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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 

Upward Bound Saturday Academies & Events

  • October 6: Upward Bound Fall Kickoff with parents
  • October 20: College prep workshops at Chemeketa
  • October 29: Salem Area Fall College & Career Fair, 6-8 pm in Bldg. 7 (hosted by Chemeketa)
  • November 3: Marion Polk Food Share and bowling
  • November 9: PSU Bridges (optional)
  • November 17: College prep workshops at Chemeketa
  • December 1: Scholarship writing workshop with Karl Meiner and Pietro's
  • January 5: Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets (invitation only)
  • January 25: University of Oregon 
  • February 9: WOU Winter Preview Day 
  • February 23: College prep workshops at Chemeketa 
  • March 9: Linfield College and Evergreen Air and Space 
  • March 23: SOLVE Spring Oregon Beack Cleanup 
  • April 12-13: SOCC Spring Preview 
  • April 26: Oregon State University STEM Visit 
  • May 2: University of Oregon Connections 
  • May 11: City of Salem park beautification 
  • May 25: Senior Panel & Year in Review 

Summer Academy Schedule 

  • June 17- June 21, STEM Camp in Newport (*Invitation Only) 
  • June 24- July 18, Summer Academy Classes & Friday Field Trips 
    • 8:30am to 8:50am: Breakfast (optional) 
    • 9:00am to 10:50am: Writing with Karl Meiner 
    • 11:00am to 12:20pm (M/W): Korean Language and Culture with Mira Weimer 
    • 11:00am to 12:20pm (T/TH): STEM Arduino with Jo'Lynn Espinosa 
    • 12:30pm to 1:00pm: Lunch 
    • 1:10pm to 3:00pm: Math with Matt Keeling 
  • July 22- July 26, Seattle Adventure (*Invitation Only) 

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