All of our programs and courses are taught by WashU affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Our office works closely with instructors to ensure an excellent student academic experience.
Our academic supervisor acts as an advisor and mentor for our pre-college students. They organize tutoring services and create special skill workshops based on student needs. They stay in close contact with instructors and monitor the academic performance of students to provide additional guidance and support as needed.
We know that attending a pre-college program can be an exciting, but sometimes challenging experience. We also recognize that each student will have their own individual needs during the program. We have a team of WashU undergraduate program assistants that are present throughout the day to lead specialized activities and provide academic support and mentoring. Students meet regularly with their program assistant to discuss questions and concerns, provide insight on campus resources, and encourage social involvement. For our residential students, program assistants lead specialized academic and social activities on nights and weekends.
Credit Course Information
High School Summer Scholars Program, Early College Scholars and High School Summer Academy
Summer credit courses include as much material as regular semester courses. When offered during the school year, courses are given over 16 weeks so the pace during the summer is quite accelerated. Students should plan on spending 2-3 hours working outside of class for every hour spent in class. Because missing one summer class is equivalent to missing well over a half week of a semester course, attendance is extremely important and will be monitored. Students can expect lectures, discussions, and small group work; the amount of each of these will vary by course. All courses will have daily and weekly assignments, nightly readings as well as a final assessment which may include a paper, exam, or presentation. All courses are graded.
It is important to note that these are not courses designed for high school students, but rather regular WashU undergraduate courses. Courses may include pre-college, WashU undergraduates, and visiting students.
Noncredit Course Information
High School Summer Institutes, Exploration Courses and Middle School Summer Challenge
Our noncredit programs are designed to provide rigorous academic exploration without the pressure of a grade. Students should still expect regular classroom activities such as lectures, small group work, and discussion. Students will have daily and weekly assignments, nightly readings, and final projects. Attendance at all sessions is required and will be monitored. Noncredit courses do not receive a grade. Students who successfully complete all course expectations will receive a certificate of completion.