Youth Programs

Y.E.S. Academy at Southwestern College

Welcome to Y.E.S. Academy! SWC's Youth Excellence and Success (Y.E.S.) Academy offers a variety of summer academic and enrichment programs for 4th-12th grade students and parents/caregivers, offered through courses, workshops, and more! Our programs are available for all academic and creativity levels, and we encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. Y.E.S. Academy provides a positive, early-on college experience where students can thrive by trying something new, learning new skills, and challenging themselves in a college environment. This mission, we hope, will create new discoveries and decisions leading to each student's own unique pathway for success. We are proud to deliver:

  • College for Kids Courses
  • Sally Ride Science Courses (in partnership with UCSD Extension)
  • Career Exploration Courses for High School Students (tuition-free)
  • SAT Preparation
  • Volunteer Opportunities for 11th-12th grade students
  • Parent University Workshops (tuition-free / in partnership with UCSD Extension)

Registration for Summer 2023 Y.E.S. Academy will begin in March/April 2023. Check back regularly for updates or join our Interest List!

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View Our Summer 2022 Course Schedule

4th-9th Grade Programs

Programs for entering 4th-9th grade students include course offerings under our College for Kids and Sally Ride Science STEAM program areas. These courses are available for all academic and creativity levels.


College for Kids Courses

Challenging & enriching courses that allow students to learn something new or refine their skills through projects, practice, discussions, and hands-on experiences.


Sally Ride Science Courses

In partnership with UCSD Extension, these unique STEAM courses provide opportunities for students to participate in classes involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

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Writer's Cafe

Made to bridge the gap between morning and afternoon courses, Writer's Cafe allows for students to enjoy their lunch on the Student Union Patio while journal writing, drawing, or going on a short walk for "writer's inspiration" each day!

High School Programs

Our high school programs are made to support the academic and career pathways of students. Programs include career exploration courses, SAT Preparation, and volunteer opportunities.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration

Free, noncredit career exploration courses are available to students in grades 9-12. Students are introduced to new perspectives into various careers, and the possibilities of their future. 


SAT Preparation

SAT Preparation, offered in partnership with UCSD Extension, provides 16 hours of strategies and skills to help improve SAT test outcomes.



Entering 11th-12th grade students can apply to assist instructors in the classroom, while gaining volunteer hours! Check back in March/April 2023 for details and application deadlines.

More Support and Resources

From parent and caregiver workshops to scholarships for students, Y.E.S. Academy offers even more support for families! In addition, you may find interest in SWC Continuing Education's programs and class offerings.


Parent University Workshops

Offered in partnership with UCSD Extension, Parent University virtual workshops provide parents/caregivers with information to help support themselves and their student(s) along their academic, social, and emotional journey. 


Y.E.S. Academy Student Scholarships

Y.E.S. Academy offers a limited amount of scholarships to students each summer. Check back in March/April 2023 for details and application deadlines.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education provides students with extended studies designed to support professional advancement and personal success. There are no transcripts or grades; many are tuition-free, while other offerings require a nominal fee.

Sponsoring Students

Are you a community member or business interested in sponsoring students in Y.E.S. Academy? We welcome any donations to help support the tuition of Y.E.S. Academy students who are in need. All donated funds will be sent directly to our Southwestern College Y.E.S. Academy Foundation Fund, which will be applied to the tuition of students in need for the upcoming summer. We hope that you will consider joining us in supporting our local youth! To donate, please contact us at