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Programs Overview

WCATY offers an array of day and residential precollege academic programs for students Grades 1-12. Our classes provide ongoing engagement and academic challenges in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Residential (Overnight) Programs on campus

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Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

Completing grades 9-12 | Residential

  • An intense, three-week academic camp for high school students
  • 60 hours of college-level challenge
  • A safe and friendly community to geek out
  • All-inclusive residential life experience on the UW–Madison campus
  • 2021 Online only cost:
    • Domestic: $1,600
    • International: $1,920
    • Scholarships available

Learn about ALP

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Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP)

Completing grades 7-8 | Residential

  • Two-week academic camp for upper-middle school students
  • Accelerated curriculum and head start to high school
  • A place to belong and make lasting friendships
  • Engaging residential atmosphere for social and emotional growth
  • 30 hours of instructional time
  • 2021 Online only cost:
    • Domestic: $700
    • International: $840
    • Scholarships available

Learn about STEP


Commuter (Day) Programs on Campus

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Precollege Academic Campus Experience (PACE)

Completing grades 5-8 | Day Program

  • Academic camp for students in grades 5-8
  • Academic enrichment
  • Head start to high school
  • Campus exploration
  • 15 hours of instructional time
  • 2021 Online only cost:
    • Domestic: $300
    • International: $360
    • Scholarships available

Learn about PACE

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Growing Early Minds (GEM)

Completing grades 2-4 | Online Saturday Program

  • Academic exploration program for students in grades 2-4
  • 5 Saturday mornings in February – March ONLINE
  • Focus on concepts to enhance curiosity and imagination
  • 10 hours of instructional materials
  • A combination of live learning and prerecorded lessons and activities
  • Incorporation of social/emotional learning elements
  • Cost:
    • Virtual Winter GEM: $200
    • Payment in full is due at the time of registration
    • Limited scholarships available


Learn about GEM