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A teacher and a staffer go to Washington...

In 1985, a Connecticut educator saw an opportunity to make the world her classroom. With the help of a congressional staff member, she arranged a trip for her students to visit the nation’s capital to attend the second Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

The kids embraced Washington, DC—they met congressmen, saw the monuments, and experienced democracy in action. The excursion was deemed a huge success, but the teacher and the staffer soon realized that this was no ordinary field trip; the students not only discovered a new deeper relationship with world around them, but also began to realize the power of their potential

The opportunity to learn through experience had a profound effect on those high school students in 1985, just as it has on Envision students today.

Thirty years and more than 800,000 exceptional students later, Envision’s mission remains focused on giving high-aspiring students in elementary school through college the unique opportunity to turn their career and life aspirations into reality. Our programs are innovative, safe, fun, empowering, and provide transformational experiences that enable students to:

  • Discover their passion
  • Explore a career
  • Make a difference
  • Realize their dreams

Why Envision?

Whether you are a parent, student or teacher, you know that big decisions about one’s future can be difficult. Even students who have a clear vision face real challenges. Unfortunately, academic success and solid credentials are no longer enough to succeed in today’s rapidly changing landscape. As the world gets smaller, competition increases and the talent pool of college and career candidates grows exponentially.

Along with passion and knowledge, today’s students need to demonstrate initiative, innovative thinking, and the ability to create a focused plan. Envision programs help students reach those goals, giving them an opportunity to try a career, develop real skills, and get that extra edge they seek while enjoying amazing experiences that lead to transformational confidence building and lifelong friendships.

Envision Programs

Our career, technology, and leadership programs are developed by educators and subject-matter professionals.  Using innovative tools and techniques, our activities mirror real-world challenges and facilitate critical thinking and communication among the groups. Our Advisors are highly trained teachers and subject-matter experts who love making a real impact—so much so that they come back year after year.

For decades, Envision has been a home for students with high academic achievement and a desire to build a focused plan for their future. Many of our students are nominated by teachers; others are selected via a national student talent identification program; and still others are selected by our Admissions Board based on their GPA, test scores, and passion for a specific area of career or leadership interest. However, our admissions team also accepts applications and often awards scholarships to high-caliber kids who need assistance. If you or your child have not received an invitation to attend but are interested in one of our programs, we encourage you to apply.

Acceptance into and Envision Program will be based on a combination of:

  • Academic Achievement: 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Leadership Potential: demonstrated by extracurricular activities
  • Career Aspirations: indicated by 2 short essays about future interests

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The Envision experience has been deliberately designed to:

  • ENGAGE students through interactive and multi-sensory experiences
  • EQUIP students for success in college, career, and life in the global 21st century
  • EMPOWER students to take responsibility for their future and make an impact

Envision Programs are: VIEW MORE

  • Safe and secure learning experiences
  • Accredited and research-based
  • Designed around cognitive learning and active engagement
  • Relevant, innovative, rigorous, and fun
  • Project-focused and based around problem solving and leadership building
  • Attended by 10,000 students at top academic locations each year
  • Staffed by experienced education professionals and a highly trained and well-vetted staff