Upward Bound Academic Year Program
Throughout each academic year, Upward Bound students have Academic Center Educator at their home school. This individual, usually a guidance counselor or teacher, is responsible for meeting weekly with the students and providing individualized tutoring, guidance, and counseling in academic, career, social, or personal matters. The students, with the help of the ACE, become familiar with the process of choosing a college and career, completing college applications, and preparing college essays. Students also receive help with improving study skills, organizational skills, and test taking skills. The ACE works closely with the students and can tailor lesson topics to the specific needs of the students involved in the program.
Each school year, the students visit Lock Haven University campus during its regular session to receive a brief introduction to college life. Upward Bound seniors become increasingly interested in this experience as they apply to various colleges and universities. The Upward Bound staff assists seniors and their parents in this college review process, and helps prepare college applications and financial aid forms.
Juniors and seniors in the Upward Bound Program receive fee waivers for the SAT I and II. Participating seniors also receive fee waivers for college applications.
In addition, Upward Bound sponsors a bridge program each summer for students who have graduated from high school. Intended to “bridge” the gap between high school and college, students who have been accepted to a post-secondary institution, who have attended at least one prior summer program, and who are actively attending weekly Upward Bound meetings, are enrolled in at least one college course at Lock Haven University. There is no charge to the students for the course and the college credits earned are transferable to the college their of choice.