Jayden Johnson, UA class of 2020, in Albania


K-12 Programs

Summer Programs

Summer programs, like Study Abroad and Sleep-Away Camps, are opportunities for students to have extraordinary college-impacting experiences during summers. These programs are offered to prepare students for college through a rigorous application process and experiential learning in a new part of the world with peers from diverse backgrounds.

Middle School Camps

Each summer UA Foundation provides scholarships for up to 15 middle school students to attend month-long summer camps in Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado. See more about this program below.

Study Abroad (for Upper School)

University Academy Foundation provides over 20 scholarships each year to UA high school students to participate in summer study abroad experiences with our exceptional student travel program partners: EIL, SDC and NOLS. See more about this program below

Grants for UA Students

University Academy Foundation provides grants to UA to augment programs and services for K-12 students. An example of some of these grants are listed below:

  • National Honor Society Trip
  • Kansas City Symphony performance at the school
  • Kansas City Young Audiences experiences
  • Lower School Book Program
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Entrepreneurship Course
  • Brain POP
  • Senior class college visits
  • Classroom technology

Our Summer Programs:

Middle School Camps


Grounded in their mission, Sanborn’s philosophy for the last sixty years has been to provide a quality, safe experience for children in the outdoors. As youth development professionals, Sanborn teaches life skills that are necessary for the creation of healthy, productive adults.

Learn more about Sanborn

Camp Birchwood

Camp Birchwood values providing a vibrant, safe, and joyous place that enriches young people’s lives. Perched on the shores of sparkling Steamboat Lake – a 600-acre body of water in Minnesota’s “Northwoods” – Camp Birchwood offers campers the opportunity to explore camping and other outdoor adventures in a setting that is next to none.

Learn more about Camp Birchwood

Lincoln/Lake Hubert

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert have a 100-year plus history of creating fun and adventure in Minnesota’s lake country. As brother-sister camps, they are located across the lake from each other, with separate facilities and activities, but under the same ownership and long-standing mission to provide a high quality camping and recreational experience by enhancing the physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being of each individual.

Learn more about Lincoln/Lake Hubert

Simone Adgers ('18) in Italy

Study Abroad

Experiment in International Living (EIL)

The Experiment in International Living (EIL) has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932, when a group of students sailed for eight days across the Atlantic to Germany with the mission of fostering peace through understanding, communication, and cooperation. UA has proudly partnered with The Experiment since 2004.

Learn more about EIL

Lydia. Djiba ('21) in India

Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC)

The Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) offers opportunities and scholarships for UA students to explore the world on three to five week international summer programs that promote civic engagement, deepen understanding of global issues, build college readiness skills and unleash the potential and creativity of youth.

Learn more about SDC

Marye Martin ('19) in Alaska

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is a nonprofit school that seeks to help students step forward boldly as a leader.

NOLS believes that anyone can be a leader; it’s their role to provide the environment and training to help students discover their full potential in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.

The mission of NOLS is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. The NOLS community—staff, students, trustees, and alumni—shares a commitment to wilderness, education, leadership, safety, community, and excellence.

Learn more about NOLS

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