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.

Every summer, the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., welcomes students ages 11-13, to its annual Summer Academy. During the week-long camp, participants explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math through a multitude of camper-chosen classes. In all, students receive 18 hours of STEM instruction and participate in three enrichment workshops.

Overnight camp tuition (room/board, course costs) for the week is $950. Weekly (day only participation) is available for $700. Scholarships are available for children of active military personnel and cover the entire cost of camp tuition, overnight accommodations, daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and one all-day excursion to Disneyland. All families are responsible for their child's travel cost to and from the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim.

Taught by year-round, full-time instructors, attendees can choose between a variety of classes utilizing state-of-the-art technology and skills necessary for professional careers in the STEM sector.

CORE CLASSES

Video Game Design: Create your very own video game using the latest game development software. 

Velocity Racers: Understand how potential energy converts into kinetic energy by creating racers powered by solar panels, mousetraps, magnets or air.

Resourceful Robotics: Build and program robots that can be operated independently or in competition with another robot using electronic circuit schematics, block diagrams, sensors and gear drives.

Comparative Zoology: Explore the psychology and physiology of bugs, reptiles, amphibians and mammals at a molecular and anatomical level in this intensive biology class.

Food Chemistry: Discover the nature and chemical behavior of food and learn the science from farm to table.  

Fairway Fundamentals: Learn the fundamentals of golf and examine the origins and traditions of the game, its history, rules and etiquette.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Rocketry: Assemble, decorate and launch your own rocket while applying scientific principles such as Newton's Laws, thrust and drag.

Alternative Energy: Build a solar station and a wind turbine while learning about renewable energy sources and how these devices can capture electrical energy.

Marine Life: Learn about the amazing creatures of the sea as you make your first incisions into the anatomy of these aquatic animals during dissection.  

Customizable Cup: Using Adobe Photoshop, students explore various types of digital art to create personalized artwork.

Vital Vitamins: Learn how to build a strong immune system by testing some of the common foods we eat and see just how rich in vitamins they are.

The Physics of Golf: Explore the game of golf from a scientific perspective to gain a better understanding of how to control the golf ball.

Beginning Golf: This workshop can give you the skills and know-how needed to become comfortable with the game of golf from putting, chipping, pitching and driving.

Golf Club-Making Workshop: Build and keep your own golf club using professional techniques in math and science, while exploring how loft affects ball flight to make your own club.

STAY AND PLAY

Local campers have the option of sleeping at home and returning each day. Non-local campers get to stay overnight at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a 210-acre outdoor facility located in the hills overlooking Irvine Regional Park. It is complete with comfortable bunkhouses, swimming pools and a lodge-style dining hall, and offers outdoor activities such as archery, zip-lining, hiking and building campfires under the stars.

As an added bonus, all campers will spend a day at Disneyland and participate in activities related to the park's world-class attractions, specifically how science plays a role in running the "Happiest Place on Earth."

We will require parents to complete a transportation form indicating how their child will be arriving and departing from the Summer Academy. Transportation forms are sent in the Welcome Packet after registration is confirmed. Parents who will be dropping off their child will need to do so at the residential location. For children who will be flying, please make arrangements to fly into Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA). TWLC staff will greet the Summer Academy participants at the airport and shuttle them to and from the residential location

Q: How do I apply for a military scholarship?
A: Scholarship application information will be made available in early 2014 through the MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) contact at each base.

Q: What does the military scholarship entail?
A: The military scholarship awarded covers the entire cost of camp tuition, overnight accommodations, daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and one all-day excursion to Disneyland. As mentioned above, for those participants attending on a military scholarship, families will be responsible for their child's travel cost.

Q: When are scholarships awarded?
A: Families will be notified in early May by email followed by a Welcome Packet.

Q: What type(s) of experience do your instructors have?
A: The TWLC employs exceptional staff with experience, expertise and dedication to youth. The TWLC staff is engaged year-round in hands-on, project-based instruction. They have a passion for working with young people and helping them see the connection between school and the real world. The TWLC Summer Academy encourages staff to create a unique learning environment for youth to share ideas and build supportive relationships. The staff provides a compassionate and creative atmosphere that fosters each youth's positive self-image, admiration for learning and opportunities for growth.

Q: What is your student-to-staff ratio?
A: We will be averaging 10 students per staff member. All students receive hands-on instruction throughout the day and will be provided with a computer, so there is no need to share. Throughout the week STEM Academy participants will receive 18 hours of STEM instruction along with three hours of enrichment classes. Golf Academy participants will receive 18 hours of golf instruction along with nine hours of enrichment workshops.

Q: Do students take one course for the entire week or multiple courses?
A: We offer a unique program that is designed to give each student a thorough understanding of his/her curriculum topic in a week's time. Students enroll in one core class per week and will have an opportunity to choose which three enrichment activities they may be interested in taking.

Q: How do I find out if the course I want is still open for enrollment?
A: You can simply call the Tiger Woods Learning Center at 714-765-8000 and we would be more than happy to assist you in answering any questions.

Q: What special activities will members participate in?
A: Disneyland Excursion: A week at the Tiger Woods Learning Center Summer Academy also includes an all-day trip to Disneyland. In addition to enjoying the wonders of this landmark theme park, this day trip includes a hands-on, three-hour Disney's World of Physics workshop. 

Friday Family and Community Showcase: Family and friends are welcome to attend our Family and Community Showcase from 2:45 to 4 p.m. on Friday. Guests can tour the facility and classrooms, meet staff and view projects. This is an opportunity for participants to showcase what they learned during their time at the TWLC.

Q: Do you provide meals?
A: Residential campers arrive on Sunday at 2 p.m. and leave on Friday at 4 p.m. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included starting with Sunday dinner and lasting through Friday lunch. For Day Academy participants, lunch will be provided Monday through Friday.

Q: How do you handle students with food allergies/special dietary needs?
A: Communication is key. If your child has food allergies or requires any other special accommodations, please be sure to notify us in advance in order to allow us time to accommodate your needs. There are a number of ways we work with families to communicate this key information. 

After registration, you will have the opportunity to provide us with detailed information about your child by completing the required Health Forms. It is crucial that the TWLC Summer Academy staff is aware of your child's needs so he/she can adequately provide guidance at meal and snack times. If your child has severe food allergies, we recommend sending appropriate food and snacks with them.

Q: What safety measures are taken for the overnight program?
A: Safety is our No. 1 priority. Adult staff supervises ALL classes, activities, dining and boarding. Students in the Overnight Academy will stay at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. Males and females will be housed in separate living areas. All locations have male and female instructors that stay in separate rooms on the same floor as the participants, generally near fire exits and stairwells. Every staff member who comes in contact with students must pass a rigorous screening that includes fingerprinting, health screenings and background checks. All staff and directors have CPR and first-aid certification.

Q: Can I sit in on a class?
A: For security purposes, we are a student-only program, and we do not permit non-students -- parents or unregistered students -- to sit in on courses. As mentioned above, we require all staff to undergo thorough background checks. We understand that parents are very interested in what their children are doing at the TWLC Summer Academy, which is the reason we created our Friday Family and Community Showcase event. Our Family and Community Showcase event takes place on Friday afternoons -- 2:45-4 p.m. -- to provide an opportunity for participants to showcase what they learned during their time at the TWLC.

Q: What is your medication policy?
A: Upon registration, you will have the opportunity to provide us with detailed information about your student by completing the required Health Forms. If your child will be taking medicine while at the Summer Academy, you will be asked to fill out a list of prescribed medicines your son/daughter MUST take while attending the academy. All medicines must be given to our academy director at check-in. The medicine must be in original containers that identify, in English, the prescribing physician (if a prescription drug), the name of the medicine, the dosage and the frequency of administration. The medicine will be dispensed as instructed by you.

Q: Do you have a referral program or Refer-a-Friend program?
A: If your child will be attending with a friend, you can request him/her as your child's roommate when you register.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: All cancellations must be submitted in writing and submitted to the TWLC office no later than three weeks prior to the start of academy.

Q: What if my child gets sick before/during their week of camp?
A: Our cancellation policy applies for all cancellations, including those due to illness. However, we understand that a student becoming ill is not something that you can plan. If for some reason your student cannot attend the Summer Academy due to a medical condition, emergency or illness, we will work with you as best we can to move your student to an alternate week.

Q: Do you provide transportation for participants?
A: All programs require parents to complete a transportation form to indicate how their child will be arriving and departing the Summer Academy. Transportation forms are sent in the Welcome Packet after registration is confirmed. Parents who will be dropping off their child for the Overnight Academy will need to do so at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center location. For children who will be flying, please make arrangements to fly into Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA). TWLC staff will greet the Summer Academy students at the airport and shuttle them to the residential location. Parents who will be dropping off their child for the Day Academy will need to do so at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim.