Parent FAQ

  1. How did my child qualify for Upward Bound?
  2. What benefits will my child receive from participating in Upward Bound?
  3. Will my child get college credit for participating?
  4. What is the Bridge Program?
  5. What does my child do during the evening sessions?
  6. How will my child get to the University of Montevallo?
  7. What is a Mentor?
  8. What is the summer residential program?
  9. Why are Upward Bound sessions held in the evening?
  10. What if my child has to miss an evening session?
  11. What is done at Super Saturday Sessions?
  12. What are the cultural enrichment activities?
  13. Does my child have to participate in community service projects?
  14. How can I be involved as a parent?

Answers

How did my child qualify for Upward Bound?

  • US Citizen or national permanent resident
  • Freshman or Sophomore at a school served by UB
  • 2.5 GPA in CORE subjects (English, math, science, social studies, foreign language)
  • Parents have not received a four-year college degree and/or from a low-income family
  • In need of the services provided by UB
  • Indicated a desire to attend college
  • Received a positive recommendation from a teacher or counselor

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What benefits will my child receive from participating in Upward Bound?

  • Academic instruction that is college oriented
  • Academic development and guidance
  • Career and personal counseling
  • ACT-EXPLORE & PLAN assessment
  • ACT Prep Classes and earned ACT Fee Waivers
  • Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s)
  • Access to free tutoring on campus and at home school
  • Career field trips to business of interest (Juniors & Seniors)
  • College-age mentors
  • Cultural enrichment opportunities
  • Community service opportunities
  • Use of University services including the library
  • Paid work program in association with summer classes
  • Life-long connections and friendships

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Will my child get college credit for participating?

  • No, not for academic sessions throughout the three–four years of participation
  • Yes, for high school graduates who complete the program requirements and participate in the Bridge Program

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What is the Bridge Program?

  • Summer Scholars Program in which high school graduates take college courses at Upward Bound’s expense during the summer following graduation
  • Students must participate in the summer residential program, score an 18 or higher on the ACT, maintain 2.5 GPA in core courses, and complete program requirements for attendance, community service, and cultural enrichment.

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What does my child do during the evening sessions?

  • Beginning at 5:30p.m., attend three 45-minute sessions (English, mathematics, sciences, social studies, foreign languages, and computer classes as well as academic skills, career exploration, personal counseling and/or Think Tank Tutoring sessions)
  • Attend one 30-minute assembly to hear announcements, pick up stipends, sign-in, ask questions, etc.
  • Assembly ends at 8:30 p.m. and all students must leave campus

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How will my child get to the University of Montevallo?

  • Buses will pick up your child from his/her home school (except Montevallo) and return him/her there that evening (buses leave at or near 8:30p.m.)
  • Your child may drive his/her own car if you choose
  • If a student rides the bus to campus, they MUST return on the bus unless arrangements have been made ahead of time

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What is a Mentor?

  • A college student from the University of Montevallo who will spend time with your child discussing college dynamics, and may accompany them to cultural enrichment events
  • Someone who has been recruited by Upward Bound staff to volunteer with UB participants

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What is the summer residential program?

  • Students stay on campus for six weeks during the summer
  • Students receive academic instruction, counseling, enrichment classes, tutoring, evening programming, work opportunities, cultural enrichment, community service, and physical recreation
  • Students go home Thursday or Friday evening and return to campus on Sunday evening
  • “True” college experience
  • No cost to students or parents

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Why are Upward Bound sessions held in the evening?

  • Upward Bound alternates Mondays and Tuesdays so not to conflict with the same school activities each week
  • Most students (and parents) have appreciated an extended school day instead of an occupied weekend

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How can my child receive tutoring?

  • Outreach tutoring is available at many high schools with at least 24 hour notice
  • On-campus tutoring is available at the University of Montevallo Carmichael Library Monday–Thursday
  • Students may attend one block (45 minute session) of Think Tank Tutoring during any academic session

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What if my child has to miss an evening session?

  • Students are to sign-in each evening they attend Upward Bound classes
  • In the event they do not sign-in, a letter will be sent to you the next day, notifying you of their absence
  • State the reason for the absence, sign the form, and return it to Upward Bound ASAP in the envelope provided
  • If possible, attend a scheduled Super Saturday Session to make up the absence
  • School-related events are excused absences, but to qualify for perfect attendance, awards, and many scholarships, every absence should be made up

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What is done at Super Saturday Sessions?

  • Students can get individualized tutoring for classes, AHSGE remediation, ACT Prep, individualized financial aid assistance, and/or college admission assistance
  • Participants must provide transportation to/from campus

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What are the cultural enrichment activities?

  • Students must attend 3 cultural enrichment activities per semester, such as piano recitals, theatrical performances, concerts, plays, athletic events, etc.
  • A list of events through the University of Montevallo will be distributed to the students at the beginning of each semester (students will sometimes have to sign-up for tickets)
  • If a student can not attend events at the University, they may attend local events, but MUST have them pre-approved and provide documentation of attendance
  • Transportation is NOT provided to/from cultural enrichment events

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Does my child have to participate in community service projects?

  • Yes, once per semester
  • Efforts will be made to organize projects in the schools and communities to reduce need for transportation
  • This is an opportunity for students to “give back”
  • Many scholarship applications require students to list community service involvement

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How can I be involved as a parent?

  • Participate in meetings/workshops!
  • Encourage your child!
  • Ask questions!

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