TRiO Upward Bound Services

TRiO Upward Bound (UB) provides six key services to prepare UB Scholars for college admissions. UB partners with Azusa Pacific and the Azusa community to provide high-quality services and implement high-impact practices.

Academic Tutoring

Upward Bound offers weekly after-school tutoring sessions for UB Scholars at Azusa High School. Tutoring sessions provide Scholars with supplemental instruction needed to succeed in A-G courses and provides the opportunity to pursue academic interests beyond their coursework.

Individual Academic Counseling

Upward Bound Scholars meet with program staff to develop their individual education plan, designed to help them achieve their educational goals. With the help of program staff, Scholars monitor and evaluate their individual educational plan progress. Academic counseling aims to address the holistic needs of students through conversations about course selection, college admission requirements, financial aid options, and personal, educational, and career goals.

Saturday Academy

Upward Bound hosts workshops and supplemental instruction on Saturdays to provide Scholars with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in college. Supplemental instruction includes preparation for college entrance exams and state assessments. Workshops will cover topics such as financial aid, financial literacy, career exploration, college applications, study skills, time management, and self-advocacy. Students also receive instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language, composition, and literature.

Campus Tours and Cultural Experiences

Upward Bound provides exposure to college campuses and cultural events throughout the year. These experiences include campus tours, plays, museums, and conferences. Participating in campus tours provides Scholars with opportunities to reflect on their academic and career plans. Culturally enriching activities, such as plays and museums, contribute to Scholars’ appreciation of other cultures as well as their own.

Parent Information Workshops

Upward Bound hosts meetings for UB Scholar parents and guardians to demystify the college-going process and empower them to make informed decisions about their child's education. Parent information workshops cover topics such as postsecondary education options, college admission requirements, financial aid, and the first-generation to college experience.

Summer Academy

Upward Bound provides a Summer Academy where Scholars participate in academic enrichment courses in English literature and composition, mathematics, laboratory science, and foreign language to prepare students for high levels of achievement in their subsequent academic school year. In addition, Scholars participate in recreational and personal development activities to prepare them for the rigors of college. This six-week Summer Academy will culminate with a one-week residential experience hosted at Azusa Pacific University, giving Scholars an opportunity to experience residence life on a college campus.