On September 25, the LAUSD was awarded a $21 million dollar competitiive federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant.
All our schools are located in 3.3 square miles of the most densely populated region in the Pico Union downtown Los Angeles area. Students in this neighborhood find their high school choice to be those with the highest dropout rates, lowest performing in the state and the largest school enrollment.
What is GEAR UP?
GEAR UP Is a Competitive Grant Program of the U.S. Department Of Education
GEAR UP increases the numberof low-income, minority, and first generation students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. It is a bipartisan, public–private educational partnership created by Congress in 1998.
GEAR UP Is Cohort-Based
GEAR UP works with entire grade levels, andwhole schools, supporting low-income students and their families, starting no later than the 7th grade (middle school), through high school and onward to fulfill their dreams of attaining a postsecondary education.
GEAR UP Provides Critical Early College Awareness and Support Activities
The program includes interventions such as tutoring, mentoring, rigorous academic preparation,financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first generation students and their families.
GEAR UP Is Community-Based
GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. The program unites the entire community in a responsive, creative and research-based effort to get entire classrooms of low-income, minority and disadvantaged children and their families, ready for institutions of higher learning.
GEAR UP Leverages Local Resources
Because GEAR UP is built around public-private partnerships, it enlists the formidable resources of government, industry, business, labor, community groups and places of worship alike, in the cause of helping low-income students prepare, enter and succeed in college.
GEAR UP Is Research-Based
GEAR UP helps local school systems improve student achievement by providing them with resources, training and expertise to use the most effective and evidence-based interventions.
GEAR UP Works
The program now serves more than 580,000 low income, minority and disadvantaged students nationwide in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. Territories.
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