Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Mission Statement
The mission of Upward Bound is to assist low-income, first-generation, college-bound students in the successful completion of high school and prepare them academically and socially for post-secondary education.

Eligibility Requirements

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides strategies for students to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Most students are eligible based on low-income guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. High school students in grades 9 through 11 are selected based on the recommendations of teachers, counselors and social services agencies. Upward Bound is funded to serve students enrolled at Frederick Douglass High School and/or Centennial High School. All rising 9th-grade students must attend a junior high that serves as a pipeline to Frederick Douglass High School or Centennial High School. Student must demonstrate the potential to be successful in a post-secondary college program. To remain in the program, students must meet the following requirements: 

1. Maintain a 2.5 grade point average. 2. Maintain good school attendance. 3. Achieve average or above-average scores on achievement tests. 4. Participate in Upward Bound’s services,

2. Maintain good school attendance. 3. Achieve average or above-average scores on achievement tests. 4. Participate in Upward Bound’s services,

3. Achieve average or above-average scores on achievement tests. 4. Participate in Upward Bound’s services,

4. Participate in Upward Bound’s services, including: after-school study hall (when available), Saturday College Prep/Study Hall, individual academic counseling sessions, special monthly activities, and community service.

5. Complete the six-week summer academic program.

HOW TO APPLY

Applying to the Upward Bound program is easy. Students who have the ability and the desire to go to college but lack the financial resources are highly encouraged to apply to the Upward Bound program starting as early as 9th grade. New applicants are admitted to the program based on the number of openings that occur each year following high school graduation of Upward Bound seniors. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring each year. To apply, participants must: 

1. Complete the Upward Bound [LINK] application. The application includes an application form, affidavit, questions, and two teacher recommendations. Students must obtain one recommendation from two of the following content areas: math, English, social studies, and . Students can choose teachers form the current academic year or the previous academic year. 2. Return the application packet to the Upward Bound Advisor at your school. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of the completed application packet. All students will be notified of their status regardless of the outcome.

2. Return the application packet to the Upward Bound Advisor at your school. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of the completed application packet. All students will be notified of their status regardless of the outcome.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Academic Year The Langston University Upward Bound program has three professional staff members working year-round to assist participating students. The Director, Program Coordinator/Senior Counselor and Curriculum Coordinator will work with a caseload of students to ensure that they are actively engaging the program. Langston students and staff will work throughout the academic year at the Saturday college prep/study halls on campus assisting with academic tutoring and group activities. We will also meet with students on an individual and small-group basis throughout the year. Each school year, from September to May, Upward Bound staff will provide students with the following services:

  Academic tutoring with individual and group sessions, in addition to homework assistance.

• Monitoring of academic progress to maintain a college-bound track.

• Individual counseling for academic or personal challenges.

• Academic preparation training for college/university-level course work.

• Opportunities to explore career options.

• Access to academic and cultural activities.

• Outlets for a variety of community involvement and service initiatives.

• Preparation for college entrance exams.

• Assistance with enrollment-related items (admissions, financial aid and registration).

• Assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications.

Summer Program
Upward Bound students are committed to participate in the six-week summer residential academic program during June and July each year. The first three weeks of the summer program, students commute to campus. The remaining three weeks, Upward Bound students live on the Langston University campus and utilize university facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, gymnasium, computer labs, library, sports fields, the cafeteria, and residential facilities. During the day, instructors work with Upward Bound students individually to develop, design and implement academic classes focusing on subjects such as English, math, science, foreign language, and technology. After lunch, students and staff conduct and participate in focused group sessions such as team building, art and social skills. Evening activities include community service projects, physical education, social activities, and individual and group counseling. Residential Counselors (RCs) will live on campus with Upward Bound students and will facilitate evening activities to engage students educationally and socially.

Bridge Program
Upward Bound provides a bridge from high school to college for all senior students. The Bridge program begins during senior year with a retreat during which topics for college entrance are introduced and explored. During the academic year, Bridge students are guided through college admissions, registration, scholarships, financial aid, and academic skills building to ensure their success at entering and completing a post-secondary degree. Upon high school graduation, Bridge students are enrolled in college courses specifically designed to introduce them to the demands required for success in college. These courses are provided at no cost to students through the federal grant. The Program Coordinator provides academic counseling and preparation to ensure students are ready to enter into a post-secondary institution.