What should my child be doing to prepare and stay on track?
Grade 9: During freshman year it is important for students to plan out what courses they plan to take throughout their four years of high school. While this plan can be flexible, charting out classes helps ensure your student will fulfill the credits required for graduation.
This is also a great time to explore ways to get involved in extracurricular activities such as school clubs, sports, or community service projects. Developing interests and participating in activities will benefit their college and scholarship applications later.
Grade 10: Sophomore year is a great time to start thinking about adding honors-level classes to a student's course plan. Additionally, students should start thinking about their interests and how those can be reflected in a career. Students can begin making a list of colleges they are interested in and why. This is also an excellent time for informal college visits. Keeping up with grades is crucial to building a solid GPA foundation this year. Students can also get a jump start on SAT prep by taking the PSATs.
Grade 11: Students should continue to consider taking challenging courses such as honors, A.P., and even dual credit classes. Students will take the SAT and or ACT in the Spring. Students should be studying and preparing for the SATs during the Fall and Winter. Because students will start college applications right away in the fall, students should take advantage of college visits to decide where they want to apply. Students should stay involved in extracurricular activities. Junior year is an excellent time for students to seek leadership opportunities in their school and community. Students can start keeping a list of volunteer activities, clubs, and leadership experiences they've had throughout high school. This list will come in handy when writing college essays.
What does it mean to be on Upward Bound Academic Probation?
Upward Bound students should strive to maintain a "B" or above in all of their classes. If a student's grades begin dropping, the U.B. Academic Programs Coordinator (ACP) will intervene to help the student create a plan to bring grades back up. We require students to have a 2.5 GPA. Students whose GPAs fall below 2.5 will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation are required to meet with the ACP. Students on Academic Probation should attend AAS more than once a week to improve grades.
Learn more about our program components and student expectations in the Upward Bound Student Handbook.
Know How 2 Go: 4 Steps to College
Khan Academy SAT Prep