Fact Sheet

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Federally funded grant program authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (US Department of Education) through Reading Area Community College.

Goal is to provide intensive academic support for students to successfully graduate high school and enter post-secondary education.

Serves 63 students from Reading High School and Reading Intermediate High School identified as low income, first in family to attend college and experiencing academic issues that prevent classroom success.

  • GPA of 2.0 or above is required for participation
  • US citizenship or permanent resident

Typically, participants enter the program as rising 9th graders and stay in the program through their first year of college.

Prepares high school students for success in postsecondary education through extensive academic year programs that include tutoring, enrichment instruction, advising, mentoring, college planning, Keystone review, SAT/ACT reviews and financial aid counseling.

Cultural capital investment through college visitations, cultural field trips and business tours.

Required six-week summer component includes instruction in English, Math, Science, Business and a Foreign Language.

Unique partnership program with local businesses for career shadowing and internships enabling students to connect academic classroom theory with real world employment.

On-going relationship with parents, counselors, and teachers to ensure student success. Similar to a wrap-around academic support program.

Application process: interest form, application, teacher/counselor recommendation forms, interview


  • Miss Laura Kruse, Director of Upward Bound
  • Dr. Joyce M. Ballaban, Upward Bound Advisor
  • Mr. John M. Duggan, Upward Bound Advisor
  • Ms. Laura M. Walz, Secretary

Offices located in Reading High School Room 358, Reading Intermediate High School Room 1017 and GoggleWorks Room 554.

Call 610-374-0844 for additional information or to refer a student.