Upward Bound Parents



Upward Bound parents are essential to the success of the program. Most of our parents have not attended college. In fact, most of the Upward Bound scholars are the first in their family to do so. It’s important for parents to understand the importance of high school and how to help prepare their children for high school graduation and college admission. Our goal is to equip parents with the tools to help their children make educated decisions about successfully completing high school and postsecondary education. Parents are cheerleaders, motivators, encouragers and supporters of the program. They contribute as much as they get from the process.

How to Prepare Your Student for College, Now!

It’s an investment! The college process is a partnership between you, your student(s) and the institution he/she wants to attend.

Read, Read, Read

  • Good readers make good thinkers and good writers.
  • The more your student(s) read, the more they know.

Promote Good Study Habits

  • Turn off the TV.
  • Set aside a homework time in a quiet study space.

Meet with Your Child’s Teachers to Learn about Their Performance

  • Tell the teachers that you have high expectations for your child.

Learn the College Preparatory Course Requirements

  • Push to get into these courses in high school.
  • Push to get into honors/AP/IB courses in high school, if available.

What You Do Outside of Class Matters

  • Colleges/universities look at sports, clubs, work, church, honor societies, etc., so get involved!

Take the PSAT by the Ninth or 10th Grade

  • It’s good practice for the SAT.

Visit College Campuses

  • Find colleges in your area and schedule a tour.
  • Make a college visit part of your vacation.

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