Distributed April 17, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Tracie Sweeney



Applications due June 15

Applications available for Brown Summer High School, July 5-28
Brown Summer High School is a month-long program of provocative, question-based learning that offers students entering grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to build critical thinking, reading, writing and problem-solving skills. Partly funded by the Brown University Education Department, the program includes 50 educators working in teams to instruct 300 students.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Applications are now available for Brown Summer High School, which begins July 5 and runs weekdays through July 28.

Now in its 32nd year, Brown Summer High School offers area students entering grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to build critical thinking, reading, writing and problem-solving skills. Partly funded by the Brown University Education Department, the program includes 50 educators working in teams to instruct 300 students. In 1999, students came from 70 different high schools in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Many of these students were returning for their second, third or fourth year with the program.

Students will select two courses from the four provocative, question-based topics:

  • Natural selection or natural resources: Why do some societies dominate others?
    Students will consider the evolutionary, historical, ecological, social and economic forces that contribute to local and global power struggles.

  • A question of identity: Who decides who “I am”?
    Do we decide our identities or do others decide for us? Using reading, writing, performance and discussion, students will explore the nature of personal identity.

  • How do our genes make us human?
    Students will work with DNA, observe how humans and other organisms inherit their behavior and appearance, and discuss scientific, social and ethical issues raised by our new knowledge of the human genome.

  • From the page to the stage: How can we bring words to life?
    Students will include music, acting and drawing to bring stories to the stage through polished performances as well as workshop performances.

Classes meet from 8 a.m. to noon.

The program costs $100. A limited amount of financial aid is available. To receive a brochure and application, contact Brown Summer High School at (401) 863-1677 or send e-mail to Laura_Maxwell@brown.edu. The brochure text is available in Spanish. The deadline for applications is June 15.

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