The Upward Bound Programs’ summer academy gives a taste of college life in a supervised and supportive environment. Students and staff live on campus for the duration of the program and go home on weekends. The program emphasizes academic enrichment, social development, personal growth, and responsibility for one’s behavior.
The educational philosophy of the program is high challenge and high support for all. Instruction is based on the development of skills including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, technology, and creativity. Each lesson embodies this philosophy by including both lectures and projects.
The tone of the program is set by its dedicated faculty, many of whom live amongst the students in our residential community. Faculty are not just teachers, they are mentors, dormitory staff, and advisors who develop deep and lasting bonds with our students. Faculty are selected for their ability to appreciate, challenge, and stimulate students with scholastic potential.
Classes are designed to improve academic confidence and skills. With an emphasis on active learning, the classes encourage participation through discussion and small-group problem solving. Common to all classes is the goal of improved study skills. Using cooperative learning approaches, faculty emphasize participation and interaction. Subjects include English, mathematics (Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus), and science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics).
Grade Level Seminars
Seminars meet two days per week to discuss topics such as: career exploration; test preparation; and college search, admissions, and financing.
Project Based Learning
As a continuation of Academic Year STEM Exposure Activities, students will participate in Project Based Learning (PBL) on alternate afternoons of the seminars. Each summer, distinct themes will be facilitated by guest KSC faculty. Examples include: the design and prototype development process using 3 Dimensional CAD applications and direct digital manufacturing technology with emphasis on sustainability; Animal Physiology and the cardiac effect of common pollutants on Xenopus Laevis (African clawed frog); and Genetics of Regeneration and the environmental effects on Schmidtea mediterranea (flatworm) during the replacement of lost or damaged body parts.
Community Service Learning
Students explore career possibilities and the value of community service by assisting with projects on and off campus. The service hours completed in this program component may be used towards high school graduation requirements. Reflection on one’s experience is expected and will culminate in a formal presentation by the student.
This is time to socialize, play outdoor sports or music, study, take a walk, or simply relax.
Students can choose from an assortment of offerings, such as art, music, politics, debate, psychology, electronics, logic, animal sciences, and others. Based on student interest, clubs vary summer to summer.
All are housed in a KSC residence hall. Students are grouped by gender in designated living areas. Staff are dispersed throughout the floors. Rooms include furniture and closet space. Small meeting rooms and laundry facilities are also available.