FAQs

FAQ

My child is currently a 7th grader. Will she be able to participate in the program?

BSS program participation is based on the rising grade level of enrollment for the summer of 2018 school year. Current 7th graders will participate in the 8th grade program, 8th graders will participate in the 9th grade program and 9th graders will participate in the 10th grade program.

My child is currently in the 10th . Will he be able to participate in the program?

No, at this time there is not a session for rising 11th graders.

Will there be a parent meeting to learn more about the program?

Parent meetings will be held at select schools prior to the application due date in March. Contact your school’s gifted coordinator, administrator, or counselor to learn if a parent meeting can/will be offered. You may also contact BSS to learn about parent meetings held at other schools.

Who provides the teacher recommendation?

Applicants should ask a teacher or a counselor to complete the recommendation. The recommender should be a person who can evaluate the applicant’s academic performance and potential for success at BSS.
Recommenders may access the recommendation form here. It is the participant’s responsibility to ask their recommender ahead of time, provide the link for accessing the form, and follow up with them to verify completion of the form by the application deadline.

How are courses assigned?

Participants will be asked to rank all of the offered electives based on interest in the subject matter. We will do our best to place participants in one of their top three choices. BSS cannot guarantee that all participants will be placed in the elective of their choosing, but will strive to ensure that all students benefit from their assigned elective. 

Please be aware that elective choices for the 10th grade programs are specific to campus location.

Does my child have to attend the entire session?

Participants are required to participate for the entire duration in order to gain the full experience of the program. Students who are not available for any portion of the program should consider applying next year.

Will my child be able to come home during the weekends?

There is no weekend programming for the 1-week 8th and 9th grade programs outside of the initial check-in day.
The 10th grade program does not have scheduled programming over the weekend. Participants are required to travel home for the weekends. Accommodations can be made for a participant to stay over the weekend on a case-by-case basis for participants from outside Maricopa County only.

Can I call my child during the program?

Parents will be allowed to call their children at the hall's front desk or during free time on their cell phones. However, participants must discern when they can and cannot receive calls on their cell phones. Cell phones being used at inappropriate times will be confiscated.

Are the rooms co-ed?

There are single gender floors and/or sections in the residence halls. Students are not permitted to visit the floors and/or sections where they do not reside. Staff will reside on the sides with participants of the same gender.
Students and parents are able to make accommodation requests. Barrett Summer Scholars will work with individual student to ensure their housing accommodations support their needs.
Students requesting a Gender Inclusive Housing option must contact the Barrett Summer Scholars administrative office via email at bss@asu.edu to speak with one of our staff about this request. The option for Gender Inclusive Housing is available at all Barrett Summer Scholars programs.

Can my child choose his/her roommate?

Roommate assignments are made by Barrett Summer Scholars staff prior to the program start dates. All accommodation requests are taken into account during the roommate assignment process. Participants are encouraged to take the opportunity to befriend their new roommate; special requests for roommate assignments will not be accommodated.

Will my child be chaperoned?

Staff will be with the participants at all times during the program. They will walk the participants to their next activity/location and accompany them during free time. Participants will not be allowed to be out of the sight of the staff/group or be alone with a staff member.

My child requires a special diet. Are special meal plans available?

Parents will be asked to list special diet requests. The program will work with the university dining to accommodate the participant's dietary needs as best as possible. However, packing snacks that meet the student’s dietary needs is recommended.

Will there be an orientation to prepare for the program?

When acceptance notifications go out, participants and parents will receive information regarding Program Orientation. Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly recommended as it will allow participants and parents to learn additional details about the program and become familiar with the campus; a visit to the residence hall and other key buildings where participants will spend their time will be part of orientation.

When are parents expected to pay the program fee?

Participants will be notified of their admission status, program fee and scholarship award (if applicable) by mid-April. At this time, participants will be notified to pay their program fee balance by early-May. Payments for the program fee or $25 deposit sent prior to this timeline will not be accepted.

Can my child reapply to Barrett Summer Scholars?

Yes! All BSS grade level sessions are designed to deliver a unique experience. Participants are encouraged to re-apply as many years as they are eligible.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are available. Only complete scholarship applications with the required documentation will be considered. If a student wishes to be considered for a scholarship, they should complete the following steps in the Barrett Summer Scholars application.

  1. Select "yes" to question "Do you wish to apply for financial assistance if admitted into the program?" in application section IV. Scholarship Application.
  2. Submit documentation of financial need post-marked by March 3, 2018 to: Barrett Summer Scholars, P.O. Box 872012, Tempe, AZ 85287-2012 or faxed to: 480-727-7770. The following items are accepted as documentation of financial need. Students need only to submit one form of documentation. Please include the student’s name and name of the school on each page.
    • Evidence of free/reduced lunch
    • Tax Returns
    • Pay stubs
  3. In the event of recent financial hardship, students have the option to provide additional information about their circumstance and need for financial assistance in section IV. B. Special Financial Circumstances of the application