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. BSHS will enroll students on a first come, first serve basis until full or until July 8, 2020, whichever comes first. 

BSHS will be online this year and there will be no fee. In order to participate, you will need access to a computer or a Chromebook during class time as well as to do homework for each class. You also should have an internet connection or a hot spot that is strong enough to allow you to participate in online classes on Zoom.

Apply to Brown Summer High School 2020

Brown Summer High School challenges students to think deeply about big questions. Students pursue deep learning in up to three 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!

You are able to sign up for 1, 2, or 3 classes this year. You are able to rank course choices. Because available courses are based on the number of master's students in each teaching program, we cannot guarantee the availability of your course selection.


Classes will meet from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. every weekday between July 13, 2020 and July 24, 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?

Priority enrollment goes to 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 will be ready to act, build, share, and create!


BSHS will be online this year and there will be no fee to participate.


Teaching Faculty

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


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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