Programs

School Day

Each week, we welcome fifth- and sixth-grade classes from around the region and their classroom teachers for a week of immersive STEM learning. 

Students participate in Crime Lab 101 or Marine Science. Crime Lab teaches students about forensic science, providing them with hands-on activities such as fingerprinting, DNA analysis and chromatography. Marine Science includes exploration of oceanic regions, squid dissection, analysis of sand samples and marine life classification. 

Meanwhile, their regular classroom teacher receives our unique STEM professional development program that includes building content knowledge, a lending library and ongoing support. This week-long training provides ways to incorporate positive youth development, science and the use of technology in a regular classroom environment. 

In our satellite locations in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, we offer high school classes for credit. This unique program model brings high-quality STEM programming to students as part of their regular school day. 

After School

Designed for low-income middle and high school students, our after-school programs offer more than 50 different areas of exploration. These hands-on learning experiences help students recognize their potential and identify their interests with a future career in mind. The career exploration options are endless at the learning center: Communications, engineering, video and film production, robotics, oceanography, alternative energy, video production, and the list goes on.

We strive to provide our students the tools for success, in order to help them achieve their aspirations of higher education and a career. As a member of the learning center, students have access to college-preparation classes: Standardized testing assistance, academic support, financial aid and a speaker series.

To attend the Anaheim, California, facility: Our after-school programs are open to students throughout Southern California, Monday-Thursday from 2-6 p.m. PT. Acceptance is based on student report card and personal statement. To apply, download and submit the after-school application.

To attend the Washington, D.C. facilities (Wards 6 & 7): Our after-school programs are open to students throughout the DC metro area. The Parkside location is open Monday-Thursday, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET, and the Capitol Hill location is open Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m. ET. Acceptance is based on student report card and personal statement. 

College Prep

It's never too early to start thinking about college. Our college-access program provides workshops and presentations designed to help low-income students plan a roadmap to college. Additionally, dozens of universities visit the TWLC to meet with students.  

We also provide:

  • Engagement with parents to help them learn how to be advocates for their child's educational success.  
  • Summer scholarships for TWLC students to spend a portion of their summer living in a real dorm and taking classes at a real university.  
  • ACT and SAT Preparation courses. 

TWLC-OC Summer Programs

The TWLC offers summer classes for students who are interested in an interactive, career-focused experience. Morning classes are open to students who will be entering the fifth and sixth grade in the fall and afternoon classes are open to students entering the seventh through 12th grades in fall.

To attend summer sessions at the Anaheim, California, facility: 
Our school-day summer program is open to students and teachers throughout Southern California. 

Our after-school summer programs are open to students throughout Southern California, Monday-Thursday from 2-6 p.m. PT. Acceptance is based on student report card and personal statement. 

Questions about our summer programs? Email us.