Upward Bound

Summer Academics

Hinton, Jonye & Jones, TariahTypical Summer Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Composition & Literature
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Math through Pre-calculus
10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Spanish
12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided at the International Center
1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Service Learning, Careers, Job Shadowing

Composition and Literature Include Assignments Designed to Enhance:

Vocabulary building
English proficiency development


These assignments include journals, essays, and research projects. The goal is for students to be able to develop well written paragraphs, essays, or research papers on their own. An advance writing course is available through MSU for eligible students.

Mathematics Through Pre-Calculus:
Students are placed into the appropriate classes based on school transcripts and instructor pre-test assessments, along with their chosen classes for the fall semester. They receive one-on-one assistance and work at their own pace to complete assignments. Periodic unit assessments will be made to determine the student’s progress. Classroom time will focus on the understanding of math concepts through explanation, demonstration, discussion, problem solving, analytical thinking, and reasoning.

Laboratory Science Instruction:
Students will receive instruction in biology, chemistry, and/or physics. The classroom strategy for presenting materials will consist of a mixture of demonstrations, hands-on lab activities, and lectures. Lectures will be presented to the entire group; labs will require partnerships of two. The students will take related field trips to the MSU Planetarium, MSU Cyclotron, Detroit Science Museum, and Michigan Biotechnology Institute.

Spanish Course: IMG_1332
Students will learn basic vocabulary and phrases through extensive speaking activities. They will also be exposed to the Latino culture through food, music, poetry, and theatre, and will learn about the geographical locations of different countries that speak the language.  

Careers Course: 
The goal of this course is to expose students to information about their self, occupations, and projections of labor market trends, so that they can develop the skills necessary to make career decisions.