student in chemistry lab

summer session Eastside:Summer Session


Each summer we offer a mix of on-campus courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, allowing students to expand on a particular interest, fulfill a requirement, or simply try something new. We also encourage and help students to find summer programs, internships, and travel opportunities outside of Eastside. Each student takes part in 120+ hours of on- or off-campus programs each summer, with the goal of promoting personal growth and future opportunities.

Summer Bridge Program

All incoming ninth graders attend our six-week Summer Bridge Program, during which they take literature, math, and high school prep courses. The Summer Bridge Program helps students learn about time management, develop key organizational skills, and set goals for a successful year ahead.

The program also gives Eastside teachers a chance to assess incoming students’ individual skills and needs and help to prepare each of them to succeed in Eastside’s challenging classes. During this time, we convey our expectation that students will make a serious and sustained commitment to their education while laying the foundation of support from our faculty.

College Application Boot Camp

All rising seniors take this two-week class, taught by our college counselor, which gives students a head start on the college application process as they research colleges and universities that would be a good match and begin working on their personal statements. This course is held in the beginning of the summer so students can also participate in other activities and classes.

On-Campus Classes

Our partnership with Foothill College allows us to offer college-level classes at Eastside both during the summer and throughout the school year. Typically we offer three Foothill classes during the summer: chemistry, psychology, and statistics. These classes are a tremendous benefit to students as they graduate with college credits on their transcripts and with the confidence that they can master college-level material.

In the summer, we also offer Eastside art, drama, and photography, which fulfill the year-long arts requirement for UC and CSU admission. Other summer classes may include fitness and computer science.

Off-Campus Programs

In addition to offering classes on campus, we also help our students find and fund programs off campus. In past years, students have participated in a variety of off-campus activities including career-directed internships, research or academic programs at universities, volunteer or paid positions at local nonprofits, international travel through organizations such as Experiment in International Living, and outdoor adventures with groups like NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). We work individually with students to help them navigate the application processes for off-campus summer activities. 

For more information about our summer session, contact:

Amairany Fuentes
Student Services Coordinator
phone: (650) 688-0850 x112

Vanessa, Eastside Class of 2018


“At what other school have you heard of a sophomore going on a leadership trip to Canada, or a junior taking an internship at NASA and making 3D models of the Mars helicopter, or a senior shadowing a research scientist at Stanford?” – Vanessa, Eastside Class of 2018

We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Oracle for partnering with us to support our summer session.

Eastside admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Eastside does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.