Quantum Academy


Grades: 12 plus incoming and current college students
Duration: 6 Days – 5 Nights
Location: Cal State San Marcos

Quantum Academy is designed to immerse high school seniors and new and returning college students in activities that open their eyes to what they need to succeed in college and beyond. In building habits for success students participate in team activities, workshops, dialogue, and personal reflection, and gain awareness and strategies on how to successfully navigate their college years and build a solid foundation for their career and life beyond the campus. A prime focus of this program—that comes into play in most of the following areas—is the development by students of a personal growth plan and clearly defined action steps.

Our key areas of focus are the following:

Learning Techniques

Academic Confidence

Students gain brain-friendly study strategies that will guide their success in college. Topics covered include quality academic writing, improving reading speed and comprehension, and creative thinking. Our overall goal is to empower students to excel in all areas of study.


Personal Success

Personal insights are the norm at SuperCamp. We help students build self-confidence and motivation and teach them the value of strong relationships. Through roundtable discussions and guest speakers students learn about time management, decision-making, personal finances, and navigating change. We inspire students to value themselves and to believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.



The ability to lead is a fundamental part of academic confidence and personal success. Topics include creative thinking, goal-setting, problem-solving, team building, and collaboration. Students discover what their strengths are as leaders, the role they play on a team, and how to bring out the best in other people.

Self Empowerment


Breaking through self-imposed personal fears and limitations is a vital learning and growth experience for students. Topics include risk-taking, trust, and setting goals that reflect personal values and beliefs. Students participate in a powerful barrier-breaking activity that produces strong feelings that they are capable of overcoming obstacles and doing anything they set their mind to.

Character Development

Character Development

The 8 Keys of Excellence are integrated into all aspects of the Quantum Academy program. These Keys teach students to match their behavior with their values, learn from their mistakes, speak honestly and kindly, make the most of every moment, make their dreams happen, take responsibility for their actions, be flexible, and live their best life. When students embrace these principles, they are inspired to strive for personal excellence.



We believe that learning must be fun to be effective. At SuperCamp we utilize research-based educational practices to create a joyful and engaging learning environment. We include music, fun activities, entertaining skits, and energetic games, and students participate in their learning at SuperCamp, they don’t just observe! We know that when learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students learn, grow, and excel.


On day one students arrive to a warm welcome and meet staff and teammates. The program gets off to a great start with activities designed to challenge students to discover their values and what’s meaningful and important in their lives. They learn the power of incorporating an internal guidance system by adopting The 8 Keys of Excellence that builds strong character and guides their decisions. The day ends with an experience that allows the students to focus on their future and grasp what is possible in their lives if they are committed and truly work for it.
Students are equipped with skills on how to be more present and resourceful while navigating the college and career world on day two. They begin creating their personal growth plan and learn the steps necessary when developing a successful and enriched life. Students identify their “driving force” and take their next step through a powerful experience designed to break through obstacles that have been holding them back from being their best self.
On day three, students learn a valuable process that will allow them to increase their reading speed and comprehension. Later, they attend their first college and career preparation roundtable and learn time management skills and smart decision-making that will benefit their physical and emotional health. Students will also learn about finances first-hand from a guest speaker. The evening session will provide an experience related to the power of words and speaking with honest and kind intentions.
Students dive deep into their personal growth plan and continue to learn the power of mentorship and how to choose and learn from appropriate mentors on day four. Through the Quantum Writing process, students experience what it’s like to write persuasively about their areas of interest. Later, the second college and career roundtable discussion focuses on navigating the change that’s so prevalent at this stage of their lives. In the evening session they spend time in deep reflection about their current actions and what connection they may or may not have with their values.
Day five: This is a powerful jam-packed day where students begin to finalize their personal growth plan. They learn brain-friendly study strategies that will allow them to be more effective in college. The last roundtable discussion covers effective resume preparation, interviewing, and skills sought by employers. Before dinner a motivational speaker inspires students to continue the growth they’ve achieved during the program. In the evening session, they participate in a powerful activity that challenges them mentally to see the value in letting go of control and of trusting that they have the power within themselves to accomplish whatever they set out to do.
The students have been on a journey that has allowed them to learn and grow academically and personally. Today, day six, they present the personal growth plans they’ve worked on throughout the program, and make a commitment to their next steps. Parents are invited to experience the atmosphere of SuperCamp and join in the celebration of growth.

A Typical Day at Quantum Academy

6:30 Optional run/walk

7:00 Wake up

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 12:30 Morning session*

  • “Daily Download” review of previous day’s learning with teams
  • Greeting
  • Personal Growth Plan
  • Learning skills instruction and application to college and career

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Unstructured time

  • Time dedicated to individual and or team activities
  • Consideration of the use of “free” time in the college and career setting

3:00 – 5:30 Afternoon session* 

  • College and Career Preparation Roundtable
  • Guest Speaker / Panel

5:30 – 6:30 Dinner

6:30 – 8:30 Evening session*

  • Self-exploration and reflection
  • Life skills instruction

8:30 – 9:30 Closing session including some or all of the following:

  • Shares
  • Announcements
  • Social Time
  • Song
  • Nightly review

10:30 Lights out


* Music and fun learning activities permeate all sessions and breaks are regularly provided. Times and activities may vary.

Location Details

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS - San Marcos, California
California State University San Marcos

July 18 – 23

Grade 12 plus incoming and current college students

6 days


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Dorm Life
Dorm Life. Students share rooms in the university dormitories. Breakfast is at 7:30 AM and the day ends after a closing gathering. Lights out is at 10:30 PM. The student to staff ratio is at least four to one. Team leaders live in the same residence halls as their students, with males and females on separate floors or wings.
Safety. Since its first program in 1982, SuperCamp has provided a safe, secure environment for participants. Students remain on campus at all times. On day one, we assign them to teams of 16 to 20 campers with two team leaders. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that your student will immediately feel supported by the team leaders and will quickly form close bonds with other campers. We have a trained wellness person (many are registered nurses) at every program who supports the emotional and physical well-being of all students.
Dining. Students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the university cafeteria.

Program FAQs – Quantum Academy

WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT ATTENDS Quantum Academy and what do they gain?

All students at Quantum Academy (QA) focus on their future and next steps for that future. Students range in age from those going into their senior year of high school to those currently attending college. Participants also include some who are taking a gap year and some who dropped out of college and plan to go back.

High school seniors focus on the steps for choosing a college and what it takes to get into the college of their choice. Those about to enter college focus on what to expect and successful habits to develop right at the start of their freshman year. Students already in college learn more about themselves and how to maximize their success in college. QA helps all participants focus on their interests and direction and gives them skills and strategies that support and motivate them to excel.


SuperCamp has a 35-year track record of creating a safe, secure environment for participants. It is our #1 priority. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that students will immediately feel supported by staff and will quickly form close bonds with other students. This supports students in fully participating and having the courage to explore and express themselves.


Students are assigned to teams, headed by a team leader. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their teams and live in the same residence halls. Male and female students and staff are housed on separate floors or wings.


In all our programs, we use Quantum Learning methods to create a safe, supportive, fun, and inspiring environment aligned with what we know from brain research. We build curiosity and a sense of belonging, we get inside our students’ world and build rapport, and we use strategies that reach all students and enhance their learning.

In a joyful interactive learning atmosphere, we teach students HOW to learn—skills and strategies that can be applied to any subject—building confidence and motivation. We help students understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. We also guide students in building a positive sense of self and teach them the value of strong relationships. As we artfully orchestrate all of these elements, students experience mini-success moments that build confidence, create a shift in their attitude, and inspire and empower them to excel.