Grade Changes for Splash and Spark

Starting in the academic year 2013–2014, Splash will be for students in grades 9–12, and Spark will be for students in grades 7–8.

We’re making this change for a number of reasons. The most central is sheer size: Splash has been growing steadily, and has outgrown the available facilities at MIT and the resources of the Educational Studies Program. By reducing the number of students who attend each program, we will be able to continue running both programs at the quality they deserve.

Additionally, having a restricted grade range will allow us to focus an entire weekend on our younger students. By making Spark exclusively for seventh and eighth graders, we hope to increase the variety of available classes that are targeted to that age group.

We have made this decision after numerous discussions and much careful deliberation because we truly believe it will enable us to serve our students best.

We will not be able to make exceptions for academically advanced middle school students to attend high school Splash. However, we hope that middle school students will find more options available to them at Spark, including a wider range of subject topics and levels of difficulty. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

If you have any questions, you can always contact us.

Last modified on Oct. 17, 2015 at 08:15 p.m.