"I’m a teacher and a dean."
The Upward Bound Program at NMH is one of the federally funded TRIO programs (Department of Education) designed to provide low-income students with the skills and motivation they need to succeed in high school and in college.
Summer Academy (mid-June to early August)
87 students from Holyoke, Springfield, and Franklin County attend the six-week Summer Academy on the NMH 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 learn study, test taking, and college application strategies. They participate in athletic and cultural trips and activities. Our curriculum and activities have a strong social justice focus. Students live in dorms, preparing them for college life. All services are free and most transportation is provided. Fee waivers are provided for college and financial aid applications. Parents/guardians support the program through involvement in activities and meetings, and at fundraising events.
Academic-Year Program (September–May)
Weekly academic advising is provided to students at their schools. Tutoring is provided twice a week in each school. Classes on SAT prep, critical thinking, college search, college visits, interviewing skills, and financial aid are offered throughout the year. Intensive assistance is provided to students and parents throughout the college and financial aid application process. Students participate in 50 hours of community service each year.
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