Summer Camp 

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat (GRRR) is now accepting applications for their week-long summer day camps.  We have been granted 6 spots on full scholarship.  Registration is taken on a first come first served basis - register here:, and mention LJA for your scholarship request. 

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat I - July 10-14
Girls Rock n Roll Retreat II - July 17-21

Laura Jeffrey Academy in St Paul, MN

What is G.R.R.R?
Celebrating their eleventh year in 2017, this annual day camp (9am-5pm daily) offers 5 days of music lessons, playing in a band, art classes, exciting workshops and a big Friday night rock concert for students ages 8-16.  Our camp is offered to all who play or want to learn electric guitar, electric bass, drums, vocals or keyboards. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

This camp is open to all students who identify a female, trans, or gender non-conforming

Intersessions and Summer Programming 

LJA offers three weeks of intersession programming during the school year. For the 2015-2016 school year our intersessions will take place in October, January and April.  The programming offered these weeks varies, but generally focuses on experiential learning and is a lot of fun for our scholars.

Previous Intersessions:

Spring 2016: We spent two days at LJA getting an introduction to our theme of animals and nature with guest speaker from the Animal Humane Society, Therapy Dogs International, and a field trip to Minnehaha Falls, and then headed out to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center for Wednesday-Friday of the week! This overnight trip is a great way  for students to experience nature and try out activities such as climbing on a high ropes course and interacting with animals outside. Students learned about amphibians and birds in particular, and enjoyed good food and plenty of sunshine.

Winter 2016: The theme for this year's winter intersession was College & Careers! The week was geared toward student goals and dreams for the future and learning about all the possibilities they have. Each morning was spent at LJA with presentations and activities from guest speakers, such as a spoken work artist from COMPAS and a representative from the University of Minnesota. Each afternoon we embarked on a field trip, including Como Zoo, St. Paul public libraries, various Twin Cities colleges/universities, and Fort Snelling State Park for a winter snowshoeing excursion. The week also featured special appearances from our very own Mr. Tyler, Ms. Ali, and Jen A, who led some creative activities here at LJA!

Fall  2015: Students got to spend five fun days experiencing the fusion of writing and art with help from their University of Minnesota student teachers. From October 12th-16th, LJA provided a week of intersession programming taught by the student teachers who have spent the quarter working with LJA's LASS and STEM classes. There were eight awesome classes to choose from, including "Creepy Stories and Culture", "Hip Hop Beyond Words," and "#HealthySelfies!"

For more information, contact Ms. Cassandra at or 651-414-6000.

LJA Pay It Forward Tours

LJA partners with "Students Today Leaders Forever" to offer a Pay It Forward Tour to our students each year.

What is the Pay It Forward tour?

The “PIF” tour is a 3-day, 2-night community-service road trip. We travel on a comfortable coach bus to two different cities and do several different volunteer projects along the way.  Students also take part in evening reflection and leadership activities to learn more about the issue we worked with that day, and how to come back together to take action and make a difference in our own community. The tour is organized by “Students Today, Leaders Forever” and led by a group of dynamic college students from around the Midwest.  

The annual trip takes place during one of our intersession breaks and registration is open to LJA’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  Lodging is typically in community centers or church basements.  Students will need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag/blankets. Middle school tours stay within a 300 mile radius of the Twin Cities.  Previous trips have included overnight stays in the following cities:

  • La Crosse, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Mason City, IA
  • Iowa, IA
  • Mankato, MN
  • Sioux Falls, SD

The cost of the trip is $185.  This includes meals, transportation, lodging and a t-shirt.   Some financial assistance is available and the amount awarded will depend on the total raised through fundraising as well as the number of students that request financial assistance.  Students will be expected to contribute a minimum of $50 in order to go on this trip. 

Contact Ms. Dawn at or 651-414-6000 for more information.

Sound like fun?!  Learn more here:  Pay it Forward! 

Summer Camps

LJA has partnered with several organizations to bring a variety of opportunities to our scholars. Many of these are free for LJA students. 

Rosie's Girls: (In partnership with the Girl Scouts) Need for women in trade careers inspires Rosie's Girls summer camp.

YWCA Girls Inc. Eureka! EUREKA! is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Breakthrough Twin Cities: Motivating student to apply for college

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat (GRRR)

Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center

The core purpose of the KAYSC is to empower youth to change our world through science! The KAYSC engages youth in grades 6-8 at Laura Jeffrey Academy for out-of-school-time (OST) science programming afterschool at LJA, on Saturdays at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and for 6 weeks during the summer at a partner site. Programs target students from communities underrepresented in STEM disciplines: 75% of participants are from low-income families 60% are girls 90% are youth of color. Middle school youth start as service-learning volunteers in 7th grade and can progress to paid positions during high school, and as alumni interns after graduation from high school. Youth work in theme-based "teams," and build competencies in youth leadership, career development, and science literacy that they in turn share with their communities. Youth on KAYSC teams develop community service-learning projects and lead hands-on STEM workshops/outreaches for younger youth (pre-K through 6 grades) in their communities. Since its inception, the KAYSC has engaged over 1000 participants. Last year alone, the KAYSC reached over 50,000 museum visitors and 5,000 children on outreaches in over 25 different community sites.