Teacher Bound Program Graduates First Class
June 28, 2011
Wheelock's Teacher Bound Upward Bound Program, a year-round program that prepares urban high school students for college and a career in education, graduated its first class of 25 young men and women in June 2011. Wheelock is proud to announce that 100 percent of the graduating class will continue on to college studies, attending schools like Boston College, Northeastern University, Smith College, Wheaton College, and Wheelock.
Teacher Bound was launched at Wheelock in 2007 and the first class began in April 2008. It is the only Upward Bound program in the country specifically designed to encourage high school students to become teachers. During the four-year program, the students completed a six-week summer program on Wheelock's campus that featured classes in math, science, and foreign languages, and student-teaching experience in elementary school classrooms. They also participated in a homework academy and tutoring, SAT prep, college tours, cultural enrichment programs, and a mentoring program.
In addition to being accepted to colleges or universities, all of the graduating Teacher Bound students have received and reviewed their financial aid award packages and, out of 25 students, only three are still in the process of renegotiating and finalizing their financial aid award packages. This is important because many students are accepted to a college/university but do not complete the financial aid award analysis in a timely manner and end up either not attending their school of choice or end up attending at a community college due to lack of available funding.