The Scholars in Schools (SIS) program is a collaboration of faculty at the University of Houston and teachers in varying disciplines from secondary schools throughout the Houston area and Texas at large. Professors are paired with teachers based on requested lecture topics tailored to the teachers' curriculum. Professors visit the teachers' class, giving either a single lecture or developing a more extensive relationship with the teacher and class, leading to subsequent school visits.
The purpose of this program is to introduce Houston-area high school students to college professors and college-level interactive discussions. By building relationships with the more than 150 high schools in Houston and the surrounding areas, the Honors College aims to support teachers in their efforts to prepare students for college.
As high school teachers guide their students through specific texts or subject matter that they have assigned, a professor in the Honors College will offer expertise on the text through a shared and open discussion that challenges high school students to think deeply and analytically.
Scholars in Schools offers opportunities for high school students to interact with Honors professors who specialize in a variety of areas, including English literature, political philosophy, holocaust history, politics and elections, Texas history, and ethics and medicine. In addition to the Honors professors, SIS can also bring talented and accomplished alumni of the Honors College and internationally renowned speakers to visit with Houston-area high school students. Finally, we also have enthusiastic staff and faculty available to talk about the "Keys to College Success" and "Inside the College Application Process."