Upward Bound is a college preparation program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is a supportive program that identifies, motivates, and prepares eligible students to complete high school, enroll in, and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Students who complete the Upward Bound program have a higher graduation rate from college, when compared to students who do not participate in Upward Bound.
What commitments must I make?
You should be willing to actively participate in bothe the academic year and summer component of the Upward Bound program graduation from high school.
Academic Year (September through May)
During the academic year, you will be responsible for attending monthly meetings. The meetings will be designed to improve your appreciation for learning while increasing your academic knowledge and skills in areas of math, science, English and ACT/SAT preparation. Free tutoring will also be provided to assist students in academic areas where they might be experiencing difficulties. You will be setting personal, academic and career goals that include planning for college, study skills development, test preparation, and career exploration. Opportunities to visit college campuses, participate in cultural activities and field trips, and attend special events will also be a part of your academic year experience
Summer Program (June through July)
The non-residential program is an academically intensive six-week program that will provide you with unique opportunities to experience a wide range of educational, personal development, and social activities. You attend classes in Science, English, Math, Foreign Language, and other exciting subjects at a selected University Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, you will go on a cultural field trip. You will also attend an exciting college tour trip during the last week of the summer program visiting colleges and universities out of the state.
What does it cost to join Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is Free of cost. This includes but is not limited to tutoring sessions, classroom instruction, college visits and trips. A small stipend check will also be given to each student on a regular basis. Criteria for receiving the stipend are full participation in all Upward Bound activites and good standing within the program.