Summer Enrichment Program

 Dear Members of the SEP Community, 

As you are all aware, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to virtually every part of our lives, from our health and education to our livelihoods. Consequently, we have all had to make difficult and painful choices for the past two years. The cancellations of our residential Summer and Saturday programs during this time represent such painful choices, and they have had deep impacts on our financial position. 

Today, we write to inform you about another difficult choice that the Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program has had to make.  SEP has always recognized the safety and well-being of its participants and staff as its highest priority. In light of ongoing COVID-19 health and safety considerations and the uncertainty they bring to our operations, SEP is unable to offer any programming opportunities for the foreseeable future.  This includes the cancellation of the 2022 Summer Enrichment Program. 

In the coming months, and with the thoughtful guidance of UVA’s School of Education and Human Development leadership team, we will continue to assess our ability to offer our programs to families in the future.  We encourage you to check our webpage for information about 2023. 

SEP is proud to have provided countless joyful and enriching experiences to thousands of children. We thank you for entrusting your children to us, and we wish all of you continued health and well-being.  Take care. 

In conjunction with the UVA School of Education and Human Development, the Summer Enrichment Program announces the cancellation of the 2022 summer program for gifted and/or high ability students. 

Currently, the dates for the program are:

SEP 2022 has been cancelled.


Students accepted into the Summer program spend the morning and afternoon engaged in meaningful learning experiences. Specifically, a variety of course offerings from caring and expert staff across multiple disciplines provide students the opportunity to engage in interactive learning experiences that model the work of experts. The academic staff utilizes best practices to maximize potential in each student and ignite a passion for life-long learning.  As such, the courses at SEP are designed to foster (1) exploration of individual student interests, (2) critical and creative thinking, and (3) production of authentic student products.

Students accepted into the Summer program take one of the morning courses described on the application. Accepted students receive a second list of afternoon courses to choose from in late Spring, and these courses differ from those offered in the morning

2022 Course Descriptions

Level I – Rising 5-6


Level II – Rising 7-8


Level III – Rising 9-11


Residential Life

The residential component of SEP is a vital part of the SEP experience. Air-conditioned UVA dormitories are home to the campers for the duration of their camp session.  Absent any countervailing health protocols, students will share a room with one other camper (and in some instances 2 other campers).  Each camper is assigned a counselor who resides in a room adjacent to campers, and there are eight to ten campers assigned to each counselor.  There are also additional Floor Leader counselors on each floor so that campers have constant supervision in the dorms. Our residential counseling staff is composed of creative, intelligent, and supportive individuals who have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for working with our participants.  In fact, many counselors were themselves SEP campers! These counselors and our additional residential staff members strive to provide a comfortable and safe environment for living and learning, while meeting individual social and emotional needs. 

When campers are not in the classroom, they have full days of engaging activities planned and led by the residential staff. Activities vary across a spectrum of mental to physical, individual to cooperative, self-elected to designated, and small group to whole group. Our typical daily schedule is as follows:

Our typical daily schedule is as follows:

7:30 – 8:30       Breakfast
8:30 – 11:30     Morning Classes
11:30 – 12:30   Lunch
12:40 – 2:05     Special Topics
2:10 – 2:45       Large Group Activity
3:00 – 4:30       Afternoon Seminars
5:00 – 6:20       Dinner
6:30 – 7:15       Evening Activities
7:30 – 8:15       Recreation
8:30 – 9:00       Suite Time
9:00 – 10:00     Quiet Time 

Special Topics are two-day long seminars created and taught by our counselors. They are designed to be both fun and educational, covering topics outside of the normal academic offerings. Past topics include: the science of superheroes, film-making, architecture at UVA, survival skills, etc.

Large Group Activity/Evening Activities are non-athletic recreational activities, created and led by counselors. They serve as interactive and fun opportunities for all campers to work together and get to know each other.

Besides the normal daily activities, SEP offers additional fun and exciting experiences such as: swimming, movies, shopping on UVA’s “Corner”, field day, mental challenges, a BBQ, and much more, all while enjoying the beautiful and historic UVA grounds. Since campers spend most of their time at SEP outside of the classroom, our counselors aim to ensure campers remain engaged and active all day long.

Residential life at SEP is where many camp traditions are passed down and fond memories are made.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online. While we will make paper applications available on request, we highly recommend applying online. There are four elements of an SEP application. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to read the "Summer Enrichment Program Application Process" before beginning.

Online applications will note be available for 2022.

Online course descriptions will be available ______.

Program Cost

The tuition cost for the 2022 program is $1375 for Session 1, and $1675 for sessions 2 and 3. The cost includes tuition, room, board, materials, recreational activities, and accident insurance. There is an additional NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $40. Please note the application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances including the cancellation of the program, cancellation of one or more sessions, cancellation of classes, the inability to hold the camp On Grounds, the decision to offer the program remotely, or if your child decides not to attend for any reason.  Please remember, SEP relies entirely on fees (including application fees) and tuition for its operating expenses. 

Complete applications are due no later than midnight on February 19. If accepted, families will see a payment link on your camper’s status page. The tuition is payable in two installments. The first, non-refundable payment will be due on May 1, and the second and final non-refundable payment will be due on June 1.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available based on demonstrated need. Every summer SEP awards financial aid to families who request it based on submission of a completed Financial Aid Form and the relative need of all those applying. The 2022 form will be available on the Summer Application Process page (link above). Families should submit the completed Financial Need Form and all relevant attachments no later than March 1, 2022 to be considered for Summer Aid. Application for aid does not affect a student’s chances for admission.  We CANNOT accept financial aid forms via email. They must be mailed to SEP P.O. Box 4264 Charlottesville, VA 22904 or faxed to 434-982-2008.

Selection Process

Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of all applications. Factors considered in the 2022 application review process include a combination of test scores, a teacher recommendation, and evaluation of the most current report card. Applicants are compared with other applications from students in the same age group and gender. Final acceptance numbers are based on dorm and course spaces available to SEP for each gender and age group. Acceptance decisions for on-time applicants will be communicated via email on or before April 15, 2022.

Employment Opportunities

The Summer Enrichment Program seeks teachers and counselors who are child-centered, enthusiastic, interested in working with high ability campers, and are willing to be part of a dynamic team. Positions are available in the junior camp (rising 5-8 grade during Summer 2022) and senior camp (rising 9-11 grade during Summer 2022). More about employment opportunities can be found at More about employment opportunities.