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Rising Grades 4-7 | Regis College | Weston, MAEXPLO 360º

Session 1: June 25 – July 14
Session 2: July 16 – August 4

Students in our multi-course 360° academic enrichment program choose from more than 50 course, elective, activity, and trip options — so they can explore more of what sparks their curiosity and expand their worlds.

Why 360º?

At EXPLO, we encourage our students to move beyond what they know and choose courses, electives, and activities that pique their curiosity and are new to them. In doing so, they step outside their comfort zones and discover (and sometimes surprise themselves) with new interests, skills, strengths, and talents. Because the engine of exploration is curiosity, we encourage our students to put their curiosity into action. Once students get used to doing so, they seek out new experiences and opportunities at EXPLO and beyond.

Our students live and learn alongside their peers:

Grades 4+5 (Pioneers)
Grades 6+7 (Voyagers)

Residential Program

  • Hands on courses and electives. All course materials and equipment included
  •  Robust extracurricular programming in athletics, the arts, design, and STEM
  • Daily evening events featuring performances, talent shows, carnivals, pool parties, and movie nights
  • Weekend workshops and trips to educational, recreational, and cultural sites in Boston and New England. Generally five to choose from each weekend
  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner)
  • Each living group supervised by two residential advisors, two residential directors, and a dean
  • EXPLO-exclusive Health Center open 24/7
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Staff supervised pick-up and return from Logan International Airport
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My child had some concerns going into camp and the camp staff was incredible in addressing them, respecting him, and reassuring me. I was blown away by their communication with parents and attention to each child. 

EXPLO Junior Parent

It's a program that creates space for kids to be their best, true selves. It is also a place where kids are emboldened to be brave.

EXPLO Junior Parent


EXPLO is a fun way to find your path without being pushed in another direction. You aren’t forced to learn about things you aren’t interested in, like at school, but get to do what makes you happy and not be judged.

EXPLO Junior Student

Day Program

  • Hands on courses and electives. All course materials and equipment included
  • Robust extracurricular programming in athletics, the arts, design, and STEM.
  • Snack and hot lunch included with multiple entrees, salad bar, and deli bar
  • EXPLO-exclusive Health Center open 24/7
  • Early arrival option
  • Extended day options available. Stay until 8:45 PM dinner included
  • Bus transportation available from Needham, Newton, and Wellesley
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Daily ScheduleThree weeks at EXPLO, a lifetime of memories

  • 7:30 AM — Day Student Early Arrival
  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast 
  • 8:30 AM — Day Student Arrival
  • 9:15 AM — Morning Greeting
  • 9:20 AM — Electives
  • 10:45 AM — Activities
Students attend one elective period in the morning. Our electives are designed for students to take charge of their learning, fan the flames of their curiosity, and ignite a passion for a range of subjects as they explore their strengths and interests. Students take three courses and three electives over the course of the session. 
  • 11:45 AM — Lunch + Quad Time
  • 1:00 PM — Community Meeting
  • 1:45 PM — Courses
  • 4:05 PM — Quad Time
  • 4:15 PM — Day Student Dismissal
  • 4:30 PM — Floor Time
  • 5:15 PM — Dinner
  • 6:20 PM — Late Day Departure 

Hands-on courses immerse students in topics that interest them. From Hovercraft Physics and Medieval Battle Contraptions to Treehouse Architecture and Commercial Illustration — there is so much to explore! Community Meeting brings the whole EXPLO Junior program together to share a joke of the day, student performances, the EXPLO favorite Minute to Win It competition, and so much more.

  • 6:30 PM — Evening Activities
  • 7:30 PM — Evening Event
  • 8:30 PM — Winding Down Time
  • 8:45 PM — Floor Check-In + Extended Day Dismissal

Lights out:

  • 9:30 PM — Grades 4+5
  • 10:00 PM — Grades 6+7

Before winding down for the day, our students can grab a spot for movie night, catch a magic show, laugh out loud at the stylings of an improv comedy troupe, or take to the stage themselves — the possibilities are endless. Events EXPLO has hosted in summers past include Carnival Night, EXPLO’s Got Talent, Pool Parties, Camp-Out Movie, Game Show Night, and more!

  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM — Weekend Programming
  • 5:00 PM — Dinner
  • 6:15 PM — Evening Assembly
  • 6:30 PM — Evening Activity
  • 7:30 PM — Evening Event or Advisor Group Activities
  • 8:30 PM — Snack
  • 9:00 PM — Floor Check-In

 Lights out:

  • 9:30 PM — 4th + 5th graders
  • 10:00 PM — 6th graders
  • 10:15 PM — 7th graders

Program Logistics

Below, we address some common questions and concerns from our families. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 781.762.7400 or emailing us at junior@explo.org.

Residential Students

While many families choose to drive their students to campus, we know that one of the big concerns for families traveling so far from home is transportation. Our staff — easily identifiable in their bright orange EXPLO t-shirts — will meet you at the airport, escort you to campus, and help you settle in. On Arrival Day, staff members remain at the airport until we know that the last student has been picked up.

When it’s time to return home at the end of the session, we’ll take you back to the airport — and stay there until we’re sure everyone is safe and in the air.

International Students

There are dozens of reasons why students from around the world attend American summer programs each summer. Some are preparing to attend an English language-based boarding school or international school. Others are interested in one day attending an American college or university or broadening their future educational and career opportunities. But not all programs are created equal, which begs the question: what should you be looking for when researching academic summer programs for international students?

In a typical summer, about 30% of residential students come from outside of the United States representing about 70 different countries. Living Groups are created to be representative of our overall student body — this way all students have the opportunity to meet friends from all over the United States and the globe.

Three weeks is a sweet spot for most campers to maximize their experience abroad. EXPLO programs run in three-week sessions, and we can accommodate students for up to six weeks.

English is the working language of EXPLO. To enroll in the program, you must be able to speak and understand English at an intermediate–fluent level. To ensure that everyone is able to participate in all aspects of the program, international students who do not attend a school with an English language-based curriculum may need to interview with EXPLO so that we may assess their English speaking abilities. Once you’ve submitted an application and deposit, we’ll contact you and your family about scheduling an interview, should we determine that one is necessary.


Extended Day

EXPLO's day program offers tremendous value to be part of a cohesive three-week experience with a wide array of residential students, but we recognize that EXPLO's schedule for day students may not fit with every family's working hours. Thus, we offer an option for early morning arrival (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.), and/or late departure (6:20 PM + 8:45 PM). Students registered for extended day can have dinner on-campus, and  participate in evening activities and the Main Event.

The cost for early arrival is $50 per week, or $125 for the three-week session. Extended day runs from 4:30 until 8:45 PM, includes dinner and costs $135 per week or $360 for the full three weeks.

Campus Information

Nestled between the Highland Forest and the Weston Reservoir is Regis College, a 90-acre wooded campus just 12 miles from Boston. With air-conditioned classrooms, labs, studios, meeting spaces, and dining facilities, it’s a perfect home for Junior Program students to explore the world of people and ideas, together. EXPLO students take advantage of light filled residence halls, tennis courts, gym, pool, playing fields, track, and plenty of outdoor space. It’s an extraordinary place to learn and play and only ten minutes from EXPLO’s Pre-College Program at Wellesley College. 

Health and Safety

Our students’ physical and emotional health is a top priority. On the Regis College campus, we have a health center staffed 24/7 with experienced nurses who are there exclusively for EXPLO students. All prescription and over-the-counter medications are distributed through the health center because state law — and common sense — dictates that students should not self-medicate or keep medications in their rooms.

Attending an academic enrichment program helps students prepare for the greater independence of middle school and high school. That being said, EXPLO does not believe that our students should be supervised as if they are already completely independent; we work hard to ensure each of our student age-groups is receiving a developmentally-appropriate and safe level of supervision and guidance throughout their days. In order to create the atmosphere that allows learning to be both fun and meaningful, we know that our students (and their loved ones back home) need to feel that our campus is safe — and that our staff is observant and trained to respond to our students’ needs.

Learn about our COVID-19 plans for summer 2023.


We believe you can’t supervise students well if you don’t supervise the staff well — which is exactly why we have an intensive staff training program. In addition, we support staff members via an extensive supervisory structure to give them professional development feedback and hold them accountable. We’re regularly told by former staff members that the professional development and supervision they received at EXPLO was the best of their professional lives. While it may be time-consuming and expensive to hire and train this level of staffing — and while none of this completely guarantees the safety of all students — it puts all of us in the best position to keep our students safe and confident that they can let their minds and hearts soar and explore.

We deliberately keep our staff-to-student ratios low. On our Regis campus, it’s 1:4. This allows us to properly supervise residence halls, trips, and activities. We do this to make sure our students are individually known — and more importantly, that they feel known.

Financial Aid

At EXPLO, we strive to make our summer programs accessible for as many curious and motivated young people as we can.

As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, EXPLO is committed to expanding accessibility to serve families from around the world, regardless of their education, income, or occupation. 

We understand that our immersive summer enrichment programs are an investment that not all families have the ability to afford. EXPLO’s financial aid program provides grant and scholarship support to families who demonstrate need, thanks in part to supportive partner programs and generous donations to the EXPLO Scholarship Fund. 

EXPLO offers two types of need-based financial aid:

  • Grants subsidize a small portion of the tuition for families that make a deposit to reserve a space at EXPLO and also demonstrate financial need.
  • Scholarships are for students who require a significant financial award to attend EXPLO.