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Find your passion.

Try something new. Make lifelong friends.

Spend each day immersed learning something that excites you — whether it’s environmental science, piano, film, robotics, or debate. And find new friends who are just as passionate and curious as you are.

Hotchkiss Summer Portals is a residential program that offers middle and high-school age students the opportunity to hone a talent, try something new, and experience life at a New England boarding school. In each two or three-week session, you will learn from dedicated faculty members and experts. You’ll also live in a dorm with kids from other programs and a faculty advisor, take part in fun activities, and hang out with new friends.

Our Programs

American Literature and Theatre

A three-week immersion course designed to help Chinese English-language learners.

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Astronomy

Explore the stars and our night skies at The Hotchkiss Observatory

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Documentary Film

A three-week introduction to documentary filmmaking.

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DNA Science

An introduction to DNA structure and function, genetic code, and the human genome.

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Environmental Science

A field-based introduction to key concepts in environmental science.

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Leadership

A two-week program designed to develop student leaders who learn to come up with creative solutions to complex problems.

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Robotics

A two-week program that teaches RobotC code to build and program micro-controlled robots.

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Piano

An intensive, two-week course that offers young pianists a chance to grow.

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Software Engineering

A two-week introduction to the world of software development and mobile apps.

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Speech & Debate

Ideal for both novice and experienced debaters who wish to hone arguing, speaking, critical thinking, and public speaking skills.

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Learn by living in a community of friends:

  • take part in a wide range of activities
  • experience dorm life with the support of caring and fun teachers and advisors
  • make new friends
  • enjoy the lakes, trails, and woods of the Berkshire-Taconic landscape

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Where are Portals students from? All over the world....

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