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Parents of Upward Bound students are strongly encouraged to become involved in all aspects of their child's participation and to attend meetings of the Rutgers Upward Bound Parent Committee. Parent involvement is the best way to ensure student success and overall academic success in the program.

Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. Decades of research shows that when parents are actively involved students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation and self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior

Walberg (1984) in his review of 29 studies of school–parent programs.
Rutgers Upward Bound provides Parents/Guardians with the guidance and support necessary to help their children navigate through their schools' curriculum and lead them to the achievement of their educational pursuits.

Please take the time to:

  • Ensure your child checks his/her email daily
  • Review Events Calendar regularly
  • Explore the resources provided in the Current Students section
  • Review the Parent Checklist and attend parent meetings


Tips on How to Help your Student Succeed

  • Get your student's school log in and check their grades weekly in order to help your student identify classes they may need help in before those classes become a problem
  • Encourage your student to participate in service learning, leadership, and volunteer activities
  • Check in regularly with your student about what they are working on with their TRIO advisor
  • Provide encouragement and support, and make sure that your child understands that grades are very important
  • Realize that it is your student’s responsibility to get homework done, prepare for tests, and follow school rules
  • Help your student select appropriate courses (rigorous curriculum, see student checklist for details)
  • Explore and discuss college options. Talk with your student regularly about their plans after high school.
  • Stay in contact with your student’s TRIO advisor and make sure your student attends UB activities throughout the year
  • Expect your student to be in school, on time, every day
  • Attend open houses and parent conferences
  • Limit your student’s screen time

Read more tips for parents by downloading the checklist that matches your student's year in school! Links to all the checklists are listed on this page.


Rutgers Upward Bound Parent Checklists: 

9th Grade

  • Get to know your child's guidance counselor.
  • Become familiar with your child's academic courses.
  • Work with your child to establish a routine of study, work, and leisure.
  • Explore whether your child should take the PSAT.
  • Insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.

10th Grade

  • Discuss ways of paying for your child's college education with his or her guidance counselor.
  • Attend parent nights and college fairs and campus visits.
  • Review PSAT scores and other online preparatory programs
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.

11th Grade

  • Make sure your child has at least 12 academic courses by the end of this year.
  • Review and discuss academic courses, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores with your child and his or her guidance counselor.
  • Visit colleges with your child.
  • Attend financial aid workshops.
  • Help your child narrow down his or her college choices.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.

12th Grade

  • Make sure your child has a minimum of 16 academic courses by graduation.
  • Discuss final college choices with your child.
  • Review all electronic and postal mail with your child to ensure that all applications and fees are submitted on time, and that your child replies to all requests for additional information and offers of admission before given deadlines.
  • Continue to insist that homework is completed and submitted on time.