California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Parents - FAQ's

Q: What is the level of supervision provided?
A: The safety and security of COSMOS students is the priority of all COSMOS faculty and staff. Students are responsible for their own conduct with administrative, instructional, and residential staff working together to provide supervision and appropriate guidelines. Students will meet with their RA on a daily basis allowing for strong connections and an opportunity to address concerns. The Student Handbook addresses these issues in more depth and can be used as a guideline on whether a student is capable of following these policies away from home.

Some safety policies include:

  • No traveling on campus alone-students must use the buddy system.
  • Students must be accompanied by a COSMOS staff member or a pre-approved family member if leaving campus.
  • On field trips, students must check in with staff at designated locations and times.
  • Students must be in their dorm suite by 10pm daily.

Q: Can my child leave COSMOS to attend outside commitments?
A: COSMOS is not able to accommodate the individual schedules of 225 active teenagers. The majority of COSMOS students are active in sports, church, band, clubs and academic review courses and we do not have the staff to safely monitor arrival and departure schedules. COSMOS is a full participation activity and students benefit most by full involvement in the COSMOS program. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE.

Q: Can my child be enrolled in online classes or test prep while at COSMOS?
A: No. COSMOS is designed to be a fully immersive experience, with mandatory programming in the evening hours so as to give students the full experience of on-campus life. Therefore, students are not allowed to take any online classes or test prep courses during their time at COSMOS. This will ensure that the student has the best experience possible in our program.

Q: Can I authorize my child to have more/less freedom?
A: The COSMOS policies were designed to help us ensure each student's safety and manage a large group of teenagers on campus. There is one set of rules for all students without exception.

Q: What is the best way to communicate with my child?
A: Students are kept very busy at COSMOS and often don't have a lot of time to devote to texting, emailing, or calling on the phone. Even if you don't hear from them, they love to hear from you. Students are not allowed to call, text or email during designated class times, so consider this when contacting your child. Check the Admitted Students/Parents tab for more information.

Q: What should I do if my child is homesick?
A: Four-weeks can be a long time to be away from home for students and parents and should be discussed prior to COSMOS admission acceptance. The first week is often the most difficult, and staff work hard to ensure students are adjusting. If you are concerned about your child's homesickness, please contact the COSMOS office so staff can help the student adjust to life at COSMOS. Nearly all students who initially experience homesickness ultimately enjoy their COSMOS experience. In all cases, contact COSMOS staff prior to arriving to take your child home. Although that may be the best course, the staff is trained to help students and parents adjust.

Q: Can I come visit?
A: Family Visitation weekend is designated as a time to visit with your student. Students may visit or leave campus with family or a designated adult for a few hours or the weekend. The designated weekend is half way through the program and students are checked out on Friday evening and checked back in on Sunday afternoon. Students may also leave for a few hours Friday evening or a few hours on Sunday afternoon. Many students do not go home during this weekend and the residential life staff provides supervision and activities. Early or late check in is not available. More information is provided after acceptance. The four COSMOS sites have slightly different weekend visitation schedules.

Q: Other questions?
A: If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.