Pre-College Programs
SPARK Students on the campus of Brown University

SPARK: Life on Campus

SPARK - Science for Middle School Students


SPARK students are supervised throughout the program by a team of carefully selected Residential Advisors (RAs) who live in residence halls with the students and chaperone them throughout the entire day. An average student/RA ratio of 12:1 guarantees that students will receive the personal attention they need. The RAs are trained specifically to support this program by two Residence Directors and the SPARK Community Director. 

The RAs lead floor meetings several times throughout the program and facilitate community building among their cluster of SPARK students. RAs are not only supervising the safety of your SPARK student, but they are there to be a mentor and answer any questions concerning high school and college life. The RAs will be a resource to the SPARK students and serve as role models and mentors. 
In addition to the RAs, 2 Residence Directors and a Community Director oversee supervision of all SPARK students and serve on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week while the program is in session.


Students live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students are assigned to double occupancy rooms on single-sex floors with single-sex shared bathrooms. Unless a specific roommate request is made, students will be randomly assigned to another SPARK student no more than 6 months apart in age. Rooms provide typical college furniture, and do not have central air conditioning (one fan per room is provided).

Students must abide by a 10:00pm curfew—after 10:00pm, students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Lights-out is 11:00pm.

Extended housing beyond Friday, July 24, 2015 is not available for SPARK students.

SPARK will accept and consider roommate requests if parents of both students send an email requesting each other to


SPARK students eat together in one of Brown’s dining halls, under the supervision of Residential Advisors. 

Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast is served in one of Brown’s dining halls. Residential staff will escort students to the dining hall and then to their class.

Morning Snacks: around 10:00am
During class time, there will be one or two breaks where instructors will give out snacks.

Lunch: 11:30am – 12:15pm
Lunch is served in Brown’s dining halls. Students are supervised by residential staff.       
Afternoon Snacks: around 3:00pm

Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dinner is served in one of Brown’s dining halls. Students are supervised by residential staff members.                
Note that students are encouraged to fill their water bottles and bring them to class and to all of their activities.

*If your student has any food allergies or dietary restrictions, we can accommodate them if you fill out a form that you will receive after your student has enrolled in the program.

Unstructured Time & Informal Activities

The SPARK program is condensed, and there is not much free time. However, supervised activities from which students can choose will occur several times over the course of the program. These include going to local stores (like bookstores, pharmacies, etc.), going for ice cream, playing recreational games (ball, Frisbee, etc.), or doing more science activities. The RAs will join the students, chaperone them to their destinations, and supervise them there. 

A Typical Day at SPARK

Students attend classes in the mornings. In the afternoons and on weekends, a range of activities are scheduled, including field trips, team building activities, hands-on science activities, and science talks. Social activities are planned for the evenings.

The link to the proposed schedule is here

* This schedule is subject to change.

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