Summer Programs for High School Students

Rhodes offers a colorful palette of summer activities to enhance your academic, research, and career interests. From two weeks at an archaeological dig to two months researching a topic central to the Memphis region to a full summer working at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, we offer our current students opportunities available only at a liberal arts college in a rich, urban environment. And, of course, we have a slate of classes available, as well. Even high school students can experience Rhodes from home and hone their writing or legal skills. Explore the many options open to you on campus this summer.

Applications are open today and space is limited.

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Summer Writing Institute is a summer academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students.

The 45th session of the Summer Writing Institute will take place online June 13-25, 2021. Learn more about the 2-credit writing courses we will be offering in fiction, poetry, history, psychology, biology, culture, and literature. Extracurricular activities include Writing Center Workshops, College Prep Events, and an Evening Lecture Series. Early enrollment pricing is available through March 15.

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Mock Trial Academy is an intensive program led by the most successful collegiate mock trial program in the United States. Rhodes College has competed in 33 consecutive National Championship Tournaments, participated in 9 national championship rounds, won 4 national championship titles, produced more than 70 All-Americans, and earned 10 Reynoldson Coaching Awards.

At Rhodes' Mock Trial Academy, you will work with not only our exceptional faculty, alumni and students, but with other highly talented high school students from all over the country to develop your skills in trial advocacy. Students will earn 2 hours of course credit in this online mock trial experience designed to develop their understanding of criminal law, evidence, and justice.

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The Summer Scholars Program (SSP) provides current high school students and recent high school graduates meaningful, credit-bearing pre-college experiences. Students enroll in two-week, credit bearing courses (2 credits each) that will prepare them for college-level instruction in a liberal arts context.

Courses will be limited to 12 students and will be taught by Rhodes professors who are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in their fields. Students will be expected to engage in college-level work and complete all course assignments.  2021 courses will be announced soon.

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This class is designed to assist students with their personal, professional, and academic transition to college life. Through self-exploration and practical application, students will develop skillsets to thrive in college classrooms and professional life more broadly.