About the Program
Upward Bound is a pre-college preparatory program for students in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in Belen, Los Lunas, and Valencia High Schools. Students must qualify for selection to the program. Once selected, students remain in the program until their graduation from high school and the completion of their first summer of college. The program is academically designed to challenge high school students to develop the skills, study habits, discipline and necessary attitude/motivation required to succeed in high school and college. Upward Bound offers a comprehensive year-round program that is divided into two components: Academic year, and Summer program.
Students receive tutoring in math, science, social studies, composition, and literature with certified teachers. In addition, students also receive counseling and help with study skills to help them improve both grades and self-confidence.
On Selected Saturday sessions, participants are provided supplemental instruction in Math, English, Science, Reading, and Writing, comprehensive assessment to attain skills necessary for success in their classes. In addition, educational workshops on a variety of topics such as test taking anxiety, interpersonal skills, and healthy relationships that support the health and well-being of UB participants are also provided.
Students participate in a six-week program at the UNM-Valencia Campus. Students will take challenging enrichment courses, participate in a variety of field trips, and experience diverse cultural, social, and career-related activities.
. Academic Supplemental Instruction (English, Math, Science, Language)
. Personal, Academic, Financial & Career Counseling
. Tutorial Assistance
. Dual Enrollment Assistance
. ACT Preparation
. Assist with college application & financial aid
. Attend educational, cultural and social events
. Personal and Educational Workshops
. Community Service
. Participants are paid a Stipend
. College Tours
How To Qualify
(1) Attend one of the following schools:
Belen High School
Los Lunas High School
Valencia High School
(2) Be in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
. Be a potential first generation college student And Or
.Family must meet income guidelines set by U.S. Dept. of Education
. Be in need of academic assistance
. Be interested in attending college
. Commitment to the Upward Bound Program until high school graduation
(3) Complete Application & Submit to Upward Bound
. Apply online or
. Complete pre-application form (pdf)
. Mail or bring the printed form to:
Upward Bound Program
280 La Entrada Rd.
Los Lunas, NM 87031
You will be contacted within two business days of receipt of the application to set up an interview to complete the application process.