Project RISE

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Project RISE

Reaching Individual & Scholastic Excellence


RISE: Reaching Individual & Scholastic Excellence

UCF Upward Bound Project RISE serves 60 East River High School students per year. Upward Bound is a federally-funded educational program working with high school students from low-income families and/or those who would be first-generation students (coming from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree). The goal is to provide support and resources for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their post-secondary education pursuits.

Some of the services we provide include:

Tutoring for class subjects and college entrance examinations
Advice and assistance in secondary and post-secondary course selection
Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs, or entry into general educational development programs or post-secondary education
Assistance in completing college admission applications
Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits and assistance completing different financial aid/scholarship forms and applications
Education and counseling services to improve financial and economic literacy of students and parents
Exposure to cultural events, academic programs, and varying colleges
Career exploration assistance
Summer programming that provides all the above as well as instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language


“Thank you for all the things you send out and for keeping me focused on what I’m supposed to be doing. Before Upward Bound I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing, but now I’m trying things like OnTrack that help me with staying organized, preparing a schedule for class, and getting in the right mindset for college.  You guys are awesome!”

-Tahiri Abatso

“Upward bound is one of the most unique programs because everything that the teachers do is for us. I have gained so much information and knowledge about colleges and how to apply as well.They helped me throughout the school year with free tutoring opportunities and access to programs that helped me pass my AP tests. The teachers are extremely helpful as well and always have your best interest at heart.”

– Kiley-Grace Gonzalez



If you are interested in a classroom presentation at East River or a have any questions, please fill out the application and email to Coretta Cotton (

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 East High School are eligible to participate in the University of Central Florida’s Upward Bound Program-Project RISE.

What are the Project RISE Program Objectives?

Objective 1: Academic Performance–Grade Point Average (GPA)—75% 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) —55% 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—50% 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.


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Virtual Resources

Virtual Office Hours on Monday and Thursdays 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Zoom


Click to learn how the admissions process to 424 colleges has changed since COVID-19, take a virtual tour, and more!

Taking AP courses and wondering how they’ll change? Here’s a link for test updates w/ info covered and question types…/taking-ap-exams

This link provides on-demand free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.…/ap-course-schedule

Remind: A communication platform that uses real time messaging that helps educators reach students and parents where they are.

Student Remind: from smart phone or computer or text @ucfub to 81010.

Parent Chat: from smart phone or computer or text @2644kg to 81010

Social Media


Instagram is a social media platform that we use to advertise our services, celebrate student successes, and post helpful tips/reminders concerning class subjects, college, and staying mentally/physically healthy.

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