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GEAR UP 2017


Allowable Activities


  • Programs to prepare students academically for college

    • AVID small-group tutoring (years 1-6)
    • Writing tutoring (years 1-6)
    • At-risk student tracking programs (all years)
    • After-school tutoring in core subjects (years 1-6)
    • Boys and Girls Club (years 1-3)
    • Student clubs (all years)
    • Core subjects summer academy (years 1-6)
    • Summer bridge to high school (depends when the students transition to high school)
    • Student-to-Student mentoring (all years)
    • IB, AP, and Honors Programing (years 1-6)
    • Providing an extended school day, school year, or summer program that offers academic classes (years 1-6)
    • Assisting students find summer employment (years 5-7)
    • Programs for students with limited English proficiency (all years)
    • Tutoring for college freshmen (Year 7)
    • College writing center (Year 7)
    • College math tutors (Year 7)
    • Transition programs for college freshmen (Year 7)
    • Advisors specifically for GEAR UP college freshmen (Year 7)


  • Teacher professional development and curriculum improvement

    • AVID Training (years 1-6)
    • Mathematics Teacher Academy (years 1-6)
    • Reading / Language Arts Teacher Academy (years 1-6)
    • Summer academies (years 1-6)
    • In-service training (years 1-6)
    • Professional learning communities (years 1-6)


  • Introducing students to higher education

    • University visits (years 1-6)
    • Concurrent enrollment (years 4-6)
    • Shadowing and/or meeting college students (all years)
    • Meeting college professors and staff (all years)
    • Disseminating information that promotes higher education (years 1-6)


  • Student and parent academic, career, and financial counseling

    • 21st Century Scholarship Certificates (year 1)
    • Scholarships (years 5-7)
    • Visits to universities and technical colleges (years 1-6)
    • Programs that assess student skills (all years)
    • Family nights and college readiness workshops (years 1-6 with grade specific content)
    • Family nights - financial readiness workshops (years 1-6 with grade specific content)
    • Free application for federal student aid prep workshops (years 5 and 6)
    • Programs specifically for parents and students with limited English proficiency (all years)
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