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The best academic summer camps NYC kids love

We scoured the best academic summer camps NYC kids love to attend, so have a look at our 2024 list of the best of the best.


Summer in NYC means something different for every student. Some spend every day at the beach, some visit out-of-state family members, and then there are others who go to camp. The NYC area is saturated with summer activities for kids with a variety of interests—including academics.

You’re sure to find an academic camp on this list that will fit your kid’s interests. Whether it’s music, dance, science, or math—we’ve got some great options. The one aspect they all have in common is that they make learning super fun.

Be sure to have a gander at the 2024 programs and register for one—or more!—cool camps. While you’re filling out that seasonal bucket list, make sure to have a look at our favorite summer activities for kids.

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Academic summer camps NYC kids love

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Chess NYC camp offers “Fun & Training Camps” where campers motivate chess players through fun, practice, and lots of learning. They welcome kids with all experience levels. The camp offers full-day options that include activities such as outdoor fun, water play, and sports. Kids will play chess for at least three hours during the eight-hour camp days and are sure to end their summer as mini chess pros. Online camps are also available to campers who prefer virtual learning. 

Locations: Upper East Side, Soho, and Williamsburg
Contact: 212-475-8130,
Price: $1,990.90 for an unlimited summer pass
Ages: 4-14

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  • Midtown West

It doesn’t matter what subject your kid wants to study, FasTracKids has it. The STE(A)M adventure camp includes science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The downside of summer vacation is that kids will lose one to three months of reading and math skills. The motivation behind the FasTracKids camp is to ensure that campers will retain the information they learned during school by attending one of the summer enrichment camps. Plus, it’s a blast (maybe even more fun than school!). Sign up by April 15 to receive a 10% discount!

Location: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
Contact: 347-983-2229
Price: $135+
Ages: 2-14

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  • Upper East Side
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Bienvenue to a wonderful immersive language experience! If you want your child to improve their French skills or begin to learn French, this camp is for you. Toddlers, kids, and teens will have the chance to learn from native-speaking teachers for an entire summer. The camp runs from June 17 to September 1 and provides different experiences depending on your child’s age and French educational level. This summer’s theme is Summer Games, letting kids unleash their inner Olympian.

Location: Manhattan and Montclair
Price: Price varies
Ages: 1-18

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  • Midtown West

If your kid isn’t gung-ho about studying or reading during summer break, they might jump at the idea of learning how to play the guitar! New York City has its very own guitar school, where kids can attend the Ultimate Rock Band Summer Program. Two-week sessions are available beginning July 8 and ending August 16. Kids are split up into one of three groups: Rock Band 101, Rock Band, or Rock Band & Recording. Get ready to rock. 

Location: 251 West 30th St. 7th Floor New York, NY 10001
Contact: 646-485-7244,
Price: Starting at $1,300
Ages: 8-17


Girls Rise Up believes that your kids don’t need to choose between science and the arts. The summer camp gives female and female-identifying kids the opportunity to take dance classes, learn how to code, and explore ways to combine creativity and technology in a unique dance performance. During the three weeks, girls will dive into robotics, create choreography, and make friends. The program is completely free to all campers who are accepted.

Location: Manhattan and Brooklyn
Price: Free
Ages: 8-18

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Manhattan School of Music is bringing music to your kids’ summers. Campers can choose their specific camp based on their musical interests. Students can attend the Musical Theatre camp from July 8 to August 1. Composition and instrumental camps are being offered from July 15 to August 1. The video submission audition requirements depend on the program and are outlined on their website. Please note that the camp requires proof of vaccination for all students.

Location: 130 Claremont Avenue, New York, New York 10027
Contact: 917-493-4475,
Price: $3,075+
Ages: 8-17


It’s not every day that students have the chance to learn Mandarin in an immersion program. What’s even better is the camp accepts kids as young as two to explore the Chinese language and its culture. The six-week summer program offers flexible scheduling to offer multiple options for families. The campers will receive a stimulating education through the four most important solar terms of the year: 春分 (Chūnfēn), 夏至 (Xiàzhì), 秋分 (Qiūfēn), 冬至 (Dōngzhì). In English, these dates are known as the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, and Winter Solstice.

Location: 40 Rector Street, New York, NY 10006
Contact: 212-744-8181
Price: $1,299+
Ages: 2-15

This nationwide camp has a location in New York City that offers daily, in-person instruction from 8:30am/9am to 3:30pm. Fifth through 10th graders participate in three daily rounds of debate with other kids. It’s the perfect way for your child to master public speaking and boost their confidence. The program is open to kids at all levels, which means if your kid has never engaged in a debate (aside from maybe debating with their parents for more screen time), they’re welcome to join! The camp also offers an overnight program for kids in grades eighth through eleventh.

Location: The Hewitt School 45 East 75th St., New York, NY
Price: Starting at $460+
Grades: 5-10


9. Camp Tech Revolution

Camp Tech Revolution calls itself the number one STEM camp in the world. The camp offers 60-plus cutting-edge courses for kids to gain valuable, hands-on experience with the latest technologies, create interesting projects, learn from talented instructors, and have lots of fun in the process! The camp was developed by bright minds stemming from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Villanova University, UCLA – Graduate School of Educational Leadership, Harvard University – Graduate School of Education, and more.

Location: 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
Contact: (646) 308-1555;
Price: $819+
Ages: 6-14

10. Brains & Motion Education Summer Camp

Brains & Motion (BAM!) Education Summer Camp is offered at three locations in the Greater New York Area: Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, and New York University. Campers can have fun, learn, and be creative. The camp is designed specifically to spark imagination and foster new friendships. The programs are a blend of STEAM, career exploration, and sports options for students seeking a hands-on experience. Your child is bound to have a summer of fun and learning.

Location: Garden City, Stony Brook, Manhattan
Contact: 877-202-1554;
Price: $625+
Grades: 2-8

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