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Upward Bound Summer Academy


Upward Bound Summer Academy


The Upward Bound Summer Academy at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is an extremely rewarding pre-college experience for high school students. It is an intensive, six-week, non-residential program, which all members of the Upward Bound community are expected to attend. The program starts in early June and finishes at the end of July.

The Summer Academy offers a variety of classes and activities designed to benefit high school students in preparation for college.

Some common classes and activities include:

  1. Academic classes: These classes cover subjects such as math, science, English, and foreign languages, allowing students to improve their skills and knowledge in these areas. These classes offer students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the subjects.
  2. Test preparation: Our program offers classes to prepare students for standardized tests such as the STAAR test. We also offer SAT, ACT, and TSI test prep. These classes focus on test-taking strategies, practicing sample questions, and strengthening the students' skills in areas tested by these exams. This can be particularly advantageous as many colleges consider standardized test scores during the admissions process.
  3. College readiness workshops: These workshops provide students with essential information and skills needed for a successful transition to college life. Topics covered may include time management, study skills, financial literacy, college application guidance, essay writing, and selecting the right college. These workshops help students make informed choices and develop the necessary skills to thrive in college.
  4. College Tours: During this program, Upward Bound provides the opportunity for its students to visit various colleges In-State and Out-of–State. These experiences allow for students to become more informed of the different types of colleges and helps them find a college that best suites their needs.
  5. Extracurricular activities: Summer Academy programs often offer a range of extracurricular activities, such as arts, technology, leadership development, and community service. These activities allow students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and demonstrate their dedication and involvement outside of the classroom. Strong extracurricular involvement can strengthen college applications, demonstrating a well-rounded profile to admissions officers.

Overall, the Summer Academy provides high school students with an opportunity to enhance their academic abilities, acquire valuable skills, gain exposure to college-level coursework, and explore their passions. By participating in challenging classes and engaging in enriching activities, students are better prepared for the academic rigor, independence, and personal growth required in college. Additionally, engaging in summer programs demonstrates initiative, motivation for personal development, and a commitment to learning, factors that can enhance a student's college application.