Mount Shasta offers an annual, entirely grant-funded Summer Program for students enrolled in Upward Bound. Each year provides unique opportunities; the main focus of the Summer Program is to combine education with fun activities and events. Students participate in an online course through COS and core classes in math, English, science, and foreign language. Activities vary on a week to week basis, and the program lasts a total of six week
Week one students live in the dorms at Simpson University in Redding, California. They work on their online classes as well as participate in college-type courses. They experience life on campus. Cultural activities might include things like rock climbing at Simpson University, astronomy at the Mt. Lassen observatory, or studying hydro-physics/hydrology while whitewater rafting on the Trinity River.
Weeks two, three, four, and six focus on classroom time to provide academic support in core and online classes. During week five students take a five-day college road trip visiting 5-8 Universities. Previous trips have included the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although the Summer Program is not mandatory, it is highly recommended, as studies have shown students increase their chances of attending college when participating in summer programs. Each year of the Summer Program provides new opportunities, but the primary purpose remains the same, to combine a fantastic summer experience while helping students keep up with their education and prepare for life after high school.
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