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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

 Welcome back, everyone! We are excited to be embarking on a brand new academic year here at Upward Bound and we are elated that you are joining us!

We’re hot off the heels of the summer where we spent six weeks at Cal State Long Beach Reflecting, Connecting and Affecting. If you did not join us this summer you missed karaoke nights, Olympic competitions, bowling, college visits, kickball, Downtown Disney, yoga, ESPN Zone, rock wall climbing, beach days, engaging workshops, poetry nights, step shows, dodgeball, pool parties, Raging Waters, Universal Studios and so much more! We even hired a brand-new ECA, Roberto Montes who will be working with Jordan and John Glenn High Schools. Roberto is a wonderful addition to our new team and you’ll be able to learn more about him here in the UB Informed. It was certainly a jam packed, fun-filled summer but don’t worry - the fun isn’t over yet. We have tons planned for our students and parents this year!

On September 17, we welcomed our UB family to our Fall Orientation here on campus. Thank you to everyone who showed up, ate some delicious breakfast and had a chance to learn about the new things we have in store for the academic year. Speaking of new, we have several changes for our Saturday tutorials this year. For one, the name! Saturday tutorials are now referred to as Saturday Academies. This name change reflects our shift from focusing on homework and tutoring to focusing more on instruction and helping students grasp concepts they may have missed in school. To aid in those goals, we’ll have teachers on Saturdays to lead classes and answer students’ questions in depth. We are also introducing College and Career Saturdays throughout the year as a time for students to participate in fun workshops, play games, and learn more about themselves and their classmates! In addition to the new experiences and resources we are bringing to students, we are also excited to welcome brand new interns from CSULB: Beth Gonclaves, Kevin Nguyen and Tara Morales. These awesome Social Work interns will be getting to know our students better all year and we’re so happy to welcome them to the team.

Welcome back to all of our loyal Upward Bound family! If you haven’t been to UB in a while, come give us a try again. We’d love to show you what we’ve been up to and to know how you’ve been. We’ve missed you. We’ll see you October 1 for our very first Saturday Academy!

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.

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.



TUESDAY: 3-5 pm

LB Jordan HS Career Center

WEDNESDAY: 3:10-4:30 pm

Cabrillo HS Library


John Glenn HS Counseling Center

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.