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Are you ready for the school year to begin???

Make sure your student is ready:

  1. Did your student receive his/her class schedule?
  2. Are they they taking relevant courses?
  3. Are the courses considered "college prep"?
  4. Do you know the phone number for you student's
    high school counselor?
  5. Does your student have adequate school supplies?

Be sure to visit our homepage for important upcoming dates and times for the 2010-2011 school year.

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Upward Bound believes it is important to educate students and parents at all levels of education or school.  See below for helpful tips about

HOW TO SEND YOUR STUDENT TO COLLEGE!

For Parents of Elementary Students:

Help your student develop aninterest in reading at a young age - Take them to the library - Encourage them to bring books home from school - Encourage them to read outloud -Learn more at:www.ed.gov/parents

Check your student's homeworkeach day- Check for accuracy - Check for completeness - Praise their progress!

Start saving for your student's education and future -visit www.collegesavings.org to learn more

Help them believe that college is achievable from a young age

Volunteer at your student's school

Attend school functions, roundups, conferences and parent meetings

For Parents of Middle School Students

Encourage your student to take challenging courses to help prepare them for high school

Check your student's homework - Check for accuracy- Check for completeness - Praise their progress!

Continue saving for your student's education and futurewww.collegesavings.org

Encourage your student to believe college is achievable

With your student, research and learn which high school programs will most benefit your student's skills and interests

Discuss yourstudent's interests to develop ideas about college majors and career choices

Encourage good study habits including time management, prioritizing, and having proper materials/space

Encourage them to becomeinvolved in school and community activites to further develop their skills and interests

Take them to free activities within the community to open their eyes to new things (museums, parks, speakers, etc.)

Communicate with your student's teachers and counselors to monitor their school progress

Attend school functions, conferences, parent meetings, or volunteer

Know your student's report card grades and start researching with them what GPAs colleges look for

Encourage your student to take state and school tests seriously stressing that testing is important for college entrance and scholarship opportunities

LISTEN FOR ANNOUNCENTS OF WHEN UPWARD BOUND WILL BE RECRUITING AT YOUR STUDENT'S SCHOOL!

For Parents of High School Students:

Make sure your student is enrolled in Upward Bound at GRCC

Check your student's homework - Learn what teacher's expect and help your student meet that expectation

Continue saving for your student's education and futurewww.collegesavings.org

Talk to your student about college as if they are definitely attending

Encourage your student to take challenging courses including: 4 yrs. English, 4 yrs. math 3 yrs. science, 3 yrs. social studies, 2 yrs foreign language (Ask UB about "ACGs" or see below)

Discuss your student's interests to develop ideas about college majors and career choices

Encourage good study habits including time management, prioritizing, and having proper materials/space

Encourage them to becomeinvolved in school and community activites to further develop their skills and interests Stay involved! And attend them to show your support and attention!

Encourage your student to take AP courses and dual enroll into college-level courses

Communicate with your student's teachers and counselors

Find opportunities to attend school informational meetings (and UB!) - Financial Aid Workshops - College Admissions Visits -Scholarship Opportunities

Know your student's report card grades and start researchingwith them what GPAs collegeslook for

Know what colleges are sending your student information and read it together with them

Keep up on college formsand documentation Ask UB if you have questions!

Make sure your student attends the UB summer program

Look for UB mailings and checkfor important upcoming dates

Complete the FAFSA by Mar. 1 (student's senior year)www.fafsa.ed.gov

Become active in the Upward Bound Parent Advisory Council(PAC)