Closing the Education Opportunity Gap Through Innovation

The Learnatory. Education Re-Imagined.

Advocating Education Equity. 

Partnering with schools, organizations, institutions, and government agencies to bring world-class education to the unprivileged.

Advancing Effective Leadership. 

Providing consulting services and human capital development for school leaders, teachers, and change champions. 

Transforming Through Innovation.

Delivering high-impact experiences that optimize technology, foster deeper learning and personalize education while working to close the opportunity gap for improved student outcomes.

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Summer Camps

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Providing Powerful STEAM Experiences

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Who We Are

Mission, Vision, Promise

For more than 40 years, The Learnatory has educated, inspired and supported college-bound students in the pursuit of world-class education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).  By continually assessing programs, conducting research, delivering immersive, experiential instruction and providing grants and scholarships to participants, The Learnatory remains at the forefront of supplemental enrichment education in STEAM.

Today, through our In-School, After-School, in Home-Schools, on Weekends, in our Summer Camps, and online programs, The Learnatory, has served over 12,000 college-bound youth and teens in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. The Learnatory is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt educational organization. 


The Learnatory began in the summer of 1978 on the campus of the University of Southern California with a summer camp providing the perfect blend of academic enrichment and recreational fun. 


We believe every child, regardless of zip code, has the right to a high-quality education. Our Mission is to close the education opportunity gap for young women and underserved communities by advocating for education equity, advancing effective leadership in education, and transforming our education system.

The Learnatory is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and developing potential leaders who will make a difference globally.  We focus on delivering real-world learning through hands-on, innovative, transformative learning that engages and empowers.


  • Increased Reading scores by 2.4 years for over 12,000 students in our 6-week summer camps
  • Increased Math scores by 2.4 years for over 12,000 students in our 6-week summer camps
  • 89% of our students continue to 4-year colleges or universities
  • Awarded over $2.5 million in scholarships and grants to our programs


We see a world where students inherently value the skills, attitudes, and motivation it takes to succeed; a time when they surpass their own expectations academically, personally, and professionally. 



The Learnatory is proud of its history of serving the college-bound community with both passion and excellence committed to providing:

                        · Academic Enrichment

                        · Personal Development

                        · Professional Preparation

We promise to continue fulfilling our commitment to providing world-class educational experiences to the unprivileged supporting their college aspirations - regardless of their zip codes.

Our Founder

Debra E. Brown-Thompson is a native of Chicago, Illinois currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Speech with teaching credentials from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Organization Development from Benedictine University. Her teaching background includes Bloom Township High School, Beverly Hills High School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. 

Thompson also has a strong background in Telecommunications and Learning Development with several Fortune 100 corporations. 


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