Academic Summer Camps for East Bay Kids - 510 Families

Academic Summer Camps for East Bay Kids

Want to make learning fun this summer? This roundup of educational summer camps is a sampling of the diverse academic camp offerings available in the East Bay from math and science to writing. Learn more about these camps that specialize in making learning over the summer super cool along with other East Bay camps in our Summer Camp Guide.

Thank you to our academic camp sponsors:

  • Firecracker Math Summer Camp offers half-day math camps combined with afternoon recreation for ages 6 to 16 in Berkeley, Oakland/Piedmont, Alameda, Castro Valley, Lafayette, and San Francisco. Discount code below.
  • O’Dowd Summer Academy offers robust academic and enrichment courses in many subject areas. Look for middle school camp, high school prep, high school academy, and athletic camps for grades 6 to 12.

East Bay Educational Camps to consider

Please note that some of these camps require applications (with deadlines) or have a different format more like college courses and less like traditional camps. We made our best effort to compare them apples to apples, but that’s not always possible. Click around and find the right fit for your child.

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Prospect Sierra School Summer Program

Prospect Sierra welcomes your children to a memorable, dynamic and engaging Summer Program! With each class led by our PS year round teachers, campers will be exposed to multiple subjects in the most creative ways!

Camp Hours: 8 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Ranges from $375 to $475 per week; early bird pricing TBA
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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Summer Camps at The Lawrence

Explore, discover, and invent at UC Berkeley's public science center. Campers from 1st-6th grades delve into astronomy, biology, and engineering, while enjoying the Animal Discovery Zone, Planetarium, and everything else at The Lawrence Hall of Science.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $1395 for two weeks
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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FireCracker Math Summer Camp

Math camp for curious and challenge-loving kids ages 6 to 16. Instructions employ math games, projects, and magic tricks, sparking kids’ interest in math and boosting their skills and confidence. Morning classes are followed by fun activities in the afternoon.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm | Half day: 9 am - 12:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $525 per week, $120 per day. $325 per week of half-day, $75 drop-in. Discounts for multiple weeks or siblings.
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 5% with code 510FamiliesSum24. Expires 6/30/24

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Redwood Day Summer Camp (RDS)

RDS offers a personalized continued learning experience to all campers with a wide range of traditional day camps and small group specialty camps like inventors, animals, STEM, sports, and arts. Campers do not have to be Redwood Day students to attend.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (after camp care available)
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: Varies based on program from $550-$625 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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California College of the Arts (CCA) Youth Programs

3 distinct CCA studio programs for middle & high school students include animation, architecture, ceramics, comics, drawing, graphic design, fashion, film, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry-making, metal arts, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, screenprinting, and sculpture.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $650 per week (middle school program). $2100 per 2-week, or $4200 per 4-week session (high school program)
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Le Camp d'Été at Ecole Bilinque (EB)

Le Camp d'Été is a French immersion camp serving children ages 3-11. No prior French is necessary. They offer a variety of fun activities including art, cooking, music, sports, field trips and Friday FunDay.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $505 per week. Earlybird savings 3/15
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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St. Paul's Summer Camp

St. Paul's Summer Camp staff has a love and understanding of children, excellent communication skills, buckets of enthusiasm, and serious creativity! Families choose from a variety of classic on-campus activities or engage in day trips by bicycle or using private transportation. CIT roles grade 7+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:09 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:06 pm
Price: $625 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 15% with code NEWFAMILIES2024. Expires 3/27/24

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Call of the Wild Camps

Outdoor nature camps where K-5th graders connect with nature, hike, explore, read, write, create nature-inspired art, make friends, and play in Berkeley and Oakland forests. Theme weeks: Enchanted Forest Reading, Enchanted Forest Art, Enchanted Vegan Nature, and Enchanted Forest Writing.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $607.35 for five days. Discounts: early bird, sibling, refer a friend, scholarships
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Bishop O'Dowd Summer Academy

Summer Academy offers robust academic and enrichment courses such as Math, Spanish, Drama, and Gardening. Students choose their ideal schedule and develop social-emotional, creative, and intellectual skills, while getting to know O’Dowd's friendly campus in the foothills of East Oakland.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm | Register for classes for specific schedule
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $190 - $950 per week, depending on how many classes a student signs up for
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15

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Branson Summer Session

Middle and high schoolers choose from 20+ summer camps, workshops, and classes taught by Branson faculty, staff and coaches on this beautiful Marin campus. Meet students from around the Bay Area and practice academic, artistic, or athletic skills.

Camp Hours: 9 am - 3 pm or half days 9 am -noon
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: Varies by program. Financial aid available. Discounted Early Bird pricing ends March 31.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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ATDP, Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley

Challenging courses for motivated scholars. Explore academic passions through in-person or remote learning. Elementary Division (3 weeks, grades K-6) is held at Michelle Obama School in Richmond & Secondary Division (6 weeks, grades 7-11) at the UC Berkeley campus. Apply early!

Camp Hours: 8:30am - noon (morning sessions) and 1:00pm - 4:30pm (afternoon sessions)
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: Each course ranges $710-1080 for 3-6 weeks in total. Sibling discounts and Financial Aid is available. Check our website for deadlines.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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Brick Tech LEGO Camps

At Brick Tech, they want to inspire and captivate the imagination of every child using LEGO® to explain STEM and robotics concepts. Camp is a combination of guided LEGO® projects and structured play time in a safe and fun learning environment. At Brick Tech, the best way to learn is by doing.

Camp Hours: 9 a to 4 pm or half days 9 am to noon, 1 pm to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $525 per week of full day, $249 per week of half day
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12, Week of Aug. 19

Aim High

FREE 5-week program designed for students who have limited access to summer enrichment. This summer program ignites a love of learning and prepares students for success in middle school, high school, and beyond.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:15 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: 5-week session is free of charge, an application is required
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15

Adventures in Writing

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $1099 for 2-week session
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

iD Tech

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $1,149 per week plus overnight options
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

UCB Girls in Engineering Summer Camp

Introductory STEAM camp for middle schoolers

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm with optional extended care
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $600 - GiE actively recruits students from low socio-economic backgrounds and underrepresented minority groups and offers full scholarships.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 24, Week of July 8

Words in the Wild

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $1100 per 2-week session
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

Young Writers Camp by UC Berkeley BAWP

Including Visual Alternatives to Written Assignments: Options for Neurodivergent Students

Camp Hours: 9 am to noon
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 12:00 pm
Price: $350 per week | $675 per 2-week program
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 22

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Firecracker Math Camps are for curious and challenge-loving kids ages 6-16 | Photo: Firecracker Math

Find the perfect camp for your child in our East Bay summer camp guide. See also the overnight camp guide for additional academic camp options.

Thanks again to our educational camp sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors: Bishop O’Dowd and Firecracker Math. In addition to these academic camps, you and your child might also be interested in specific summer camps that focus on STEM or language, writing, and culture camps.

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