The 2020 Summer Academy will be held June 7th - July 15th. It is our intention to have the 2021 Summer Academy on campus and in person. (We will require all safety procedures recommended at that time to ensure student and staff safety.) Any updates to the plan will be posted to this page and information sent out to UB students.
Summer Academy Overview
The OCU UB Summer Academy is a six week academy held on OCU campus each summer. Housing, meals (full buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner), activities, travel, etc. are provided at no cost to students and families!
Students are strongly encouraged, however not required to attend if they are in the OCU Upward Bound program.
Incoming high school freshmen through incoming seniors will participate in classes that are designed to help the student prepare for their classes the following fall. Core courses include Communication, Composition, Literature, Mathematics, Lab Science, and Foreign Language. Other classes such as Leadership, Psychology and others are included. The class sizes are small, teachers are very engaging, and students learn while having fun!
Additionally, afternoon and evening activities are provided that promote team building, fun, and new experiences. Activities include, movies, put put golf, laser tag, volunteer opportunities, culinary classes, game nights, slip 'n' slide/ water balloon, basketball, volleyball, robot activities, arts and crafts, audio/visual (creating videos, editing, etc.), hands-on science, AND SO MUCH MORE!
UB Summer Academy students (Bridge and Non-Bridge) traditionally travel with the UB staff and chaperones on an End of Summer Trip! Historically, we have taken students to Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Lexington, and other great locations. It is our intention to have the summer trip during the 2021 Summer Academy, however, if due to COVID restrictions, we cannot have our traditional trip, we will find other fun and engaging ways to provide the UB students with new cultural experiences and fun activities!
Graduating High School Seniors will be enrolled in 2 Summer Courses at OCU, for a total of 6 credit hours. The classes offered are ones that most colleges/universities require of incoming freshmen regardless of their degree path. OCU is fully accredited, therefore, the courses should be easily transferred to whichever college/university the UB Bridge student plans to attend the following fall semester.
The professors are selected for their expertise as well as their ability to work with UB students as they get their first experience in taking college courses while living on a college campus. Our Bridge Liaison Team is comprised of an OCU professor who is not teaching one of the courses and an OCU student who work together with the course professors and UB staff to provide the UB Bridge students with many resources to help them be successful in their courses. The Bridge Liaison Team also teaches Bridge Students skills that will be beneficial for them during the courses and once they begin their college career at their college/university of choice.
ALL ACTIVITIES, TUITION*, HOUSING, FOOD, TRAVEL EXPENSES, ETC. ARE FREE FOR UB STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!
* Bridge students must maintain a "C" or higher in their Bridge Classes to receive full tuition paid. Multiple supports are provided to the Bridge students to assist them in successfully maintaining the required grade. However, if a student does not fully participate in classes or submit assignments, resulting in a lower grade, OCU has the authority to require repayment of the tuition expense from the student.
Summer Academy Sign Ups/ Orientation
Summer Academy Sign Ups and Orientation will be held during the March and May Saturday Academies.
Sign ups: March 6th!
Orientation: May 8th!
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are required to attend if the student attending is under 18 years old.
Summer Academy Student Work Opportunity
At Upward Bound, we strive to provide opportunities for students to learn more about a wide range of career opportunities. During the Summer Academy, Non-Bridge students students are given the opportunity to explore different career paths through VirtualJobShadow.com, our Bridge students are provided in-person internships in university offices or local businesses. Students can earn up to $400 for for these activities each summer!
Those wishing to participate in the student work program MUST attend the March Saturday Academy on March 6th, 2021. HR forms for participate in the Student Work Program will be filled out at this time. As part of the process, students will be completing their
Students should also bring 2 valid forms of ID on this day, one from List A, or a combination of one from List B and one from List C. (They cannot have 2 from list B or 2 from list C it must be one from each.)
Students Attending Summer Academy Will Need The Following Supplies:
*Please be sure and mark personal belongings with name, initials, or some other form of identifying label.