Upward Bound students have the opportunity to participant in tutoring sessions throughout the school week at four locations in Anaheim. All UB participants attending the tutoring sessions are held to strict tutoring Policies and Procedures. UB students are encouraged to review the guidlines for the tutoring sessions in order to make the most out of each session.
Advising is key with our Upward Bound participants. Advisement occurs monthly but be done on a more frequent basis depending on the situation. Students meet with the Director or Assistant Director either during one of their classes (via a summons/call slip), during lunch, after school or at the local library after school. During our advisement, students are provided with assistance or follow-up in the following area of advisement by either the Director or Assistant Director throughout their time in the program:
- class/course planning/academic assistance
- college/major/career exploration
- personal advisement
- extracurricular activity advising
- college admissions and financial aid assistance
- college decision making (with parent involvement)
- developing a personal education plan (PEP) for participants in a designated grade level including transcript evaluation
- social/personal/academic intervention as well as resource referral
- discussions with parents and students regarding attendance and academic performance
Saturday Session takes place monthly on the UC Irvine campus. Students are bused from all three high school sites in the and dropped off at the Upward Bound offices at UC Irvine. Saturday Session is an important component of the UB program and all participants are required to attend. The session is designed to provide supplemental workshops sessions centered around a variety of topics including, but not limited to: study skills development, time management, college preparation, career planning/exploration, and mentoring. Furthermore, students have opportunities to work on homework with tutor assistance, check college portals with advisor assistance, as well as prepare for SAT/ACT testing with UB staff assistance.
Experience and research suggest that when parents and other adults show an interest in and support a student's education, the student's chances for academic success are greatly increased. Parent involvement and participation educational activities can often be a motivator for the student. Interest and support can raise his/her academic achievement, improve attitudes and performance, and foster better communication.
Parents are encouraged to attend parent meetings if at all possible. They are held monthly during the academic year, September through May, at the Anaheim Central Library’s downstairs meeting rooms. The meetings are broken-up into two sessions: English and Spanish. English-spoken meetings start at 5:30pm while the Spanish-spoken meetings start at 6:30pm.
The goal of our parent meetings is to support the academic and social policies of UCI’s Upward Bound program as well as to provide greater detail of services and experiences not always readily available through the program. Students are not typically allowed to attend the meetings unless they need to translate for their parent/guardian(s). This allows parents to speak freely about their student or situation.
CWPA Writing Assignments
Upward Bound students are asked and expected to complete a series of College Preparatory Writing Assignments (CPWAs) during the academic year. These assignments provide further writing preparation for Upward Bound students in order for them to be at college-level writing. During the academic year, students are given topics to write drafts and final revisions. Topics range from general interest stories and reflection to research. UCI’s Writing Instructor provides feedback to the students and grades them based on their grade level/ability, often visiting with the students during the monthly Saturday Sessions.