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Montclair State Programs Keep Young Minds and Bodies Active This Summer and Beyond

Parents still looking for summer activities for their kids need look no further than Montclair State University, which offers a wide range of options for young scholars, artists or athletes.

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Academic Opportunities for High School Students

Early College:
High school students can now enroll in Montclair State courses, and earn transferable college credit in the area of study of their choice. The Early College Program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Courses are taught by University professors both on campus and online.

Students can pick from a range of 100- and 200-level classes to challenge themselves and to get a head start once they enter college.

The program is designed to complement students’ studies and to allow them to explore their interests in potential academic paths. They can choose from classes in many subjects, including Psychology, Biology, and Music.

Italian Language Immersion:
Students studying Italian during the school year have a unique opportunity to fine tune their language skills with the Italian Immersion Summer Program. This three-week intensified study is scheduled for July, and students have the option this year to experience campus life with a stay in The Heights dormitory and a meal plan. Completion of the program will earn students three college credits.
Weston Science Scholars:
Montclair State is continuing a long-time relationship with its neighbors at Montclair Public Schools in its support of the Weston Science Scholars program, which allows ninth, tenth and eleventh graders from Montclair High School to attend a high intensity interactive science course. The workshop, which is intended for students who excel in science, mathematics, or other related fields, seeks to teach science by “doing” science.
Model United Nations Summer Academy:
For the first time this summer, students will get the chance to open their minds to the world stage at the Model United Nations Summer Academy. Scholars will explore cultures from around the globe with an instructor who served as a diplomat to the United Nations for ten years. Future leaders will concentrate on public speaking, writing, negotiating, and research skills during the week—which will culminate with a trip to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Programs for All Ages

Younger kids can keep the learning juices flowing with STEM workshops and music programs, and student athletes can tone their skills at summer camps in their chosen sport.

Early Childhood programs:
Two programs from the University’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education are designed to keep young minds active over the summer, while keeping learning fun and interactive.

The Summer Literacy Program is available to students from grades 1-12 and provides help for children who need a little extra help in reading and language arts, or who are hoping to enhance their skills.

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade can also give the epiSTEMic Summer Program a try. There they will participate in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects and activities designed by Montclair State graduate students.

John J. Cali School of Music:
Montclair State’s John J. Cali School of Music proudly presents it’s long-running Stokes Forest Music Camp again this summer. Available for one or two weeks in July, students may attend as a day camper or have the option to stay overnight in the Stokes State Forest in Sussex County. Musicians choose an instrumental, vocal, keyboard or composition focus and will participate both as an individual and in ensembles. There are also options for electives and private lessons, and campers are encouraged to explore an extensive array of recreational activities available on site.


Competitive athletes in a range of sports have an opportunity not only to train with college-level coaches and players, but to utilize Montclair State’s athletic fields and facilities.

  • Field Hockey players as young as ten years old can sign up for the four-day Montclair State University Field Hockey Camp offered in July this year. The experience, offered in partnership with Revolution Field Hockey, will be instructed by Montclair’s Head Field Hockey Coach Eileen O’Reilly on the university’s turf fields. Players may choose from an extended day program or can stay overnight in the dorms. Campers will take home a special jersey and other souvenirs.
  • A special one-day camp for elite male high school soccer players will be offered on Saturday, June 1st. The Red Hawk ID Camp will feature three members of the Montclair State Men’s Soccer coaching staff, including head coach Todd Tumelty. Players will receive college level training and then compete in games that afternoon.

High school and elementary age basketball players have several options if they want to hit the courts at Montclair State this spring and summer.

  • Karin Harvey, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, and Marlon Sears, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Montclair State University are offering girls and boys entering 1st through 9th grade a chance to learn and play on campus at the Panzer Athletic Center at the Red Hawk Basketball Camps. Each four-day session is either coed or girls/boys only. Campers who sign off for more than one week will get a $100 discount.
  • More experienced female high school players may opt for the single day Elite Women’s Prospect Camp offered by Coach Harvey on June 9th or September 8th. Male players have a chance to work with Coach Sears at the Elite Men’s Prospect Camp on April 13th, May 5th or May 25th.

No matter what your student chooses, they’ll come away with new summer skills to carry them straight into the new year, with great memories and a taste of university life.

For more information on these or any of Montclair State University’s programs for elementary and high school students, contact the University at 973-655-4000.