Is EXPLO Right For You?

Download  Admissions Considerations +  Community Standards (PDF) Our programs are a place where students come to discover themselves in a safe and supportive environment that encourages individuality and independence.

As you consider EXPLO for your family, please review our Admission Considerations + Community Standards to determine whether our summer programs are a good match.

The Admission Process

We’re so excited that you are interested in joining the EXPLO community this summer. Please follow the instructions below to submit a student application. We encourage you to contact our Admission Office if you have any questions about EXPLO or our application process — it’s what we’re here for!

STEP ONE: Complete Our Online Application + Submit A Deposit

The first step is to choose which EXPLO program you’d like to attend this summer. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be asked to submit a tuition deposit to hold your spot. You can find more information about deposits and payments here.

STEP TWO: Online Teacher Recommendation

We’d like to get to know you! The next step in the admission process is to request an online recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal who knows you well. A recommendation is required if:

  • You did not attend EXPLO last year
  • You are applying to one of our EXPLO Concentrations
  • You are applying for a scholarship

Once we have processed your student application, we will reach out to you with submission instructions if a recommendation is required.
Please note that you will not be enrolled at EXPLO until we have a current teacher recommendation on file.*

* EXPLO Mini students are exempt from this requirement.

STEP THREE: Personal Essay (EXPLO Concentration Courses Only)

Students applying for a 1- or 2-week concentration course are required to submit a personal essay explaining why they are interested in participating in that course. The essay should answer the following three questions:

  • Why are you interested in this concentration topic?
  • What do you hope to get out of this course?
  • What will you contribute to this course?

Once we have processed your application, we will reach out to you with essay submission instructions, if required.

Once the Admission Committee has received all items related to your application, they will make a determination on your acceptance into the program within 10 days.

STEP FOUR: English Language Interview (International Students Only)

In order to ensure that non-native English speakers are placed in an EXPLO program that is appropriate for their English level, we conduct short student interviews to assess students’ speaking abilities. Once we have processed your application, we will reach out to you if an interview is required.

  • Three-week Option: Intermediate- to advanced-level English is required
  • One- and Two-Week Concentration Courses: Advanced-level English is required
  • One-week EXPLO Mini Option: Advanced-level English is required
  • English Immersion: Beginning-level English is required

STEP FIVE: Choose Your Courses + Electives

After your application has been accepted, you will gain access to the EXPLO Student Portal where you can select your courses for the summer.