Academic Year Bridge

Overview

As a participant in the Academic Year Bridge program you will enroll in one course each quarter at the University of Chicago.  Which course you take will be determined in close consultation with the Director of College Bridge. Tuition, fees and textbooks are paid for by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.

Courses

To enroll during the academic year, you must have already completed your high school graduation requirements in the subject of interest.  In other words, the courses taken at UChicago cannot be counted toward your requirements for high school graduation. In addition, you must have completed the most advanced course in that subject area (typically, an AP course) at your high school with a minimum grade of B. The following subjects may be available: Biological Sciences (requires AP Bio), Humanities (requires AP English), Foreign Languages (placement test may be required, beginning language can be taken if the language is not offered at your high school), Civilization Studies (requires AP History), Honors Calculus (requires AP Calc BC and an on-campus placement exam), Intro to Economics (requires AP Econ) and courses in the Social Sciences (requirements dependent upon course – some can only be taken in the second year of participation in Bridge). In some cases, other subject areas are available, however major's level courses in chemistry, physics and math (other than the above) do not allow high school student enrollment.  Please contact Bonnie Kanter, 773/834-1198, to inquire about other areas of interest.  

Eligibility/Selection Process

Rising Juniors and Seniors in CPS high schools are eligible to apply for Academic Year Bridge. Students are chosen based on a combination of factors, including unweighted GPA (for requirement see application), coursework preparation at high school and writing abilities.  You must also have a 95% attendance rate in high school.  An interview is required for final selection and a parent/guardian must be present at that time. 

COORDINATION WITH CPS

In order to participate in College Bridge you must obtain permission from your high school. Generally, for each course taken at the University of Chicago, you will be excused from two courses at your high school. The Director of College Bridge will work with your high school counselor to make sure this is possible and doesn’t interfere with your high school requirements. 

Requirements Once Admitted

Grades

A grade of B- or higher must be achieved in order to move on to the next quarter. Grades are listed on high school transcripts and weighted as an AP class. 

CALENDAR

The University of Chicago is on the quarter system. Each quarter (Autumn/Winter/Spring) is 10 weeks long, followed by a finals week. These quarters do not coincide neatly with the CPS calendar.  You will be expected to attend classes at the University of Chicago even when there is no school at your high school. 

You will not be required to take a course during Spring Quarter as there is often a great deal of work during that time period in high school (AP tests, ACT, etc.).  You must consult with your high school counselor if for any reason you are no longer taking courses at the University of Chicago. They will most likely re-enroll you in two high school classes at that time.

Meetings

During the academic year, you are required to meet two or three times each quarter with the Director.  You will also be assigned a mentor from the University of Chicago student body and will meet with them periodically.