Listed below are general opportunities for enrichment and competition. To see more opportunities for a specific subject area, please go to "ENRICHMENT by Subject Area" on the right-hand menu.

Do you know of any other enrichment opportunities or competitions?  This web page is available for parents, teachers and students to share interesting links and experiences.  Please keep in mind that these activities are not necessarily District 205 sponsored or supported, so be sure to research any opportunities to be certain they are right for you!

Click here to share an opportunity


  • Northwestern Gifted Learning Links (online classes): www.ctd.northwestern.edu/gll/   Lots of independent study opportunities in many different subjects. 
  • Northwestern National High School Institute: Debate, Theatre, Film & Video: http://nhsi.northwestern.edu/
  • Scholarships, internships, jobs, financial aidwww.fastweb.com/
  • Gaining experience through volunteer opportunitieswww.volunteermatch.org/ or www.givingdupage.org
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award - Honoring youth for outstanding volunteer service
  • U.S. Academic Decathlon - a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools in 10 academic categories: www.usad.org/
  • The Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has a scholarship program for students entering (and in) accredited college architecture programs.  These scholarships are generally available to those who are enrolled in an East Central or West Central accredited school and live within the chapter boundaries, which include Elmhurst. www.aianei.org

Summer College Opportunities for High School Students (there are lots of these – check out your favorite university’s website!


The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week intensive computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities


The youth movement in the United States known as “BOYS STATE” is a program of citizenship training sponsored by The American Legion.


Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better!


The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders


DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.


If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, this program may be for you!


The Society of American Military Engineers, in collaboration with the Military Services, offers a series of engineering/STEM camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college.

SIU Department of Aviation Management & Flight.  See your counselor for a recommendation.

Summer Wings & Career Days


Constitutional Academy:  This annual program brings students together from across the country to Washington, D.C. where participants engage in deep discussions on critical issues, interact with scholars, policy makers, and thought leaders, visit places of historical significance, and much more!

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth publishes Imagine magazine, which maintains a rich collection of links to competitions, summer programs, internships, distance learning, early college entrance programs, career exploration, etc.  

It is definitely worth a look! Click here.


National Honor Society: Students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Scholastic Bowl: An academic trivia competition.  Teams of five students use buzzers to answer toss-up and bonus style questions in the areas of math, science, literature, fine arts, and miscellaneous. 

Student Council: An organization that exists to serve the students of York Community High School.  Student Council is considered a class, and members receive credit (which does not count towards GPA).  The application process begins in February, and applications will be available through the Student Council website and/or from the counselors.