Creating Pipelines to College
Our programs are successful because of the dedicated and constant support we provide our students. Each school is staffed daily with Upward Bound professionals who meet with students regularly providing academic advising, assisting with college and scholarship applications and leading after school tutoring and workshops. This level of support keeps our students on track for college success.
Our program holds five, five-year Upward Bound Grants which are currently funded from 2017 through 2022:
- The Tacoma Upward Bound Classic Grant serves 105 students who attend Lincoln and Mount Tahoma High Schools in the Tacoma School District. This grant is funded at $490,000 per year, totaling $2.45 million over the course of five years.
- The Tacoma Math-Science Program serves 60 students who attend Lincoln and Mount Tahoma High Schools in the Tacoma School District. This grant is funded at $275,000 per year, totaling $1.37 million over the course of five years.
- The Clover Park Upward Bound Classic Grant services 60 students who all attend Clover Park High School in Lakewood. This grant is funded at a quarter of a million dollars annually, totaling $1,250,000 over the course of five years. All of this funding is used to support our students graduating from high school, being accepted into a college, winning the scholarships and grants to finance their education and graduating from college.
- Clover Park Math-Science
- The Shelton Program
Six-week Summer Program
Seniors participated in our program which included a two-week day camp at Evergreen's Tacoma location, a week-long college tour and a three-week residential stay at Evergreen's Olympia location.
We focus on increasing resiliency, sense of self and preparing for college level work.
Upward Bound Program Objectives
The U.S. Department of Education measures program performance with these success factors:
- 65% of all participants, who at the time of entrance into the program had an expected high school graduation date during the school year, will have achieved at the proficient level during high school on state assessment in reading/language arts and math.
- 80% of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade participants served during each school year will continue to participate in the Upward Bound Program the next school year.
- 75% of participants, who at the time of entrance into the program had an expected graduation date during the school year, will enroll in a program of post secondary education by the fall term immediately following the expected graduation from high school.
- 70% of all participants who enrolled in a program of post-secondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation will be enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.