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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.

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.


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

(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

(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

(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.


Completing the Application

Blank applications are available in folders at each of the three targeted schools' main offices. Please note: in order for you to be fully considered and potentially accepted into the Upward Bound program, you must attach the following documents, along with the thoroughly completed application:

  • 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

The application is broken down into two sections: Section I is the student section, which the student must complete thoroughly and include the Essay. Also, the student must ensure that he or she has signed and dated all pages pertaining to that section. Section II, which is the parent/guardian information, must be completed by the parent or guardian to include signing and dating all appropriate pages.

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.

Incomplete application will hold up the application process. Only when we receive a completed application to include all dates and signatures from the parent and student, as well as all requested supporting documentation attached, will a student application be reviewed and processed for potential acceptance and enrollment into Upward Bound.

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

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


Student Documents


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.


Upward Bound Staff

Jim Culver, Director
(561) 868-3072

Roselle W. Ceasar, Post-Secondary Advisor
(561) 868-3071

Lauren Butcher, Administrative Assistant II
(561) 868-3070


Upward Bound Alumni

If you were an Alumni of the Upward Bound Program at Palm Beach State College, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your information here!

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