Summer Accelerator

Residential or day programs for rising 7th through 12th graders


Summer Accelerator courses offer students from anywhere in the world academic growth through engaging, challenging STEM courses on topics they can relate to. Students learn with like-minded peers and are taught by scientists, university professors, engineers, and others who bring real-world experience and activities to the Accelerator learning experience.

  • The cost for Summer Accelerator ranges from $495-$1,925 depending on what course you choose
  • Space in each course is limited, so participants are encouraged to apply early
  • Applications are received until all spots are filled

Accelerator (rising 7th- to 9th graders)

Explore Accelerator courses for seventh through ninth-graders, offered online or as sleep-away programs on campus in Durham and Morganton. Day Camp options are available in Hickory, NC.

Tuition: $495-$1,495

Accelerator (rising 10th- to 12th-graders)

Explore Accelerator courses for 10th- through 12th-graders, offered online or as sleep-away programs on campus in Durham and Morganton. Day Camp options are available in Hickory, NC.

Tuition: $695-$1,925

Summer Accelerator sponsored by Dogwood Health Trust

Sixty middle and high school students in the 18 western NC counties encompassed by the Dogwood Health Trust will be offered a FREE Summer Accelerator course!

July 21st – 26th NCSSM-Morganton

Summer Employment

Interested in summer employment? Working in NCSSM summer programs as an instructor or staff member can earn you additional income and help you develop skills in leadership, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and more!

What to expect at Summer Accelerator


All Accelerator programs are designed to provide students from around the country and the world the opportunity to come together in diverse groups to live and learn together while gaining hands-on experience with intriguing topics in science, technology, engineering, and math.

We pride ourselves on having unique afternoon and evening programming to choose from. Consider every day your own adventure, where you get to choose your schedule outside of the classroom. We make sure that we provide activities that meet all your needs: social, physical, educational, cultural, and just plain fun.

At the same time, we are sure to be intentional about providing you with some experiences and tools that will support you in your life beyond our summer program such as mindfulness, NCSSM or college admissions, and resume writing workshops. 

Accelerator Admissions FAQ

Helpful Resources

Accelerator Key Contacts

Alicia Stokley

Director of Summer Programs and Extended Partnerships

Blake Reed

Assistant Director of Summer Programs

Gina Barrier

Director of Summer Programs and Extended Partnerships

Taylor Flach ’18

Assistant Director of Summer Programs

Susan Gantt

Associate Manager of Summer Programs

Josh Blackburn

Assistant Director for Summer and Extended Programs