Summerscape & DLA Frequently Asked Questions
Qualification, Application Process & Wait Lists
- Student attends a school gifted program.
- Student attended our camp as a 2nd grader or higher.
- Student has a qualifying IQ of 115 or higher.
- Student qualified to attend a Duke TIP Awards ceremony as a 4th grader or higher.
- Teacher recommendation (PK, K, grade 1, grade 9, 10, or 11 only).
Check with your school district about getting an IQ test. Drury does not offer IQ testing, but we do have names of professionals that can help.
Admissions decisions and course placements will not be made until Drury Pre-College Programs has received all components of your application. Make sure your completed application contains the following:
- Program application including course rankings and participation agreement
- Health Form and signatures
- Authorization for Medical Treatment Form
- Total class tuition plus residential deposit (if applicable)
- Scholarship information with required tax forms, documentation,$30 application fee and letters DEADLINE - April 15, 2018
Applications are processed in daily batches so that all applications completed throughout a single day are given equal consideration. Applications are date-stamped, not time-stamped, so all applications received that day have an equal chance for placement regardless of the time they were submitted.
Once applications are posted to the website, you can apply. Be sure to send in all requested and required information or your application can’t be entered. You will be notified of acceptance decisions and course placement by email within two weeks. If applicable, financial aid decisions will be made in May and you will be notified by mail.
Yes. Because courses fill quickly, submitting an application does not guarantee placement. If all of your ranked choices are full, you will be placed on a waitlist and notified by email.
Drury Pre-College Programs maintains a waitlist to fill course spaces that are vacated by students who decline their placement. If another student is unable to attend and his/her space can be offered to you, Drury Pre-College Programs will contact you to offer placement. Once students are placed in a course, they are removed from any other waitlists.
We cannot provide a specific date because we must wait for students who were offered placement to respond. Staff are constantly monitoring enrollment and if we are able to offer placement, we will contact you by email.
Applicants are not assigned a wait list number because there are separate wait lists for each course. Students are placed on each wait list by the date that the complete application is received.
We cannot predict the odds of a wait-listed student being offered placement, as it is based on cancellations.
Drury Pre-College Programs will attempt to place wait-listed students as soon as possible; however, we understand that you may need to make plans for the summer. Please do what is in the best interest of your child as we are unable to guarantee a placement offer for students on the wait list.
Costs & Financial Aid
Program costs, as well as the refund policy, are available in Costs and Scholarships.
Drury Pre-College Programs offers limited need-based financial aid for all Summer Studies programs. Funds are limited, so be sure to apply early. Visit Costs and Scholarships for more information.
Financial aid applications are reviewed by a committee in May. Written notification will be mailed to you in early May. Contact Employment at TIP. Due to the large number of applicants and limited amount of financial aid funds, neither applying nor qualifying for aid guarantees that it will be awarded. Drury is not responsible for mail that is delayed in transit. To ensure that your complete application arrives in a timely manner, consider an express delivery option.
Information is available on the Costs and Scholarships heading under Summerscape or Drury Leadership Academy.
Early May, by mail.
Financial aid is awarded on a need basis, and funds are limited. Award amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the information provided.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Students must submit a program application with a $30 nonrefundable application fee and all the supporting documentation in order for the entire application to be considered.
No. Students must reapply for financial aid with current family financial information.
Yes. Please send a note explaining taxes are not yet complete and the other documents requested. Tax information still must be received by April 15 for the deadline to be considered, but it is best to mail in the other information early so the student can be placed in their requested classes before they fill up.
If a family is not required to file a tax return because their income level falls below the IRS filing threshold, they must complete the financial aid application, note on the application that they are not required to file a federal tax return, and submit copies of whatever documentation they have for any income that they do receive, such as an annual Social Security award amount letter, SSN-1099, unemployment or disability income award letters, or public assistance qualification notification letters.
You may send a copy of your 2016 income tax forms with your 2017 W-2 form. If you do not have your 2017 W-2 form yet, you may send a copy of your last pay stub for 2017 along with your 2016 income tax forms.
We will accept an estimated profit/loss statement for your business.
This is highly discouraged. Time at camp allows students to establish friendships and become fully involved in residential life. If a student needs to leave campus for an “outside of camp” activity, they can be picked up from the dorm between 4:30 – 5 pm AND returned the next morning to the cafeteria at 8:30 am. NO EXCEPTIONS.
To develop a positive and supportive community, we set high academic and social standards for our students. All policies have been prepared with the health, safety, and enjoyment of program participants in mind. The Drury Pre-College Programs Rules and Regulations can be found online at www.drury.edu/giftededucation under “Important Documents”. Student and parent or guardian signature is required acknowledging the rules on the front of the application.
A staff of residential counselors is chosen from a large group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students through a competitive application and interview process. The residential counselors live in the residence halls with students, organize social and recreational activities, serve as role models, and support students in understanding and abiding by Drury Pre-College Programs's rules and regulations. Each residential counselor supervises a group of approximately ten to fifteen students. Residential Coordinators assist with supervision and programming on each campus. A background check is performed on each staff member prior to the start of the program.
Students who have completed 12th grade will be in the Senior Leadership class. This is a special class designed for those entering college. Special privileges come with this class so do high expectations.
Please view the packing list.
Bring a $75 check made out to Drury University. Your check will be returned when your key and swipe card are turned in and your room is damage free.
All meals are provided by Drury University catering services. The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegetarian and other diets. If your child requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us at least two weeks before you arrive so that we can try to accommodate and plan.
Specific Food allergies: Please provide details on the Health Form. Most students with food allergies manage by selecting from the variety of items available on the regular menu and salad bar. If a student’s food allergies include reactions to airborne allergens (such as hypersensitivity to peanuts) please note this on the form but also contact us two weeks prior so that we may provide this information to food services.
Washers and dryers are available in the residence hall at no cost to the students. You must bring your own detergent.
Students are responsible at all times for the safe-keeping of their personal belongings. We urge students to label all of their belongings, including clothing, with their first and last names. We are not responsible for students’ personal belongings. In general, we recommend that students leave valuables at home. We will maintain a lost and found box. We are not responsible for items left behind at the end of camp.
Telephone numbers will be provided at check in for emergency contacts.
To Contact Your Student
By letter or package:
Summerscape or Drury Leadership Academy (select one)
900 N. Benton Ave
Lay Hall 103
Springfield, MO 65802
See Rules & Regulations for cell phone policy.
Students are strongly discouraged from bringing personal laptops or computers. Students will have access to Drury’s library and computer labs. Students also have access to check out books from the library and are required to return materials by the second Tuesday of camp.
Drury provides campus security and security guards. The campus is patrolled at all times, including overnight. Please call Security directly if you have an emergency, 417 873-7400. To ensure the safety of all campers, it is imperative you read and understand all rules, including check-out/check-in procedures.
Camper transportation during camp is overseen by Springfield R-12 Transportation System. Campers are transported in school buses operated by approved and tested drivers.
Drop off packages to Lay Hall 103 and clearly label with the student name.
Included in the program cost is access to The Panther Health Clinic on campus. The fee does not cover medications, X-rays or visits to the hospital or emergency room. When the student health center is closed, students requiring medical attention will be taken to an emergency room. Personal health insurance is required to cover after-hours, emergency room, or other medical care not covered. Be sure to complete the Authorization for Medical Treatment form.
Students are not allowed to keep medications in their rooms. All medications, including over-the-counter products, must be stored in the Drury Pre-College Programs on-site office. The only exception to this policy will be for acne creams and urgent-need medications such as insulin, rescue asthma inhalers, and epinephrine devices, which students may keep with them. Students must self-administer medications that are stored in the Drury Pre-College Programs office in the presence of Drury Pre-College Programs staff. It is the student’s responsibility to remember to take his/her medications. Our staff may give reminders regarding medication administration, but it is important that each student be responsible for remembering to take his/her own medications. Drury Pre-College Programs staff members will not administer any medications, except for epinephrine devices in emergencies. Please note that medications can be refrigerated in the Drury Pre-College Programs on-site office if necessary. Parents are strongly encouraged to note any allergies or potential drug interactions with prescribed medications on their child’s medical form. In addition, parents are urged to have a conversation with their children, before they attend camp, about any over the counter medication they feel comfortable/uncomfortable with their child selecting. Students with long-standing medical conditions should request their physician to forward relevant information to camp.
Occasionally, students deal with emotionally challenging issues. Drury Pre-College Programs staff are trained to assist students in adjusting to a new environment, a rigorous class schedule, and the challenge of being away from home. We do not have the facilities or staff to assist students experiencing serious emotional distress, and any student who exhibits behavior that is disruptive or problematic may be required to leave the program.
Films and film clips are shown in many classes and residential activities to illustrate ideas and stimulate discussion. Please be aware that this may occur in Drury Leadership Academy only. Summerscape evening programs will not show any movie rated higher than PG. DLA evening programs will not show any movie rated higher than PG-13.
Students will have access to library computers for class-related research and word processing purposes. Access to email may be available on a limited basis, but students should not expect to check email daily. Students are expected to maintain good manners and good judgment when using campus computers and the web.
Drury Pre-College Programs provides some opportunities for students to engage in athletics or practice music during evening and weekend activities, but these instances are not likely to be adequate for students involved in serious training. Drury Pre-College Programs is unable to accommodate specific training needs. We are not able to accommodate students who have specific music practice needs outside of free time. Students may bring small instruments that can be stored in a residence hall room, but may not bring large instruments due to lack of storage space. We are not responsible for loss or damage to any personal property—including musical instruments.
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