Program Structure

How is the day structured?

Students arrive on the UT campus by 8 a.m. Austin ISD and Del Valle ISD offer bus transportation for their students only. If your student is not part of one of these districts, you can bring your child to campus yourself. Once here, students take four courses each day. Those courses depend on the student’s level, but in UT PREP 1 all students take Logic, Problem Solving, Engineering, and College and Career Exploration. Each week, the students swim, play sports at UT’s Gregory Gym or explore other UT venues.

How large are the classes?

We try to keep class size at no more than 28 students, and a strict 1:10 staff member to student ratio is always enforced. The number of staff members to students often exceeds the 1:10 ratio, because often in any given classroom the content instructor, one or more content interns, a mentor teacher or mentor teacher intern, and an administrative staff member may be present.

How much work is expected of my student?

UT PREP students work hard. The students enjoy the challenge and rigor, and we attempt to structure our coursework so that most of it can be done during the day. However, your student should plan on having homework at least once per week.

Tell me more about the other activities at camp outside the classroom?

One advantage of being on the UT campus is the ability to extend the camp outside of the classroom. We reserve time for recreational activities, such as racquetball, swimming, bowling, and ultimate Frisbee. As part of our College and Career Exploration lessons, we tour places that exemplify college student life, including UT dormitories, libraries, and the Student Union. Tours progress as students continue in UT PREP. The UT PREP 4 students tour local college campuses so that they can learn about the array of higher-education options available to them. For instance, we’ve taken students to Southwestern University in Georgetown, St. Edward’s University, and Huston-Tillotson University for college tours. 

All of these activities and field trips are part of our philosophy to teach the whole child and to reinforce a college-thriving culture.