EXCEL for Youth

notsosimplemachines1.jpgInteractive classes in science, technology and the arts on the campus of Sonoma State University will be held in the summer of 2015:
  • Session 1: June 15-19
  • Session 2: June 22-26
  • Session 3: July 6-10
  • Session 3-4: July 6-17
  • Session 4: July 13-17
  • Session 5: July 20-24

Registration opens Tuesday, March 10


The EXCEL for Youth Program offers students entering grades 4-9 a unique opportunity for academic enrichment in accelerated classes that focus on science, technology and the arts.

Courses are held on the Sonoma State University campus, and utilize labs, guest speakers, and field trips. An exciting variety of curriculums are designed to stimulate, challenge, and provide young participants with resources that enhance their learning experience. EXCEL also makes learning fun. The educational opportunities range from performing Shakespeare to solving crimes, exploring biotechnology, to designing websites, studying exotic animals to building large recycled sculpture.

EXCEL's Summer program offers one-week and some special two-week classes from mid- June to mid-July. Classes are either offered in the morning or the afternoon. For students staying all day, there is a supervised one hour "lunch bunch" at no additional charge; students are supervised at all times.


EXCEL classes are open to students who feel that they can benefit from accelerated coursework, and are mature enough to behave on the University campus. To be officially registered, parents must complete and sign the parent-signature portion of the registration form (including emergency, medical, and liability information forms). All students and parents must also agree to follow EXCEL guidelines.


Summer classes range from approximately $169-$190 for 1-week classes, and $335-$370 for 2-week classes.

Faculty and Staff

EXCEL teachers include university faculty, professionals from specialized fields, and teachers from area districts. All are experienced with children. If you'd like to know more about a particular teacher, instructor biographies are listed below each class description.

EXCEL has been honored by the State of California with an Assembly Resolution presented by Assemblyman Jared Huffman for our years of outstanding contributions to education, and is listed by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth programs for gifted students.

EXCEL is celebrating its 33rd anniversary in the summer of 2015.


We would like to acknowledge the Sonoma State Alumni Association for their generous support. Current members of the SSU Alumi Association can request a 10% discount on EXCEL classes.