Upward Bound is 100% ($567,721) federally funded by the U. S. Department of Education for eligible high school students who aspire toward higher education. Upward Bound is part of the TRIO family of federally funded programs. The Adams State programs are two of over 700 Upward Bound Projects operating throughout the United States.

Day Sessions (Advising)

Through the counseling program, Upward Bound meets with participants twice a month during the academic year in an effort to prepare students for postsecondary education. By assisting them with decision-making skills concerning such topics as career exploration, college admissions, and academic preparation. During the school year, counselors visit with participants at target schools for 30 – 45 minutes. The counselors set up curriculums for students according to what grade they are in and what aspects of future education they should be focusing on. These aspects include ACT, study skills, scholarships, career exploration, etc. However, these counseling sessions are not only academically charged, but they are also opportunities for students to talk to counselors who are willing to listen to the obstacles, and triumphs students often need to express.

Night Sessions (Instruction)

The Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science academic year component (AYC) shall provide program participants instructional services throughout the academic year. Students will receive math and English instruction twice a month during their Night Sessions. The goal for AYC instruction is to increase student GPAs and math, reading, and language art proficiency. Google Classroom is utilized in the majority of school districts served by the program. Therefore, utilizing existing platforms reduces the learning curve for both students and staff. Additionally, for students who will have to be provided with a device from the program, Chromebooks function best on a Google platform and are most cost-effective. As students transition to in-person instruction, the utilization of the platform will remain for attendance, grades, and communication.

All Schools

All school sessions will focus on a variety of hands-on workshops, seminars, and/or panels. These sessions will include financial literacy, college prep skills, emotional intelligence, and discussions of various professional fields to provide information for students. All school STEM nights will include interactive games, programs, experiments, and other STEM-related activities that relate to problem-solving with STEM in the everyday world.


We see ourselves as a team and we are hoping to foster a passion for learning. Our goal is to provide services with the provision of safe and effective care and take action to enable all participants to have the best outcomes and become proactive in their learning. UB/UBMS students are required to attend our virtual tutoring sessions at least one hour per week. This is an opportunity for our students to receive individualized help. Through our curriculum and tutoring, we provide academic support to strengthen their knowledge and skills. Tutoring is offered daily; Monday through Thursday, 4 – 7 p.m. Friday afternoon 1 – 5 p.m. Tutors are readily available.

ACT/SAT Workshops

The Upward Bound/ Upward Bound Math Science programs offer an SAT test preparation workshop each Spring and an ACT test preparation workshop each Fall to our junior students. Our ACT/SAT workshops provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the format of the exam. Students will also thoroughly examine the questions and answers to better understand the foundational concept with local teachers. The overall goal is to assist participants in achieving proficiency in both Mathematics and English Language Arts by the time they graduate from high school.

College Trips

Throughout our Academic Year and Summer Program, we offer college campus field trips. The goal is that students visit and explore a minimum of four different college campuses during their time as an Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science participant. We explore college campuses across the state of Colorado, New Mexico, and other neighboring states. In addition to our college campus excursions, we also like to take students to various cultural events within the communities we visit. We want students to get a sense of the community and discover ways to become familiar with the area.

Incentive Trip

Each year, Upward Bound will take the top students with the best attendance and participation on a national incentive trip. The trip will include visits to college campuses and many new exciting cultural experiences! Past trips have included Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia.

Qualifications for the trip:

  • GPA Students will not be eligible for the field trip if their GPA falls below 2.5 or he/she has a D/F in any class.
  • Attendance & Participation: The academic year 2020-2021 and summer 2021 attendance and participation factor into eligibility.


Summer Symposium is a conference-style gathering of multiple Upward Bound Math & Science programs to expose UBMS students to the world of research. UBMS juniors present findings from research projects from the Research class. Breakout sessions and general sessions include items such as networking, etiquette, professional development, and presenting. The UBMS Activities Assistant will assist with setting up the event. Speakers and presenters will be needed for this event. The set up is facilitated with assistance from other UBMS programs.

Summer Residential Component

This aspect of the academic component emphasizes the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, and sciences. The goal of the section is to increase our student’s skill levels in these specific areas. In order to accomplish this, students must complete a rigorous curriculum by attending classes for four hours each morning. Each afternoon they are allowed the opportunity to choose from several electives including foreign language, computer theater, Folklorico dance, ancestral research, oral interpretation, and recreation. Students have the opportunity to receive high school and in some cases, Adams State University credit for completing a minimum of 75 classroom hours in a core subject area. All classes are taught by instructors who are highly qualified in their respective content areas, as determined by the Colorado Department of Education.