Upward Bound supports and challenges high school students in their efforts to apply and gain admission to college. We are comprised of two specific programs:
This is designed to help first-generation and/or low-income students who are enrolled in the Rochester City School District and other participating school districts. Each year a theme is chosen as the foundation for student-driven research, instruction, and projects.
Students selected to participate in Upward Bound are expected to attend all program events and activities. Activities take place after school, on some weekends, and during the summer. Students apply for our programs in the spring of their ninth-grade year and remain in the program until their sophomore year in college.
An applicant must be a:
Ninth-, tenth-, or eleventh-grader at Leadership Academy for Young Men and Greece Olympia High School (Upward Bound Classic)
US citizen or permanent resident
Potential first-generation college student (i.e., residential parent does not have a four-year college degree) or low-income according to federal guidelines
These requirements apply to both the classic and the math/science Upward Bound programs.
Upward Bound Classic
In the classic Upward Bound program students will participate in:
Cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities
Activities designed to acquaint students with a wide range of career options
Mentoring programs involving school teachers, faculty members at the Rochester Institute of Technology, college students, and other professionals
Programs and activities for individuals with limited proficiency in English
A summer instructional component designed to simulate a college-going experience