Academic Year Program
The Upward Bound Staff makes regular visits to target schools in order to monitor students' academic progress, provide academic and personal advisement, and to provide information about college preparation. Listed below are additional supportive services students receive:
Tutorial sessions at each school site.
Saturday workshops at least once a month.
Personal and social development activities.
College campus visits.
Parent Education Workshops
Achievement and Awards Program to recognize students' accomplishments.
Summer Residential Program
During the summer, a six-eight week academic study program is held on the UCO campus. Students reside in university housing along with a staff of residential/tutor advisors. Students are selected for participation on the basis of their GPA, attendance and participation during the Academic Year. Services are as listed:
Daily courses in: English, Mathematics, Science (with laboratory experience), Foreign language, Reading & Study Skills, Computer Technology and selected elective courses.
Social, cultural, and recreational events during the evenings
Seminars include career, academic, personal, and motivational issues
End of Summer Enrichment Trip
Achievement and Awards Program to recognize students' accomplishments
Original Performing Arts Production presented to the community.
Senior Bridge Program
Students get a head start on their college plans by their participation in the Bridge Program during their senior year. The purpose of the Bridge Program is to assist students make a successful transition from high school to college. Selection to participate during the Summer Bridge Program is based on GPA, ACT scores and program participation. Bridge Program activities/services:
Mentor Match (UCO Student)
Academic advisement for course selection
Monthly Enrichment Seminars
Six hours of college credit for university courses taken during Summer Session. The program pays tuition and textbooks cost (dependent upon the availability of funds)
Assistance completing college application process and how to apply for Federal Financial Aid
General Program Information
Upward Bound is a college-preparation program designed to encourage students to develop the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education. The program focuses on providing equal opportunity for:
Upward Bound serves students from Capitol Hill High School, Crooked Oak High School and Star Spencer High School.
The Upward Bound Program provides participants a strong curriculum, comprehensive and appropriate activities eleven months of the year. Once admitted to the program students may participate until they graduate from high school. During students’ senior year they participate in a year long Bridge Program. Upon high school graduation selected students participate in the Summer Bridge Program where they attend regular university courses and have an opportunity to earn six credit hours.
Participants receive a small incentive stipend based on attendance and academic performance.
Upward Bound does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, handicap, or disability.