This six week residential program gives students the opportunity to live on campus and take college courses.
Summer Academic Component
The summer academic component is broken into the regular Upward Bound, pre-bridge, and bridge. Typically, the summer program runs from late May/early June until early/mid July.
Upward Bound and Pre-Bridge Program
Regular Upward Bound and pre-bridge participants take classes to receive half of a high school credit in communications from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Students are given pre and post tests in each subject and teachers monitor their grades through weekly progress reports which are kept in their student files.
Grades 9-11 (Pre-Bridge Curriculum)
English All participants in grades 9-11 will participate in appropriate composition and literature courses including units concerning grammar, writing and communication.
Algebra I is designed to give participants a solid foundation in all areas of basic expressions and formulas.
Geometry is designed to give the participants a broad understanding of geometry and its principles, including, but not limited to, using formulas, theorems and logic.
Algebra II is designed to give the participants a broad background in all areas of algebra including problem solving techniques, logic, inequalities, laws of exponential expressions, radicals and solving quadratic equations.
Advanced Algebra/ Pre-Calc is designed to give participants an overview of algebraic techniques and functions through pre-calculus applications.
Biology will provide an introduction and overview of the high school sophomore biology class. Topics covered may include the origin(s) of life, the cell theory and structure, genetics, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, botany, zoology and ecology. Laboratory and field experience will be an integral part of the class.
Chemistry will provide participants with an introduction and preparation for the high school chemistry class. Topics covered may include the atomic theory, molecules, structure of matter, elements and compounds, the Periodic Table, types of reactions, balancing equations, stoichiometry, organic chemistry and uses of chemicals and their impact on our lives. Laboratory experiences will be an integral part of the class.
Physics will provide participants with general introduction to high school physics. Topics covered may include matter and energy, forces and motion, the Kinetic Theory, the Quantum Theory, waves, electricity and nuclear physics.
Laboratory experience will be an integral part of the class.
Ninth and tenth grade participants will take a foreign language class. Previously, Spanish, Russian, French and German have been offered. The foreign language classes will include three basic components; grammar, communications and culture. Participants who have already had advanced sections of a foreign language may test out of the foreign language class and take an additional computer class. The intent of the foreign language class is to provide an introduction to a language, especially for those participants who have not previously taken one.
Study Skills and Career Explorations
Pre-bridge (grade 11) students will be required to participate in a seminar that covers the topics of leadership and career choices. The leadership section will help participants develop a deeper understanding of self and individual leadership styles; learn leadership skills which can achieve results and bring about valued change; and broaden their visions of what is possible in their personal, family and community lives.
Students will participate in individual, small and large group activities. This section will be facilitated by a group leader but strongly driven by individual participation and discussion. The career choices section will provide an overview of some areas and activities that are involved in the selection of a career, training/education needed for that career, job search process, job application, résumé writing and interviewing for a job. Speakers and career tours may also be used to further expose the participants to different careers and working environments.
Participants (except Bridge) are required to enroll in 1 evening camp each week which meets for a total of four class periods (90 minutes each). The camps vary from summer to summer, but usually include:
- Leisure sports
- Fine arts
- First aid/CPR
Bridge students will take courses to earn nine college credits. The Bridge component will combine five weeks of classroom and laboratory instruction with a week of field/laboratory instruction including a trip.
Summer Bridge Curriculum
Geography 121, Global Physical Environment
A study of the pattern of distribution of the physical elements of man’s environment, including the origin and characteristics of the terrestrial grid, earth-space relations, climate, land forms, vegetation and soils.
Geography 121L, Global Physical Environment Lab
A basic physical geography laboratory to complement Geography 121.
English 299, Reading and Writing in the Humanities
Guided practice in writing with emphasis on thoughtful analysis of one’s subject matter, clear understanding of the writing process and use of directed reading assignments to illustrate a variety of writing techniques.
College Preparatory Study Skills Class
A two-week class addresses study and learning strategies for college. Topics include textbook reading, note taking, library research and time management.
Arts and Science 250, Academic Enhancement Class Mathematics Assessment and Review
Assessment of mathematical competency, instruction in algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus and preparation for university mathematics placement exam.
A Bridge seminar is held each year to help senior participants prepare for college.
Topics include college selection, college admission requirement, the application process for admission, housing and financial aid. Admissions and financial aid representatives will be asked to provide expertise in these areas. Additional sessions cover issues related to college life. Status checks are done on participants relating to their course work, graduation status and required college admission tests.
Bridge participants have regularly scheduled learning center times twice a week in the afternoons and five nights during the week.
All Bridge participants enrolling in post-secondary institutions must finalize admission prior to attending the summer component. Bridge participants will be encouraged to complete financial aid and housing applications prior to attending the summer component. Project staff will follow-up on all Bridge participants during the summer to review financial aid award letters if necessary.
Living on Campus
The idea of the summer component is to simulate a college experience for our students. Living on campus, in the residence halls, allows students to get a greater all round college-like experience, as most college's require freshman to live on campus during their first year.
Students are typically allowed to leave campus if they have parental permission and there are no scheduled activities during that time.
The Upward Bound project uses mentoring in a variety of ways.
- Participants provide peer mentoring to new participants.
- Mentoring is a valuable part of the job shadowing portion of the program. Participants attend dinners where participants from the UND McNair Program and Student Support Services share their experiences in postsecondary education.
- Hierarchical mentoring relationships are formed with Upward Bound participants serving as mentors for younger Talent Search students and members of Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program serving as mentors to younger Upward Bound and/or Talent Search participants.
Work Study and Job Shadowing (Optional)
The University of North Dakota Upward Bound project will include this work option in their summer program for participants. The selection and placement of participants will include the following procedures and factors:
- Priority for participants will be awarded based on grade level with juniors first, followed by seniors, tenth and ninth grades respectively.
- Preferences for work sites will be determined by participants’ academic interests.
- On-campus work sites will be identified by project staff.
- Participants will work approximately 10 hours per week during the summer component.
- The number of participants selected for the work option may vary depending on the hourly salary and work schedule.