Upward Bound Math Science services high school students from the cities of Pasadena and El Monte who come from low-income and first generation backgrounds in order to assist them with strengthening their math and science skills. We help you recognize and develop your potential to excel in math and science and help encourage you to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately, pursue careers in the math and science professions. 

Currently, we service 129 students from Pasadena Unified School District and El Monte Union High School District annually.

Program Background


Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) started at PCC in 1999 when we received our first grant to service Pasadena High, John Muir High, Blair High, Marshall, and Arroyo High School. In 2012, we received an additional UBMS grant to extend service to South El Monte and El Monte High Schools. Currently, we service 125 students from Pasadena Unified School District and El Monte Union High School District annually.

Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV. Our combined awards for the 2017-2022 grant cycle is $2,705,360 ($541,072 per fiscal year).