Our Virtual Saturday Academy students are immersed in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.

The UMSL Bridge Program's Express Scripts Saturday Academy is held on select Saturdays each month from October through March and provides an intensive 10-Saturday course of study for students in grades 9 through 12. All activities will be held virtually on scheduled Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  1. Academic Skills Workshops include Math, Science and Writing:
    Students participate in critical thinking activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well on college entrance exams.
  2. Career Development and College Planning Workshops:
    Freshmen and sophomore students will be involved in structured career planning workshops developed to guide students through important key steps for career identification and effectively develop a focused career plan. All junior and senior students will be engaged in workshops structured to assist with the overall college admissions, financial aid and scholarship research process.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9th-12th.
  • All applicants must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application, recommendation letter and middle school final grade report or high school transcript.
  • All applicants should be enrolled in or have completed Algebra.
  • All senior participants must meet with Bridge staff at least once during the Saturday Academy.
  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements.
  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements.

Note: Students who participated in previous program components must reapply for consideration.