Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Want to keep your students engaged and learning throughout the summer break? Living in DFW, our students are fortunate to have a variety of experiences at their fingertips. Northwest ISD offers some opportunities, but beyond our boundaries there are countless amazing experiences awaiting your student.

TAGT offers student scholarships for gifted learners and summer enrichment programs. Learn more here. Scholarship applications for Summer 2023 activities AND graduating Seniors are here: Applications are due March 31.

NISD Offerings

Camp Pursuit

For currently identified NISD GATES students only (Rising 1st - 8th)

Camp Pursuit was created in 2013 by two public school teachers who believe students genuinely love to learn when the content is real and inspired. Using their own curriculum model, they blended the inductive scientific method (S), purposeful technology (T), problem-based engineering (E), and the art of expressive narrative (A) with exploratory mathematics (M). Your child chooses from a catalog of one-of-a-kind, STEAM courses that blend storytelling with project-based, interdisciplinary learning and hands-on activities.

Options for choice and accelerated learning are built-in along with an activity hour for mind-body balance.

July 17 - 20 @ Curtis Elementary (Camp Director: Jennifer Casey)

Link to register

Early Bird: $280 through March 20.

Cost $320 (Registration closes June 26)

High school students looking for volunteer hours should contact the camp director for details.

Creative Problem Solving (DI) Camp

Rising 3rd - 8th

This camp welcomes both DI alum and newbies. The camp will offer sessions on the various components like prop building, repurposing materials for something new, instant challenges, and improv.

Visit the NISD's Online Payment Portal to register for this fun-filled day of DI! After paying, there will be a Google Form for parents to fill out that will complete registration.

Cost $150

June 26 - 29 at Pike Middle School (Camp Director: Nicole Wallis)

Registration opens Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

High school students looking for volunteer hours should contact the camp director for details.

Camp Invention

Rising 1st - 6th Grade

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

Camp Invention is open to students in grades K-5. Middle school students are encouraged to enroll as Counselors-in-Training and high school students can apply to be Leadership Interns.

For details and registration information, please click here.

A Summer of Wonder!

June 5 - 8 @ Haslet (Camp Director: Rachel Pruitt)

June 5 - 8 @Lance (Camp Director: Lindsey Hart)

June 12 - 15 @ Beck (Camp Director: Caitlin Andrews)

June 12 - 15 @ Berkshire (Camp Director: Jennifer Hammond)

High school students looking for volunteer hours should contact the camp director for details.

PSAT Summer Academy

This academy is open to current 9th and 10th graders. For two weeks, students will work with expert teachers honing their PSAT skills for the October 2023 PSAT offered by NISD.

Visit the NISD's Online Payment Portal to register.

Cost $50

June 12 - 22, from 9AM to 12PM, at Tidwell MS.


Learn more about TechnoCamp here.

Beyond NISD

Not all institutions have published details for Summer 2022. Continue to check their websites for updates.

Lonestar Leadership Academy

Lone Star Leadership Academies are Sunday-Friday overnight camps offered throughout the summer for outstanding 4th-8th graders. Campers have the opportunity to explore significant sites in Texas’ three largest metropolitan areas with other outstanding students… all before 9th grade!

During the camps, young leaders travel to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas sites. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence, and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state.

Summer Day Camps

Davidson Institute - A Guide to Gifted Summer Programs

Summer Institute for the Gifted

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs

Northwestern Center for Talent Development

Purdue Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute (GER²I)

Center for Bright Kids

Tapia Center - Rice University (STEM for rising 8th - 12th graders)

Don't forget to check out your local library for activities throughout the summer.

College Camps


College for Kids is a 3-week summer enrichment program for children in the 1st through 8th grades. Children can enroll in academic, arts and crafts, science and technology, and health and fitness classes. Courses are taught by experienced and motivated faculty who encourage and challenge students in an atmosphere that supports inquiry and exploration.

ETIP Summer Experience 2021 (Paul Quinn College)

The Early Talent Identification Program provides rigorous enrichment for academically talented students of color so that they are best prepared to thrive in competitive learning environments.

University of North Texas

UNT has a variety of camps available from music to the outdoors.

STEM & Coding Camps

SMU: Youth Programs and Camps

A wide variety of summer enrichment options for all ages.

TCU Summer Camps

Summer at TCU is full of fun, learning and more fun! Camps are offered from early June 4 through early August. The programs are for youth entering 1st – 12th grade. Combine half-day camps to make a full day of it at TCU! Click below to see what’s offered and to register online! You can also register by calling 817-257-7132.

UTA Summer Camps

UTA offers a variety of camps mostly in the engineering field, but also in music and athletics.

TWU Summer Camps

Texas Woman’s University is hosting several camps during its 2018 summer semesters on the university’s Denton campus. Camps range from fashion and nutrition, to science and sports, and cater to ages preschool through college.

UT Dallas Chess Camp

Summer chess camps engage children in intellectual pursuit while building social skills. Many campers return year after year to build their skills and see friends. Some campers even bring their parents or grandparents for friendly familial competition!

Texas A&M

Summer Educational Enrichment in Math

UTD Summer Camps

Museum Camps

Fort Worth Museum of Science

What extraordinary learning is all about! For more than 68 years, Museum School has been opening young minds to a world of natural wonder. Museum School offers informal, discovery-based science and history classes that are enriched with Museum specimens or artifacts, creative activities, science investigations and other hands-on explorations.

Kimbell Summer Camps

Fun, challenging, and exciting! Five afternoons of creative activities for children (ages 6–12) explore connections with Kimbell masterpieces and special exhibitions. A light snack will be provided.

DMA Summer Art Camps

Calling all junior fashionistas, sculptors, painters, designers, and inventors! Summer Art Camps at the Dallas Museum of Art have something for every creative kid. Spark your imagination with mixed media, fashion, drawing, painting, design, and more in camps for children ages 4-12. Campers can spend a week in the Museum exploring galleries, making new friends, working in the studio, and creating amazing art. Each week culminates in an art exhibition or performance for friends and family.

Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

The Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offers exciting interactive programs for children. Programs are designed to engage both mind and body in hands-on, original activities that can be experienced nowhere else. Sign up to start on an unforgettable adventure! This year's camp season begins June 10 and ends on August 9.

Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo’s popular summer camp includes 10 weeks of exciting themed adventures for children ages 3 to fifth grade, featuring wild activities, animal visitors and Zoo excursions. There are also camps for Middle and high school students.