think critically and work collaboratively with peers. Students learn the skills necessary to understand complex math expressions and to reduce them to their fundamental parts. They learn techniques that make them faster problem solvers. Course assignments include problems with varying degrees of complexity to ensure each participant’s success. Students are encouraged to have fun while learning and to especially learn while having fun. DaVinci Camp engages the whole student and aims their imagination towards the discovery of their diverse talents.
The following represents a sample of previous years’ activities:
- Visiting NASA JPL, NASA Ames Research Center and Lawrence Livermore National Labs
- Touring Caltech, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco campuses and laboratories
- Learning at Archetype Press at ArtCenter College of Design and at the Getty Research Institute
- Visiting Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum and Chabot Observatory Star Party
- Attending performances by the SF Ballet and Opera, SF Symphony, and LA Philharmonic
- Learning Brazilian batucada along with salsa, samba and flamenco dancing
- Hiking in the Inyo National Forest and Devil’s Postpile National Monument
- Catching a Pageant of the Masters, Shakespeare and other theatrical performances
We invite you to join us for this year’s DaVinci Camp and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The courses offered this summer are as follows:
Location and Date
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute sessions will be held at Caltech and Stanford University.
Session I at Caltech runs from Saturday, June 6 through Thursday, June 25. This session is recommended for middle school students. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:
Session II runs from Sunday, June 14 through Friday, July 3. This session is recommended for rising or continuing high school students. Note that weekends and holidays are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:
Session III at Caltech runs from Saturday, June 27 through Friday, July 17. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. The courses offered during this session are as follows:
Session IV at Caltech runs from Sunday, July 5 through Friday, July 24. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:
Session IV – Principia at Caltech runs from Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 24. Note that weekends are included in this four-week session. This course is intended for rising or graduating seniors interested in pursuing a degree in engineering or applied science. Students must have completed at least one year of calculus to enroll in this course.
Session V at Stanford University runs from Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, August 9. Note that weekends are included in this three-week session. Courses offered:
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute’s expectation is that students will attend every day of the session. Given our program’s fast-paced academic and social environments, even a partial absence makes it difficult to stay abreast. There are no make up days for activities missed. Students who incur more than 2 absences may be dropped from the program without a refund.
If there are special circumstances that will affect a student’s ability to attend every class meeting, please contact us in writing before applying. Barring exceptional circumstances, students who anticipate missing more than 2 classes are not encouraged to attend this summer’s program.
Tuition for DaVinci Camp Summer Institute includes instruction, course materials, field trip fees, and snacks. It does not include transportation to or from camp, lunch nor personal or incidental expenses. The tuition per session is $3,000 ($6,500 for international students) with a $500 discount per additional sibling. The tuition for the Principia and Isaac & Gottfried courses is $3,500 ($6,500 for international students) and for the SAT/ACT prep course is $5,000 ($6,500 for international students) all with a $500 discount per additional sibling. For more information about Tuition & Payments and our Refund Policy, click here.
Need-based Financial Aid
DaVinci Camp Summer Institute is a self-supporting program funded by student fees. However, limited partial need-based financial aid is available to qualified applicants. International students do not qualify for financial aid. To be considered for our limited financial aid funding, families must submit a financial aid application each year and must be able to document income. An award in a previous year does not guarantee an award for subsequent years. For more information regarding financial aid please visit the Tuition & Payment page.
Sample Daily Schedule
(Note that schedule is subject to change)