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Upward Bound Classic

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:

  • Upward Bound Classic

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.

Program Eligibility

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


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


Kareem Hayes