High School Summer Program

Learn to code and meet world class entrepreneurs and investors this summer for an accelerated technology learning experience.

Interested in our program?

Schedule Informational Session

Our 30-minute informational interviews help us learn about each other.
This step is mandatory for all prospective candidates.

  • Sunday 12/17 at 6PM ET
  • Wednesday 12/20 at 8PM ET
  • Saturday 12/23 at 1pm ET
  • Sunday 12/24 at 6PM ET
  • Wednesday 12/27 at 8PM ET
  • Saturday 12/30 at 1pm ET
  • Sunday 12/31 at 6PM ET

Inside Horizons


Horizons was designed for students from the world’s best universities. The Summer Technology Leaders program seeks to continue to find top talent, even earlier. Our High School program is an opportunity to forge lifelong connections with the nation's top undergraduate students, experience what it is like to go through a rigorous, applied programming curriculum and accelerate your potential in engineering and entrepreneurship all in one intense summer.

Learn to Code and build Web Applications

Learn how to build website applications in an intensive full-stack javascript curriculum. Our curriculum has been built and directly influenced by engineers at leading technology companies.

Our course was designed for students at some of the nation's best universities. We are now opening it up to you!


You'll put your skills to the test and work on projects in small engineering teams. You'll build a simple e-commerce store and clones of popular sites like Kickstarter, Facebook Chat, Yelp, Trello and more. You can read more about projects students have built in the past here.

For those aspiring entrepreneurs, you can use this time to build your own products under the mentorship of our world-class team.

Meet Leaders in Technology

Getting access to Silicon Valley's elite at such a young age can be a transformative experience. We broaden students perspective and knowledge by bringing in successful entrepreneurs, engineers, operators and investors. Students will learn about new industries, building companies, and career paths. Prior students rave about the lessons they learned about technology, business and life.


Our flagship program is created for high-achieving university students interested in technology. You'll be sharing coursework and get to interact with students during Horizons-wide events who were in your shoes just a few years ago.

Show Colleges that you stand out

Build a technical portfolio of projects and a new set of perspectives to stand out in your college applications. Show admissions officers that you're passionate, capable and years ahead in your thinking. You'll be able to talk about first hand experiences from world class entrepreneurs and investors, show that you spent >500 hours of coding in a single summer and leverage direct experiences from students who go to your dream school.

Build the Skills of a Software Engineer

Learn what it takes to build real products in a high touch, project-based learning environment.

Javascript & Fundamentals

  • Object Oriented JS
  • Algorithms 101
  • Data Structures
  • Github & Source Control
  • Developer Tools
  • JS Libraries

Frontend Web Development

  • jQuery, AJAX
  • Event Driven Programming
  • API Usage
  • Sample Projects: Twitter Feed Clone, Real Time Chat

Backend Web Development

  • Node.js
  • Express.js
  • Mongo.db
  • Templating
  • Build your own API
  • Mailers, Delayed Jobs, Webhooks
  • Sample Projects: Kickstarter Clone, Trello Clone, Multiplayer Real-Time Blackjack

Web Security

  • Authentication Strategy with Passport.js
  • Oauth 2.0, Facebook Login
  • Web Security Vulnerabilities
  • Encryption, Hashing
  • Sample Projects: Hack into vulnerable websites, Build security measures to prevent hackers

Databases, Scaling, Performance

  • Keys, Foreign Keys
  • Schema Design
  • Deployment and Heroku
  • Sample Projects: Yelp Clone, Ecommerce Site

Frontend Frameworks

  • React JS
  • Client-side Templating
  • Promises
  • Github & Source Control
  • Developer Tools
  • JS Libraries

The Daily Hustle

Our days are fast paced and intense. While schedules may vary, below is a schedule on an average day.


Morning Lesson

Interactive & Live coding focused lectures


Warmup: Solo Coding




Pair Programming

Work in pairs and small on projects in a very hands-on, high touch learning environment (10:1 student to teacher ratio).

Projects start out as a few hours long, but span days as the course progresses.


Code With a Pro / Speaker Series

M, W, F: Have instructors code in front of you to review the hardest problems of the day. You will learn best practices and start to develop an eye for code style.

T, TH: We will bring in world class entrepreneurs, investors and technology leaders to share their stories with you.



Grab a bite with your newfound friends and take some time to sneak in a gym session before you rest up for the next day!

Speaker Series

Perspective is just as important as skills. We give Horizons students access to tech companies and leaders around the world. Here are just some of the speakers who have spoken to our class already!

Fred Ehrsam

Coinbase | CEO

106M raised, 471M valuation

Jesse Beyroutey

IA Ventures | Partner

Forbes 30 under 30. Partner by 26

Ken Baylor

Uber | Head of Compliance

Founder of Stealth Worker, Former VP Security Wells Fargo

Bing Chen

Victorious | Founder

Raised $50M, Formerly @ Youtube

Jake Paul

Team 10 | Founder

Vine superstar, > 3bn video views

Christina Saas

Andela | Founder

41M Raised

Marleen Vogelaar

Shapeways | Founder

76M raised

Michael Dearing

Harrison Metal | Founder

Seed Investor in Twitter, Heroku, Admob & more

Laks Srini

Zenefits | CTO

$2BN valuation

Our prior students come from some of the best universities. We're giving you a chance to get ahead of your future peers.

Note: We are not affiliated with any of the universities above.


JUN 12 - JUL 28
San Francisco
M-F: 9am - 7pm
8 weeks
Housing - additional $900 per month
Each applicant will be considered for the Horizons Scholarship - a fully-funded scholarship to cover the cost of tuition + housing.