The Upward Bound Program offers a comprehensive instructional component that includes a residential summer component, an academic year component, extra-curricular activities and a Summer Bridge component.
The Academic Year Component is a comprehensive, year-round, enrichment program where students attend evening tutorials and Saturday morning sessions. These classes are designed to help strengthen their skills. Classes include but are not limited to: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Spanish I, Spanish II, ACT Prep, and Career Exploration. Also, Upward Bound students engage in volunteer service projects and attend cultural and educational outings.
The Summer Component consists of a 5-week educational session, with a 1-week residential piece. During the residential stay, participants live in Dillard University facilities and experience a structured campus environment.
The Summer Bridge Component occurs following the student’s graduation from high school. Bridge students are allowed to take college courses and receive transferable college credits. The number of hours pursued is based on the availability of funds received by the program. Students also participate in cultural and volunteer service projects.