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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

TRiO • Upward Bound

The counseling office at St. Francis High School announces that Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Cambridge has received a TRiO • Upward Bound grant to serve 30 students at SFHS.

Upward Bound is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and hosted by Anoka-Ramsey Community College. TRiO • Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound consists of an academic-year program and a six-week summer session. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. All TRiO • Upward Bound services are free of charge!

TRiO • Upward Bound services include:

  • After-school tutoring (2 days/week)
  • Monthly Saturday session throughout school year
  • Six-week summer component (classes in Math through Pre-Calc, Lab Science, English, Foreign Language)
  • Four-year academic planning
  • College and career exploration
  • Preparation for high school graduation tests and college entrance exams such as GRAD, PLAN, ACT, and Accuplacer
  • Assistance with class selection
  • Assistance with college, FAFSA, and scholarship applications
  • Educational field trips
  • College campus visits
  • Cultural events and social activities
  • Summer Bridge component including taking a college course at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

To qualify for the program, students must either meet income guidelines and/or be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year degree). High school teachers/staff are the best people to make student recommendations to the program. Students in grades 8-10 can pick up an application in the Counseling Office. Ideal candidates are those students that want to go to college, have the academic potential to be successful in college, and have the motivation to commit to the components of the program.

Here are links for more information about the program:

Anoka-Ramsey Community College TRiO program
US Department of Education TRiO programs
Minnesota TRiO

Contact the SFHS Counseling Office for more information.

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