Common Searches

Our Middle School Summer Academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral dialogue strategies, career exploration, personal development and empowerment activities that support high school and college planning.

The Bridge Program Middle School Summer Academy is held from mid-June through mid-July for students currently enrolled in 6-8th grade. Classes meet weekly Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All classes and workshop activities will be held on UMSL's campus.

  1. Academic Skills Workshops Include High School Preparation, Mathematics, Science, and Written and Oral Dialogue Strategies:
    Students participate in critical thinking activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well in high school and on standardized exams.

  2. Career Exploration Workshops:
    Students will be involved in career exploration workshops developed to guide students through important key steps for career identification that align with their skills and interests.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in 6-8th grade (2023-24 academic year) in a St. Louis Metropolitan school.
  • All applicants must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application and report card. New participants must ask a teacher, counselor, or school administrator to complete a recommendation form on their behalf.
  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements for successful completion of the Academy.
  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements.

Bridge Program Logo

The Benefits of Bridge

All Programs are FREE!

Scholarship and Dual Enrollment Opportunities

ACT Prep Courses and Materials

1:1 College Planning Meetings

Student Success Empowerment Workshops

Application Process

The following documents must be submitted to the Bridge Program Office by the application deadline date.

  • Bridge Program Online Application: An online application must be completed by the parent. Please complete all sections no later than the application deadlines. Note: The option to apply for the Bridge Program Middle School Summer Academy will only be available on this form when the program is actively admitting students.

  • Recommendation Form: Your school counselor, administrator, or instructor must complete a recommendation form on your behalf. The Recommender you list on your application will receive an email with a link to the recommendation form. Please follow up with your Recommender to ensure they complete the recommendation form by the application deadline. Note: This is not a requirement for returning Bridge participants.

  • Middle School Report Card: It is not necessary to wait for last semester grades to submit your student's report card. Please upload a copy of your student's current report card.

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 — Application Deadline
  • Tuesday, June 17, 2024 — Middle School Summer Academy session begins
  • Friday, July 12, 2024 —  Middle School Summer Academy session ends

Program Meeting Dates

The Middle School Summer Academy will be offered:

Monday, June 17 - Friday, July 12

7:45 am - 12:00 pm