ROAR Academy

Program Overview

ROAR Academy is a rigorous and intensive two-week program for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated high school students who are entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall have the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, and scientists while focusing on learning about Python programming and introductory autonomous driving algorithms.

The students through this 10-day program will be expected to learn sufficient knowledge to participate in ROAR competition entirely in software simulation, dubbed the S2 series for K-12 students (compared to the current S1 series that includes college students and professional learners).

Thanks to ROAR virtualization software and other open-source Python and AI libraries, learners may attend the Academy through online lectures for 2021.

To learn more about the program goals and schedule, please see here.

Due to the pandemic, Summer 2021 sessions will all be taught virtually via Zoom and online recordings.

Sessions (Choose one session)

Week 1Week 2
Session 1July 6 - July 10 (Sat)July 12 - July 16
Session 2July 19 - July 23July 26 - July 30
Session 3August 2 - August 6August 9 - August 13
  • ROAR Summer Competition: Saturday, August 14



Advanced High School students (entering 9th-12th grade) who are considering a STEM career path and would like to apply to AI, Robotics, and Data Science as their intended college majors.

The curriculum is also suitable for those who are interested in learning Python programming in general and more narrowly, upcoming autonomous transportation revolution and the foundation of their supporting technologies.

For 2021, ROAR Academy and the fees below are only for California residents. For prospective out-of-state and international students, please contact us and we will accommodate additional applications when space is available.

Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $800

A complete application consists of:
1. Application – If you would like to preview the application, please click here.
2. Unofficial Transcript

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Early February — ROAR Academy application opens
  • March 15, 2021 — Early application deadline. 
  • March 22, 2021—Early application and financial aid admissions.
  • Please note that the early application deadline for financial aid review has passed.
    Late Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • April 30, 2021 — Tuition due.

What to expect:

Applications are closed for Summer 2021. 

Please note that applications are reviewed as they are received, so you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.