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Help a Mom: Mom seeks educational summer programs for eighth, ninth graders

Posted February 28, 2012

A fan posted a question on our Facebook page this week and I told her I'd pose it here too.

Here's what she wrote:

Fairly new to the area and I have yet to find a website or compilation of educational summer programs for now rising eighth and ninth graders. Any suggestions?

I asked for a bit more information about what her kids might be interested in. She wrote that her rising eighth grader would enjoy a math or science camp. She's looking for a reading or social studies-related camp for her rising ninth grader. She'd like the camps to be nearby, but she's willing to travel most anywhere in the Raleigh and Durham area.

I suggested IMACS, which I wrote about a few months ago. Many of the Triangle's colleges and universities also offer camps. The Wake County school system has a page with a link to many of these programs. Click here for details.

And, of course, I shared the link to the Go Ask Mom camp database.

I know she'd love to hear from other parents whose older kids have enjoyed camps in the Triangle.

If you have a suggestion, please share in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • emilygrant Mar 2, 2012

    The North Carolina Museum of History offers fun hands-on summer camps. The camps are 1/2 day, week-long camps for children in completed K-8th grades. Camps are taught by professional educators on staff or experienced teachers in the community. Registration for the general public began March 1. Fee per camp is $80 for members and $90 for the general public. It's one of the best bargains in town! Enrollment is limited to 12 participants per camp for grades K–2 and 14 participants per camp for grades 3–5 and 6–8. Lunchtime care and need-based scholarships are available. For more information or to register, go to our website at or call 919.807.7979 for more information. Hope to see you at the museum soon!

  • midnight2 Feb 29, 2012

  • Mom2two Feb 29, 2012

    You don't say whether the students are male or female, but the NC Museum of Natural Sciences offers Girls in Science and Boys in Science(first time for BIS) this summer for rising 7th and 8th graders. The BIS is a Piedmont residential camp, the GIS is a coastal residential camp. There is also a Piedmont residential camp for Girls in Science for rising 6th and 7th graders. Go to

    Another place to check out educational programs for the 9th grader would be NCSU or Meredith, and Cary Academy. Those can be kind of pricy. Wake tech also offers technology camps for teens.

    Good Luck and welcome to Raleigh!