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Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. Read more about Upward Bound.

Students in the classroom.

If you are interested in participating in the Upward Bound Progam Download the Pre-Screening Questionnaire (PDF PDF Logo, 94 KB).

Message from the Director

What an incredible summer we’ve had. This summer we focused on the theme – Together We Can: Reflect, Connect and Affect. Broken into three distinct parts, our theme created opportunities for us to spend week after week exploring our identities to celebrate our differences. Our speakers guided us to new depths and truer understandings of ourselves. Lucha Arevalo led us in a powerful discussion about the importance of ethnic studies. Learning about the way she affected change in her community helped us see our own experiences in a new light. Dr. Jon Higgins taught us What It Really Means to Reflect, Connect and Affect. His honesty allowed us to hear the stories of others and feel inspired by that openness to express our own reality. InterACT, a nationally renowned social justice performance troupe presented complicated scenes about domestic violence and relationship issues and provided spaces for students to think critically about what they can do to change an environment. 

In these six weeks, we pushed ourselves even further to be the scholars we know we are. Every week, we showed up for engaging classroom experiences, challenging conversations and unlimited growth with our peers. It might have been stressful and trying at times but the payoff was worth it. After dissecting brains, organizing Ethnic Studies projects, designing websites, finalizing College and Career presentations, and writing countless essays, we made it to the finish line.

We hit the books hard but we hit the gym even harder. After we worked out our minds, we pumped up our bodies too! The Olympic Games were in full effect! We’ve pushed ourselves at the recreation center with boxing classes, high intensity interval training (HIIT), exciting games of basketball, dodgeball, kickball, indoor soccer and sand volleyball. We even took turns at Zumba and the rock wall! Our students really set the standard in being open-minded and growing this summer by breaking personal records and even surprising themselves with their accomplishments.

At UB, we reward hard work with hard play and boy did we play hard! Not only did we visit University of California Irvine and California State University Fullerton, we had a great time everywhere we went. From games at Boomers and ESPN Zone to filling our bellies with food from all over the world on the Six Taste tour, we toasted the town! And who could forget Raging Waters and Universal Studios?!

I cannot thank the wonderful Upward Bound team enough. Thanks to your hard work and creativity, our students grew by leaps and bounds. Thank you to the dedicated teaching staff for engaging lessons and heartfelt commitment. Thank you to our all-star RA team for infinite professionalism, karaoke nights, listening ears, Value workshops, study hall help, movie nights, being an awesome Poetry Slam wait staff, and always being there. And thank you to the full time staff for their creativity, long hours and constant focus on what’s best for our students. Because of them we have bowling nights, trips, beach potlucks, Poetry Slam/Step Shows, pool parties, Candlelight and a well-organized summer program! 

We were touched by the range of experiences and depth of creativity expressed by our students. They set an amazing example by letting themselves be vulnerable and using their stories to connect with others. These heartfelt connections and deeper understandings led us to feel so proud of our students for their honesty and bravery.

Congratulations on a job well done, scholars! We’ll see you in the fall!

Amber Hikes, MSW

Director Upward Bound


Stellar Student

Stellar Student is coming back in the November issue of the UB Informed. The Upward Bound staff believes it is important to recognize students who demonstrate academic achievement, academic or personal growth, resiliency, commitment or contributions to UB and their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Each month the Educational Career Advisors select one student they believe to be stellar for a particular month.

Students, we are looking for you to be your personal best, so we can highlight your success as our Stellar Students of the month. 

We look forward to naming Stellar Students this year for their hard work and dedication.

Dates for Fall Saturday Tutorials coming soon!

Note: Saturday Tutorials are mandatory for all students. Unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the program. If you have any questions or will not be attending any of the listed dates please contact your Educational Career Advisor.

September 2016

  • September 17: Mandatory Parent & Student Orientation Rm: MM 202

October 2016

  • October 1: Saturday Academy, Room PSY 150
  • October 15: Saturday Academy, Room PSY 150
  • October 22: Career Academy and PSG Meeting, Room PSY 150

View full Calendar of Events


Test Date:                                             Registration Deadline:

October 1, 2016                                  September 1, 2016

November 5, 2016                             October 7, 2016

December 3, 2016                             November 3, 2016


Test Date:                                             Registration Deadline:

October 22, 2016                                September 16, 2016

December 10, 2016                           November 4, 2016

Please contact your Educational Career Advisor for more information regarding Registration Deadlines and fee waivers.


UB Informed

Read the UB Informed now! (PDF PDF Logo, 653 KB).

UB Recruitment

ATTENTION: Students, parents and friends! Upward Bound is in the process of recruiting new ninth and tenth grade students from some of our participating high schools. See below for a list of the schools that are currently open for recruitment. If a school is not listed, student may be referred to another local Upward Bound Program is available. If you are interested in applying for the program, download and complete the Pre-screeing Questionnaire.

Schools Open for Recuritment

Cabrillo HS

Centinnial HS

Compton HS

Dominguez HS

Gardena HS

John Glenn HS

Jordan HS

Paramount HS

After School Tutoring Schedule

Upward Bound recommends tutoring for all students but requires it for new students and those with low grades in the past.Free tutoring is offered at the following locations and times.

Schedule and location for Fall tutoring coming soon!

Extra Tutoring Resources: The Khan Academy website where you will find very simple-to-understand videos that explain concepts and information on a variety of subjects, such as algebra, geometry, algebra 2, pre-calculus, biology, chemistry, physics and more. You can earn extra points by registering with your "COACH."

Saturday Tutorial Reminder

Saturday Tutorials are mandatory for all students. Three or more unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the Upward Bound Program. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Education Career Advisor.

Parking on Saturdays

This is a reminder that Upward Bound is unable to issue parking permits to parents and students during Saturday Tutorials. In order to avoid receiving a parking citation, you must purchase a $5.00 all-day parking permit from one of the Yellow Kiosk and you must park in an assigned parking lot. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • General Parking Lots:
    • 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and Parking Structure.

Please do not park in any of the restricted lots, you will be ticketed at your expense whether you have purchased a parking permit or not. Remember to check for posted signs.