The North Suburban Summer Academy exists to meet the needs of gifted individuals by creating an environment that celebrates student potential and nurtures a passion for rigorous learning. We build a sense of belonging through relationships within the academy and throughout the greater community.

The History of Summer Academy

Initiated in 1978, the North Suburban Summer Academy for high-potential students is a unique, intensive and exciting program designed to address the special needs of the high-potential student. It is sponsored through the cooperative efforts of the following 12 Minnesota school districts: Anoka-Hennepin, Centennial, Columbia Heights, Forest Lake, Fridley, Mahtomedi, Mounds View, North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale, Roseville, St. Anthony/New Brighton, Spring Lake Park, and White Bear Lake.

Summer Academy is an expanded, hands-on, interactive learning environment that extends out beyond the classroom walls to the greater Minnesota community. Students engage with community experts in the field and explore real-life learning places that relate to their class. Individual student projects are created during the academy to share at the Summer Academy Open House so that others can learn about the student’s experiences.

These expanded learning opportunities provide the highest level of real life learning for gifted students, support student potential, and nurture a passion for rigorous and challenging learning.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide dynamic, relevant programming for diverse gifted learners through a committed partnership of school districts.

Our Values

  • Complex cognitive exploration
  • Physical, social and intellectual safety
  • Individuality
  • Independence
  • Responsibility
  • Creative expression

About The Program

Summer Academy hosts over 1,250 students and 60 classes every summer. Students come from across the north metro area, and we want to make your first year at Summer Academy the best possible experience.