Upward Bound is designed to assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged high school students in developing the skills and the motivation to succeed in college.
Upward Bound participants receive academic advising, standardized test preparation, tutorials, scholarship and financial aid assistance, cultural enrichment, career exploration, and college campus tours.
Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program. The Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound program currently serves 110 students from Aldine ISD.
Upward Bound is funded under Title lV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the goal of helping low-income Americans enter college. Through participation in after-school tutorials and a six-week summer academic program on the campus of Lone Star College-North Harris, students build academic skills and improve scholastic performance. As part of the program, the college's objectives are to assess the academic, educational and social needs of all participants. Each student follows an individualized development plan.
Students are required to enroll in college-preparatory courses throughout high school and are provided tutorial assistance during the school year. A six-week summer program provides additional instruction in the mathematics, English, science and foreign language plus short-term courses in computer studies, social sciences and art.
Although preparing students academically is the main thrust of Upward Bound, it is not the only component of the program. Students also participate in cultural enrichment activities, community service events, and campus visits. Additionally, Upward Bound offers developmental workshops in college success skills such as time management, study skills, and career exploration.
The Upward Bound program serves 65 students at MacArthur and Nimitz High School and a total of 56 students from Aldine and Eisenhower High Schools in the Aldine Independent School District.
For more information on Upward Bound, please contact Vanessa Gonzales at 281.618.5746.