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Upward Bound

What is Upward Bound?

The Monroe County Community College Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program for Airport High School students who are low income and/or who would be first generation college graduates.


The Goals of Upward Bound are to:


  • Encourage students to complete high school

  • Encourage students to enroll in a post-secondary institution—and graduate!

  • Help students develop the motivation, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in high school and a post-secondary program

  • Further students’ academic, social, and cultural development



Who is Eligible for Upward Bound?


  • Students who are low-income and/or whose parents did not receive a baccalaureate degree

  • Students who have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • Students who have not entered the 11th grade and are enrolled at Airport High School

  • Students who can be committed to this year-round program



What Does Upward Bound Provide?


  • FREE individual and group tutoring after school, Monday through Wednesday, from 2:30 to 4:30 in rooms 22 and 64-A at Airport High School. Students are required to attend at least two days per week.

  • Six-week summer program at Monroe County Community College, culminating with an ALL-EXPENSES PAID cultural trip to a major metropolitan area.  Past trips taken by Upward Bound students include Memphis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, and Washington, DC.

  • FREE ACT preparation classes

  • Academic Counseling and Workshops


What are the Benefits of Upward Bound?


  • Assistance with college applications, application fee waivers, and financial aid forms        

  • Fee-waiver for college entrance exams, such as the ACT and PLAN tests

  • Annual Recognition Banquet

  • Cultural/Social Events

  • College/University Visits and other travel

  • Monthly stipend!


Why Choose Upward Bound?


This program provides students the opportunity to enhance their skills and make a successful transition from high school to college—at NO COST to the students or their families. Upward Bound is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Monroe County Community College.

To learn more please contact:

Charles Friedline
Academic Skills Coordinator
Airport High School, Room 67