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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, 94 KB).


Welcome New ECA, Cadrena Heard

California State University, Long Beach and the Upward Bound Program are excited and proud to officially welcome Ms. Cadrena Heard as the new educational career advisor for Cabrillo, Paramount, Millikan and Wilson high schools.

Cadrena grew up in Compton, where she attended Centennial High School. She isthe first, and only person in her family to attend and graduate from college. As if being a first-generation college student was not tough enough, Cadrena ventured outside of her comfort zone and chose to attend an out-of-state university.  After high

school graduation, Cadrena moved to Louisiana to attend Grambling State University (GSU), where she received a B.S. in social work. Upon graduation from GSU, she enrolled in their graduate program, yet there was something missing.  Realizing she wanted to be closer to her family and friends, she chose to leave GSU and return to Compton.  Shortly after arriving she was accepted to the prestigious social work graduate program at CSULB.

While attending GSU, Cadrena spent her summers giving back to the CSULB Upward Bound Program that helped her achieve her college goals.  She has worked her way through the program as a residential advisor for three summers, then the head residential advisor, tutor/learning coach. This year she served as the interim assistant residential coordinator and an instructor, teaching the college careers class.

Cadrena is committed to providing students and individuals with excellent academic and life learning experiences. It is her passion to help young people from her community attend and successfully complete college. As an education career advisor with the Upward Bound Program, it is her goal to make it known to every student she comes across has an opportunity to go to college.

When Cadrena is not hard at work for Upward Bound or studying she is happily spending time with her 6-month old son Maverick Matthias.

Join the Upward Bound staff in welcoming Ms. Cadrena Heard to our family.


Stellar Student: November 2015

This month the Upward Bound Program would like to recognize Johari Pollack-Hunt as its Stellar Student!  Johari has continuously demonstrated leadership inside and outside the Upward Bound Program. He is a fierce advocate of the LGBTQ community and has been involved with Jordan’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club since his sophomore year. On top of that, during his spare time he tutors both high school and middle students who need help with their homework. With a GPA of a 4.20, Johari is applying to UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and will major in biochemical engineering. We are extremely proud of you and your accomplishments, Johari. Congratulations!


  • November 07, 2015     CBA-139A     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • November 14, 2015     CBA-139A     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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

  • November 7, 2015        October 9, 2015
  • December 5, 2015        November 5, 2015


    Test Date                        Deadline Date

  • December 12, 2015     November 6, 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, 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.


Millikan HS RM: TBD (3:15 - 4:45)

2800 Snowden Ave

Long Beach, CA 90815

Compton HS Library (3 - 4:30)

601 S Acacia Ave

Compton, CA 90220

Tuesday: 3:15 - 4:30

Cabrillo HS Library (3:10 - 4:30)

2001 Santa Fe Ave

Long Beach, CA 90810

Dominguez HS Library (3 - 4:30)

15301 S San Jose Ave

Compton, CA 90221

Jordan HS Career Center (3 - 5)

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

Paramount Public Library (6:30 - 7:30)

16254 Colorado Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723


John Glenn HS Career Center (4 - 5)

13520 Shoemaker Ave

Norwalk, CA 90650

Paramount HS Rm #7 (3:10 - 4:30)

14429 Downey Ave

Paramount, Ca 90723

Carson MLK Library (5:30 - 7:30)

17906 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746


Cabrillo HS Library (3:10 - 4:30)

2001 Santa Fe Ave

Long Beach, CA 90810

Centinnial HS Rm #63 (3 - 4:30)

6500 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90805

John Glenn HS Career Center (3 - 4)

13520 Shoemaker Ave

Norwalk, CA 90650

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.