Upward Bound


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In 2007, Reading and Beyond received a four-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to begin Upward Bound, a college prep program created in partnership with Central Unified School District.

Upward Bound provides support for college preparation through academic instruction in math, composition, literature and foreign language.  Program participants partake in an array of activities including tutoring, academic, financial and personal counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment and work study opportunities throughout the academic school year.

Students also participate in a six-week summer component, which provides academic instruction in math, composition, literature, and foreign language. 

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. 

Students remain in the Upward Bound program until graduation.  Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound was created by a partnership between Reading and Beyond and Central Unified School District, provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact:

Matilda Soria

Upward Bound Director




Program Highlights 2009-2010

  1. Bullet63 students enrolled in the program.

  2. Bullet6 seniors graduated and were accepted to a four-year institution of higher learning.

  3. Bullet2 seniors graduated and enlisted with the military, and plan to attend a four-year institution beginning Fall 2011.

  4. Bullet81% of all students graduated with a GPA that qualified for UC and CSU schools.

  5. Bullet55 students enrolled in our six-week Summer Institute.

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Nov/Dec 2010

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