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Brown Summer High School

Celebrating more than 50 years of summertime academic enrichment for Providence-area high school students!

Apply here for Brown Summer High School 2019! »

Please Note: To contact Brown Summer High School, please email [email protected] or leave a voicemail message at (401) 863-1677. Our program will be staffed from late May-July, at which time BSHS recruiters will respond to inquiries. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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What is Brown Summer High School?

Brown Summer High School is a daytime enrichment program open to Providence-area high school students.

Brown Summer High School (BSHS) challenges local students to think critically in order to tackle big questions. BSHS students become active participants in the learning experience, developing essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, and problem-solving.

During three weeks in the summer, students take two courses led by Brown’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP) candidates, as well as by other qualified faculty who provide individualized attention to each student in small class settings. Students have course choices of English, Math, History/Social Studies, and Science.

Each course offers an exciting learning environment where students work in small groups, participate in discussions, conduct laboratory experiments, and engage in numerous hands-on activities. Students may be expected to complete some take-home assignments.

Regardless of your plans beyond high school, as a BSHS student, you will develop skills and insights valuable to all of your future endeavors!

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Who is Eligible?

All Providence-area high school students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in September 2019 may apply to the 2019 BSHS program. We seek students like you who are ready to act, build, share, and create!


Classes will meet from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. every weekday between July 8, 2019 and July 31, 2019.

Students must attend all scheduled class sessions. Due to the short length of the program, students should not sign up for BSHS if they have other obligations during the month of July.


The fees for Brown Summer High School total $250 as follows:

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee to be sent in with application
  • $220 tuition fee due on or before the first day of class (covers cost of all educational materials)*

*Tuition fees can only be refunded if the student/family cancels before the first day of class. Once classes begin, tuition cannot be refunded. Students may keep books and materials from BSHS after the program ends.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available on a limited basis. Even if you apply for financial aid, you must still send in the $30 registration fee. Students in need of financial assistance should fill in all the necessary information in the Financial Aid section of the application form. Please also submit a short response explaining why you are applying for financial aid.


Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the Brown University campus every day. City bus schedules are available from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA); call 401-781-9400 or visit


Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Students will be dismissed after lunch.


In the past, some schools have granted partial credit for participation in BSHS (sometimes depending on the classes taken), while others have not. Questions regarding credit should be directed to your school.

Teaching Faculty

Courses are taught by teams of students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Undergraduate Teacher Education programs at Brown University. The BSHS math courses will be taught by math education students from a partnership of a new Network of Liberal Arts Institutions and Brown University.

Teaching teams are led by exemplary mentor teachers from local schools. Teacher Education faculty supervise and collaborate with each of the teams.