Summer Residential Program

Join us for your Summer 2018 Adventure! Friday, July 20 – Saturday, August 4

Riverstone’s Summer Residential Program is designed for students looking for a unique residential summer experience in the United States’ beautiful Pacific Northwest region. If you are ages 13-17*, our summer program will provide you with opportunities learn, explore, and play at Idaho’s #1 private school!

Using the theme, Water in the West, as your springboard, you will

  1. Improve your English language skills;
  2. Learn how water plays a role in the West through tours, presentations, and field trips;
  3. Learn field and laboratory research techniques;
  4. Explore the arts through the lens of Idaho’s rivers and lakes,
  5. Raft, kayak, and camp with friends and instructors!


  1. Learn about the American college experience and receive personal advice;
  2. Experience the independence of boarding school life while living in Riverstone’s new residential facility in downtown Boise; and
  3. Make friends from around the world!

With a maximum of 20 students enrolled, every attendee will receive personal attention, explore new adventures, and build friendships with students from around the world.

Apply for the 2018 Summer Residential Program here

Improve your English skills.

All instruction and conversations, including time spent out of class in social activities and local explorations will be in English. We are here to help you learn!

Sixteen days to explore, learn, and play.

We want to make sure that our students’ summer is engaging, fun, and filled with new experiences.

  • Participate in team building with peers and instructors
  • Tour downtown Boise, art galleries, museums, and shops
  • Take kayak lessons in pristine Payette Lake
  • Tour local orchards and farms to learn how water is used for agriculture
  • Camp overnight at Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho
  • Conduct hands-on field and laboratory research and gain valuable skills for college
  • Raft the Boise River or Payette River
  • Take a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon
  • Improve your photography or art skills using rivers and mountains as your inspiration

Afternoons and evenings on weekdays may include group activities such as:


Explore Idaho’s mountains.

Everyone will travel together to one of Idaho’s beautiful mountain ranges to camp for two nights. Learn to set up a tent, cook outdoors, hike, swim in a mountain lake, and see some of the United States’ most beautiful scenery.

Get a taste of residential life in our new dormitory.

Learn what residential life can feel like in our new, light-filled dormitory, called Riverstone House, in downtown Boise. Students will share our dual-occupancy rooms, enjoy group meals, study and explore together, and build friendships.

Once you arrive in Boise, all transportation to summer program activities is provided. Because our dormitory is in downtown Boise, many of our afternoon or evening activities are accessible by walking.

All meals will be provided.

  • Typically, breakfasts will be served at Riverstone House and may include muffins, fruit, cold cereals, and coffee/tea.
  • Most lunches will be served at school and may include typical American lunch fare of sandwiches, fruit, and chips.
  • Dinners will be served at various places, depending on the evening’s schedule. Dinners may be catered at Riverstone House, may be held at a favorite Boise restaurant or eatery, or may be served picnic-style while exploring the outdoors.
  • Students may bring extra spending money for additional beverages or treats while exploring downtown Boise, but otherwise, three meals per day are provided!

Two adult Residential Coordinators will be on site to supervise and assist students.

Learn about the American Collegiate system.

One of Riverstone’s college counselors will lead a class that focuses on the American college application process, and also meet with you to discuss questions you may have about applying to college in the United States.

You will also visit and tour two local colleges, The College of Idaho and Boise State University, and see what college life in a small, private college and a large, public university looks like.

Our tuition is a great value.

Tuition for the 2018 Summer Program is US$4250, including all meals and daily transportation to summer program activities. The cost of tuition includes entry to evening and weekend social events, such as the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, rodeo, and camping.

The tuition does not include transportation to and from Boise, Idaho.

Students should bring additional spending money to cover the costs of souvenirs and shopping.

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018!

*If you will be ages 13-17 before June 1, 2017,  and would like to apply for our summer program, please email our Admissions team here.

Applicants will be required to complete their application by February 15, 2018. Application information is required for the registration process and does not guarantee admission.

There are English proficiency requirements that we will assess during a SKYPE interview.

Upon acceptance into Riverstone’s summer program, students will be issued a Form I-20, which allows students to then apply for an F-1 student visa at the US Embassy or consulate in their home country.

Download the 2018 Summer Residential Program here