To and Through
Is College Bound a tutoring program?
The College Bound program has four components- academic development, college counseling, personal wellbeing, and career development. Tutoring is just one approach within academic development. Though all students are required to take part in the academic development offered through our workshops and coaching, tutoring is not required of all students. It is fair to say that College Bound takes academics very seriously and students who need additional support reaching their academic goals, whenever they may be, will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of tutoring as a means to reach them.
Can a student join College Bound’s prep program after the 10th grade cohort is enrolled?
College Bound is a progressive program where each year builds upon the last, so ideally students would apply in the spring of their freshman high school year, attend orientation over the summer, and begin our classes the fall of their Sophomore year. We believe this provides our students with the strongest level of preparation for college. However, we do understand that there are occasional unique circumstances that make this impossible and are willing to consider late enrollment if a student meets certain criteria. Please reach out to our program staff if you would wish to discuss. Late enrollment is offered to only a limited number of students according the current size of the cohort.
Are there opportunities for me to join College Bound after graduating from high school?
Yes, students who have recently graduated high school but have not yet attended college are eligible to receive support services through College Bound if they plan to attend the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. If you’re interested in receiving services please visit the sign up portion of our website.
Is CB@STLCC part of the main College Bound program?
Yes and no. Some of the students who are in CB@STLCC were part of the high school portion of the College Bound program and decided to attend college at STLCC. However, many of the students who are working with coaches on the Forest Park campus joined the program the summer after graduating high school and received assistance with enrolling and completing financial aid requirements during the summer prior to beginning their college journey.
What is College Bound like?
Our classes and workshops are interesting and fun. We want people to learn by being active and curious. Interaction and exploration are big; lectures are short.
Our community is about creating an atmosphere for growth. We want students to take chances and to be comfortable in their own process of learning. It can be a struggle, but inside that struggle is where we often make the most gains. At College Bound, students are actively displayed respect for their efforts and there is never any impatience or judgment about long it takes to achieve a goal.
Our coaching is based on the principle that significant learning occurs through significant relationships. This makes it fundamentally important that every coach delivers to their student a sense of belonging and support. From there, it is the job of the coach to push the student to see where they can grow and what actions they can take to make it happen.
Since student’s actions and attitudes contribute to this environment in a substantial manner, it is expected that their conduct shows respect for the success of themselves and others whenever they are associated with the program. By maintaining a positive atmosphere and stressing good habits around relationships, our student cohorts are able to develop strong and supportive bonds that help them through college and life.
How can parents be involved with College Bound?
Parents are incredibly crucial to student success and we make every effort to partner with families so that students receive as much support as possible. From parent community meetings, to grade conferences and ACT planning, to conversations with staff members, parents have several ways to be informed and involved in their student’s development.
How important is a college degree?
Currently it is estimated that two-thirds of job openings will require more education than high school and this number is likely to continue to rise. This reality means that anyone lacking a degree will have less ability to find work. In an economy that is increasingly global in nature, cities that lack an educated work force will not be able to attract the businesses it needs to provide high paying jobs, which will create economic hardship in our city.
We believe that our students have incredible potential and that education is one important tool in unlocking it. When more people are given the knowledge and opportunity to develop their talent, we can cure more sicknesses, invent more technologies to solve problems, and find better ways to address societal problems. There is strength in collective efforts.
There is no better investment return than college. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earned $78,000 per year, compared to $45,000 for those with only a high school diploma. Of the course of one’s working life, a bachelor’s degree is worth over one million dollars. Even with the high cost of college, this investment is well worth it.
Does College Bound provide students with scholarships?
College Bound does not provide direct funding to students at this time. Instead, College Bound supports students in applying for and selecting colleges that are appropriate academic financial fits. In addition, we link students with essential and substantial funding opportunities in the form of grants through college partnerships, local scholarships geared towards our students, and unique partnerships with local funders who support our organizational mission.
Application and Eligibility
Who is eligible?
Current High School Freshman with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher who demonstrates a financial need and whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
How much does it cost?
There are no costs associated with the program.
What type of commitment is involved?
We require CB participants to attend all weekly CB classes at our office located on 110 N. Jefferson Avenue and CB summer programming. You will also have the opportunity to participate in academic enrichment, service learning, leadership training, and cultural experiences. The more you participate, the more you will learn and grow from the program!
How and when do I apply?
College Bound accepts students into the program during the spring semester of their freshman year of high school. We begin accepting applications at the beginning of January. Applications are accepted until all spots in the program are filled. A complete application consists of the 2-page College Bound application, a Resume, Cover Letter and Unofficial Transcript. See the instructions on the application page for more details.