Are iD Tech summer camps worth the cost?

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In addition to running the nation’s leading STEM summer camps, many of us are parents who send our own kids to iD Tech programs year after year. We know what it’s like to want to provide meaningful, magical summer experiences for our children.

That said, it’s no surprise that we care deeply and passionately about providing the highest-quality technology camps in the country. Are we perfect? Absolutely not—who is? Are we a human business that needs to continually refine? Definitely.

Are we an inexpensive camp? No. But are we worth the cost? Families across the country are responding with a resounding “YES!”

(You can see more 5-star reviews by finding a camp location and scrolling toward the bottom of the page.)

Why? Because with an unprecedented blend of elite instruction, access to industry standard software and hardware, exposure to collegiate life, and good old-fashioned summer fun, iD Tech programs empower students to succeed in college and take on the tech world.

Since 1999, our family company has instructed and empowered over 450,000 students. Some go on to start their own companies or found nonprofits that make the world a better place. Others land coveted jobs at tech powerhouses like Google, EA, and Disney. For many students, it truly does start here. Check out our student success stories.

Our weeklong programs start in the $800 range. Read on to discover how our funds are allocated each season and why we don’t cut costs when it comes to providing the most impactful summer experiences possible for your children. We invest in the best locations, instructors, and tech products so you can invest in your child’s future.

All of our summer programs include:

An elite campus experience

Our summer programs are held at top campuses worldwide, including our Silicon Valley summer camps, and others at UCLA, NYU, University of Hong Kong, and Imperial College London. These institutions are extremely selective when it comes to hosting external programs on campus. We’ve proven our worth and earned their trust, ultimately benefiting our campers. How? Early exposure to collegiate life inspires students to dream BIG. In fact, 97% of iD Tech alumni go on to attend a four-year college.

Tech rockstar instructors

Years ago, we bucked the summer camp trend and implemented a “No Counselors in Training” policy. Too many camps were cutting corners by “hiring” 15, 16, and 17-year-old teens as counselors. Imagine running a camp and not having to pay anyone to work there!

We do things differently. We seek out the top talent and pay them better than other summer programs, thus attracting (and retaining) the best of the best. Our summer staffers come from renowned universities like RIT, Caltech, and more. After camp, they often get recruited by tech icons like Google, EA, and Disney. The best companies hire who we hire.

iD Small Class Guarantee™

We guarantee small class sizes with an average of just 8 students per instructor (10 max), ensuring personalized, one-on-one instruction for students of all skill levels, backgrounds, and learning styles. Other camps cut costs by increasing class sizes. We don't compromise.

Gamified learning for long-term success

Experience The iD Tech Pathway™, our proprietary, gamified learning system. Your child will start at L1 and gain XP (experience points) for each completed summer or online course. They'll work and play hard to unlock a love of learning and prove mastery over time, ultimately earning the badge of L10.

In-demand curriculum + skill certification

By joining forces with tech icons like Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, Epic Games, and more, we provide tools that allow students to create and innovate like the pros. With the latest and greatest tech products, your child can prepare for a world of opportunity in college and beyond.

AI summer camps and cybersecurity courses. Virtual reality with Unity camps. Robotics engineering. Video production for YouTube. Whatever your child's passion, they'll put together and impressive final project for their portfolio, and take home their official iD Diploma, complete with instructor insights.

12 online iD Master Classes ($300 value)

Once you enroll for a summer program, your child gains exclusive access to our monthly online master classes. In these remote seminars, they'll gain valuable industry insights from tech luminaries. This material is 100% exclusive, designed specially for our iD Tech community.

Convenience and flexibility

We believe that every student deserves the chance to become a star coder, game developer, engineer, or creative. That's why this year, we've made our camps more accessible than ever, with flexible payment options, policies that make life easier, and more scholarships than ever before.

  • Reserve your child’s spot with a deposit and pay the balance by May. Or, set up a monthly payment plan.
  • Make unlimited changes to your registration—with no fees—up to 14 days before your start date. 
  • Enjoy extended day camp hours at no extra cost.
  • Apply for individual or group scholarships.

Did you know that your summer camp tuition might be tax deductible? Learn more.

Invest in your child’s future.

In an age where STEM jobs—specifically in technology—are among the highest paid and fastest growing in the country, a summer at iD Tech is an investment in your child’s future. In fact, CNN Money recently reported that students who graduate with degrees in STEM are the top paid—and most sought-after—grads in the country. Take that to the bank!

We hear from students every year: “I learned more at iD Tech in one week than I learned in a semester at school.” It’s because we’ve built a culture that is “un-school.” We package learning in a summer camp setting so our students learn to love technology without feeling like they'll be tested. They can unleash their creativity without being competitive.

At the end of the day, the iD Tech experience is about tapping into the internalDrive of each student, building upon their passions, and providing a long-term pathway to college and beyond.

Avoid the waitlist. Register today.

Registration for our Summer 2020 season is now live. Enroll today to lock in your first choice of locations, courses, and dates, and join a global community of students who have experienced the value of iD Tech firsthand.

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A San Jose State grad of Women’s Studies and Music, Kendall joined iD as a writer in 2013. She likes social equality and vegetarianism, and plays in an indie dream pop band.

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