Upward Bound

Upward Bound at Brockton High School 

Did you know that 65% of all jobs today require some education beyond high school? It’s never been more important to put students on the right track to post-secondary learning, whether that’s a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond.

At Brockton High School, the nonprofit American Student Assistance provides two FREE college access programs, Talent Search and Upward Bound, that help students achieve their education and career goals. Both Talent Search and Upward Bound are Federal TRIO Programs, outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Upward Bound

After-school program during the academic year

  • Academic tutoring with trained teachers and college students who serve as tutors and mentors
  • Test preparation workshops for MCAS and SATs
  • Enrichment activities and workshops on college and career readiness, financial aid, standardized testing, and cultural/social development
  • College tours to a variety of campuses
  • Ongoing advice and assistance with college admission and financial aid
  • A stipend (money) for participating in all activities and maintaining academic standards.  

Summer program

  • A dynamic summer session at Stonehill College where students gain a better sense of college life by living in dormitories
  • Rigorous academic study in English, Math, Science, and a Foreign Language.
  • Weekly community service projects, field trips, and guest lectures series, in addition to a variety of recreational, social, and cultural activities

Our programs have proven results in getting students ready for life after high school – check out our most recent Student Outcomes. All services are free of charge. 

Who may participate?

Brockton High School students from families who meet federal guidelines for low income and/or whose parent(s) did not receive a degree from a four-year college or university.

How do we apply?

For Upward Bound, submit a completed application and supporting documents. Applications are also available in the Yellow Science Dept. at Brockton High School.

An interview will be scheduled once eligibility is determined.

Why does the application ask for personal information?

As these are federally funded programs, we are required to document the student eligibility, the annual family income and the parent/guardian educational background for each of our participants. The completed application also requires the student’s social security number (and alien registration number if applicable), and parental signatures. This information is protected under federal law and appropriate steps will be taken to keep this information confidential. 

Can parents get involved?

Yes! We encourage parents to get involved and we invite them to attend Upward Bound activities. Special parent and family events are scheduled each school year.

Contact information

Upward Bound

Upward Bound Office at Brockton High School
470 Forest Avenue, Yellow Building, Science Department
Phone: 508-894-4398
Facebook: BHSUpwardBound
For more information, see our brochure, watch our video or visit us online at www.asa.org