The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.
Services provided by the program include: Exposure to academic programs and cultural events, instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school, academic, financial, or personal counseling, tutorial services, mentoring programs, information on postsecondary education opportunities, assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams, and information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits.
During the academic year, students attend one Saturday Session each month held at the Cumberland Campus. Students participate in ACT prep in math, English, reading, and science reasoning. Seniors receive college credit for completing college-level courses. Additionally, students participate in community service projects, can receive help with high school courses, and hear guest speakers. Tutors visit high schools on an as-needed basis to help with high school courses. College visits are provided to seniors for area four-year institutions.
During the summer, students reside at the Benham Inn for 6-weeks (Monday-Thursday). During this time they take 7 classes: Math (Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus), Laboratory Science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Writing, Literature/Reading Comprehension, and electives (Computer Science, Foreign Language, Ecology, Introduction to College, Journalism, etc.). Courses incorporate hands-on activities in small groups to keep students’ interest. Each student receives individual and group advising/counseling sessions to help them plan for college. In the evenings, students receive additional guidance and mentoring.
During the summer program, each student participates in evening activities such as basketball, arts & crafts, movies, bowling, water park, dodge ball, card and board games, etc.
Summers conclude with an end of summer trip. Possible destinations include: Washington, DC, Chicago, Nashville, Savannah, Atlanta, Virginia Beach, and St. Louis.