About Us

Whom does Upward Bound serve?

  • 66 students from four partner high schools:
    • Richfield High School
    • Shakopee High School
    • Southwest High School
    • Washburn High School
  • Students who are recruited in grades 9-11 and participate through their senior year.
  • Students who come from families who face economic challenges and/or families in which neither parent has a 4-year college degree.
  • Students who are motivated to do well in high school and go on to college.

What services does Upward Bound provide?

Academic Year Programming

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HOMEWORK HELP/TUTORING


  • Students receive help on their homework from staff and/or tutors
  • Other activities at tutoring include goal setting meetings, ACT preparation, college and career planning, Khan Academy, etc.

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TUTORING TIMES & Locations


  • Richfield High School - Monday and Wednesday, 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 158
  • Shakopee High School - Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room C310
  • Southwest High School - Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room TBD
  • Washburn High School - Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, CCC Lab

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Saturday Academies


  • Workshops: Time Management, Organization, Study Skills, Dealing with Test Anxiety, Essay-Writing, College 101, Financial Literacy, Understanding your Financial Aid Award Letters, etc.
  • Activities: Motivational Speakers, community service projects, team-building, museum visits, theater, behind-the-scenes tours, etc.

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College Visits - October &/or November + As scheduled


  • We visit at least one college during the October &/or November Saturday Academies.
  • Student can submit a "College Visit Request Form" for individual requests.

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Career Site Visits


  • We visit 1-2 sites for a tour and/or panel discussion during Saturday Academies throughout the year.
  • Depending on site availability, students may get to choose which site they would like to visit.

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ACT preperation & Waivers - Ongoing


  • Students learn ACT preparation strategies throughout the year during tutoring.
  • Students can get an ACT waiver from a UB Staff member.

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Financial Aid Event - October


  • Seniors and their parents learn about and start their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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Summer Programming

 

9th-11th Grade Enrichment


  • 6-week program
  • Students take math, science, English, and world language & culture classes taught by licensed teachers.
  • Students also take other classes including ACT preparation and financial literacy.
  • Students receive free snack and lunch, which is supplemented by funding through the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Students participate in four field trips including team-building, college visit, career site visit, and community service.
  • Students who meet summer program requirements are eligible to go on a residential trip where we stay in dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in cultural activities.

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Senior Bridge


  • Students can take "College 1000" at Normandale
  • Students will participate in various workshops and one-on-one meetings to get ready for college.
  • Students who meet summer program requirements are eligible to go on a residential trip where we stay in dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in cultural activities.

For more information, click here to view the Upward Bound handbook.