Upward Bound Programming

Academic Year Activities

Student academic activities are held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., October through May. Tutorials take place after school from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, we host workshops and seminars on career, college and financial aid research and planning. These activities teach students core academic content, address their preparedness for college, and help students and their parents understand issues of college affordability and the financial aid and college application processes.

Parent involvement is a mandatory component of our programs. Parents are required to attend monthly parent meetings and participate in workshops and seminars to understand how to guide their student throughout high school and in the college application process. 

Summer Activities

During the summer, activities are held for six weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for field trips, enrichment activities and testing. There are opportunities for students to live on campus while attending classes on the University campus. Academic classes include:

  • Mathematics (Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra-Trigonometry, and Calculus)
  • Science (General Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
  • Literature
  • Test Preparation
  • Computer Technology
  • Spanish

Most classes are held at the University of Chicago. Other activities also take place at Yerkes Observatory and Aurora University’s George Williams College Camp in Wisconsin.

Enrichment Programming

Enrichment activities take students to a wide variety of near and distant locations to visit colleges and universities. Students attend plays and musicals, and visit museums, art galleries, and national monuments. Field trips may include visits to the theater; music venues like Orchestra Hall, Symphony Hall in St. Louis, or the Lyric Opera House; research institutions including Fermilab or Argonne National Laboratory; and much more.

Space Explorers/Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP)

Selected students spend one week during the summer and three days in the winter in an astronomy camp at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin.