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Academic Year Component

The Academic Year component will focus on academic instruction/tutorials for all participants on the state mandated assessment exams to ensure passage of all high school academic requirements. The curriculum includes activities and services designed to further the development of each participant by keeping them engaged and focused on their Individual Education Plan, which serves to help generate academic skills and motivation necessary to prepare program participants to receive a score of proficiency in subjects in preparation for college enrollment. 

Students are provided individual academic advising at their target school on academic success, financial aid, scholarships, college admissions, and career interests.

Academic Saturday Advancement Program

Students will visit our campus a minimum of 3 times per semester throughout the regular school year for Academic Saturdays. These enrichment days serve to provide an opportunity for program participants to be exposed to the university way of life and participate in numerous workshops aimed at improving their study skills, critical thinking aptitudes, and understanding the importance of a post-secondary degree. Seminars on college readiness, financial aid, and career fields are also a component of Academic Saturdays. Other areas include individual and group advising, academic tutorials, analytical and social activities, and experiences with faculty and mentors relating to the students' areas of academic and career interests. 

Academic Saturday Dates 2018-2019                       Transportation

  • September 29, 2018                                                                   CHS pick-up at 8:20AM, drop-off at 4:30PM                           
  • October 13, 2018                                                                        HHS pick-up at 8:15AM, drop-off at 4:30PM
  • November 17, 2018                                                                    DHS pick-up at 8:00AM, drop-off at 4:50PM
  • December 8, 2018                                                                      THS pick-up at 8:15AM, drop-off at 4:35PM 
  • January 19, 2019
  • February 9, 2019                                                                        * Pick-up locations are at students' high school 
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 27, 2019
  • May 11, 2019


Academic Advancement Summer Program 

West Texas A&M University's Classic Upward Bound Academic Advancement Summer Program is an intensive, six-week academic experience that exposes students to a variety of career fields, improves their problem-solving skills, and increases their appreciation for post-secondary education. Students will also experience new adventures and develop lasting friendships.

 Activities and Programs offered each summer vary, but include the following:

  • Guided Research 
  • Critical Thinking Aptitudes
  • University Readiness
  • Exposure to University Lifestyle
  • Enhance Student Leadership Skills
  • Academic Workshops
  • Educational Enrichment Trip 


                                Students visit Louisiana CapitolLowell Observatory

 A student peers through the Clark Refractor, housed                           Students toured the Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest
 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ, where he                                          Capitol building in the United States
 is able to see very close details of the moon's suface