Apply to Summer Quest 

Only one week left for your child to apply to one of CPS’ most exciting summer programs.

November 03, 2008

Summer Quest connects high school students with enriching pre-college programs, giving them the opportunity to spend weeks outside their local neighborhoods exploring new intellectual, social and leadership experiences. Summer Quest provides the financial resources and support for students to access these opportunities that would otherwise be unaffordable. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Nov. 10, 2008.


Last summer, 210 CPS students enrolled in over 40 programs across the country, including programs held at Northern Illinois University, Harvard University, Purdue University, Interlochen Arts Camp, National Outdoor Leadership Program (NOLS) and Phillips Exeter Academy. Summer Quest works with more than 30 institutions across the country, with a variety of offerings in different areas of interest.


Academic programs include preparatory and enrichment classes that offer the possibility of earning college credits. Arts programs give students the opportunity to gain visual and performing arts education and experience at prestigious art schools. Outdoor Leadership programs provide students with teamwork, nature skills and environmental experience that will help them in college and beyond.


Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in grades ninth, tenth and eleventh, with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for Summer Quest.


Here's how your child can apply for Summer Quest:


  1. Complete the online Summer Quest application.
  2. Once the online application is completed, print a copy of it and download the three recommendation forms: one counselor recommendation, one English teacher recommendation, and one teacher recommendation.
  3. Ask your English teacher, counselor and a third teacher of your choosing to complete your recommendation forms.
  4. Watch the Summer Quest film and answer the essay question. Your essay should be 2-3 pages in length and should include specific examples from the film.
  5. Submit your Summer Quest application materials, including your essay, to your high school counselor.


Remember: All materials to apply for summer 2009 programs are due Nov.10, 2008.


Following this first step in the application process, applicants will be interviewed in December and January. These interviews are very important for acceptance to the program, and also give the students experience for future college and scholarship interviews. Students will be notified of acceptance in February. Once students are accepted into the CPS Summer Quest program, they will apply for their specific summer programs of choice, with help from Summer Quest advisors. Additionally, all students must apply for financial aid in order to be considered for scholarship support from CPS. The combination of CPS financial support and support from the summer institution should cover 80-90% of the program costs.


View more information about Summer Quest, including links to each program offered at your grade level and Frequently Asked Questions, online. You can also contact Summer Quest by calling (773) 553-2071.