The Summer Residential component is designed to expose Upward Bound participants to college residential housing to prepare them for group living environments.
During the five (5) or six (6) week Summer Residential Component, students are exposed to a variety of educational, cultural and social experiences. The academic classes are small and the curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of the students enrolled in the program. In addition, summer courses are designed to prepare students for the following academic year. Students are placed in various classes according to their needs for individualized instruction. The academic course offerings during the summer include: English, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, and SAT Preparation. The academic classes are conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (Schedule may adjust each summer). Some Upward Bound rising juniors and seniors may be eligible to take a college level English course offered by Virginia State University during the summer. This course will afford them the opportunity to earn (3) three hours college credit at no cost.
During the summer program, the group guidance sessions are conducted with each grade level in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This course provides the opportunity to discuss and engage in a variety of topics to include: Cultural Diversity, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Workplace and Dining Etiquette etc. Guest speakers are also invited to present during the Guidance session to address certain topics. During the evening hours, students are involved in supervised study hall, library activities and recreation. In addition to the academics, students are exposed to cultural activities as well as college tours.