Summer school bands and a cappella singing groups are usually formed each year. Other activities, such as plays, open-mike performances, literary magazines, swing dancing, and chess matches are also common, based on the particular interests and talents of each summer's group.
In each session, ethical behavior among students is expected. The program attempts to achieve a balance between the necessity for structure and the desire to allow students the freedom to mature in a new environment. The ASP seeks highly motivated students interested in academic challenge, hard work, and a stimulating environment that will encourage them to learn and grow.
The 2016 session runs from June 24–July 31.