Classic Academy

The Kent State University Upward Bound Classic Program has been in existence since 1971 between the Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, Buchtel Community Learning Center (Akron) High Schools, East Community Learning Center, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.

  • Qualifications


    One hundred eighteen total students from the target high schools of Barberton, Buchtel Community Learning Center, Warren G. Harding and East Community Learning Center.
    Students must meet the following criteria:
    • Plan to enroll in college to complete a degree upon high school graduation.
    • Currently in or rising into the 9th or 10th grade
    • Satisfy federal eligibility criteria
    • Carry a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
    • Meet other program guidelines as outlined in the application process.
  • Services


    There are two components to this program – Academic Year and Summer Institute.
    • Academic Year
      • Weekly Scholars' Institute meetings
      • Saturday Engagement days
      • Academic support, tutoring, mentoring and advising
      • Financial Literacy
      • Post-secondary preparation and campus visits
      • Parent/guardian workshops
      • Career and personal development
      • Cultural immersion trips and activities
    • Summer Institute
      • A six-week residential program on Kent State University campus.
      • Students attend targeted classes in the fields of math, business, language, science and electives.
      • Students participate in intensive hands-on learning experiences and field trips.
      • Students engage in social and cultural activities designed to provide a holistic learning experience.
  • Benefits


    Program benefits include:
    • Exposure to college majors, careers and expectations
    • Opportunities to learn about college environments
    • Intensive academic support
    • Enrichment and skill development
    • Field trips, college visits and research experiences
    • Participation on the Parent Advisory Council