Summer Discovery UCLA Middle School Program
Choose the workshops that interest you
Our interactive Skills for the Mind and Body curriculum is designed to promote discovery, development, and growth in middle school students. Each morning, Skills for the Mind workshops encourage you to learn, be creative, and expand your horizons. Every afternoon, work on physical activity, recreation, or sports in your Skills for the Body workshops.
Choose 2 Skills for the Mind workshops that make you think, and 2 Skills for the Body workshops that keep you active. There are over 30 workshops to choose from.
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Interactive workshops at UCLA
Jr. Discovery workshops use the vast resources and personnel available at UCLA. These workshops are taught by UCLA faculty, graduate teaching instructors, and top secondary school teachers. Workshop sizes average between 8-20 students.
Take 3 workshops each day, Monday-Thursday. Your 2 Skills for the Mind workshops meet each morning for 75 minutes, with a break in between. Skills for the Body workshops meet for 60-75 minutes in the afternoon, one each day, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.
Workshops are not graded. You will receive a brief written evaluation for each workshop and a Jr. Discovery “Certificate of Achievement” upon successful completion of the program.
Choose the enrichment cluster that is right for you
Using a project-based approach, you have the opportunity to work hands-on in an interest based strength area that combines your intellect and interests. Prior to the summer, you’ll take an ‘Interest-Alyzer’ assessment to identify areas of talent and your learning style. Together with your interests, this assessment determines which enrichment cluster is the best fit for you.
Enrichment clusters are designed so you work to solve real life problems with others who are fascinated with the same ideas, concepts, and world questions. Collaborate with peers to research and develop a solution to the project, which will then be presented to instructors, peers, parents, and the community.
There are four enrichment clusters available at Renzulli UCLA.
Enrichment clusters at Renzulli UCLA
Enrichment clusters, which are designed to develop gifted potentials, are taught by instructors trained and certified in Dr. Joseph Renzulli’s teaching methodologies, and are usually university faculty, graduate teaching insructors, and top secondary school teachers. Each cluster is supervised by an instructor who shares a passion for the topic.
Each cluster meets Monday-Thursday, for approximately 6 hours. Clusters are not graded. You will receive a brief written evaluation and a Renzulli Discovery “Certificate of Achievement” upon successful completion of the program.
You must have at least one of the following:
- Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
- A/B+ in subject area related to enrichment cluster of interest (based on latest report card)
- Teacher recommendation