The Advanced Sessions are pre-college courses offered to students age 15-19 who have completed one year of high school science, preferably biology or chemistry (though these are not required). These two-week sessions are of a more analytical nature, and students are expected to prepare laboratory reports and analysis of their field work.
We offer students the chance to explore their collegiate options during the advanced sessions with college tours and meetings with the Jackson Lab and Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, both of which offer internships to high school and college age students. Several of our AIO students have participated over the years.
The caliber of our students is so well respected that College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine, offers $10,000/year scholarships to any AIO student (up to $40,000 for the 4 years) who is accepted into their program with a recommendation from one of our Directors.
Since 2012, AIO has offered students who attend the first Advanced Program session the opportunity to receive college credit for the program through the University of Maine Machias. Students who are applying to receive College Credit for the first Advanced Program session will incur additional fees (the AIO tuition of $2,950 plus the cost of credits which is $545.60 for 4 credits though UMM's Early College Program. The tuition for the non-college credit 2020 Advanced Program is $2,850. Please review our College Credit page for more information on this program or our Tuition and Fees page for complete tuition details.
Example of an Advanced Program Lesson
See a sample Advanced Program Lesson.
Students should plan to arrive on the first Sunday between noon and 5 pm and students depart on the last Friday between noon and 5 pm though some students will need to leave earlier to catch flights home. We invite the families picking up their student at the end of the session to join us for a cookout starting around 4:45 pm.
Get COLLEGE Credit!
Get college credit for Advanced Session I through University of Maine Machias.
College of the Atlantic is offering $10,000/year scholarships to AIO students accepted to their program.
Books We Recommend
Here's a list of books we recommend for students interested in marine science.