All of our programs 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.
For our High School Summer Institutes and Middle School Summer Challenge, classroom program assistants are present throughout the day to lead activities, chaperone field trips, and provide academic mentoring.
High School Summer Scholars Program
Summer undergraduate courses include as much material as regular semester courses. When offered during the regular school year, these 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. It is important to note that these are not courses designed for high school students, but rather the regular courses offered to the WashU undergraduate population. For more specific details visit the High School Summer Scholars Program section of the website.
High School Summer Institutes
Institutes combine traditional undergraduate curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities. Students are required to complete a final project which varies with each institute, as well as weekly assignments and nightly readings. Each institute has a morning session from 9:00am-12:00pm, a break for lunch and independent study from 12:00-2:00pm, and an afternoon session from 2:00-4:30pm. For more specific details visit the institute section of the website.
Middle School Summer Challenge
Our middle school courses are designed to build on current knowledge and challenge students to explore further topics that interest them. Classes include lectures, discussion, hands-on activities, and small group work. For more details on the courses offered and daily schedule, visit the Middle School Summer Challenge section of the website.