Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Boston Leadership Institute?
The Boston Leadership Institute is a top-tier summer STEM program for high school and pre-high school students. Our programs are hands-on and engaging, and are designed to introduce students to a variety of careers in the STEM and business fields. We offer both day and residential programs in Boston and its surrounding areas.
Where are you located?
The Boston Leadership Institute operates out of three campuses in Boston and the greater Boston area. The locations include Olin College in Greater Wellesley, Gann Academy/Bentley University in Waltham, and our popular Boston location.
What kind of programs do you offer?
We offer many types of programs:
- Three-Week Programs: These are our most in depth and immersive programs for students entering grades 8-12 at all locations. Three-week programs are competitive admissions and require students to submit an application. Topics include Biological Research, Astrophysics, Forensic Science, Emergency Medicine and more! See a full list of our three-week programs here!
- One-Week Programs: One-week programs provide an introduction to a range of STEM topics. Students are welcome to take multiple one week programs in a row. No application is required. See a full list of our one-week programs here!
- Pre-High School Programs: These one-week programs are offered at our Gann and Olin locations. Designed for students entering grades 6-8, students can elect to learn about a whole range of topics, from Mini Med School to Pet Med. See a full list of our Pre-High School programs here!
- EDGE Programs: These one-week programs give students a head start on material they’ll see in their Fall classes. Learn more about EDGE programs here.
- Remote Programs: Can’t make it to our in person programs? Remote programs are available throughout the summer. Learn more here.
When do your programs run?
Our one-week and three-week programs take place over an 8 week period in the summer. The programs run from 9AM-3:30PM Monday-Friday. There is a one hour break for lunch and unstructured time. We offer an extended day program until 5:00 free of charge.
What is the application process for your programs? Is there an application deadline?
One-week programs do not require an application. They are open to students who perform at grade level or above.
Three-week programs are competitive admissions and require students to fill out an application. We accept students on a rolling admissions basis and review applications once per week. Both the parent and the student will receive an email informing the family of our decision within approximately 7-10 days’ time.
Can you accommodate students with special dietary needs?
Vegetarian entrees are available at every meal. For families whose students have food allergies, vegan or kosher diets, gluten-free diets, or other special dietary needs, they should contact us to work out a plan.
How do I enroll in a program?
You can secure your seat with a deposit. The deposit for one-week programs is $200. The deposit for three-week programs and remote programs is $500. Deposits placed before May 15th are refundable for 7 days after the payment has been made. Deposits placed after May 15th are refundable for 72 hours after the payment has been placed. Deposits are transferable to any program of the same or greater value if the desired program has seats available.
What is the cost of your programs?
The cost of our program depends on the length of the program and if your student is participating as a day only, or as a residential student.
Day Program Fees:
One-Week tuition: $599
Three-Week tuition: $2200
The residential fee is $699 per week. This is on top of the tuition fee. This covers housing, three meals per day, and supervision by our staff. Thus, the one-week program residential fee is $699 and the three-week residential fee is $2097.
We offer transportation to and from the airport. A round-trip package is $99. A one-way trip from the airport to the program upon arrival is $75. A one-way trip from the program to the airport upon departure is $50.
We also offer linens for residential students. The cost to rent linens (which include a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow case and towel) is $50.
Remote Program Fees:
When are payments due?
Tuition payment is due in full by May 15, 2024. For families registering after May 15th, the payment is due two weeks after the deposit is made and not later than the program’s start date. Housing payments are due in full by June 1, 2024.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
As mentioned above, deposits made on or before May 15th are fully refundable for one week after they are made. After 7 days, they are non-refundable. After May 15th, they are refundable for 72 hours after they are made. After this 72 hour period, deposits are non-refundable.
Our cancellation and refund policy is stated in full in the Terms & Conditions below. All refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to email@example.com. If you call and speak with someone over the phone, we will still require you to send an email, as well.
Do you offer scholarships?
We offer selective scholarships to a very limited number of students on the basis of financial need: we cannot offer financial assistance for the residential portion of the program. You can find the application here.
What are some ways I can save on the cost of attending?
Some out-of-state families are able to enjoy the Boston area and contain costs at the same time by planning a family vacation at the same time as the one-week program and having their student stay with them in a hotel (or in a sublet apartment for the three-week programs). Others have students stay with friends or relatives in the Boston area. Most families within four or five hours of Boston drive their students by car, dropping them off the Sunday before the programs begin and picking them up on the last day of the program. Residential drop-off and pick-up times are designed to accommodate families completing the round-trip in one day. Parents also may spend the weekend before or after the program in Boston sight-seeing or lining up college visits with their student to give even more value to their trip.
What are the class hours for in person classes?
9:00 – 3:30
Extended day program from 3:30 – 5:00, free of charge
What is the drop off and pick up schedule for day students?
Day students should be dropped off or arrive on campus at 8:45 am each day, unless an earlier field trip has been scheduled. Pick up is at 3:30 pm. As mentioned above, we offer a free extended day program from 3:30-5:00 for students whose parents can’t arrive by 3:30 or whose public transportation leaves later.
How is roommate selection done?
Room assignments are under the sole discretion of the Boston Leadership Institute. We will consider requests for a specific, named roommate. Requests for single rooms due to religious or medical reasons are typically honored but may come with an additional charge.
What information do I need to know to book my student’s flights?
Boston Leadership Institute offers a ground transportation package, meaning we will pick your child up from Boston Logan Airport when they arrive and bring them back after the program ends. The roundtrip price is $99, a one-way trip to the program from the airport is $75, and a one-way trip from the program to the airport is $50.
Arrival: Students must arrive at Logan Airport between 1pm and 6pm on the Sunday before their programs. They will meet a BLI employee at the baggage claim area or another designated meet up spot within the airport. Staff cannot meet students at the arrival/departure gate. Students cannot arrive later than 6pm on the Sunday prior to programs. Parents may allow students arriving before noon to await our staff member’s arrival at noon, but BLI cannot be responsible for the students’ care before noon.
Departure: Students will depart in groups and will be dropped off at the airport, and are responsible for independently getting to the departure gate. Contact us for more details.
Please keep in mind that Logan is a major airport and there is considerable distance from security check-points to some of the flight gates. Moreover, our programs are around 35-45 minutes from the airport even with good traffic and no construction or weather delays. Hence, a 6am flight might mean leaving our program at 4am and waking at 3:30 am. The limousine company imposes a surcharge for early morning flights and we may be unable to arrange groups that early in the morning.
I do not live in the United States, can I still come?
BLI welcomes international students every year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for VISA information.
What is the drop off and pick up schedule for residential students?
Drop off: Sunday before the program begins between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Pick up: Parents may also pick students up after 4:00 on the Friday the program ends. Families may elect to pick up the Saturday after the program ends before 10:00 am, but additional charges may apply.
How is COVID-19 affecting your programs?
At the Boston Leadership Institute, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will be operating in person classes in accordance with CDC and Massachusetts state guidelines and well as the guidelines of our host sites. Field trips may be impacted due to transportation and destination availability and rules.
Students attending BLI programs must meet requirements of the host site surrounding mask wearing, COVID testing, vaccination, social distancing, and any other condition imposed by that educational institution. No refunds will be issued to students who fail to meet government-imposed or site-imposed COVID-19 requirements.
What are the Payment Terms & Conditions?
In consideration of my son/daughter becoming a participant in the Boston Leadership Institute LLC program, I, the parent or guardian of the student named on this registration form, hereby authorize the Boston Leadership Institute or its representative to obtain emergency medical treatment on behalf of my son/daughter in the event that, in the opinion of said Boston Leadership Institute, my son/daughter is in need of any such medical treatment. I further release the Boston Leadership Institute or its representatives for any damages sustained by me or my child in connection with providing emergency medical treatment. The Boston Leadership Institute agrees to contact the parents or guardian as soon as is reasonably practicable after the event which requires said emergency medical treatment at the telephone number provided by the parent/guardian. I further agree that I will be responsible for the payment of any case of medical treatment of any nature which may arise in connection with any sickness or accident which may occur during the period that my son/daughter is at this program, whether such expense is incurred during or subsequent to the time that my son/daughter attends the program and will identify and hold harmless the Boston Leadership LLC for any claims for payment by providers of said medical care.
Please note that we cannot guarantee teachers. Illness, family emergencies, or other circumstances may arise. If a particular teacher cannot teach, we will seek another qualified teacher, but students will not be issued refunds. If a class does not fill due to low enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel the class and return deposits/payments in full. We would expect to have this information before May 15 and possibly well before then. Up until and including May 15, 2024, all deposits are fully refundable for 7 days after they are received. After 7 days, deposits are not refundable. After May 15, and up until the program start date, deposits are refundable for 72 hours,and become non-refundable thereafter; and in any event, payments are not refundable after the program start date. Minimum 30 business days may be needed to process refund requests. Within the specified time periods above, notice of cancellation must be sent via email to: email@example.com
Deposits/tuition may be transferred to other BLI programs, of similar or greater length, for which your student is eligible as long as the program is open. If a friend or sibling who has not yet sent in a deposit is found to replace the student, deposits/tuition may also be transferred to them. Balances may also be transferred to siblings who have previously placed a deposit. In no event may a competitive-admissions program deposit /tuition be transferred to a one-week program (that is priced at $599). Requests for transfers must be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment is due in full by May 15, 2024. For families registering after May 15, 2024, payment is due two weeks after the deposit is made. Parents registering less than two weeks before the program start date must pay in full within one week and in no case later than the Monday before the program start date. If tuition balance payment deadlines are missed, students will lose their place in the program and the deposit will be forfeited. For students staying in the dorms, the residential fee is due on June 1, 2024: For families placing a deposit after May 15, the residential fee is due within two weeks of placing the tuition deposit. For families placing a deposit within two weeks of the program start date, the residential fee is due no later than the Monday before the program start date. Students who have not paid the residential fee in full by these deadlines are not guaranteed housing. Please understand that we must reserve and pay for costs such as private tours, deposits and so on, as well as make plans and payments based on student enrollment, well in advance of the program start date.
Tuition balance payments and residential fees are not refundable in cases of student cancellation after payment deadlines; partial tuition or residential fee refunds may be possible on a case-by-case basis in the event of documented student illness or injury, but deposits are not refundable in such cases. Residential fees may be transferred to residential fees for a different week, or to a sibling or friend who has not yet sent in deposits during the 2024 season who–subsequent to written notice via email–enrolls in a BLI program.. All notices of cancellations or requests for transfers must be sent via email to: email@example.com and the date of the email will determine whether the request came within the deadline period. (Parents concerned about homesickness or illness may look into outside insurers that provide this type of coverage.) Parents who wish to pay in installments may email about this option. Prices include all supplies, field trip transportation, lunch, museum tickets, movie tickets, and private tours applicable to the program. For the residential programs, the price includes dorm room, breakfast and dinner (weekday lunch is already included in day program price), as well as weeknight and weekend activities. Snacks are not included. The fee does not cover transportation to and from the airport.
No day programs will be held on July 4. In the event that snow days prevent teachers from starting during the first few days of a program, activities will be rescheduled: No refunds will be issued for adjustments resulting from snow days.
We reserve the right to deny admission or withdraw students who are deemed a danger to themselves or others, or who have behavioral problems that would pose a danger to property. Students must be intellectually capable of handling middle to high school level work without individual assistance. If the student has physical mobility constraints, it is the parent’s responsibility to contact BLI before placing a deposit as certain programs involve walking long distances and certain classrooms/labs are only accessible by stairs.
No refunds will be issued to participants who are sent home from the program because, in the judgment of the Boston Leadership Institute LLC, they have broken a law; or they have committed a serious disciplinary issue such as vandalism; or they pose a danger to others or a danger to themselves (including from an uncontrolled medical [or mental] condition that the Boston Leadership Institute deems a threat to the student’s life or health such as uncontrolled conditions causing loss of consciousness or suicidality). Parents are responsible for damages due to vandalism.
I understand and agree that if the Boston Leadership Institute is forced to close a program based on a recommendation by the local Health Services Department (in the case of a communicable disease outbreak, etc) or due to another “force majeure” such as natural disaster or act of war, I will not be entitled to a refund. Further, if a certain location is not available for Summer 2024, I will not be entitled to a refund if the program is moved to an alternate Boston-area location. In addition, for safety reasons, students lacking the required medical release, medical information, and consent forms cannot join the program until the forms are submitted. BLI reserves the right to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival before students can join the programs. (Other COVID19-related prevention measures as well as government prohibitions may apply and may be mandated as per announcements, as well.) Room assignments are under the sole discretion of the Boston Leadership Institute. (We will consider requests for a specific, named roommate. Requests for single rooms due to religious or medical reasons are typically honored but may come with an additional charge..) We can only release students outside of normally scheduled departure times: a) in person, b) to an older sibling or an adult age 21 or over, and c) with written advance permission from a parent or guardian.
By registering your student at the Boston Leadership Institute, you agree that the Boston Leadership Institute reserves the right, in its discretion, to set and modify the program content, day and residential activities, and day and residential field trips (where applicable).
The responsibility to learn rests squarely on the enrolled student. Consistent and on-time attendance, active interaction with others in the program, and steady engagement with the instructor and program content is expected. If enrolled students are not keeping up or not able to maintain active engagement with the instructor and program, they must take action by asking for assistance. Students or parents may also call or email our administrative offices to inquire about a transfer to an alternate program of the same length.
The Boston Leadership Institute makes every effort to hire the most qualified staff and incivility by parents can affect retention of hard-working staff. We understand that children are parents’ most important treasure and that parents may be stressed about being away from their students in the summer, and upset at any curveballs. We expect civility, however, from our parents. Parents are expected to not swear or scream at the Boston Leadership Institute team. Such behavior is counter-productive.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
I will treat each student and staff with respect.
I will use appropriate language and avoid bullying, teasing, or cursing during this program.
I will respect the personal property of students and staff.
I will respect the buildings, furnishings, and facilities that the program is using.
I will keep myself and others safe while in the program and avoid risky behavior.
I will not physically injure others. I will not engage in self-injurious behavior.
I will leave weapons of any kind, including a pocket knife, at home.
I will not use illegal drugs, caffeine pills, tobacco, or alcohol while at the program nor will I bring them to the program.
On field trips, I will remain with my group at all times and only leave the group with an assigned buddy and with permission from the counselor/teacher.
I agree to abide by the internet and social media policy.
I will not enter the bedroom of another student when they are not present.
I will not go into the bedroom of someone of the opposite sex nor will I engage in sexually inappropriate activity.
I will not enter off-limits areas such as tunnels or ponds or as outlined by BLI staff.
I will not abscond, that is, leave the grounds of my host institute (Olin College, Gann Academy, Bentley University) unless I am accompanied by BLI staff or by an adult over 21 years of age with parental permission. As a residential student, I will not leave my dorm/ apartment after lights out (except to access the bathroom), leave the building, or enter other student’s bedrooms/apartments after lights out (outside of emergency situations). This includes lunch. For day students, permission to leave alone by foot, car, or train to return home may be given by the parent.
I agree to abide by the internet and social networking, cell phone, and blogging policy.
I will not engage in pranks.
I will not engage in disruptive classroom behavior.
If a residential student, I will honor curfew and lights out.
I understand that failure to comply may result in one of the following courses of action: 1. Being prohibited from participating in specific activities; 2. Requiring immediate pick up by the parent/guardian; 3. Creating a behavior action plan with parent/guardian during the evenings and weekend to compensate for lost time. 4. For students completing a three-week program, certificates may be permanently withheld. The Boston Leadership Institute has a zero tolerance policy for 1) drugs and alcohol, 2) sexual misconduct, and 3) absconding. In the rare event that a student is sent home for a major rule infraction, no refunds will be given nor will the Boston Leadership Institute be responsible for costs associated with forfeited airline tickets. I give the Boston Leadership Institute LLC permission to publish in print, electronic, or video format likenesses or photographic images of (my child)/(myself the student). I give the Boston Leadership Institute LLC permission to publish in print, electronic, or video format written student program evaluations. I have read and agree to the terms and conditions above.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISKS: I recognize that there is inherent danger in any Activities that involve laboratory research, physical exertion or risk taking; that although the program may not be strenuous, injuries or medical complications may occur; that certain foreseeable and unforeseeable events unique to each Activity can contribute to the unpredictability of the Activity; and that balance, physical coordination, and conditioning may affect the occurrence of accidents, falls, and injuries.
EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY: In recognition of the inherent risks of the Activities in which my Child will be engaged, both seen and unforeseen, I confirm that my Child is capable of participating in the Activities and/ or using equipment in connection therewith. I assume full responsibility for personal injury, accidents or illnesses, including death to my Child. I also assume responsibility for loss of or damage to my Child’s personal property. On behalf of myself and my Child, I assume the risk(s) of personal injury, accidents, and/or illnesses of all kinds and nature, including, but not limited to, cuts, wounds, scrapes, abrasions, and/or contusions, sprains, and/or death. I have read and agree to the terms and conditions above.
RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: In consideration of my child’s participation in the Activities, I do hereby for myself, my Child and our respective administrators, executors, heirs, spouse, dependents, successors, and assignees, knowingly and intentionally release, forever discharge and covenant not to sue the Boston Leadership Institute LLC and its successors assignees, owners, agents, employees and volunteers from and against any claims, demands, expenses, actions and causes of action of every name, type, and nature I or we now have or may ever have arising out of my child’s participation in the activities during his/her dates of attendance and on any subsequent dates during which he or she participates in the activities. In signing this Agreement, I acknowledge and represent that I have fully reviewed it and understand what it means, and that I sign this document as my free act and deed. No oral representations, statements, or inducements, apart from a foregoing written statement has been made. I further agree that this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If any of its terms or provisions shall be held illegal, unenforceable, or in conflict with any law, the validity of the remaining portions shall not be affected thereby to the fullest extent permitted by law. I further state that I agree that I, my child and our respective estates, heirs, administrators, personal representatives, and assigns shall be bound by the same.
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