Frequently Asked Questions

What will students do in Prospect?

Prospect is a year-round science and math focused initiative sponsored by Wesleyan University that includes field trips and Saturday workshops focusing on hands-on math and science activities during the school year; a four-week summer program with classes in math, science, language arts, foreign language, and visual and performing arts with classroom and field trips linked to a science theme. Summer activities include science labs, field trips, brain teasers, math challenges, writing prompts, art projects, and instruction in a foreign language; Prospect emphasizes critical, analytical, and higher order thinking skills.    

Past field trips have included Sony Wonder Technology, Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chinatown, and the Bronx Zoo in New York City; MIT, the Aquarium, and Museum of Science in Boston; Meigs Point Nature Center, Science Center, and Pequot Museum in CT; as well as Liberty Museum of Science in New Jersey. Ten-day leadership trips to Greece, an historical tour of Philadelphia, and college tours (New England, Northeast, Washington D.C., and Virginia) are special trips that have been offered for Prospect high school students.

Some of the past summer science themes have included Climate and Community in Crisis - “The Perfect Storm," Forensic Science, The Human Body  – “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made," “The Extraordinary Science of an Ordinary Day," Engineering – “How Does It Work?," Observational Astronomy – “The Heavens Declare the Glory," Water,  and Architecture and Design - "Building A Strong Foundation."

When does Prospect meet?

Prospect meets every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Wesleyan's campus. Students are also required to attend a four-week academic enrichment program during the summer, which is usually held from mid-June to mid-July.

How do I qualify for Prospect?

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet at least meet the following criteria:

  • Rising 6th – 8th grade students (services are provided for 9th - 12th graders but new students in these grades are not accepted)
  • Applicants must be bright, motivated, well-behaved students who are above grade level with the ability to work in a challenging academic environment

What does it cost to participate in Prospect?

Participation fees are charged on a sliding scale ranging from $25 - $250 for the school year and $50 - $500 for the summer session for Middletown residents; Limited slots are available for applicants from other school districts who must pay additional fees. Fees do not reflect the actual cost of the program which is supported primarily through grants. Checks should be made payable to Wesleyan University. Please include a copy of your completed 2012  (or most recent) tax form with your application if applying for reduced fees. All financial information will be held in strictest confidence.

How do I apply to Prospect?

Students should complete the application with their parent/guardian and return it to our office. For more information, contact Torrye Parker, Program Manager, at tjparker@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3187.