All Upward Bound students participate in an annual six-weeks academic camp held on the St. Olaf College campus. Students live on campus in a residence hall from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, returning home every weekend. Each student is housed with a roommate and is supervised by trained, live-in Upward Bound staff members.
A typical day for 9th-11th graders includes English, math, and science classes in the morning, and afternoon classes such as Literary Magazine, Newsletter, and Spanish. Class sizes consist of about fourteen students, and the student to teacher ratio averages 6:1.
Seniors, or “Bridge” students, take a college course for credit taught by a St. Olaf College professor. In addition, they attend support classes led by Upward Bound staff and complete a job shadow experience on the St. Olaf College campus or at a Northfield business location.
When students are not in a class, their afternoons and evenings are filled with planned recreational and cultural activities.
Students are given a Student Handbook, which lists the rules that all St. Olaf College TRIO Upward Bound students must follow; these rules are strictly enforced by staff and are also sent home to parents/guardians within the Summer Forms Packet.
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