Riordan Program Introduction


This intensive, immersive 2-week program prepares students for university-level work in English. Students develop their language, leadership, innovation, teamwork and critical thinking skills through challenging and engaging project-based learning in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The program features just 10 students per class, all of which are taught by Archbishop Riordan instructors, and includes housing, meals, and sightseeing in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

Course highlights:

  • Engaging and challenging projects such as 3-D print making and video game design
  • Finished products students can take home with them
  • Certificates of Completion to reward students’ achievements
  • All courses taught entirely in English
  • Experienced instructors with a background in Advanced Placement education

Also included in this program:

  • Organized weekend activities, including transportation, at famous San Francisco locations
    • Cable Car rides
    • Golden Gate Bridge walk
    • Golden Gate Park activities
    • Historic neighborhood visits
  • 24-hour support and care for students
    • Transportation to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    • Housing in Archbishop Riordan dormitories
    • Meals in the school cafeteria
    • Chaperones and emergency contacts

Program cost: $ 5,380 (US dollars)

The program cost includes all of the above: instruction, housing, meals, linens, organized sightseeing activities, chaperones and emergency contacts, and transportation to and from SFO.

Program Schedule:

  • Check in: July 1st
  • Check out: July 15th
  • Instruction and activities: July 2nd – 13th

Instruction takes place from 9am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Lunch is served from 12pm to 1pm.

Students participate in two weeks of instruction: Maker Week and Miner Week. To allow for small class sizes, the order of instructional weeks will vary.

Maker Week

Mon Introduction to CAD and 3D Printing
Tue 3D Printing: Chess Piece Production
Wed 2D Design and Laser Cutting
Thur Acrylic Light Up Lamp
Fri Final Project Presentations

Minecraft Week

Mon Introduction to Computer Programming and Game Design
Tue Programming and Design in Minecraft
Wed Pair-work Game Design; Minecraft Park our Maps
Thur Trouble shooting and Testing in Game Design
Fri Final Project Presentations