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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

Things are heating up, UB Family!

As promised, we’ve had quite a busy spring so far. In March, we welcomed students from Cal State Long Beach’s College of Business and College of Engineering to plan and facilitate workshops for our students. During an exciting day of activities, students launched homemade rockets with aerospace students, toured a civil engineering conference, learned the basics of business with finance and management students, were introduced to the world of computer coding by computer engineers and wired their very own circuit boards with electrical engineering students. Later in March, we took 31 junior and senior students to Northern California for a three-day college tour. This trip was an excellent bonding experience for students and staff alike and will not soon be forgotten.

April was filled with engaging Saturday workshops on the 16th, 23, and 30, including supplemental instruction and tutoring for our ninth and 10th-graders, enriching SAT Prep for our juniors and Senior Seminar for our 12th-grade students. We finish up our Saturday tutorials on May 14 with a big potluck lunch and an opportunity to hear from our UB alumni.

The summer program is just around the corner, and we are excited to take our students on the adventure of a lifetime, going new places and exploring new ideas. This summer, we are proud to introduce our new theme – Together We Can: Reflect, Connect, Affect. This theme will allow students the opportunity to reflect on their personal experiences, backgrounds and cultures, connect with students around them and use their commonalities and strengths to affect change in their communities and beyond.


Our summer program is always a great opportunity to see what college life is like. During our six-week program, we provide a different level of academic rigor than you might be used to in high school. We push students to work harder, and with our constant support, students achieve far beyond even their own expectations. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to a moving, transformational summer.

Finally, we want to highlight our incredible Class of 2016 which have amassed over 100 acceptances to 35 different institutions!! This is a tremendous accomplishment from an extraordinary group of students, and we are proud to celebrate our Upward Bound scholars. The sky is the limit!

Thank you for a wonderful spring and here’s to a fabulous summer with Upward Bound!

Warm Regards,

Amber Hikes

Stellar Student: Jessica Gonzalez

Upward Bound would like to recognize Jessica Gonzalez as its Steller Student. Jessica has been a part of the UB family since the beginning of her freshman year. She is now a senior at Millikan High School anticipating the completion of her secondary education.  During her 10th and 11th grade year, Jessica experienced many adversities which affected her academics. However, with guidance and motivation from her mom and UB counselor, Jessica recommitted herself to her academics and finished strong this past fall semester. Jessica continues to strive for excellence, and she is determined to be the first in her family to attend and graduate from a postsecondary institution. Jessica hopes to attend CSU Northridge with a major in criminal justice to pursue her passion and career dream job as a FBI agent. Following undergrad, Jessica aspires to attend graduate school at UCI. We are extremely proud of you, Jessica!

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.

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Information for the Fall test dates and deadlines coming soon!

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.