Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School

r. Maya Angelou Community High School

Welcome to the GEAR UP program at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School! We believe that all students can and will succeed, and we are honored to be part of your high school journey and support your ongoing success. We are here to enhance your academic, emotional, and social learning and provide you with a variety of programs to help you explore exciting careers and postsecondary opportunities that best fit what you envision for your future. Still, we rise. Go Phoenix!

Contact GEAR UP

Email: [email protected]
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 3-121
Office phone: (323) 636-3592


Mario Loeza

Site Coordinator
[email protected]

Maria Perez Bugarin

Academic Advisor
[email protected]

Sarah Rodriguez

Academic Advisor
[email protected]

Alejandra Leon

Academic Advisor
[email protected]


We, GEAR UP and Maya Angelou Community High School, support ALL students!

See how LAUSD and GEAR UP have committed to support our LGBTQ+ students and families.

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9th and 10th graders can get 1-on-1 tutoring online on almost any subject in English or Spanish.  Get the homework help you need any time.  All 9th and 10th graders already have an account. Just go to www.tutor.com/gearup4la and use your LAUSD Id# as your user name and the password: GEARUP3.  If you want help on your phone, just aim your camera at the QR code and follow the link.  If you need any support, you can see Ms. Perez. Ms. Martinez, or Mr. Loeza in the GEAR UP office.

Get Vaccinated!

COVID-19 Vaccinations Required – unless exemptions apply — for all eligible Los Angeles Unified Students ages 12 and older by January 12, 2022.  For more information please call (213) 443-1300.

  • Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, or even deadly.
  • They work with your body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection from a disease.
  • A vaccine helps your immune system to produce anti-bodies.


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Se requieren vacunas COVID-19, a menos que se apliquen exenciones, para todos los estudiantes elegibles del Unificado de Los Ángeles de 12 años o más antes del 12 de enero de 2022.  Para obtener más información, llame al (213) 443-1300.

  • Las vacunas previenen enfermedades que pueden ser peligrosas, o incluso mortales.
  • Trabajan con las defensas naturales de su cuerpo para desarrollar de manera segura la protección contra una enfermedad.
  • Una vacuna ayuda a su sistema inmunológico a producir anticuerpos.
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Vision Clinics/Clínica de visión

Offering free eye exams and glasses for LAUSD students.

Ofreciendo exámenes de los ojos y lentes gratis para los estudiantes de LAUSD.

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Student and Family Wellness Hotline

Wellness Hotline
(School Days M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Call for consultation, support, and referrals for Caregivers, Parents, Students, and Staff.

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Línea Telefónica de Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familias

Llame para Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familias
(lunes a viernes de
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Para los padres de familias, estudiantes, y educadores. Llame para consultas, apoyo y referencias

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The Teen Talk Line

Need to talk?  The Teen Call Line is here to provide confidential and non-judgmental help.  If you need to talk, call:

(844) 810-0062

  • Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Peer Mentor Application 2022-2023

Welcome back !!

Are you interested in becoming involved on campus as a peer mentor? Here are some benefits to being a peer mentor:

-Increase college awareness

-Lead fun and exciting school wide activities

-Attend a Mentor Summit once a year

For more information please scan the QR code as it will direct you to the 2022-2023 peer mentor application.

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Free Internet and Laptop | Gratis Internet y computadoras portatil

The District is offering FREE internet connectivity and laptops for all students that needs access beyond the school day. Please apply to: device.lausd.net

Monday-Friday until August 22nd (9am-1pm). Must be picked up at: Laterman LDC Offices (near USC) 2328 St James PL Los Angeles, CA 90007


El distrito ofrece conectividad a Internet y computadoras portátiles GRATIS para todos los estudiantes que necesitan acceso más allá del día escolar. Solicite a: device.lausd.net

De Lunes a Viernes hasta el 22 de Agosto (9 a 13 h). Debe recogerse en: Oficinas de Laterman LDC (cerca de USC) 2328 St James PL Los Ángeles, CA 90007


#GEARUPworks at Dr. Maya Angelou CHS

From August 2021 to August 2022, there have been 30+ MACHS families served, and 142 hours invested in college knowledge & financial aid, literacy workshops, college visits and family events.

Scholarship Mondays!

There is A LOT of free money out there for students!  Starting on Monday, November 7th, GEAR UP will be hosting Scholarship Mondays from 3:40 to 4:30.  Come to the GEAR UP room (room 4-102) with your computer and we will help you find the right scholarship for you, and we will fill out the application together! This event will be open to ALL MACHS students.  The GEAR UP Team will be working with the 10th and 11th graders and the school counseling team will be working with the 9th and 12th graders.

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LATTC Spring Classes | LATTC Classes de Primavera

The LATTC STEAM Academy is open and completely FREE to students in grades 9-12th grade. Classes will begin February 25th, and students MUST attend an orientation before then. Please come to the GEAR UP office room 128 for more information. Remember you will earn COLLEGE CREDIT!

La Academia STEAM de LATTC está abierta y es completamente GRATUITA para estudiantes en los grados 9-12. Las clases comenzarán el 25 de febrero y los estudiantes DEBEN asistir a una orientación antes de esa fecha. Acérquese a la oficina de GEAR UP, sala 128, para obtener más información. ¡Recuerda que ganarás CRÉDITO UNIVERSITARIO!

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GEAR UP 4 LA - College Fair 2022
Nov 17, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Multi-purpose Room

Class of 2024 and 2025, this is your chance to meet college and university representatives from all over the state of California.  Remind your teachers to sign up and come to the MPR with questions ready for the reps.

Good questions to ask: How can I get into your school? / What would I need to do to be able to pay for the tuition? / What does your school offer that other schools do not? / What are the different programs available at your school? / If I get into your school, what are some resources in place to make sure that I graduate?

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Mar 28, 2023 - Mar 28, 2023
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Come with GEAR UP to visit Occidental College! You too can be an Oxy Tiger! Come join us as we explore the campus of Occidental College!

Ven con GEAR UP para visitar a el collegio de Occidental! Tu tambien puedes ser un tigre de Occidental! Ven a explorar el campus del colegio de Occidental!

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Sep 27, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022

National GEAR UP Week is happening September 26-September 30, 2022! Join us every day for special activities that highlight our services!

La semanda nacional de GEAR UP es de Septiembre 26-Septiembre 30 2022! Unete con nosotros todos los dias para actividades que destacan nuestros servicios!

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LATTC Cosmetology Program | LATTC Programa de Cosmetologia
Feb 24, 2023 - Feb 24, 2023
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
400 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

Are you interested in learning more about hair, makeup, skin beauty, and nails? See Ms. Leon OR Ms. Perez in the GEAR UP office (room 4-102) and apply to go to Los Angeles Trade Technical College on February 24, 2023! Only the best designs will be SELECTED to go on the field trip. Space is limited so pick up your application today.


¿Estás interesado en aprender más sobre el cabello, el maquillaje, la belleza de la piel y las uñas? ¡Vea al Sra. Leon O a la Sra. Perez en la oficina de GEAR UP (sala 4-102) y presente su solicitud para ir a Los Angeles Trade Technical College el 24 de febrero de 2023! Solo los mejores diseños serán SELECCIONADOS para ir a la excursión. El espacio es limitado, así que recoja su solicitud hoy.

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Winter Bootcamp | Campamento de Invierno
Jan 3, 2023 - Jan 5, 2023
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
East Los Angeles College: 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, 91754
Los Angeles Trade Tech College: 400 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, 90015

This winter GEAR UP will provide a three day winter boot camp! Students can choose between ELAC or LATTC. ELAC will offer the following classes: Forensics and Health. LATTC will offer the following classes: Culinary and Automotive. Transportation and lunch provided! Will take place January 3rd- 5th. Please register using the google form!

¡Este invierno, GEAR UP proporcionará un campo de invierno de tres días! Los estudiantes pueden elegir entre ELAC o LATTC. ELAC ofrecerá las siguientes clases: Forense y Salud. LATTC ofrecerá las siguientes clases: Culinario y Automotriz. ¡Transporte y almuerzo proporcionados! Tendrá lugar del 3 al 5 de enero. ¡Por favor regístrese usando el formulario de Google!

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Black College Expo
Jan 28, 2023 - Jan 28, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Los Angeles Convention Center

Seniors and Juniors  meet one on one with over 40 HBCUs and over 150 other colleges and universities . Get ALL you need to know to WIN scholarships, get accepted on the spot and get educational resources.

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Scholarship Mondays | Lunes De Becas
Mar 6, 2023 - May 22, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
RM: 4-102

There is Scholarship assistance every Monday in the GEAR UP office (4-102) from 3:30-4:30pm. Come get assistance with your applications!


Tendremos assistencia de becas cada Lunes en la oficina de GEAR UP que (4-102) de 3:30 a 4:30 p. m. ¡Venga a obtener ayuda con sus aplicaciones!

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College Timeline | Linea de tiempo para la universidad
Jan 31, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join our presenters from Cal State University, Los Angeles for an ONLINE informative session on how to begin preparing our 11th grade students to meet college application
requirements this Fall.

Acompañen a nuestros presentadores de Cal State University, Los Ángeles para una sesión informativa sobre cómo comenzar a preparar a nuestros estudiantes de grado 11 para cumplir con los requisitos de solicitud de ingreso a la universidad este otoño.

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CSULA Fieldtrip | Viaje a CSULA
Mar 14, 2023 - Mar 14, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Come visit the beautiful Cal State Los Angeles campus! You too can be a CSULA Eagle! Pick up your fieldtrip slip in the GEAR UP office (4-102).

Ven a visitar la escuela estado de California Los Angeles! Tu tmabien puedes ser una aguila! Recoje tu papel de permiso el la oficina de GEAR UP (4-102).



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SAT Prep Class | Clases de preparacion para el examen SAT
Feb 25, 2023 - Feb 25, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
LATTC-Los Angeles Trade Tech College
400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
*Own transportation will be needed*
*se necesitará transporte propio*

The SAT exam will be taking place March 22nd. The scores on the SAT exam can help you achieve your dreams of going to college. Come and get ready for this test through these FREE SAT prep classes.

In person @ LATTC

  • 4-hours Saturday sessions
  • 3 class days
  • 1 practice test day


El examen SAT se llevará a cabo el 22 de marzo. Los puntajes del examen SAT pueden ayudarte a lograr tus sueños de ir a la universidad. Ven y prepárate para esta prueba a través de estas clases de preparación para el SAT GRATIS.

En persona @ LATTC

  • Sesiones sabatinas de 4 horas
  • 3 días de clase
  • 1 día de prueba de práctica
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College and Career Access Day
Apr 22, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Occidental College-1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

GEAR UP is hosting a College and Career day on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 9:00 am to 1:00 PM. Families of 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend for free. There will be a bus pick-up in front of each school at 8:00 AM. Families/Staff will enjoy a day of information about college access and career resources at Occidental College.

GEAR UP está organizando un día de universidad y carrera el sábado 22 de abril de 2023, de 9:00 a. m. a 1:00 p. m. Las familias de los grados 10 y 11 están invitadas a asistir de forma gratuita. Habrá un autobús para recoger a los estudiantes a las 8:00 a. m. Las familias y el personal disfrutarán de un día de información sobre acceso a la universidad y recursos profesionales en Occidental College.

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