Terp Discovery

Program Participants

Program Participants

Supervision | Dining

Daily Check-In/ Check-out

Terp Discovery (July 15 - 26, 2019) is a commuter-only program and drop-off and pick-up is as follows:

  • Drop-Off: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.: Mentor staff receive Discovery scholars at drop-off location.
  • Pick-Up: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Mentor staff supervise Discovery scholars at pick-up location.

Authorized Pick-Up Form: On July 15 at Terp Discovery drop-off parents will be directed to complete an Authorized Pick-Up Form and note who is authorized to pick up Discovery scholars.

In the mornings, the authorized adult must escort the student into the designated drop-off location and sign in their student for that specific day. In the afternoons, the authorized adult must arrive to the designated pick-up location, show proper identification to mentor staff, and sign out their student for that specific day. Program mentors will use the Authorized Pick-Up Form to release the student. If the adult is NOT listed on the authorized list, the student WILL NOT be released until the parent or guardian is contacted. Any changes to the Authorized Pick-Up Form must come from the parent/guardian email of record. 

Note: Terp Discovery does not offer aftercare. Parents/guardians should plan to pick up their student by 5:00 p.m. A late fee of $25 per fifteen minutes or any part thereof will be assessed for late pick-up. Payment is due, via check or cash. Repeated late pick-ups may require withdrawal from the program.


Terp Discovery enforces a strict supervision policy. While on campus, Discovery scholars remain under program mentor or course instructor supervision at all times. University of Maryland world-class faculty and staff teach all Terp Discovery courses and supervise students in the classrooms. Terp Discovery mentors are undergraduate students and as a condition of employment complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks.

Below is an overview of the Terp Discovery supervision schedule:

  • 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.: Mentors receive Discovery scholars at drop-off location.
  • 8:50 – 9:00 a.m.: Mentors escort Discovery scholars to classrooms.
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Instructors and mentors supervise students in campus classroom.
  • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Mentors escort Discovery scholars from classroom to lunch; following the conclusion of lunch, students are escorted to afternoon activities.
  • 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon activity instructors and mentors supervise students. See Sample Activity Calendar.
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m.: Mentor staff supervises Discovery scholars at pick-up location. Students released to authorized parent/guardian only.

Dining Services

The Discovery program package fee includes lunch, Monday – Friday, at University of Maryland South Campus Dining Hall. Students who require dietary accommodations must submit a request after admission.

Kosher: The Maryland Hillel is not operational during Summer Term. Dining Services supplies a limited selection of Kosher pre-packaged airplane-style meals. Kosher meals are delivered to the designated Dining Hall. Dining Services cannot accommodate Kosher needs that are vegetarian or dairy-free. 

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