SUU PREP

Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, June 3 - Thursday, July 18, 2019

We will not be in session Thursday, July 4th or Friday, July 5th.

Usually it is Monday through Friday, except where noted above.

8:50 am - 3:15 pm

Students are dropped off and picked up in the parking lot near the Circle of Statues by the America First Events Center each day. Class is held in classrooms across campus.

Monday–Thursday Schedule:

Year 1:

  • 8:50 am: Drop off
  • 9:00 am - 9:50 am: Career Awareness
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Logic
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Study Hour
  • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm: Problem Solving 1
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Engineering
  • 3:15 pm: Pick up

Year 2:

  • 8:50 am: Drop off
  • 9:00 am - 9:50 am: Career Awareness
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Problem Solving 2
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Study Hour
  • 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm: Physics
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Algebraic Structures
  • 3:15 pm: Pick up

Fridays are reserved for educational field trips or special event days on campus. Some field trips leave earlier and return later than the normal 9-3 schedule.

Southern Utah University, Cedar City. Classes are held across campus to give students a sense of University life.

SUU PREP is offered at no cost to the participants selected from Iron County School District. If your child attends a charter, private or home school, we do have a limited number of spaces available. Please contact the program director at suustem@suu.edu for details.

This is made possible by partnerships among SUU, the Iron County School District, SUCCESS Early College High School and community organizations and companies, including private donations. Please help us keep SUU PREP free for our community! If you know of any entities, with goals that align with SUU PREP's mission to grow our own engineers, scientists and technologist for Utah and the USA, that would consider making a tax-exempt donation or offer grant opportunities, we would appreciate you contacting the SUU PREP program manager.

Completed homework, a lunch or lunch money, a pencil and pen, and backpack to carry materials.

You are responsible to provide transportation to and from SUU PREP each day for your child. Many parents work together to carpool (we will provide contact sheets for those interested).

Year One: Logic and Its Application to Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering, Problem Solving I

Year Two: Algebraic Structures, Introduction to Physics, Problem Solving II

Year Three: Computer Science, Technical Writing, and Probability and Statistics.

All students will participate in daily Career Awareness Seminars.

Each child will be allowed four absences total for the program, not including Fridays, which are optional. However, SUU PREP is a challenging, rigorous, academic program and the fewest absences possible is optimal for student achievement and learning. 3 tardies will count as an absence.

SUU PREP’s intensive curriculum moves quickly and students will fall behind if they even miss one day. Each student will be allowed 4 absences before dismissal from the program. Please do not apply if you expect your child to miss more than 4 days.

A strict policy on obedience and cooperation is maintained. This means your child may be dismissed from the program for any of the following: cheating, bullying, disrespectful behavior, disregard for written or verbal rules, not following campus rules, etc. Please review the Code of Conduct.

Homework will rarely be assigned, but if a student fails to complete classwork during Study Hall or regular classroom time, it will then be expected to be completed at home. If this time is used unwisely, students can expect daily homework.

Because the homework is advanced math and science, we cannot guarantee that all parents will be able to help their children. We HIGHLY recommend the student take notes in class to take home both for homework help and to study. Students will be given support in class from teachers and Program Assistants, as well as time in a Study Hall class to ask for help. We strongly encourage students to ask for help when they need it!

After the third missed or incomplete homework assignment, the student may miss the upcoming Friday field trip. The student may also be put on probation until the parents meet with a SUU PREP leader.

Each student is required to request a core teacher to complete a survey that will rate the student regarding academic performance, conduct in class, willingness to participate in class, maturity, punctuality, eagerness to learn new things, etc.

We are accepting applicants for Year 1 from students who are going into 7th grade. We will have a limited number of spaces for Year 2 for highly motivated students who are willing to catch up on content from Year 1. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the site director.

Yes! We only accept online applications.

To submit the application, you will need the following items:

  • Your most recent grades
  • Student Essay, 100-200 words, in reply to the question "Why do I want to attend PREP?” (We suggest typing it out, revising, and then copy/pasting into our site when you are ready to apply.)
  • Teacher email address to which a nomination form will be sent. The teacher's response will be sent back directly to the PREP Director.

We will review applications submitted in February and then every two weeks thereafter until all 30, Year 1 placements are filled, and Year 2 is full.