Originally Published: May 1, 2017 6 a.m.
Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) is proud to recognize 13 students who were accepted into the ASU Barrett Summer Scholar program. The Barrett Summer Scholar (BSS) program gives students an opportunity to experience an ASU college experience during the summer. The program is designed for academically-talented students who are going to be entering 8th, 9th, and 10th grade. Students have a real college experience staying in the dorms on campus, participating in college-level courses and socializing with their peers from all over the state. Any Gifted and/or high-achieving student from any Arizona school is eligible to apply. Scholarships are also available.
HUSD students and parents attended a Parent Information night in February held at Bradshaw Mountain High School where a representative from the ASU Barrett Summer Scholar program came out to explain the program and answer questions and concerns. Following the meeting students were encouraged to start the application process. The process includes filling out the online application, submitting an essay on one of three questions provided on the application, and asking a teacher to complete an online recommendation.
The eighth graders will participate in a Critical Thinking course plus one elective. The 8th grade program takes place at the ASU West Campus where students attend and stay in the dorms for one week. The topics for their electives range from Sustainability, Blood Detective: Using Science to Solve a Mystery, Psychology and Neuroscience, Fingerprint Detectives and studying Shakespeare’s Othello.
All 9th grade participants attend the summer scholar program for one week at the ASU Polytech campus in Mesa, AZ. The elective choices range from Lego Engineering, a Trip Around the Science World, Are we there yet: People and Technology, Engineering + Design, and lastly Sustainability: Transforming the Future. There are two different sessions offered in June to 9th grade students accepted into the program.
All 10th grade participants attend the summer program for two weeks at the ASU Main campus or downtown Phoenix campus depending on which session they attend. Along with enrolling in the Human Event, a Critical Thinking Course, they have even more choices in their elective courses. These elective courses help students explore their choices within different career paths such as the Introduction to Journalism, Discovering Nursing, Intro to Engineering, Integrated Approaches to Healthcare, Sustainability, Solving the World’s Problems, Intro to Design, Start Up Camp to learn how to build, launch and start up a business, and Engineering Projects with an Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Humboldt Unified School District is proud to partner with Access ASU. Access ASU partners with schools and community organizations to engage students, families, and staff in building college readiness and support for students in their pursuit of a college degree. HUSD is providing opportunities to our students to help them succeed now and in their future by giving them access to programs that will help prepare them for college. Good luck to all of our Barrett Summer Scholars!
Information provided by HUSD