Project ACE


Project ACE

Achieving Academic and Career Excellence

What is Upward Bound? 

Upward Bound is a federally funded program operating under the guidelines of the United States Department of Education.  Upward Bound is designed to identify students interested in attending college and to equip these students with the skills necessary to succeed in college.  We attempt to offset academic deficiencies and certain environmental deficiencies through the provision of tutorials, classroom instruction, and educational/cultural activities.  In addition, students are exposed to a variety of activities designed to promote early career exploration.  A strong emphasis is placed on Math, Writing, Reading, Science, and Study Skills.  The University of Central Florida has served as the host institution for the Upward Bound Program since 2017.  Currently there are over 700 Upward Bound Programs located at various colleges and universities throughout the country.

Who Attends Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is open to students from all ethnic backgrounds.  Most programs are composed of students from both rural and urban areas.  High School students who have begun their freshman year but have not entered their senior year are eligible to apply for Upward Bound.  The student’s family must be eligible under the income guidelines determined by the United States Department of Education OR meet the potential first-generation criteria.  Upward Bound’s administrative staff selects the students who will attend the program.  High school students from Apopka High School are eligible to participate in the University of Central Florida’s Upward Bound Program-Project ACE.

What are the Project ACE Program Objectives?

Objective 1: Academic Performance–Grade Point Average (GPA)—60% of participants served during the project year will have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a four-point scale at the end of the school year.

Objective 2: Academic Performance on Standardized Test—50% of UB seniors served during the project year will have achieved at the proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

Objective 3: Secondary School Retention and Graduation—90% of Project Participants served during the project year will continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level, or will have graduated from secondary school with a regular secondary school diploma.

Objective 4: Secondary School Graduation (rigorous secondary school program of study) —45% of all current and prior year UB participants who graduated from high school during the school year with a regular secondary school diploma will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study.

Objective 5: Postsecondary Enrollment—60% of all current and prior UB participants who graduated from high school during the school year with a regular secondary diploma will enroll in a program of postsecondary education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation, or will have received notification by the fall term immediately following high school from an institution of higher education of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (e.g., spring semester).

Objective 6: Postsecondary Completion—72% of participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education, by the fall term immediately following high school graduation or by the next academic term (e.g., spring term) as a result of acceptance by deferred enrollment, will attain either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree within six years following graduation from high school.

Virtual Resources:

  • Yale University has a You Tube video with Dr. Laurie Santos on Wellbeing during COVID-19. Dr Santos answers questions from students.  This video is real, insightful and answers questions from students concerning current life situations.

Adriana Gillaspy