Upward Bound Program
Upward Bound is a pre-college program for TRIO-eligible students attending high school in Richland County. It provides extensive academic support that includes weekend and evening activities, a six-week summer residential component, and college-placement services. The program serves students from the 10 high schools in Richland School Districts One and Two. The Upward Bound program helps students take advantage of the educational opportunities provided by their high schools and to realize their potential and meet their academic and career goals.
Upward Bound Highlights
Upward Bound holds approximately three sessions each month during the academic year. Services include:
• Academic classes geared toward strengthening students' writing and analytical abilities.
• Various college and community activities.
• Numerous cultural activities (plays, ballets, musicals, etc.).
• College admissions counseling, including assistance with completing financial aid and college admissions applications.
During the summer, students are in residency on the USC campus for six weeks and participate in the following activities
• Academic enrichment classes
• Cultural enrichment classes (e.g., drama, music, pottery, web design)
• University 101 class for seniors to help prepare them for their transition to college
• Work-study activities that introduce students to various professions
• Group activities to help strengthen team building and interpersonal skills
During both the summer and academic phases, tutors are available to help strengthen participants' skills in specific subject areas. Tutors are usually college students from the University or certified teachers from the partnering districts. Tutoring is required for all students making below a B in high school subject areas.