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Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound provides fundamental support and motivation 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 is a college preparatory program that provides eligible high school students rigorous academic support and guidance toward a post-secondary education. In order to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education, our Upward Bound projects provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language in addition to the above services. Participants learn year round through afterschool study halls, Saturday academies and a six-week summer program, gaining a solid educational foundation that prepares our Upward Bound scholars for college level studies. Enrichment activities, including college visits and SAT and financial aid workshops, expose them to a college setting and the application process.

Upward Bound programs are typically housed on college/university campuses to familiarize students with a college environment . Currently, Hartnell College houses two Upward Bound program serving Alisal, Everett Alvarez and North Salinas High School.

Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program and is available at no cost to participants. For more information about TRIO, click this link:


  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in high school and beyond
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Tutorial services
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Information on post secondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance and placement exams