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Tutoring is offered at the target schools (Ruskin High School and Grandview High School). Students must attend a minimum of four hours of tutoring a month.  At the beginning of each month, student grades will be checked and any student with a D/F grade will be required to attend an additional hour for each D/F grade.

Tutors are hired at the target schools (current teachers) or are current college students.

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Students can request additional tutoring to be held outside of regular tutoring hours. These additional hours can only be held at Avila University and students must inform staff at least 24 hours in advance.


Saturday Sessions

Saturday session workshops primarily focus on preparing for the ACT and improving areas of weakness. Upward Bound has partnered with Cambridge Educational Services to increase student test scores. At the beginning of each academic year, student’s take an ACT/PLAN/EXPLORE (depending on grade level) test and receive individual diagnostic results. These results indicate areas of strength and areas that need improvement.

These results are extremely important as Upward Bound builds the curriculum around the student scores and weaknesses. Upward Bound realizes that students who have mastered a certain skill do not need to keep learning it but rather need to focus on areas of weakness.

If a student misses the test date or joins Upward Bound mid-academic year, they will be placed in workshops based on current classes/grades. They cannot make the test up at any time.

Saturday Sessions are held on the second Saturday of each month.



Throughout the academic year there will be a variety of activities offered to students.  These activities can range from cultural experiences to campus visits to educational workshops to social events. Students must attend a minimum of 6 activities throughout the year to guarantee their participation in the Summer Excellence Institute.

  • Broadway Performances
  • University Theater Performances
  • Campus Tours
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Team Building
  • Collegiate Athletic Events
  • Cultural Dinners
  • Etiquette Workshops
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Museums
  • Movie Nights
  • Community Service

Summer Excellence Institute

Upward Bound students have the opportunity to attend the Summer Excellence Institute (SEI) each summer through June and July. While it is not required, it is highly encouraged.

Students can live on campus for six weeks to truly experience residence life on campus. Students will take classes throughout the day that will prepare them for the next academic year. All students are required to take math, English, science, and reading. Furthermore, there are elective courses that include social studies, foreign language, additional electives and college preparatory workshops. Evenings are filled with a variety of activities both on campus and off campus.

Students who successfully complete SEI will be allowed to attend the end of the year trip. These trips are both fun and educational. Past locations include:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Memphis/Nashville, TN
  • Denver/Boulder, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • New Orleans
  • Atlanta
  • Minneapolis
  • New Mexico

SEI will be assigned a theme and the curriculum will be structured around the theme as well as the trip. 

For example, in 2014 the theme was music. All students took music classes such as bucket percussion, choir or music appreciation. The choir class sang the national anthem at a minor league baseball game, the percussion class performed on Beale Street in Memphis, and all students visited Graceland and other musical venues in Memphis/Nashville.



UB participants who graduate from high school can participant in the Bridge summer immediately following their senior year. Bridge students take college courses for college credit (up to six credits) that will transfer to their post-secondary institution FREE OF CHARGE.

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