Summer Academy (9-12th graders)
Students are enrolled in an intensive six week academic summer program at McNeese State University. Students are placed in core high school classes (Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, or Foreign Language) that will prepare them for the courses they will take in high school the following year. Afternoon electives often include art, music, drama, public speaking, fitness, crochet and recreational sports. Students attend field trips and cultural events, and participate in intramural activities.
Instructional classes are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. Counseling and Field trips are scheduled for Fridays. The summer stipend will be available by the 3rd week in August. All expenses are paid by Upward Bound through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, including classroom supplies, lunch, entrance fees and food on field trips.
Bridge Program (Graduating Seniors)
The Upward bound Summer Bridge Program is designed to assist graduating participants with their transition from high school to college by giving them an opportunity to complete 6 hours of college credit at McNeese State University. The Upward Bound program pays all summer fees for Bridge students. This includes tuition, books, supplies, recreation and other fees pertaining to tuition. Bridge Program participation is highly competitive.
In order to qualify for the Bridge Program a student must complete a Senior Survey. Students are selected for the program based on the following criteria:
- Attendance at after school and Saturday sessions
- Attendance at other required UB events
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA in all academic courses
- Take the ACT by October 31st of their senior year.
- Submit at least 2 college applications by March 15th of their senior year.
- Apply and or accepted into McNeese in order to Bridge
- Complete and submit FAFSA by March 30 of their senior year.
In addition to attending classes, students will meet weekly with an Upward Bound staff member to monitor student progress, advise and answer questions.
The academic progress of graduates attending colleges and universities is continuously monitored by the Upward Bound staff. Follow up on all graduates is an integral part of the program.
Up to five scholarships may be awarded to Upward Bound participants to assist with their continuing education at McNeese.