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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

Happy Autumn students, parents and Upward Bound supporters!

Here at the Upward Bound Program, we are in full swing and off to a big start! I want to begin by giving a huge shout-out to our teachers, our parents, interns, our staff and of course our students. Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to the success of our students.

As you all know, this year we embarked on some new changes for our Saturday Academies that shift the focus from homework and tutoring to placing more emphasis on instruction and helping students grasp concepts they may have missed in school. We have excellent instructors leading lessons in algebra, geometry, algebra 2, precalculus, biology, chemistry, physics, writing and critical analysis. Our world-class instructors design exciting lessons to explore students’ questions in depth and expose them to new concepts. In addition to engaging classes, October 22 marked our first College and Career Saturday.  This is a time for students to participate in fun workshops, play games, do some team building activities, chat with our interns, learn more about their personal learning styles, and the importance of their mindsets! : In addition to participating in a fun poetry workshop, we were also joined by representatives from the Eritrean-Ethiopian Student Association and CSULB’s own Salsa team!

College application season is in high gear and our seniors are on a roll! Many of our seniors have already submitted their CSU Mentor applications and some have started on UC apps and EOP applications. We’ve even gotten a head start on FAFSA! Seniors, we celebrate your commitment to ensuring your college applications are completed!  I am optimistic that your hard work will pay off and am certain that the admissions offices will see how truly stellar you are.

Our fabulous ECAs have been working hard all fall to interview and select new students for our Upward Bound program. On December 10, we are excited to welcome our new 9th grade class with an orientation, special workshops and of course our program-wide Holiday Potluck. We love seeing our UB family grow and can’t wait to welcome our new students.

This is a busy season and we’re so proud of the work everyone is doing to make it successful. The mission of the Federal TRiO Programs is to provide opportunity and help ensure success.  Thank you to all the Upward Bound supporters for embracing our work, sharing our success stories, and for encouraging us to continue our efforts to make sure higher education is equitable. We appreciate all of our partners in this incredibly valuable work and encourage you to continue to support as we finish 2016 strong.

Amber Hikes, MSW

Director Upward Bound

Stellar Student: Ashley Almejo

Ashley Almejo, a senior at Paramount High School, has been in program since the 10th grade. Ashley has maintained a 4.0 GPA since her freshman year while balancing the everyday stressors of being a teenager. She is actively involved on her high school campus, serving as a member of the Associated Student Body (ASB). Her position with ASB is a Council Leader of

sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends. This past  summer, she served as a Camp Leader for a group of elementary school children. Ashley enjoys giving back to the community and helping those in need. Currently, she is in the process of applying to both CSUs and UCs. So far, she has applied to CSU Long beach, Fullerton, San Diego State, and San Francisco State with an interest in Biology as a major. Ashley, the Upward Bound would like to acknowledge your amazing work ethic, commitment to service, and dedication and motivation to your academics.

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.

November 2016

  • November 5: Saturday Academy, Room PSY 150
  • November 12: Saturday Academy, Room PSY 150
  • November 19: Career Academy and PSG Meeting, Room MM-200

December 2016

  • December 10: Saturday Academy and PSG Meeting, Room PSY 150

View full Calendar of Events


Test Date:                                             Registration Deadline:

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, 501 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.


Compton HS

     Parent Center

     3:00-4:30 pm


LB Jordan HS

     Career Center

     3:00-4:30 pm

Centennial HS

     3:00 - 5:00 pm


Cabrillo HS

     Campus Library

     3:10-4:30 pm

MLK Library

     17906 Alavon Blvd Carson, Ca

     4:00-6:00 pm


John Glenn HS

     Counseling Center

     3:00-5:00 pm

Paramount HS

     Room 5

     3:00-4:30 pm

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.

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.