Outer Coast Summer Seminar 2018

The Outer Coast Summer Seminar offers a diverse cohort of Alaskan and Lower 49 high school students (current sophomores and juniors) a transformative academic experience and the opportunity to engage with the world they are about to inherit.

Over the course of four weeks, students immerse themselves in a fast-paced, college-level academic course; experiment with limited powers of self-governance; and participate in a meaningful service program.

The goals for the Summer Seminar are threefold: to bring together a diverse cohort of curious and motivated high school students and create a community of learning; to offer a transformative, community-centered educational opportunity that inspires students to become forces for positive change within their own communities; and to increase the likelihood that Summer Seminar students matriculate at college by introducing them to college-level academic work and orienting them to the college admissions process.

The Summer Seminar academic course offering is Perspectives on Freedom, Authority, and Polarization, co-taught by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell (joining us for the first portion of the seminar) and Sharon Schuman.

The Outer Coast Summer Seminar does not have a fixed cost of attendance. Instead, we ask that the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) complete the appropriate form to set their own cost of attendance based on their household’s financial means. This form will be sent to the student once their application has been reviewed. Outer Coast will meet the financial need of all students. Cost will not be a barrier to attendance.

The Summer Seminar runs July 6 - August 4, 2018 in Sitka, Alaska.

For more information on the Summer Seminar (including course information and cost of attendance), see our full Summer Seminar Program Overview.

X'unei Lance Twitchell
Sharon Schuman
Faculty X̱'unei Lance Twitchell and Sharon Schuman


Student Applications

We are no longer accepting student applications for the 2018 Summer Seminar
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis up until April 22, 2018


Online Student Application

Student Application


Mail-in Student Application

Download mail-in version of Student Application Note: teachers must complete their recommendations online.

Please mail your paper Student Application to:

Outer Coast
P.O. Box 6573
Sitka, Alaska 99835

postmarked by March 31, 2018


Nominate a Student

Nominations are a great way to connect our team with prospective students. If you are an educator or mentor and know a student who would be a good fit for this program, please nominate them using the online Nomination form.

Students do not need a nomination to apply and nominated students are at no greater advantage of being admitted.

Questions: please contact info@outercoast.org