Feb 25, 2019

Junior States of America Summer School

  • Crimson Education
  • Washington, DC, USA
University Selection Workshop Skill Building Summer Program Other


In the student-run, student-led Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), participants learn how to engage civilly in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation, JSA is committed to developing a diverse, cross-section of young leaders for a democratic society.

JSA has been conducting pre-college enrichment programs since 1941. JSA Summer School is academically rigorous and requires students to be dedicated to making the most of their time in a college-level learning environment, with a focus on Speech and Debate formats designed to sharpen public speaking skills. JSA doesn’t hand out value, it builds it within the students themselves. It offers select students an opportunity to participate in a summer program that is proven to build the kind of value that empowers students to succeed in college and throughout their lives.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Admission to JSA Summer School is competitive, which is they require school transcripts, letters of recommendation and student essays. JSA are looking for academically serious students who are willing to work hard and understand that they will be undertaking a serious summer of study and academic enrichment.

Participation Cost


Costs vary depending on the programme taken, however, one can expect to pay fees between $4000-7500 USD for an entire Summer School programme.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Admission to JSA Summer School requires excellent school transcripts, letters of recommendation and students who are able to write strong essays. JSA look for academic excellence and a good work ethic.

Time Commitment


The amount of time that must be committed to these summer school programmes depends on the course taken, however they average around 3-4 weeks in length.

Application Deadline

2020 Dates TBA

Application Process Includes

Requirements for completing a Summer School application include selecting the campus and course to which you are applying, competing a “personal information” section, submitting two short essays, and then sending a copy of your high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from your teacher/counselor.

JSA offer a rolling admissions process and are currently accepting applications for summer 2020. They will continue to accept applications until all spaces are filled, but recommend that you complete your application as early as possible to ensure your preferred location and courses.