What is Upward Bound?
The Monroe County Community College Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program for Airport High School students who are first generation (parents do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher) and/or low income.
The Goals of Upward Bound are to:
- Ensure that students complete high school
- Ensure that students 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. Students are required to attend at least two days per week.
- Six-week summer program at Monroe County Community College
- ALL-EXPENSES PAID trips at the end of the summer. Freshmen and sophomores go on day trips (Cedar Point, Kalahari, etc.) and juniors and seniors go to a major metropolitan area (New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc.).
- FREE SAT 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 SAT
- Cultural/Social Events (sporting events, plays & musicals, etc.)
- College/University Visits and other travel
- Monthly stipend!
- Annual Awards & Recognition Reception
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:
Academic Skills Coordinator
Airport High School, Room 65