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Upward Bound (UB)

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a pre-college preparatory program for youth in the 9th through 12th grades. It is academically designed to challenge high school students to develop the skills, study habits, discipline and necessary attitude/motivation required to succeed at a post-secondary institution. Upward Bound offers a comprehensive, year-round program that is divided into two components: Academic year and Summer residential program.

About Us

Academic Year

Each year from October to May we conduct our Academic Instructions, where students meet at Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth campus on the (1st & 3rd) Saturday of each month to receive supplemental instruction in Math, English, Science and Language. Also, SAT/ACT & FCAT test preparation classes are offered.

Summer Residential

The Upward Bound summer component consists of a six-week program, five of which are residential and one week is non-residential. During the non-residential time, students are attending student orientation, personal development workshops, some college tours and becoming familiar with the college processes of financial aid, admissions, student services and like. They also meet with student government leaders to discuss, process, and understand the necessary requirements to succeed in college.

Staff Contact & Location

Upward Bound Staff list

Name Title Phone
Jim Culver, Director (561)868-3072
Roselle W. Ceasar Post-Secondary Advisor (561)868-3071
Adrene King Administrative Asst II (561)868-3070

Our Services

  • Academic Supplemental Instruction in (English, Math, Science & Language)
  • Summer Residential Component (students reside in dorms for 6 weeks during summer)
  • Personal, Academic, Financial & Career Counseling
  • Tutorial Assistance
  • Dual Enrollment Assistance
  • FCAT Assistance
  • SAT & ACT Preparation
  • Assist with college applications & financial aid
  • Attend educational, cultural and social events
  • Personal and Educational Workshops
  • Participate in the Annual Summer Olympics
  • Monthly Stipends
  • College Tours

How to Qualify

(Step 1) Attend one of the following schools:

  • Forest Hill High School
  • John I. Leonard High School
  • Lake Worth High School
  • Palm Beach Lakes High School

(Step 2) Be in 9th or 10th grade

  • Be a potential first generation college student
  • Be interested in attending college
  • Be in need of academic services
  • Family must meet income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education. (Call us about this)
  • Must be available to attend Saturday classes and to attend the Summer Residential Program during the months of June/July.
  • Must display the willingness to work hard, and accomplish goals established by Upward Bound
  • Must be willing to adhere to Upward Bound Policies & Procedures
  • Must work well with other students
  • Must display initiative

(Step 3) Complete Application and Submit to Upward Bound

Students remain in the program from the time of their acceptance starting from 9th grade until their high school graduation. When they leave the program and enroll into college, we still continue to track them, and provide coordinating services with other colleges on their behalf.


The Application Process

Part A: Students 

Students must complete Part A of the application thoroughly and include the Essay. Students must also sign and date all appropriate pages.

Part B: Parents/Guardians

Parent/guardian must complete Part B of the applicaton, sign and date all appropriate pages.

Documents required

Since we have limited availability and a high number of students who are competing for these limited positions, it is imperative that all supporting documents are submitted as well as to ensure that the application is thoroughly completed to include all signatures.

  • Copy of (parent/guardian most recently signed income tax statement - page 1 & 2)
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Copy of your signed social security card
  • Copy of your medical insurance card (if applicable)
  • Copy of your current report card
  • Copy of official transcript

Application Submission

Once you get the application and have completed it, you can do one of the following:

  1. Fax it to: (561) 868-3929 or 
  2. Call for appointment at (561) 868-3071 when application and documents are ready.

Directors Perspective

Upward Bound takes its work seriously in closing the achievement gap for low-income, first generation and disabled students, and significantly make gains in high school graduation rates.

We work as a bridge over troubled waters and extend our services and life preservers to those who need it by providing the supplemental, academic instructions in core subject areas, as well as coaching, and counseling. We also provide test prep tutoring in FCAT and SAT/ACT.

As we all know, education is very important and getting a good solid foundation while in high school will increase one’s chances of succeeding in College and beyond. I like what Grayson Kirk once said, “The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.”

So, we work on helping the student to build his or her structure academically, socially and culturally by taking students on college, cultural, and educational tours. Our aim is to ensure that all Upward Bound Students whom we work with receive the educational services they need so they can eventually enroll into a college of their choice and succeed.

Once a student enrolls in Higher Education, our sister programs such as Student Support Services and McNair Programs assist the students to stay in college and graduate, and to move on through advanced degrees.

Upward Bound has a serious mission: It’s YOU – the student. So, we encourage parents to help us work with your child in ensuring that he or she receives the assistance needed. I heard a teacher once say, “Students do not grow in the atmosphere of rejection, but in the soil of acceptance." Thus, we accept our students where they are… and we help move them from where they are to where they need to be.

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