College Bound provides promising students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to succeed in college and careers. The program begins with students in their freshmen year of high school and remains with them through college completion. It has a daily presence in participating high schools and works closely with both families and high school staff, along with university partners, to ensure close alignment between HS preparation and college success. The College Bound culture is one of high expectations and high support with an unwavering focus on degree completion.
Required student qualifications: At the end of their freshman year of high school, students apply to be part of College Bound. On the application, students indicate their family income and highest education attained by their parents. Staff interviews all applicants individually and attempts to identify indications of desire to achieve, willingness to commit and academic interest.
Geographic area served: College Bound serves students from 35 area high schools in a community-based program and at four specific high schools -- Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, University City High School, Roosevelt High School and Maplewood-Richmond Heights). College Bound's community-based program meets at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday afternoons or at the College Bound "Knowledge Center" on Monday evenings.