Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs)

Program Overview

The Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs) Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound for ELLs is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education.

The Upward Bound for English Language Learners​ at the New Jersey Institute of Technology(NJIT) is unique in that it specifically serves English Language Learners in two of the Newark high schools that come from low-income families and are first generation college bound. Recognizing the need for these students to enhance both their content knowledge and language proficiency, the academic courses offered through Upward Bound for ELLs use a content-based instruction approach, which focuses on English language acquisition while providing much needed content knowledge.

Upward Bound for English Language Learners​ UBELLs is a federally funded TRIO Program. For more information about TRIO Programs go to  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html

Services and Programs offered through Upward Bound for English Language Learners ELLs:

   • Saturday academic year classes at the NJIT campus in computers,
      science, math, English, and Spanish   
   •Tutoring program
   • Leadership training activities
   • Cultural field trips
   • Mentoring activities
   • Counseling and academic advisement
   • Career orientation
   • College preparation and financial aid workshops
   • Six-week rigorous summer academic program at the NJIT campus in
     computers, science, math, English and Spanish 
   • Social activities
   • Health and fitness activities  

How Do I Qualify?

Students who have completed 8th grade but have not entered the 12th grade are eligible to apply and are selected on the basis of a combination of the following criteria:

   • Participation in the bilingual and/or ESL program at target high schools
   • Minimum GPA of 2.0
   • Teacher/Counselor recommendations
   • Low-income and/or first generation college student
   • Desire to pursue higher education

Program Cost

It is absolutely free! Students are provided with books, instructional supplies, field trips, meals and public transportation tickets at no cost.

Target Schools

The Upward Bound for English Language Learners (UBELLs) Program at theNew Jersey Institute of Technology(NJIT) recruits students from the following Newark Public Schools:

  •  Barringer High School -  Academy of Arts and Humanities
  •  Barringer High School - Academy of S.T.E.A.M 
  •  East Side High School