What Happens During the Academic Year?
Throughout each school year, TRiO Upward Bound students have an academic tutor at their home school. This individual is responsible for meeting weekly with the students and providing individualized tutoring, guidance, and counseling in academic, career, social or personal matters.
These meetings are held after school for two hours each week at the TRiO Upward Bound target schools. A variety of activities take place based on the needs of the students at each school. (Academic Tutoring, Rigorous Post-Secondary Course Selection, Vocabulary Building, SAT/ACT Preparation, PSSA Preparation, Career Exploration, College Applications, Financial Literacy, Scholarship Searching, Personal Development). Other activities might include participation at a college night or cultural event. Student groups also volunteer at area elementary schools, food cupboards, animal shelters and libraries. Each school year, the students visit the Bloomsburg University campus during its regular session to receive a brief introduction to college life.
TRiO Upward Bound seniors become increasingly interested in this experience as they apply to various colleges and universities. The TRiO Upward Bound staff assists seniors and their parents in this college review process, and helps prepare college applications and financial aid forms.
Students are expected to attend all meetings throughout the school year. Exceptions will be made for illness, family obligations and extracurricular school activities (band, play and sports) provided that a balance is achieved between TRiO UB and other commitments. Prior approval must be received in order to be given an excused absence. If students meet their obligation by attending Center Meetings, they will be invited to apply to attend the summer program.