What is Upward Bound?
The Upward Bound (UB) Program is a federally-funded TRIO program, which was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1965. Upward Bound prepares underserved and/or first-generation college-bound students in grades nine through twelve for success in high school, enrollment in college, and ultimately college graduation.
All services are provided at no cost to participants
Students in the Upward Bound College Prep Program will participate in robust and rigorous learning experiences in/out the classroom that will increase their academic achievement, cultural awareness, and knowledge of higher education. Five years from now each student will be academically prepared, emotionally matured, and on track to complete an undergraduate program of study.
The Four Main Values of the Upward Bound College Prep Program are:
Responsibility – each student is responsible for their performance, academics
Scholarship – Academic performance, educational insight, and learning
Perseverance – Working through complex issues that arise
Uplift – Representing Upward Bound, Stamford High, family, and supporting those in need.
The Upward Bound Program provides:
•A supportive learning environment that provides academic advising, instruction and tutoring;
•Dedicated faculty and staff experienced and trained in all aspects of the program;
•A challenging curriculum in a small setting designed to evaluate and strengthen student comprehension, study, and problem-solving skills;
•An intensive six-week summer program with academic, cultural, and social activities;
•Cultural enrichment trips- both local and national to increase global awareness and acceptance;
•Community service projects to increase citizenship skills and civic engagement; and
•Assistance in the college admissions process including campus tours and financial aid and scholarship research.
Types of Projects
Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.
Year-round services provided by Upward Bound include:
·A 6- week summer instructional component at University of Connecticut that is designed to simulate a college-going experience that includes daily coursework in Math, English, and Science as well as other related activities such as field trips and special events
·Individual assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications process during the school year.
·Field trips to college campuses, career exploration and cultural enrichment activities
Upward Bound participants are selected using some of the following criteria:
·Indicate an interest in attending college
·Would benefit from additional academic support
·May qualify as Low Income and/or Potential First Generation College Graduate (neither parent has received a 4-year degree)
·Commit to remain active in Upward Bound until high school graduation
·Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
Activities & Services
Academic year program
The ultimate outcome of the academic year program is for the student to persist, achieve at a higher level and as a result, apply to and enroll in a college of their choice.
9th and 10th grade students participate in:
•after-school meetings and tutoring sessions •the monthly Saturday programs • approved community projects •cultural and/or academic events •college-preparatory curriculum
11th grade students participate in:
•after-school meetings and tutoring sessions • Saturday program •program approved community projects •an intensive program series focused on ACT/SAT prep •cultural and/or academic events
12th grade students participate in:
•after-school meetings and tutoring sessions •Saturday program •pre-college course offered by Upward Bound •a full college prep curriculum
•maintain records of college applications and list the procedures •complete all necessary steps for college acceptance by January of senior year
•search for scholarship opportunities and apply for college acceptance by January of senior year •graduate from high school •enroll in a college or university of choice
The summer program runs for six weeks and spans from July thru August. Students must complete the eighth grade and participate in the academic year component in order to be eligible. During the summer, students will take classes held at The University of Connecticut – Stamford Campus, an environment much like the one they will experience when they are in college.
Summer Academic Classes (JULY 8th - AUGUST 16TH)
The summer academic classes are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Subjects taught are English, math, science, and foreign language. Courses will be taught to CAPT performance objectives and/or collegiate expectations by faculty.
Monday through Friday
9:00AM - 3:00PM
University Connecticut Stamford Campus
Students will experience many cultural activities. Field trips have included trips to the Mark Twain Museum in Connecticut and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
School Year Tutoring (October-June)
The academic year tutorials are designed to provide a stimulating learning experience that is more graduated than traditional high school courses. The smaller class setting will allow teachers to provide more intimate learning experiences.
Monday through Thursday
2:30PM - 4:30PM
Stamford High School – Room 624
Saturday Component (October – June)
We require students to attend approximately 2 Saturday programs a month. These Saturday sessions are designed to complement the learning experience by providing enriching experiences such as college tours, community service projects, and other workshops.
2 Saturdays a month at various locations