General Program Description
The Upward Bound Program is a year-round, federally sponsored, educational program serving high school students from the High School of Commerce. Students are eligible to participate in this program if they are from families in which neither parent has a bachelor's degree and/or if they qualify as low-income. The goal of the Upward Bound Program is to increase the rate at which participants successfully complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college.
The Upward Bound Program stresses the development of academic skills and motivation for students who might not traditionally be considered college-bound. During the academic year, participants are provided a variety of services ranging from individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, to college positive workshops, cultural enrichment and much more. In addition, the program addresses other issues critical to success in high school and college such as time management, self-discipline, responsibility, self-esteem, and multicultural knowledge, social justice and respect. As a result of the reinforcement and encouragement offered to participants by the program, it is expected that participants will:
• Strengthen their ability to read, write and communicate
• Expand their vocabulary and improve their word usage
• Improve their analytical, reflective and critical thinking skills
• Expand their world view
• Take higher level high school courses in preparation for the rigor of college academics
• Continue to acquire the skills and qualities which contribute to positive personal growth and development
• Contribute through community service so as to build their understanding of social justice and supplement their life skills as well as develop experience for their college applications
• Be prepared to make informed and appropriate choices regarding the college or university they will attend
• Develop a life-long love for learning and the skills needed to accomplish any goal.
Through a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Summer Institute will support students’ year round development. The Summer Institute will take place over 6 weeks during the months of June, July and/or August and provide participants with the experience of visiting UMass Amherst, take courses, and enjoy fun and educational activities during the day. The Summer Institute will include the potential for a residential component where students will stay overnight on the UMass campus.
Additional information and applications will be available through the guidance office at the High School of Commerce or by visiting the Upward Bound after school sessions. Students may refer themselves or be referred to the program by guidance counselors, teachers, community agency representatives or friends. This coming semester, Upward Bound will be offering after school programming that will include: college preparatory workshops, college positive student panels, critical thinking and time management
Once a student is accepted, they are expected to remain with the program, fulfilling all participation requirements, until successful graduation from high school. Upward Bound scholars will be expected to be focused on taking every possible step towards attending college. These requirements may include, but are not limited to:
• Full attendance in school
• Attend academic counseling sessions
• Attend tutoring activities
• Participate in college preparatory activities
• Attend periodic Saturday Sessions
• Maintain positive academic progress
It will be required that Upward Bound scholars actively participate in all scheduled activities, including the after school tutoring and college preparation workshops as well as the six week Summer Institute, as offered throughout the year. The ultimate goal is to support each and every participant to achieve their highest academic potential in each year of high school and to establish healthy habits which will help sustain that success throughout college; every activity will be designed to develop and nurture these skills and habits.
If you are interested in joining Upward Bound or if you are looking for additional information about the program, please contact:
Tyson Rose, Director of Upward Bound
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Multicultural Development and Student Success