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.

NISD Offerings

Camp Invention

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 2018

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.


July 13-16 @ Lakeview (Camp Director: Caitlin Andrews)

July 13-16 @ Schluter (Camp Director: Rachel Pruitt)

Camp Invention Connect

Camp Invention Connect™ builds on the trusted approach to invention education to offer a new hybrid of on- and off-screen learning and fun. This flexible, at-home program delivers materials direct to each participant’s door, involves minimal screen time and fosters a sense of community. Local educators serve as Coaches, offering virtual learning sessions to spark imaginations and help children build an innovation mindset.

June 29 - July 2 (Camp Director: Lindsey Hart)

Destination Imagination Camp

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!

July 24 at Hatfield Elementary (Camp Director: Nicole Wallis)

Camp Pursuit

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 20-23 at Curtis Elementary (Camp Director: Marissa Randolph)

Link to register

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 2020 PSAT offered by NISD. The PSAT Summer Academy will offer students the best of both worlds - remote instruction and office hours with expert teachers with self-scheduled time for independent practice.

Register here.

June 8 - 18, 9AM - 12PM

Duke TIP College Readiness Cohort

Current 7th & 8th graders enrolled in Duke TIP are invited to this two week program that combines SAT prep, college readiness, and creative problem solving to work both sides of their brain.

July 13-16

SAT Summer Academy

This academy is open to current 11th graders to prepare for the SAT. The SAT Summer Academy will offer students the best of both worlds - remote instruction and office hours with expert teachers with self-scheduled time for independent practice.

Register here.

July 13 - August 7

Beyond NISD

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.

Early Bird Deadline: April 18, 2020

Deadline: May 9, 2020

Duke TIP

All Duke TIP programs are designed specifically for gifted students. Our talent searches help students and their families evaluate and grow their academic abilities while our educational programs provide them with motivation, challenge, inspiration, advanced interactive learning opportunities, peer interaction, and more.

Summer Day Camps

Summer Institute for the Gifted

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

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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.

University of North Texas

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

SMU: Choose Your Summer Adventure!

Calling all adventurers for a learning expedition with the SMU Summer Youth Program! Explore weekly workshops in game design, coding, robotics, visual arts, math, language arts, as well as SAT and ACT test prep. Programs are offered for students entering grades K – 12 from June through early August on the SMU-in-Plano campus. Extended day options are available.

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!

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.