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summer session


Each summer on campus we offer a mix of courses in the arts, humanities and sciences, allowing students to expand on a particular interest, fulfill a requirement or simply try something new. All Eastside students are required to take part in a course or program each summer.

We are grateful to the generous donors that support our summer session, including the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.


All incoming ninth graders attend our Summer Bridge program for freshmen. During this six-week course, students take literature and math, a financial literacy seminar and high school prep, which provides them with strategies for managing their time and workload effectively, developing key organizational skills, and helping them set goals for a successful year ahead.

The program allows students to become familiar with Eastside's challenging coursework and expectations. Taught by Eastside faculty, the Summer Bridge program plays a vital part in our effort to assess students’ abilities and skill levels and helps them as they begin building the fundamental skills that are essential to success in a college preparatory program, and convey our expectation that students will make a serious and sustained commitment to their education.


Our Senior Summer Institute, or “boot camp” as the students call it, is taught by our Director of College Counseling. This two-week session in August gives our seniors a head start on the college application process as they research colleges and universities that would be a good match, begin work on their personal statements, and start researching financial aid opportunities.