Summer Vacation Activites

Hot weather, sunny beaches, and the inescapable smells of outdoor grilling. Yes, summer is finally here and if your student is one of 2 million high school students in the Bay Area, summer can seem like a missed opportunity. In this week’s post we will go over three activities that present amazing opportunities for students during summer vacation.

College courses

 Students participating in SVCP's Career Pathways day. (2017)

Students participating in SVCP's Career Pathways day. (2017)

If your student will be going into grades 9-12 in fall 2018 they can take community colleges courses for free as long as they take a certain number of units during the summer. The upside to doing this is that your student will obtain college credit before graduating from high school, thereby putting them ahead of their peers. Additionally, the courses they take in college can also be counted towards their high school credits. Compared to their classmates who take anywhere between five to seven classes.

California has 114 community colleges; we encourage you to look into a school that is in your community. Each college offers a variety of courses that are in line with high demand and high growth careers in your region.

Summer programs

 Students participating in SVCP's Cybersecurity bootcamp. (2017)

Students participating in SVCP's Cybersecurity bootcamp. (2017)

If college courses aren’t what your student is interested in, then have them consider summer programs. There is an unlimited amount of summer programs ranging from art to science camps which seek to give students a fulfilling activity. We recommend checking out sites, such as and for a complete list of programs available in your area.


Volunteering is a great opportunity for students to develop new skills, make connections for possible job opportunities, and good for their overall health. Look at the volunteer page of your city for a list of departments in need of helpers. Volunteering is not just about giving your time to an organization but about making your community a better place.

Summer vacation presents a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills, maintain their education level, and participate in their communities while making valuable connections. We hope this list provides some insight to activities your student can do over summer vacation.

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