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Improve Academic Achievement and College Readiness

June 23 - August 1, 2014

Each summer, the Accelerated Summer Academic Program (ASAP) at the University of San Diego (USD) offers high school students a select number of honors and advanced placement (AP) courses to prepare them adequately for college.Taking classes on USD's campus provides high school students with the opportunity to have a university-level learning experience. Since one of the greatest challenges for college students is the transition from the high school to the college learning environment,USD’s goal with the Accelerated Summer Academic Program is to help students prepare for and succeed in this transition.

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"... I liked how the teacher was passionate about her work. It got us into what we were learning and made it more exciting. It was really enjoyable and I think The Practice of Law was one of the greatest classes. I've gained knowledge ... My favorate thing was the different activities we did like the mock trial. Definitely recommend this program."

Azriel Almera, 9th Grade, High Tech High Media Art


Steps for Application

  1. Search for courses below
  2. Enroll and pay for the course you are interested in
  3. Complete the Application Form online (Please note, to complete the application you are required to create a student account, make sure that it is the students name, not the parents name). The following items are part of the application process:

* $50 application fee - fee will be automatically assessed with online submission of this form 
* Teacher Recommendation Form
* Photocopy of most recent grade report card or high school transcript 
* Photocopy of achievement test scores or signed, stamped note from administrative staff if no test has been taken in the past 3 years 
* Inventory of activities or resume 
* Photocopy of College Board PSAT and/or SAT scores (if available)

       4.  Pay the Application Fee

Top Reasons Students Should Attend

  • Accelerate academic achievement
  • Receive personalized attention for academic topics in small classroom settings
  • Advance to a higher level of high school coursework
  • Improve college/university application profile and readiness for success

Who Should Attend

All high school students who demonstrate strong academic ability and can participate successfully in classes with rigorous curriculum are encouraged to attend.

Important Deadlines

Deadline to submit applications: June 6, 2014
Placements mailed to students: June 10, 2014
Orientation Meeting - Students, Parents and Teachers: June 14, 2014
First Day of Class: June 23, 2014
Last Day of Class: August 1, 2014

Application Process

The admissions process for the ASAP is now open. In order to apply for admission to the program, students must submit a complete application by the application deadline. Get Started and Apply Here Today


A variety of high school teachers from many of San Diego’s top high schools are the expert instructors involved in the USD ASAP program. The instructors have varied backgrounds with knowledge in math, writing, sciences, computer science and law, and bring both excellent teaching styles with expertise to the classroom each day to ensure that students perform at their highest level.


Courses that normally take an entire high school year will be delivered in six weeks, with students meeting three days per week for 4.5 hours each day. Courses that normally take a semester will meet two days per week for 4.5 hours each day. Students will be expected to complete four to six hours of homework for each class session attended.

  Writing and Literature 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X901   Writing for College
    YTH-X902   Writing for High School
    YTH-X930   The Writing Process
    YTH-X931   Analytical Writing
    YTH-X932   Creative Writing
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X911   AP Art History
    YTH-X929   AP Music Theory
    YTH-X941   Mobile Filmmaking
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X912   First-Year Japanese
    YTH-X913   First-Year Mandarin
    YTH-X937   AP Chinese Language and Culture Preparation Course
    YTH-X936   SAT Chinese Language Subject Preparation Course
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X905   Geometry
    YTH-X904   Precalculus
    YTH-X914   Algebra I
    YTH-X915   Algebra II/Trigonometry
    YTH-X916   AP Calculus AB
  Social Sciences 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X917   Public Speaking
    YTH-X907   The Practice of Law
    YTH-X918   AP Micro Economics
    YTH-X939   Foundations of American Government and Constitutional Law
  Natural Sciences 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X903   Biotechnology
    YTH-X920   Cognitive Neuroscience
    YTH-X919   Environmental Science
    YTH-X928   College Prep Chemistry
    YTH-X938   Physics
  Science and Tech 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X926   App Development and Introduction to Programming
    YTH-X927   Responsive Web Design
    YTH-X940   Electronics and Engineering Design Challenge: Full STEAM Ahead!
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    YTH-X933   Business Bootcamp
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