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EXPLO Summer ProgramsTuition + Admission

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What's Included?

EXPLO is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, and the full cost of tuition goes back into running the program each summer. Tuition at EXPLO is all-inclusive in nature: it includes all programming costs, course supplies, room and board, entertainment, and tuition insurance throughout a student’s stay on campus. Any additional fees that are based on individual student circumstances and student choice while at the program are outlined below.

Tuition + Admission2022 Summer Programs Tuition

EXPLO 360 | 3-Week Multi-Course

Residential | Grades 4-10

Tuition Fee : $6,790 /session

Other Fees :

  • Damage Deposit: $100
  • Miscellaneous Account: $450

Day | Grades 4-10

Tuition Fee : $3,250 /session

Other Fees :

  • Damage Deposit: $100
  • Miscellaneous Account: $450


EXPLO Focus | 2-Week In-depth Single Course

Residential | Grades 6-10

Tuition Fee : $5,875 /session

Other Fees :

  • Damage Deposit: $100
  • Miscellaneous Account: $450

EXPLO Pre-College + Career | 2-Week In-depth Single Course

Residential | Grades 10-12

Tuition Fee : $5,875 /session

Other Fees :

  • Damage Deposit: $100
  • Miscellaneous Account: $450

EXPLO Mini | 1-Week Educational Childcare

Day | Grades 4-7

Tuition Fee : $795 /week

There is an additional non-refundable $75 fee for all international student applicants to cover the cost of student interviews, language assessments, additional staffing, visa support letters, and other associated costs.

Tuition Details

In addition to the base tuition to attend our summer programs, the following charges apply:

Damage Deposit: Upon enrollment, EXPLO collects a standard damage deposit of $100 per student. The deposit is used to offset any charges incurred for damage to a student’s room, furnishings, or pro-rated shares of extraordinary damage to common facilities in the dormitories or classrooms. Families may be charged if a student’s room is left in a state of disarray. Parents/guardians are responsible for any damage beyond the deposit. If there is no damage or balance due, the Damage Deposit will be refunded after the summer.

Miscellaneous Account: Upon enrollment, EXPLO collects a standard Miscellaneous Account charge of $450 per session. Miscellaneous Account funds are used to cover any elective trips chosen by the student, sundries, lost keys or ID cards, and COVID testing as needed. This account can be supplemented by parents/guardians at any time. If a student has a low balance or overdraws this account, our Main Office will contact the parent/guardian listed on the account to arrange payment. All unused amounts, except those covered by a scholarship, will be returned after the summer.

EXPLO Academic Enrichment Programs require a deposit of $800 per session. Deposits, less an application processing fee of $100, are refundable until March 1, 2022. After March 1, deposits become non-refundable.

EXPLO Mini (Weekly Educational Childcare) requires a deposit of $200 per session. Deposits, less an application processing fee of $50, are refundable until March 1, 2022. After March 1, deposits become non-refundable. 

If you proceed with enrollment, the full deposit amount, including the application processing fee, will be applied to your tuition balance.

Credit cards are our preferred payment type for online deposits. A credit card deposit will expedite our ability to process your application. If you pay your deposit via check or bank wire, we will not be able to process your application until we have received payment.

Early Bird Discount:

Deadline: December 15, 2021

  • $250 per 3-week residential session
  • $200 per 2-week residential session
  • $125 per 3-week day session
  • $25 per EXPLO Mini session

Alumni Discount:

EXPLO offers a rolling returning discount for students who have previously attended an EXPLO campus-based summer program. 

  • $250 per 3-week residential session
  • $200 per 2-week residential session
  • $125 per 3-week day session
  • $25 per EXPLO Mini session

Family Discount:

Each family with more than one immediate family member enrolled in the same summer at EXPLO is eligible to receive a family discount of $1,000 (for families with one student enrolling in a 2- or 3-week residential program) or $500 (for families with at least one student enrolling at a 3-week day program.)

While many of our families arrange for private transportation, we’re happy to meet any student upon arrival to ensure safe transportation to campus. The airport pick-up/drop-off charge is $75 one way, or $150 round trip. We provide this service for students arriving at Boston Logan airport (BOS) and New York JFK airport (JFK).

For students who arrive off-hours or who choose to use a different airport, EXPLO can help arrange transportation to campus through our trusted travel partner. (Additional fees may apply.)

Final payments must be received in full by April 15, 2022 for all students, regardless of their program session. Students applying after the final balance due date of April 15 must pay the entire bill immediately after acceptance. Students enrolling after June 1, 2022 must pay by certified check, wire, or credit card.

In the event that space is not available at a program, families will be notified in writing that the student has been placed on a waitlist and EXPLO will hold the deposit. If space does not become available for the student or if the family wishes to be removed from the waitlist, EXPLO will return the deposit in full.

  • Final payments can be made via check, wire, or debit/credit card.
  • Checks must be drawn on U.S. Banks in U.S. funds. We will not accept checks drawn on a foreign bank.
  • Make checks payable to Exploration School. Include the name of the student and program they are attending on the check (e.g. Jane Smith, EXPLO Pre-College + Career).
  • Any returned checks will result in a charge of $35.
  • Please note: Final payments made via wire or debit/credit card may incur a small processing fee from the third party administrator used to process these forms of payment.


Deposits, less an application processing fee of $100 for academic enrichment programs or $50 for EXPLO Mini (educational childcare), are refundable until March 1, 2022. After March 1, deposits become non-refundable. If you proceed with enrollment, the full deposit amount, including the application processing fee, will be applied to your tuition balance. Refund requests should be submitted in writing to the program Registrar.


Once received, payments toward final tuition are non-refundable, unless you are an EXPLO tuition protection insurance policy holder in which case certain conditions of your selected plan will apply. See below for details.

While no one expects their child to depart early from a program session, unexpected things may happen. Each year, students leave programs for a variety of unforeseen reasons including illness, homesickness, family emergencies, etc. Your financial obligation to EXPLO is for the full tuition as stated in the program registration material. The program has fixed expenses whether a student completes the program or not and, therefore, EXPLO will not refund the tuition or fees if your child departs early.

Every student enrolled in an EXPLO program with a session length longer than one week is automatically covered by tuition refund insurance administered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., and underwritten by the member companies of Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company. This plan does not provide coverage for any event or circumstances prior to the first day of the student’s session. Through the EXPLO Tuition Refund Plan, partial financial relief may be available if your child withdraws early from the program session. Timely claim applications must be completed and submitted. Should A.W.G. Dewar make a claim payment, it will be paid to EXPLO for credit to your account. Terms and conditions apply.

All students are expected to obtain health insurance coverage meeting EXPLO coverage requirements, and to provide health insurance documentation prior to departure for the United States. For individuals who need to purchase health insurance that provides coverage while in the U.S., EXPLO has identified affordable $0 deductible plans to make it easy on families should medical services need to be used. International student health insurance will be available for purchase starting March 1, 2022.

If you are a U.S. resident and need assistance obtaining health insurance to attend EXPLO, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Admission DetailsThe Application Process

Our programs are designed to be enriching and engaging for every student. Getting to know them is important to us.

The EXPLO admission process comprises two stages: Application and Registration. The steps of the complete process are outlined below. We encourage you to review and contact our Admission Office if you have any questions about EXPLO or our application process — it’s what we’re here for!

Applying to EXPLO

Complete the Online Application

At EXPLO, we help students drive their own learning by making deliberate choices about what they want to learn more about. The first thing students choose is their desired program. The online application process takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Once finished, you’ll be asked to submit a tuition deposit to reserve your space in the program.

Teacher Recommendation

While our team works to place you in the program you selected, we want to understand what our incoming students will bring to the EXPLO Community.

The purpose of the teacher recommendation is to get to know the student applicant from someone who knows them well. In doing so, we’re able to create a better experience for them during the summer. A teacher recommendation is required if:

  • The student is new to EXPLO
  • The student is applying for a scholarship

Please note that enrollment will not be complete until we have a teacher recommendation on file.

Personal Essay

(Concentration and Focus Programs Only)

Our concentration and focus programs offer students the opportunity to take a deep dive into an area of study that ignites their intellectual curiosity. After completing the initial application, we’ll send an essay prompt specific to the chosen program.

English Language Interview

(International Students Only)

English is the working language of EXPLO. To ensure that students will be able to participate in all aspects of the program — from academics to residential life to extracurricular activities — 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. We will reach out if an interview is required.

Advanced-level English is required for concentration and focus programs, and EXPLO Mini (educational childcare). Intermediate-level English is required for EXPLO 360 programs. EXPLO English Immersion is available for beginner-level English speakers entering grades 5-8.

Financial Aid

We understand that a summer program with us is an investment, and want to do everything we can to help you give your child the EXPLO experience. EXPLO is committed to providing grants and scholarships to as many qualified students as possible. For more information, visit our financial aid page.