Each summer we offer a mix of on-campus courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, allowing students to expand on a particular interest, fulfill a requirement, or simply try something new. We also encourage and help students to find summer programs, internships, and travel opportunities outside of Eastside. Each student takes part in 120+ hours of on- or off-campus programs each summer, with the goal of promoting personal growth and future opportunities.
Summer Bridge Program
All incoming ninth graders attend our six-week Summer Bridge Program, during which they take literature, math, and high school prep courses. The Summer Bridge Program helps students learn about time management, develop key organizational skills, and set goals for a successful year ahead.
The program also gives Eastside teachers a chance to assess incoming students’ individual skills and needs and help to prepare each of them to succeed in Eastside’s challenging classes. During this time, we convey our expectation that students will make a serious and sustained commitment to their education while laying the foundation of support from our faculty.
College Application Boot Camp
All rising seniors take this two-week class, taught by our college counselor, which gives students a head start on the college application process as they research colleges and universities that would be a good match and begin working on their personal statements. This course is held in the beginning of the summer so students can also participate in other activities and classes.
Since 2010, we have partnered with Foothill College to offer college-level classes at Eastside both during the summer and throughout the school year. Typically we offer three Foothill classes during the summer: chemistry, psychology, and statistics. These classes are a tremendous benefit to students as they graduate with college credits on their transcripts and with the confidence that they can master college-level material.
Other summer classes include art, drama, and photography, which fulfill the year-long arts requirement for UC and CSU admission, as well as fitness and computer science.
In addition to offering classes on campus, we also help our students find and fund programs off campus. In past years, students have participated in a variety of off-campus activities including career-directed internships, research or academic programs at universities, volunteer or paid positions at local nonprofits, international travel through organizations such as Experiment in International Living, and outdoor adventures with groups like NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). We work individually with students to help them navigate the application processes for off-campus summer activities.
For more information about our Summer Session, contact:
Student Services Coordinator
phone: (650) 688-0850 x112
“At what other school have you heard of a sophomore going on a leadership trip to Canada, or a junior taking an internship at NASA and making 3D models of the Mars helicopter, or a senior shadowing a research scientist at Stanford?” – Vanessa, Eastside Class of 2018