What it is...
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant enacted as part of the 1998 Higher Education Act in to give students the skills, encouragement, and preparation to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In SFUSD eight high schools (Balboa, Burton, ISA, Marshall, Mission, O’Connell, Wallenberg and Washington) are receiving the GEAR UP funding.
GEAR UP BELIEVES
- That ALL students deserve an equitable education – one that provides the knowledge and skills to choose and be successful in post-secondary education pursuits.
- That students must master rigorous academic standards to successfully progress along the road from middle school to high school and into and through college.
- That in order for students to plan for college they need to see themselves in college.
- That overcoming the challenges faced by low-income, first-generation college-bound students requires the continued engagement of school leaders, families and communities.
What we do...
GEAR UP works with current 11th and 12th grade students and their families to ensure academic success and preparation for post-secondary education. Our goal is to assist students and families in acquiring the appropriate skills, information, and financial assistance needed to not only to prepare for, and enter, college, but also to succeed once there.
Services we provide for students:
- college application assistance
- tutoring and homework assistance
- college and career exploration using connect.edu
- SAT/ACT test prep
- academic and career counseling
- transcript review
- college visits
- workshops for financial aid, college programs, graduation requirements, test-taking strategies
- summer programs/classes, internships, job opportunities
- college fair/career fair
Services we provide for families:
- college and financial aid workshops
- counseling and advising to assist student in achieving academic/personal goals
- college visits
- family events