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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.

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If you are interested in participating in the Upward Bound Progam Download the Pre-Screening Questionnaire (PDF PDF Logo, 178 KB).


Summer Program 2015

We are excited to announce our summer program theme: The Rose that Grew from Concrete. We have been planning and working on preparing an excellent summer experience that will challenge our students to think critically and explore their own experiences of resilience in the face of challenges. This summer will combine some current issues with a historical look on social justice and civil rights era experiences in order to learn from the past. 

We are also excited to announce the return of the residential experience for 11th & 12th graders for the entire six-weeks and an expanded 1 week residential experience for 9th-10th grade students during the final week of the program. As usual, students living in the dorms will live in suites with their Residential Mentors. They will have a full day of classes in Math, English, Genetics, College and Career Preparation, College Test Preparation Strategies, and elective course. Because they are on-campus for the whole week (Sunday through Friday evening) they will have additional workshops, activities and time for studying.

Commuter students will have a similar academic schedule as the Residential students and report to their assigned Academic Mentor who will provide extra support to them in the way that Residential Mentors do for the older students. Commuter students will have a full day of academic classes including math, English, college and career exploration, pre-physics, and an elective course. They also will be able to use the Student Recreation and Wellness Center twice a week.

As usual, field trips have been planned for Fridays and will be open to students that maintain high levels of effort throughout the week. Additional group activities, family outings, and other surprises will be discussed at the Summer Program Orientation on June 28th.  All students and their families will need to be at the orientation and ready to move in or report for class the next day.

If you are in need of taking a summer school class, we do allow students to repeat one semester of either an English or math class. In order to participate in this opportunity, you should communicate with your ECA. If you have not yet submitted your Intent Letter, please do so immediately as the program fills up quickly. There may be an extra spot for you but don’t delay!


Stellar Student: June 2015

 Elizabeth Solorzano

This month, UB would like to recognize Elizabeth Solorzano. Elizabeth is currently a junior at Paramount High School and has managed to maintain a 4.25 gpa throughout her high school career. Elizabeth is currently a part of our Student Government Association and holds the position of Secretary. Elizabeth also has recently received the National Cadet Purple Heart Award for her contributions and involvement in the Paramount High School JROTC program. Under her leadership, Elizabeth recently led the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) team to the third round of competition which will be in Washington, D.C. this summer. We are all so proud of you Elizabeth! Your leadership and commitment to our program speaks volumes and we know you will continue into your senior year being a role model to many. Way to shine!



  • Junel 5-7, 2015 Catalina Excursion

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.

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    Test Date                        Deadline Date

  • June 6, 2015                  May 8, 2015


    Test Date                        Deadline Date

  • June 13, 2015              May 8, 2015

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, 1.36 MB).

UB Recruitment

ATTENTION: Students, parents and friends! Upward Bound is in the process of recruiting new 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, the application will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered at a later date. If you are interested in applying for the program, download an application at

Schools Open for Recuritment

Cabrillo HS

Jordan HS

Paramount HS

John Glenn HS

Gardena HS

Compton 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. We provide free tutoring to students at our Tutorial Center located on the second floor of the 5500 E. Atherton offices building Monday 3-5. This site serves Wilson, Millikan, Renaissance, Poly, and Lakewood High Schools. Tutors are also out in the community at the following locations and times.

Monday: 3:30 - 4:30

John Glenn High School Career Ctr.

13520 Shoemaker Ave

Norwalk, CA 90650

Tuesday: 3:15 - 4:30

Jordan High School Career Center

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

Carson MLK Library (3:30 - 5)

17906 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

Dominguez High School Library (3-4)

15301 S San Jose Ave

Compton, CA 90221

Wednesday: 3:30 - 5

Paramount High School Rm #7

14429 Downey Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723

Paramount Public Library (5-7:30)

16254 Colorado Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723

Compton Central Library (4-5:30)

240 N Central Ave

Compton, CA 90220


Thursday: 3:15 - 4:30

Jordan High School Career Center

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

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.