Summer Programs

Student Programs


Exeter Summer
Every summer Exeter welcomes to campus more than 780 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields. Typically, students come from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and 45 foreign nations. They are public school students and private school students. All come to Exeter with that particular mix of intellectual curiosity and adventurous spirit that holds the promise of glimpsing new horizons and making new discoveries.

Foreign Language Summer Programs
Exeter students and others may participate in Exeter's summer programs abroad. Each study tour combines a linguistic immersion through an academic and cultural program with activities geared to adolescents. Learn about these program in the Courses of Instruction or the Global Initiatives section of the website.


Teacher Professional Development Conferences at Exeter

Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics and Technology
This one-week conference for secondary teachers emphasizes mathematics focusing on the impact and applications of technology in the classroom and the role of technology in today's and tomorrow's mathematics and science curricula.  The conference can count towards graduate credit or professional development.

Exeter Humanities Institute
The Exeter Humanities Institute is a five-day working conference for secondary school English and History teachers. It is designed to explore the use of student-centered, discussion-based education that is loosely described as the "Harkness method" of teaching.

Biology Institute at Exeter
This one-week conference is geared towards secondary school Biology/Life Science and Environmental Science teachers. Spend a week immersed in biology and enjoy learning the latest biology teaching techniques.  The conference can count towards graduate credit or professional development

Rex A. McGuinn Conference on Shakespeare
This one-week course is designed for teachers looking for new ways to teach Shakespeare. Attendees live and learn with teachers from diverse backgrounds: public schools, independent schools, veterans and newcomers. The week features total immersion in a chosen play of Shakespeare with others who love and appreciate his work.

Writers' Workshop at Exeter
The Writers Workshop at Phillips Exeter Academy offers teachers of all academic disciplines an opportunity to write and revise their own narratives, poems, essays, and stories using the tools and techniques routinely employed by published writers and seasoned writing teachers alike. Participants will come away from this five-day working program armed with a more refined and professional approach to teaching writing in the classroom, and a portfolio of new work for continued development.   

Exeter Diversity Institute
The Exeter Diversity Institute is a five-day conference created for humanities teachers from public and private schools to explore the role social identity issues play in a student–centered Harkness classroom.  The institute will largely focus on this question: How do teachers assist students' explorations of the racial, socio-economic, gender and other cultural issues that emerge from American literature and history?

Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter - NEW IN 2016
The Institute will offer ideas and materials for participants to build and refine their courses and networking tools that will foster this professional development work.

Grainger Astronomy Conference
The Exeter Astronomy Conference is a weeklong meeting of secondary school astronomy educators of all levels designed to allow teachers from around the United States to share their experiences as astronomy educators; generate long-term collaborations; and learn about changes to the science of astronomy and to astronomy education.


Off-Campus Teacher Workshops

Exeter Math Institute
The Exeter Mathematics Institute (EMI) consists of one-week workshops offered during the summer at no cost to selected urban school districts.