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Upward Bound

Upward Bound’s educational and cultural activities help high school students explore career choices and develop the skills needed to be successful in college.

Upward Bound Services

  • Visits to colleges to explore educational opportunities
  • Cultural and recreation events
  • Assistance with SAT or ACT preparation, completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • Scholarship workshops
  • Tutoring in reading, writing, math, science and foreign languages
  • Individual and group advising
  • Career and vocational exploration
  • Summer Academy – a one week camp followed by five weeks of academic study
  • Stipends for those who actively participate in the program

Who is Eligible?

  • Currently enrolled in 9th, 10th or 11th grade
  • Attend North Salem High, McKay High or Woodburn Academy of International Studies
  • First-generation college-bound student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • Students who meet federal low-income requirements
  • Plan to go to college and have academic potential
  • Be willing to participate in all aspects of the Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound Schedule

Academic Mentoring & Tutoring

  • North Salem High School Rm. 110 – Monday and Tuesday, 2:25-4 pm
  • McKay High School Rm. 291 – Monday and Tuesday, 3-4:30 pm 
  • Woodburn AIS Computer lab – Thursday, 2:50-4 pm 


2019-2020 Upward Bound Saturday Academies & Events
Date Event Details 
October 5  Fall Kickoff for Students and Parents 
October 11 Your World at Western Oregon University 
October 27-28  National College Fair 
November 9 University of Portland Visitation Day
November 15 Portland State University Bridges 
November 23 Jackson Street Youth Services
December 7 Scholarship Writing Workshop 
January 11 College Prep Workshop at Chemeketa 
January 23 University of Oregon Connections 
February 8 College Prep Workshop at Chemeketa 
February 14-15  Southern Oregon University Preview Weekend 
February 22 Marion Polk Food Share 
March 7 College Prep Workshop at Chemeketa
March 20 Oregon State University STEM Visit 
April 11 College Prep Workshop at Chemeketa 
April 24 ACT Pre-Test for Juniors 
April 25 Oregon Coast Cleanup 
May 2 ACT Preparation Workshop for Juniors 
May 9 Year in Review and Summer Planning 
May 30 ACT Preparation Post-Test for Juniors 
June 13 Official ACT Test Day for Juniors 


2020 Summer Academy Schedule
Date Event Details 
May 15 ALL Summer Registration Forms Deadline 
June 15 Upward Bound Summer Orientation and Teambuilding 
June 16-18 Upward Bound STEM Camp 
June 22 Upward Bound Summer Academy and Summer Bridge Start Day
July 27-31 Upward Bound Summer Adventure 

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