Frequently Asked Questions
Award-Winning Summer STEM Programs for Teens
9:00 – 3:30
Extended day program from 3:30 – 5:00, free of charge
Programs are run at three different locations. Each program page specifies the program’s location.
The three locations are:
Bentley University/Gann Academy – Waltham, MA
Dana Hall School – Wellesley, MA
The Longwood Medical Area – Boston, MA
Each program takes place at one location for its entire duration.
Most three-week programs and all one-week programs are open to rising eighth-graders and above. Select three-week programs include a high school Biology prerequisite. If your student has not yet taken high school Biology, the list of classes that we consider to be too advanced will be listed in their acceptance letter.
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.
How to secure a seat
You can secure your seat with a deposit. One-week deposits are $200, and three-week deposits are $500. Before June 3rd, deposits are fully refundable for one week after the payment had been made. After June 3rd, deposits are fully refundable for 48 hours. After this, they are non-refundable. Deposits are also transferrable to any program of the same length if the desired program has seats available.
$599 per week
Includes housing, meals, weekend field trips (for three-week programs), 24/7 counselor and director accessibility, and entertainment.
Payment and due dates
Payment is due in full by May 15, 2019. 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 and roommates
Roommates will be selected based on age. For example, freshmen will not room with seniors. Bentley students are housed in suites, and Longwood and Dana Hall students are almost all in doubles. If need be, students are welcome to request a single. Students may also request to room with a friend who they know is also attending a program at the same location.
Students with special dietary needs
Vegetarian entrees are available at every meal. We may need to work with families on our own to accommodate vegan diets. We also collect information on every child’s allergies and work with campus dining staffs to ensure that every allergy is accounted for and every child has safe meals to eat.
Boston Leadership Institute offers a ground transportation package, meaning we will pick your child up from Boston Logan Airport and bring them back after the program ends. The roundtrip price is $99, or you can select to pay half for one way. More information on this can be found here.
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. 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.
Return trip, the flight must leave no earlier than 7am on the final Saturday of the program. The last transportation service will be departing at 10 am. Students will depart in groups and will be dropped off at the airport, and are responsible for independently getting to the departure gate.
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.)
Residential student drop off and pick up
Drop off: Sunday before the program begins between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Pick up: Saturday after the program ends before 10:00 am.
Day student drop off and pick up
Day students should be dropped off or arrive to campus at 8:45 am each day, unless an earlier field trip has been scheduled. Pick up is at 3:30. 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.
Cancellation and refund policy
As mentioned above, before June 3rd, deposits are fully refundable for one week after there are made. After June 3rd, they are refundable for 48 hours after they are made. After this, they are non-refundable.
Tuition refunds, not including the deposit, are available in full before May 15th. You may request a refund regardless of when you made the payment. After May 15th, we cannot guarantee a full refund of your tuition payment. In the case of illness or injury, partial refunds may be considered on a case by case basis.
All refund requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you call and speak to someone, we will still require you to send an email, as well.
We offer selective scholarships to a very limited number of rising seniors whose families bring in a combined $60,000 or less per year. You can find the application here.
Some out of state families will join their children in Boston for the duration of the program and have their student stay with them rather than on campus. Boston has an abundance of Airbnb or VRBO options (no endorsement or guarantee implied). We also encourage parents who live within driving distance to make a road trip out of bringing their student to Boston – that way you can visit the city, too! You may also consider having your student stay with a loved one who lives in the area.
Who to contact with questions
Email email@example.com, or call 781-431-2514.
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