The Upward Bound Program is the oldest of the pre-college programs at Case Western Reserve University. Established in 1966, the program is designed to prepare low-income and potential first-generation college high school students for successful postsecondary studies. High school students who attend certain Cleveland public schools, grades nine through twelve, are eligible for participation in the program. The program is year-round and includes a six-week summer residential component and a well-developed academic year component.
During the summer in a simulated college environment, students reside in university residence halls, receive intensive academic instruction in mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory, English/literature, reading, study skills, computer science and foreign language. They also participate in a community service project.
During the academic year, students participate in the Saturday Enrichment Program, which provides academic courses and instruction for passing the Ohio State Test. Students also attend weekly tutorials and participate in workshops that focus on personal growth and development. College planning and placement assistance, the SAT/ACT review program (Math and English components), cultural activities, and individual/group counseling and advising (personal, academic and career) are active areas of the program year-round. Annually, the program serves 113 high school students. Services are free.
To participate in the Upward Bound Program, you must be:
- First-generation (neither parent with whom you live has a four-year college degree)
- Student at high risk for academic failure
- A US citizen, national or permanent resident (must have a green card)
- Age 13-19 (grades 9-11 at the time of selection; 8th graders are eligible to apply)
- Attending or planning to enroll in one of the following Cleveland schools: Collinwood High School or John F. Kennedy High School
- Enrichment instruction (Saturday classes during academic school year)
- Counseling (personal, academic and career)
- College planning and placement (college visits, applying for college admissions, financial aid, etc.)
- Cultural activities (plays, field trips, etc.)
- SAT/ACT and PSAT review
- Ohio's State tests preparation
- Six-week Summer Residential Program (June and July)