Academic Achievement Programs

Upward Bound Math and Science is a federally funded TRiO program which prepares 9th - 12th grade students in targeted Akron Public Schools for postsecondary education.  Participants should have a strong interest in math, science or engineering. 

Program Objectives:

  1. Sixty percent (60%) of participants served during the project year will have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a four-point scale at the end of the school year.
  2. Eighty-five percent (85%) of UBMS seniors served during the project year will have achieved at the proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.
  3. Seventy-five percent (75%) of project participants served during the project year will continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level or will have graduated from secondary school with a regular secondary school diploma.
  4. Sixty percent (60%) of all current and prior year UBMS participants, who at the time of entrance into the project had an expected high school graduation date in the school year, will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study and graduate with a regular secondary school diploma.
  5. Sixty percent (60%) of all current and prior UBMS participants, who at the time of entrance into the project had an expected high school graduation date in the school year, will enroll in a program of postsecondary education by fall term immediately following high school graduation or will have received notification by the fall term immediately following high school graduation, from an institution of higher education of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (e.g. spring semester).
  6. Forty-five percent (45%) of participants, who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation or by the next academic term (e.g. spring term) as a result of acceptance but deferred enrollment, will attain either an associate's or bachelor's degree within six (6) years following graduation from high school.

Other goals of UBMS:

  1. To identify and select each year 67 participants in the summer and academic year programs from the Akron schools, of which at least two-thirds will be low income and first generation college students and one-third will be either low income or first generation college students.
  2. Monthly contact during the academic year with 95 percent of UBMS participants via study sessions, workshops, research projects, career and college visits and science trips.

Services:

  • in-school workshops
  • faculty interaction and mentoring
  • after-school tutoring
  • educational, cultural and science field trips
  • hands-on math and science projects
  • engineering and research projects

Summer Component: The six-week residential enrichment program consists of integrated instructional classes in polymer science/chemistry, mathematics, English/technical writing and foreign language. It includes hands-on laboratory courses in polymer science and engineering.

Bridge Component: Current-year high school graduates are eligible to participate in the Bridge Component. Tuition and books are covered for applicable college courses at The University of Akron.

Requirements:

  1. You must be entering 9th or 10th grade in the Akron Public Schools.
  2. You must have a demonstrated interest in an accelerated math/science curriculum and the potential to succeed academically.
  3. Two-thirds of participants must meet federal income guidelines and be potential first generation college students.

Applications:

  • Download the application
  • Call Upward Bound Math and Science at 330-972-5105
  • Contact school counselor

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program celebrates its 21st year on campus and was refunded under the federal TRiO programs to serve 67 participants at $297, 034 for the next 5 years beginning October 1, 2012.

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