Department of Education

What is Brown Summer High School?

Brown Summer High School is a low cost morning enrichment program that provides motivated local students with a chance to pursue study in areas that interest them most. Courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Students at Brown Summer High School are a community of excited learners from Providence, Central Falls and other communities in Rhode Island. 

Apply to Brown Summer High School 2020

Brown Summer High School challenges students to think deeply about big questions. Students pursue deep learning in two courses during the month of July. Courses include hands on and experiential learning that is focused on collaboration, discussion, and creative labs and projects. All courses have a focus on equity and justice so that learning is relevant to students’ daily lives. Regardless of your plans beyond high school, as a BSHS student, you will develop skills and insights valuable to all of your future endeavors!


Classes will meet from 8:20 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. every weekday between July 6, 2020 and July 29, 2020.

Because BSHS includes project based learning, it is important for students to attend all class sessions. Due to the short length of the program, students should not sign up for BSHS if they have conflicting obligations during the month of July.

Who is Eligible?

All Providence, Central Falls and local area high school students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade who are at least 14 years old by September may apply to BSHS. We seek students like you who are ready to act, build, share, and create!


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 and the eligible students are encouraged to apply. Students in need of financial assistance should fill in all the necessary information in the Financial Aid section of the application form. Students must send in the $30 registration fee and write a brief application and financial aid essay to ensure their place in the program.


Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the Brown University campus every day. Some partner organizations provide their students with bus passes to attend BSHS. City bus schedules are available from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) or call 401-781-9400.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Students will be dismissed after lunch at 12:30.

Teaching Faculty

Courses are taught by teams of Master of Arts in Teaching candidates 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 all of the teams.


Some schools grant credit for participation in BSHS. Questions regarding credit should be directed to your school.


Contacting Brown Summer High School

To contact Brown Summer High School, please email [email protected]. Our program is staffed from the end of May to the end of July each year. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Brown Summer High School serves local students only. We offer priority enrollment for Providence Public School students and Central Falls Public School students. Students who are within commuting range of Brown University are welcome to apply. Please do not apply if you are not in the local area or if you are an international student.

If you are looking for information about Brown University's Pre-College Programs, which offer first-year college-level academic experiences through residential and commuter options for on-campus programs, as well as location-based summer and online programs, please visit the Pre-College website