The following program objectives are designed to provide your child with the continuous support he/she will need to be a successful learner and motivated student prepared for college after high school:
1. All UBMS participants will have achieved at the proficient level during high school on state assessment exams in Reading/Language Arts and Math.
The Upward Bound Math & Science Program will implement supplemental instruction in Reading/Language Arts and Math through individualized tutoring and the use of computers and software. A learning community will be created for all UBMS participants.
2. All current students will continue to participate once admitted into the program throughout their high school years.
The UBMS program will assist students to prepare for success in high school and retain them in the program through learning: time management, how to work in groups, successful classroom interaction, goal setting, test taking skills, how to develop a master education plan, computer literacy, and writing and speaking skills. Extracurricular and co-curricular activities at BCCC and in the community will highlight: College Tours, public recognition and rewarding of positive behavior, parental support and involvement, and an end of year recognition night.
Our intensive and culturally-specific plan is designed to (a.) set a high behavioral and academic standard; (b.) develop a buddy system for new students; (c.) provide team building exercises, keep parents informed; use of grade improvement plans; check grades regularly; hold conferences with teachers, etc.
UBMS Alumni will be invited to speak with current UBMS participants to encourage continued participation and inform students about educational challenges and opportunities.
3. All students expected to graduate during the school year will enroll in a program of post-secondary education by the fall term immediately following the expected graduation date from high school.
An UBMS counselor will meet with each student for post-secondary counseling. At each visit, the counselor will use all available materials (including standardized test scores, high school assessments, high school and program transcripts, and pre and post-test scores) to assess the level of achievement of each student. All students will participate in a pre-college class during the academic and summer periods each year.
4. It is expected that all UB participants who enrolled in a program of post-secondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation will be enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.
A computerized UBMS database system will be used to verify post-secondary enrollment and track UBMS graduates for second year post-secondary retention rates. Each December, telephone calls will be made to graduates to gain feedback on post-secondary progress. An Alumni Club will meet quarterly to promote retention and graduation from post-secondary institutions.