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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

About Upward Bound

Academic Year Program (September-June)

  • Students attend weekly academic advising at their schools.
  • After school tutoring is available with skilled tutors.
  • Students attend enrichment classes. Enrichment topics include: SAT Preparation, financial literacy, college exploration, critical thinking, and social justice.
  • Intensive assistance is provided to students and parents throughout the college and financial aid application process.
  • Students complete community service every year and are supported in participating in other extracurricular activities.
  • Students attend college trips and various cultural activities.

Summer Academy (June-August)

  • Students attend a rigorous 6-week residential program at a local college campus.
  • Students take a challenging course of study (30 hours of classes per week) designed to develop and strengthen English, math, science, and world language skills.
  • Students expand academic skills.
  • Students learn about the college application process.
  • Students are mentored by and receive academic and social support from current college students.
  • Students participate in recreational activities, college trips, and cultural events.
  • Students engage in programming aimed at expanding their worldview and deepening their sense of justice and equity.

Upward Bound Success

The program was awarded a five-year grant by the Department of Education in May of 2017 in an extremely competitive national grant process.

Upward Bound students have made impressive gains:

  • 100% of the 2020 12th graders served achieved proficiency in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessments (MCAS)
  • 80% of 2019 and 2020 graduates increased their composite SAT scores by an average of 50 points.
  • 100% of 12th graders served in 2019-2020 graduated from high school and were accepted to college.
  • 96% of 2020 graduates enrolled in a program of postsecondary education.
  • 71% of 2014 graduates completed a postsecondary degree within 6 years of enrolling.
  • Upward Bound Alumni are excelling in many fields including engineering, computer sciences, transportation, law, education, politics, business, health careers, and social services.
  • Recent graduates are attending many colleges including Wesleyan University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Columbia University, Trinity College, Smith College, Western New England University, Mount Holyoke College, Knox College, Northeastern University, Hampshire College, Elms College, New England College, Westfield State University and UMass Amherst, as well as many other Massachusetts state colleges, universities, and community colleges.