The Advanced Studies Program was founded in 1957 by St. Paul's School to provide talented New Hampshire public and parochial high school students with challenging educational opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. More than 12,000 students have participated in the program since that time. Students apply in the fall of their junior year for attendance in the summer before their senior year of high school.
The summer session stresses academic and personal growth, as students learn to live together and share in the school community. The program is entirely residential, and the classwork is supplemented by athletics, participatory Chapel services, weekend social activities, and musical organizations.