Welcome to ACA's Middle School Program!

Home to the world-renowned University of California, Los Angeles, a top-tier school in business, communications and the arts! LA is nestled beautifully along the Southern California coastline – the best of all possible settings for the ultimate summer experience! You’ve got the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills and all the best that SoCal has to offer. It’s an endless summer of enrichment and adventure decked out in real California style!

Southern California is famous for its warm sandy beaches and bustling city, the perfect setting for your ultimate summer experience! Dynamic, culturally diverse and breathtakingly beautiful, Los Angeles combines the finest the California coast has to offer.

ACA's Middle School Program is designed to help students completing grades 6, 7, and 8 to prepare for high school and young adulthood with hands-on workshops, athletics and activities and excursions.

Dorms Beyond the Norm

Staying in Los Angeles has its privileges, which is why so many celebrities call it home. You’ll kick back in comfort at UCLA, enjoying in-suite bathrooms, internet access and much more. These rooms definitely serve up cool California style! Be sure to step outside and enjoy the restaurants and entertainment nearby! Serious shoppers will also love the trendy shops, such as Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, Kinsley and more right on campus! 

Academic Advantages

A world-class campus offers access to the finest resources you’d expect from a top-tier institution. ACA's enrichment courses offer middle school students the finest instruction in the arts, business, fashion, sports and more. You’ll participate in two classes during your stay at UCLA. ACA's program offers the kind of personal enrichment courses that build confidence for high school while also giving you the chance to grow self-confidence, academically and intellectually. Do it all in an amazing summer setting, surrounded by new friends and without the pressure of grades!

Amazing Activities

Afternoon and evening activities are yours to enjoy. Play some tennis, head to the beach or take a stroll on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Catch the perfect wave during a surfing lesson or browse the celebrated shops of Rodeo Drive. From semi-private sports instruction to creative arts workshops to cool shows, outings and summer concerts, there are new options to pursue every day!

Incredible Weekend Adventures

Spend your weekends exploring everything that makes California a top tourist destination. You’ll eat signature dishes at famous restaurants while exploring Los Angeles. From pristine beaches and thrilling amusement parks to Major League Baseball games and all-star summer concerts, each weekend brings an unforgettable adventure!

Excellent Eats

Choices, choices, choices! With ACA, you never have to worry about going hungry. From home-style meals served at breakfast, lunch and dinner to ACA’s exciting Dining-on-the-Town-Plan on the weekends, no pre-college summer program gives you as many dining options as ACA!

Weekday mornings, our breakfast buffet features freshly-made specials like eggs, pancakes and waffles alongside plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, bagels, yogurt and pastries. You’ll have no problem fueling up for the day!

Lunch and dinner at the on-campus dining facility during the week feature a wonderful choice of kitchen-fresh entrees, a selection of side dishes, a soup-and-salad bar, beverage bar, desserts, and fresh-baked breads and pastries.

On weekends and occasional weeknights, you’ll be able to take advantage of ACA’s exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan. It lets you choose great dining-out options at a variety of ACA-selected restaurants – and it’s included in your tuition! Whether you want to tackle some local delicacies or stick to hometown favorites, you’re sure to find a restaurant that suits your taste. And don’t worry, we make sure everyone eats just as well during our exciting weekend adventures!

First-Rate Fitness Facilities

The LA program offers outstanding athletic facilities that meet the needs of any exercise enthusiast. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art workout facilities and plenty of other athletic and recreational options during your stay. Access to fitness centers, basketball courts, running tracks and outdoor playing fields will keep you fit. If you’d prefer some fresh air, hop on a bike for a scenic ride overlooking the shores of the Pacific or hit the waves on a surfboard. Prefer golf or tennis? Southern California has some of the premier golf and tennis facilities in the country, featuring stunning views in idyllic summer weather.

Safety and Supervision

ACA has always been committed to absolute safety for every student. We maintain a 8-to-1 student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry – to ensure everyone gets the unmatched attention and unique personalized programs they deserve. As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on student-occupied floors, accompany students on all activities and excursions, and are always equipped with cellphones for emergencies. ACA takes care to use private transportation for our weekday activities and weekend adventure trips – never public transportation.

Travel to Southern California*

We recommend that students fly nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX) International Airport. There they will be met by ACA staff members, who will escort them to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the brief drive to campus along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Of course, parents are also welcome to drive students to ACA directly. Contact our office for further information on any of these travel options.

 *Transportation costs are not included in tuition.

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