Academic Year Programs

Upward Bound Math-Science provides services to participants during the school day, after school, and some evenings and Saturdays. Specialists meet individually with each participant weekly.

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Services
  • Daily tutoring after school
  • Secondary course selection advising
  • Weekly monitoring of grades and attendance
  • Student Success Plan (SSP)
  • Basic skills workshops and test preparation
  • Alternative education advising
  • Summer core classes coordinated with LPS
  • One-on-one tutoring by arrangement
School-day Programming
(8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Two specialists work within the target schools to individually advise and assist participants. A specialist and participant will meet once per week to work on the Student Success Plan (SSP) by updating records, checking school progress, selecting secondary and post-secondary courses, following up on tutoring, discussing upcoming events and addressing other issues.

Supplemental Instruction

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After-school Study Hall

Study hall is available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. with optional sessions Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. Additional sessions can be arranged on-campus or virtually.

After-school tutoring

Our program works alongside the target school to provide college student as volunteer and paid tutors. The tutoring coordinator assists with oversight and planning. Tutoring is available in all subject areas via small breakout sessions overseen by one tutor. It is preferable for tutoring to be in-person at the school.

One-on-one Tutoring

This can be arranged for students as needed. Students may check out electronic equipment.

College Readiness Programming

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Academic Performance on Standardized Tests
  • Practice tests for state assessments
  • Practice tests for ACT
  • Pre- and post-test advising
  • Workshops that address test stress
  • Summer classes for core curriculum
  • Summer Senior Programming
Other Services & Opportunities
  • Career exploration
  • Financial aid applications
  • College preparation designed specifically for 9th through 11th grade high school students, as well as during junior and the senior years
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • Financial aid awareness and financial economic literacy
  • Parent involvement
  • Technology
  • College visits
  • Volunteer opportunities for students
  • Cultural and academic programs
  • Leadership training

Summer 6-Week Program

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To simulate the college experience for rising 9th through 12th grade students, we offer a six-week program on-campus Monday through Friday. First-time participants will stay weeknights in the residence halls under the supervision of trained residential staff for two weeks.

Afterward, they’ll join other participants as commuter students for the remaining four weeks. Modified participation may be arranged for students with scheduling issues.

Students also will gain exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and sciences; computer training; and participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students.

Upward Bound provides all transportation to/from campus. Students will take courses from home via Zoom if health advisories suggest this to be the safer option. Graduate Assistants will assist Educational Specialists throughout the program.

Participants attend class from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays, which includes a one-hour lunch provided on campus. Late afternoons (3 to 5 p.m.) are filled with hands-on, interactive activities in different departments with professors and graduate students to job shadow, mentor, explore careers and majors and participate in volunteer service. At the end of the program (conditions permitting), students take an end-of-year college tour.

Summer Launch Program: Transition to College

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Designed to help provide a smooth transition into college, this program is for high school seniors in the summer after graduation as they navigate and use college and university campus resources.

Students receive outreach through text messaging, email, phone, in-person meetings, virtual/Zoom sessions and social media during the summer. Topics include:

  • Transition to college checklist
  • Navigating college websites and resources
  • College preparation skills and resources
  • Understanding financial aid and paying for college
  • TRIO resources on college campuses

Research Information

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Students begin the program by exploring a topic within STEM. During this time, they build knowledge and interest in related concepts. This exploratory phase guides students in their formation or a research question(s) and design of a project in which data is collected and analyzed. Findings are then compiled in order to share results.