Academic Summer Camps: Are They Worth It?

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PRO: They give your child a space to fit in.

“The student is reading everything she can get her hands on about the history of flight, devoting his weekend to writing novels, or working ahead in her math book because it’s fun—that’s a student who will really thrive in an academic summer camp,” Albert says. If your high achiever struggles to make friends because her classmates don’t share her interests, an academic camp may have the social scene she’s been craving. And with today’s technology, your kid can easily stay connected to fellow campers for years. A lazy summer at home could be a missed opportunity to make a lifelong friend.