The Advanced Studies Program is committed to educating the whole person and preparing students to make contributions to a changing and challenging world. ASP defines education as all of the structured experiences in which students participate: course work, recreational activities, and residential life. These opportunities involve valuable interaction between faculty, interns, house advisers, and students.

During the five-and-a-half-week program, each student takes one major course of his or her choice. These major courses meet for 19 hours per week, Monday through Saturday. In addition to the major course, each student takes Writing Workshop, which meets for four hours per week. Students can expect to spend about the same amount of time studying outside of class as they spend in class.

Classes meet in the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science, Astronomy Center, and the Schoolhouse. The Ohrstrom Library, with over 75,000 volumes, 200 periodicals, and state-of-the-art research facilities, is in constant use during the summer. The grounds also include 2,000 acres of woods and ponds and miles of pathways. This natural wildlife and watershed area provides an ideal outside laboratory for science students.

Academics: What Students Say

“Coming to ASP has given me so many opportunities to do and see things I never would have at my high school. I am in the engineering class and we have been on field trips to MIT and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which are field trips I could not have experienced if it was not for ASP. I have learned so much and this has been an incredible summer!”
– Mackenzie, Merrimack High School
“This summer has been one of my best intellectual experiences. Not only are the teachers inspiring, but the discussions with students and faculty alike have been extremely thought provoking.”
– Matthew, Nashua North High School
“My ASP experience was the best five weeks of learning that I have had. My master class, ecology, and writing workshops prepared me for college and other future plans more than my previous three years of high school.”
– John, Bow High School